The Cleveland Browns offense was clicking Thursday night in their 35-30 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Baker Mayfield played well, throwing a pair of touchdown passes. Nick Chubb was the star, however, rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver-turned analyst Michael Irvin was overly impressed with Chubb and may have gone a little overboard with his assessment of the Browns.
Nick Chubb is turning into an elite running back
Nick Chubb played his college football at the University of Georgia, where he was a four-year standout. He rushed for better than 1,000 yards in three of his four seasons with the Bulldogs. Chubb was limited to six games in his sophomore year, but still managed 747 rushing yards, gaining 8.1 yards per carry.
He finished his career at Georgia with 4,769 rushing yards and 44 rushing touchdowns. He added four more receiving touchdowns. Chubb was selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Chubb had a strong rookie season, coming up four yards shy of 1,000 rushing yards. He had eight touchdowns and started nine of the 16 games he played. He followed that up with a Pro-Bowl season when he rushed for 1,494 yards and eight touchdowns. Chubb had quite a game Thursday night as well, adding two more touchdowns on the ground and collecting 124 yards.
With new coach, offense is set to run through Chubb
Kevin Stefanski has taken over as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns and is changing his team’s offensive philosophy. Chubb is expected to be the focal point of the offense and that sits well with the third-year running back.
“I’m excited,” said Chubb to ESPN. “Excited about the new offense, the new coaches, the new team, the new year.” Chubb could certainly make a run for the rushing title if the Browns stick to their guns and stick with a run-heavy offense. Last season, Chubb came up short to Tennessee Titans’ running back Derrick Henry for the rushing title.
Chubb is excited to make another run at the title this season. “Hopefully, we can do that again here,” Chubb said. “We added some great additions to the line, and I look forward to going out there and playing with them.”
Michael Irvin makes a bold statement about the Browns
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin was very impressed watching the Cleveland Browns march down the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday. More specifically, the Hall-of-Fame wide receiver was loving what he was in running back Nick Chubb. Irvin was a radio guest on WEEI in Boston on Friday and offered his thoughts on the Browns.
“We talk about everybody in Cleveland, but Nick Chubb,” said Irvin. “I don’t understand it. That dude, that’s the key. If Cleveland finds the identity of their offense and allows it to be that, where they run to set up the passing game, they got a shot. They got a shot.
“They got a first pick in Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham and you have all that talent and then you have a new coach… If you can just turn over the control to Chubb and then everybody else eat the crumbs that he leaves…” Irvin didn’t specifically say what they had a shot at. Playoffs? Super Bowl? Either one would be a bold statement. In any case, Irvin, as he posted on Twitter Thursday night, believes Chubb is the “baddest man on the team.”