Allen Robinson Crushes Chicago Bears for Lack of Targets in 2021

Despite racking up 1,000-plus yard seasons in 2019 and 2020, 2021 was a significant step in the wrong direction for Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson. Once regarded as one of the top receivers in the NFC, Robinson mustered up a measly 410 yards and one touchdown this past season.

It was a frustrating season for Robinson, especially considering that the Bears went out of their way to franchise tag him the previous offseason. The veteran WR was supposed to be a big part of Chicago’s offensive playbook. Instead, he spent much of the year watching from afar.

Allen Robinson took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the Chicago Bears

Robinson is one of the more active NFL players when it comes to Twitter, and he hasn’t been shy when it comes to expressing his displeasure with the Bears’ usage of him last season. In a string of replies he sent to people questioning his production, Robinson highlighted his intense drop in targets compared from 2019 and 2020 to 2021.

Robinson received 145 targets in 2019 and 151 in 2020. He was only targeted 66 times this past season.

The veteran WR did miss a couple of games in 2021 due to injury. However, his targets per game number tell a similar story. Robinson was seemingly phased out of the offense by the Bears’ since-fired coaching staff.

Considering how much money the Chicago front office committed to him via the franchise tag, it was an odd occurrence.

Why did the Chicago Bears stop throwing their top WR the football?

A few essential factors need to be highlighted when discussing why Robinson was booted out of the Bears’ offensive playbook. The most important is the quarterback change.

Mitchell Trubisky’s career with the Bears was undoubtedly a disappointing one. However, he always found a way to get Robinson the football. If anything, the only reason Trubisky survived as long as he did with the Bears was due to Robinson being a safety valve on the outside.

In 2021, the Bears rotated through a trio of quarterbacks. Andy Dalton, Justin Fields, and Nick Foles all started at least one game for Chicago. None of them were given enough time to form a strong relationship with Robinson, with Dalton and Fields really avoiding giving him 50/50 balls consistently — which is where Robinson tends to do the most damage.

This abrupt change in quarterback styles is likely most to blame when assessing Robinson’s steep drop in production. It’s hard to imagine head coach Matt Nagy purposefully refusing to draw up plays for his WR1.

What next for Allen Robinson?

Moving forward, Robinson would be wise to sign with a new team this offseason. Several front offices are expected to be interested in his abilities despite the mediocre 2021 campaign.

The Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, and New England Patriots are just a few teams set to be in the market for veteran WR help this offseason.

Signing with any one of those organizations would likely provide better opportunities for Robinson than what the Bears offered him in 2021.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

RELATED: Tom Brady ‘Souring’ on Buccaneers HC Played a Role in His Retirement