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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."

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-bits-bears-jordan-howard-rookie-rushing-record-spt-0102-20170101-story.html

 

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The thing that makes Howard's accomplishment so impressive to me is the fact that he broke a significant record in only 15 games with absolute chaos surrounding him.  It would be significant enough if he had done this having been plugged into a well established offense with a healthy and consistent group of guys surrounding him.  Instead he managed this level of success in fewer touches with far less support than anyone who came before him. 

Howard gutted out those yards with injury ridden revolving doors along an O line that was a new unit of guys to begin with, four different QBs, and injuries or suspensions forcing changes at TE and WR, not to mention a first year OC that arguably did not even call enough running plays overall, with in the redzone, in short yardage situations, or in a variety in which it might lead to a successful offensive effort much less a record breaking season. And just to put an exclamation point at the end he did all this following the efforts of two other veteran RBs given the exact same surrounding cast before the injuries compounded, neither of whom accomplished jack shit.

 

When you really look at it closely what Jordan accomplished is fairly astounding.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

The thing that makes Howard's accomplishment so impressive to me is the fact that he broke a significant record in only 15 games with absolute chaos surrounding him.  It would be significant enough if he had done this having been plugged into a well established offense with a healthy and consistent group of guys surrounding him.  Instead he managed this level of success in fewer touches with far less support than anyone who came before him. 

Howard gutted out those yards with injury ridden revolving doors along an O line that was a new unit of guys to begin with, four different QBs, and injuries or suspensions forcing changes at TE and WR, not to mention a first year OC that arguably did not even call enough running plays overall, with in the redzone, in short yardage situations, or in a variety in which it might lead to a successful offensive effort much less a record breaking season. And just to put an exclamation point at the end he did all this following the efforts of two other veteran RBs given the exact same surrounding cast before the injuries compounded, neither of whom accomplished jack shit.

 

When you really look at it closely what Jordan accomplished is fairly astounding.

He is a very special back and it's shame he won't get honored with an OROY award for it.

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Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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Matt Forte to Jordan Howard.....

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Once again Forte shows why he's nothing but class!!! yes

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So was it still the wrong decision to move on from Forte Papa? smiley

 

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So was it still the wrong decision to move on from Forte Papa? smiley

Yes actually, yes it was.......... can you imagine the one two punch of Howard and Forte rotating in and out, with the occasional series of plays where they are both in at the same time?  Howard lined up at FB?  Are you kidding me?  Yes it was absolutely wrong and if Forte were still here to mentor Howard he would be that much better for it down the road.

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Now to be fair, sometimes things happen for a reason.  I don't believe for one second that the presence of Forte would not have hog tied Howard's chances to even get in a game because our OC was/is way too dense to have even recognized the young backs abilities much less creative enough to to do any of the things I mentioned above.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PapaBear.OR

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Galad

So was it still the wrong decision to move on from Forte Papa? smiley

Yes actually, yes it was.......... can you imagine the one two punch of Howard and Forte rotating in and out, with the occasional series of plays where they are both in at the same time?  Howard lined up at FB?  Are you kidding me?  Yes it was absolutely wrong and if Forte were still here to mentor Howard he would be that much better for it down the road.

Hindsight does not change if it was a good decision or not. At the time they felt that they were set with Langford. They were wrong and got lucky that Howard saved their bacon. Luck does not validate the choice.

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You hit it on the head. Had we kept Forte then Langford would've been next up, Kadeem the dream #3. Howard would have been on the practice squad or a special teamer. It is amazing how much Langford regressed this year. I know he was injured at times but he may have a tough time holding onto the 2 spot.

When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately - unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something. - D Butkus.

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