"The shortest route between two points is a straight line."
That was the Bears mantra for the season as running back Isaiah Crowell lead the team to a 13-3 record and a NFC North division title.
To say Crowell had a great season would be an understatement. The Crow lead the league with 2,351 yards and 25 touchdowns on 411 carries (5.72 YPC).
To put that in perspective, the rookie rushing record was previously held by Jonas Gray with 2037 yards with 20 touchdowns on 443 carries (4.59 YPC).
That a difference of over 300 yards, 5 touchdowns, and most importantly an entire yard per carry higher.
That's a nice record, but take it one level higher. Crowell has set the season records for most rushing yards and rushing TDs. The previous record holder was Jamaal Charles at 2150 yards on 476 carries (4.51 YPC).
Perhaps the most important stat to avoid for Coach Lynch was avoiding the all-time carries list. We are pleased to report that despite holding the All-Time rushing record, Crowell does not appear on the top 5 list of carries in a season.
It has been a genuine pleasure to watch this guy carry an inept QB to the #2 seed in the playoffs. He constantly faces 9-10 guys in the box and still manages to deliver.
PFL, meet your offensive rookie of the year and MVP.