For what it is worth I have watched pretty much every Bears game of Howard’s and Cohens’s careers.
Howard came off the field A LOT on 3rd down. He came off the field because he is mediocre receiver and poor route runner. He never ran a seam route or a wheel route. He dropped too many easy passes.
Howard was also a poor fit for the blocking scheme that Nagy runs. Nagy likes to run a gap scheme and Howard was more successful in a zone scheme. Nagy literally changed his offense and blocking scheme to try to help Howard.
Enter Tarik Cohen. Cohen is the opposite. He is a fantastic receiver and route runner. He can run effectively in a gap scheme (though he is not an ideal fit given his size).
Nagy LOVES run-pass option (RPO) plays. RPOs work better with gap blocking vs zone blocking. RPOs work better with RBs that can catch the ball.
Is it any wonder that Nagy would give Cohen as much work as he did?
Nagy wanted Montgomery. This was Nagy’s pick through and through. He fits the system, unlike Howard. He can do everything Nagy wants to do, plus he isn’t “workload limited” like Cohen because he has the size to consistently run between the tackles.
Montgomery may or may not be as efficient as Cohen, but the Bears offense will be more dangerous and unpredictable when Montgomery is in the backfield.
Dynasty 10 team 0.5 PPR
1QB 2RB 2WR 2FLEX 1TE
L. Jackson, Baker, Brady
Zeke, L. Bell, Mixon, M. Sanders, T. Coleman
OBJ, Cooks, TY Hilton, R. Anderson, J. Gordon, D. Westbrook, T. Williams, McLaurin, Deebo