Jay Gruden Knows His Rushing Offense Is Doomed

There are times in life when you are faced with a challenge that seems insurmountable, but are forced to take it head-on because there is no alternative.

For Washington Head Coach Jay Gruden, facing Chicago’s rush defense represents one of those times.

“I say we want to run the ball, but they’re a very difficult team to run the ball against,” Gruden said, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I might have to wait until next week.”

So much for a vote of confidence from the ol’ ball coach.

Washington’s rushing attack is off to a slow start. Second-year running back Darrius Guice is on injured, which has led to the team leaning on 34-year-old Adrian Peterson (who didn’t even suit up for Week 1) to carry the load. Peterson, who the Bears were rumored to make a run at in free agency despite the fit making no sense whatsoever,  averaged 2.5 yards per carry on 10 attempts in his first game action last week and has averaged 3.8 yards per rush in 27 games since the start of the 2017 season. No wonder Gruden has no confidence in Peterson jump-starting a morbid running game.

Well, there is that and the Chicago’s excellent rush defense.

Eddie Goldman is Pro Football Focus’ sixth-highest-graded run defender among defensive lineman through two games, while Akiem Hicks isn’t too far behind with the 13th best run defense grade. On the outside, Leonard Floyd possesses 14th best run-defense grade among edge defenders. And while he hasn’t played enough snaps to qualify for the leaderboard, Aaron Lynch’s 84.5 grade is impressive and would be the sixth best grade among players at his position if he played enough snaps to qualify for the board.

We figured the Bears were going to be tough against the run coming into 2019 and have lived up to the billing to this point. Opponents are averaging 68.5 rushing yards per game and just 3.0 yards per attempt. To be fair, we are looking at just a two-game sample, but Aaron Jones and Phillip Lindsay are solid professional rushers. And yet … not much from either when facing the Bears.

So, yeah, wait ’til next week, Jay. Your running backs will thank you for it later.

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

written by

Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

more bears news

WHEW: Justin Fields Explains Why He Unfollowed the Bears on IG

Remember when we said that it would be silly to be concerned over Justin Fields' social media usage? On the latest episode of the St. Brown Bros podcast Fields confirms that there's nothing to be concerned about when it comes...

QB1 Town Hall, Reflecting on Fields Era, Weird Mock Drafts, and Other Bears Bullets

Today, in downtown Chicago, 670 The Score is hosting a QB1 Town Hall type of meeting with fans and hosts discussing the future of the Chicago Bears quarterback position. And, yes, I'll be in attendance. I hope this is one...

The Caleb Williams Tapes: Washington (2023)

Caleb Williams' performance against Washington in November was a polarizing game. It was the game when we saw Williams have a very human moment, crying in the arms of his mother in the stands after a painful loss to the...

Chicago Bears Hire Their First Female Coach, Jennifer King

Jennifer King is set to make history as the first female coach in Chicago Bears history. Bridget Condon has the scoop on the latest hire to Head Coach Matt Eberflus' staff: https://twitter.com/BridgetCondon_/status/1760059218755715207 As The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain points out, King...

The Falcons, Steelers, Justin Fields, and a Weird Football Triangle

While at the Senior Bowl, the Chicago Bears reportedly drew interest from multiple teams inquiring about quarterback Justin Fields. Naturally, this is leading to an expanded conversation about Fields' future in the NFL. Two teams that constantly pop up as...

This Chicago Bears Mock Draft Would Be a Nightmare For Opposing Defenses

Those days between the end of the Super Bowl and the start of the NFL Draft represent a wistful time in our lives. Hope springs eternal when you can envision countless scenarios in which the Chicago Bears can give their...

Around the NFL: Falcons Looking for a New QB, Bucs Expected to Tag Antoine Winfield Jr., More

The NFL's transactional period is an exciting time for fans. It also gives us writers plenty to write about for the next couple of months before we can enjoy a slower schedule during the summer months. Currently, we are in...

What is the NFL Franchise Tag? Franchise Tag Candidates, Values, and More

Today is the first day NFL teams can place the franchise tag on eligible players. The term Franchise Tag (or simply the tag) is often used but not fully understood. There are two franchise tag variations and different salary cap...

Justin Fields Instagram Activity, Kevin Warren’s Comments a Red Flag? Almost Time to Pay Jaylon, and Other Bears Bullets

I'm making it a priority in 2024 to be better at budgeting and managing my money. And yet, I'm still going to find a way to buy a new jacket because I'm going to look good while being thrifty this...

Tom Brady is a Nick-Foles-Hating Chump Probably

Although I want to thank Tom Brady for (1) soundly defeating the Packers yesterday, and (2) keeping track of the downs throughout the game, I also want to say that he's a bit of a chump. When the Bears surprised...

Latest News

UNLV vs. Colorado State: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

The UNLV Rebels (15-10, 8-5 MWC) host the No. 22 Colorado State Rams (20-7, 8-6 MWC) in MWC action at Thomas & Mack Center, starting at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 24, 2024.In its previous game, UNLV beat Air...

Raptors vs. Nets: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

The Toronto Raptors (19-36) will attempt to halt a three-game losing skid when hosting the Brooklyn Nets (21-33) at 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Scotiabank Arena. The contest airs on TSN.The Raptors are coming off of...

76ers vs. Knicks: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

Two of the NBA's best players will be on display when Tyrese Maxey (25.7 points per game, 14th in league) and the Philadelphia 76ers (32-22) welcome in Jalen Brunson (27.6, seventh) and the New York Knicks (33-22) on Thursday, February...

Summit League Basketball Predictions, Computer Picks and Best Bets | February 22

Summit League teams will hit the court in four games on Thursday's college basketball slate. That includes the UMKC Kangaroos squaring off against the South Dakota Coyotes at Sanford Coyote Sports Center, and we have best bets recommendations across the...

America East Basketball Predictions, Computer Picks and Best Bets | February 22

Thursday's college basketball schedule includes four games featuring America East teams on the court, and we're here to help you with best bets. Among those contests is the Vermont Catamounts taking on the Albany (NY) Great Danes.How to Bet on...

NEC Basketball Predictions, Computer Picks and Best Bets | February 22

NEC teams will be in action across four games on Thursday's college basketball schedule, and we have your best bets information below. That includes the Merrimack Warriors squaring off against the Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash at Lawler Arena.How to...

Big Sky Basketball Predictions, Computer Picks and Best Bets | February 22

Big Sky teams will be in action in four games on Thursday's college basketball schedule. That includes the Idaho Vandals squaring off against the Northern Colorado Bears at Bank of Colorado Arena, and we have best bets recommendations across the...

WAC Basketball Predictions, Computer Picks and Best Bets | February 22

The Cal Baptist Lancers versus the Abilene Christian Wildcats is one of five games on the Thursday college basketball schedule that features a WAC team. If you look below, you can see our best bets for that conference action.How to...

Big West Basketball Predictions, Computer Picks and Best Bets | February 22

The Thursday college basketball slate includes five games with a Big West team in action. Among those games is the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners squaring off against the Long Beach State Beach. Here are our recomendations for the best bets on...

Big Ten Basketball Predictions, Computer Picks and Best Bets | February 22

The Michigan Wolverines and the Northwestern Wildcats hit the court in one of three games on Thursday's college basketball schedule with Big Ten teams. Want best bets information? You've come to the right place.How to Bet on Big Ten Games[lasso...

more bears news