Cleveland Browns: 3 expectations for Nick Chubb

Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns 1st rushing champ since 1968

The Cleveland Browns have a strong tradition of running backs, however, no back has captured the league’s rushing title since Leroy Kelly sat atop the league back in 1968. That campaign marked Kelly’s second-time leading the league and followed a run from Jim Brown in which the G.O.A.T. won eight rushing titles in nine years from 1957-1965.

Chubb should’ve ended the Browns’ drought a season ago, but in a season full of head scratchers, then head coach Freddie Kitchens put one of the final nails in the coffin of his Cleveland coaching career.

Chubb had the league league going into the final game on the road heading into Cincinnati. Unfortunately, Kitchens proceeded to give him the ball 15 times. Chubb finished with 1,494 yards as Tennessee’s Derrick Henry passed him, rushing for 1,540 yards.

With the Browns expected to reign things in offensively in an offense that will now feature a fullback and multiple tight-end sets, it’s unlikely Chubb will become an afterthought on Stefanki’s playcalling sheet.

Additionally, Chubb was on the verge of the rushing title with what many viewed as an inferior offensive line. Now that the trenches have been dramatically upgraded, the best should still be yet to come.

If Chubb plays as expected, he should flirt with 1,600 yards.