Nick Chubb sees losing out on rushing title as motivation for 2020

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Nick Chubb is a man of few words but a ton of yards.

Rarely does he get caught from behind.

But Tennessee’s Derrick Henry was able to run him down to swipe the 2019 rushing title from him despite entering Week 16 with a 165-yard lead.

Chubb hopes, and expects, there won’t be a repeat in 2020.

“[It did] not really bother me. Just more motivation,” Chubb said during a Zoom video conference call with reporters Tuesday. “Trying to do it this year. Just working out, as I always do, working hard and running hard. I believe everything happens for a reason, and you just keep working and striving and things will fall into place for you. That is my mindset.” 

Henry ran for 211 yards in the Titans’ season finale while Chubb inexplicably only received 28 carries for 86 yards over the final two weeks of the season.

Chubb is the last in the locker room to complain about his touches, in fact the next time he does, it will be the first.

While Kevin Stefanski is expected to run the ball more within his offense, Chubb will likely share touches with Kareem Hunt this season.

“Whatever happens, I trust in the coaching staff and I trust in the team,” Chubb said. “I know they will put us in the best position to win. However that looks, I am fine with it.” 

Unlike last year, Hunt will be available from Week 1 potentially giving the Browns the most lethal one-two combination out of the backfield in the NFL combined with tight ends Austin Hooper and David Njoku as well as Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, who gave the franchise their first 1,000-yard receivers in the same season in team history despite both playing through injuries a year ago.

“It is exciting for sure. Definitely because he can do so many different things,” Chubb said. “It doesn’t have to be him running the ball. It can be catching it out of the slot.

“I think we have a lot of guys on this team and a lot of playmakers, and you can’t go wrong with who has the ball. Pick your poison.” 

Hunt and Chubb got together during the offseason and worked out together in Westlake.

Chubb believes in consistency, especially with his offseason preparation, and the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t slow him down.

“I stick to what I always do,” Chubb said. “I just go home, I work my tail off, workout, lift, grind and do football drills every day. There is not really one thing I try to get better at. I just try to do what I always do but get faster, bigger and stronger.” 

Despite receiving less than 20 carries in eight games last season, Chubb still averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored a team-high eight touchdowns to finish six yards shy of 1,500.

The hope is under Stefanski, and will much less chaos behind the scenes, Chubb will be able to top what he did a year ago.

“No matter what is called, we have to make it work. We all have to buy in,” Chubb said. “We all have to trust in ourselves and trust in each other and just go out there and play. I am excited about the new offense, about the new coaches, about the new team and the new year.

“Whatever is called, whatever play he wants to run, we have to go out there, give 100 percent and make it happen.”