Rushing title anyone? There is no doubt in the minds of many that if the offensive line is in fact improved, that Nick Chubb can’t have a real shot at the rushing title. Chubb is one of the best pure rushers in the NFL, if not the purest and most dynamic period. Chubb had arguably a worse offensive line than Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot but is more consistent and a better runner than the Pro Bowl Cowboy.
In a system that will be more reliant on the rushing attack than it was at any point within the last decade, arguably, Chubb will see his carries leap up to a career-high. Hopefully. If he can maintain that career 5.0 yards a carry than Chubb could crack 1,500 yards easily and possibly run away with the rushing title before the season’s finale few games.
Having Kareem Hunt take some of the load off may hinder his chances for the rushing title, as he’ll take away needed carries. Yet, there’s a strong chance that Hunt subbing in won’t affect Chubb at all. One, Hunt will be used more as a pass-catching back than anything; the one area Chubb isn’t stellar at. He’ll also be able to spell Chubb long enough to get his wind back, while hopefully being able to rest his legs long enough to still have that pop he’s known for.
Chubb more or less needs a career year. Stefanski is going to rely on the rushing game in 2020 to help Baker Mayfield find his grove. So if Chubb hits a wall, gets hurt, or worse yet, the offensive line can’t open up holes, than not only will Chubb suffer but the offense, in general, will too.