The number 44
Maybe at this point, you’re sitting down after this shocking news. It’s not like you don’t like Chubb as a running back, but many analysts that cover the Browns and the NFL apparently think that Chubb is some ordinary back and that he can be replaced like your typical average runner.
Some have tried to suggest that the NFL is a pass-happy league and the need for a running back to grind and do the dirty work wasn’t necessary to win and win a Super bowl. And yes, maybe they’re right for some other teams but not the Cleveland Browns and Nick Chubb.
In 44 games Chubb has already climbed the tall ladder of Browns runners on the 7th step from the top and he’s primed to jump over the others sooner than you think. Motley stands at 6th on the ladder with 4712 yards gained. Mack has 5,123 yards gained in the 5th place spot. With an excellent season, Chubb could potentially catch Mack. Regardless, Chubb will catch both these players by next season, barring a major injury.
If you were to just project Chubb playing over the next four seasons, that’s 68 more games, based on his current rate of 81 yards per game he’ll easily pass all but the biggest star in Jim Brown. With his current totals of just over 3,500 yards now and adding in the projected additional yardage, around 5,500 yards, that would place him second at 9,000 yards.
Now I know at this point some of you skeptics will argue that running backs get injured and the game has changed and there’s no way Chubb gets those projected totals. And we know, things happen. I get that, but Chubb hasn’t gotten his due yet and it’s about time folks start really respecting what we are witnessing.