Jordan Howard not in mood to celebrate rookie rushing record after Bears loss
Jordan Howard sat inside his locker as the cameras closed in late Sunday afternoon. His pursuit of the Bears' franchise rookie rushing record was the main event of their otherwise meaningless season finale, and he did not disappoint.
Howard, though, does not relish personal accomplishments, nor is he all that comfortable talking about them. So despite a 23-carry, 135-yard performance that gave him the new record by 75 yards, his tone reflected his team's 38-10 loss to the Vikings. "There's nothing to really celebrate," Howard said. "We're not winning. That's the point of the game."
All around him, though, the outlook was not as cynical. In fact, the Bears clung to Howard's success during their freefall to 3-13, the worst 16-game record in team history. "A diamond in the rough," Charles Leno said of the fifth-round pick. "It's a bright spot in a dark place."
Howard broke Matt Forte's record from eight years ago with a 17-yard gain in the second quarter. Despite playing only 15 games, Howard finished with 1,313 yards on 5.2 yards per carry. "A lot of those (yards) are on him," guard Ted Larsen said. "He's just such a hard runner. He reads that inside zone so well. He's just going to grow and get better as he gets more games."