“He’s cut! – The Russian’s cut! It’s a bad cut! Now it’s Rocky Balboa coming after Ivan Drago!”
That was the change in Rocky IV, the fight between Balboa and Drago that no one was expecting as everyone thought that Rocky was going to get destroyed and knocked back to the United States.
So why do I bring up a Rocky Movie in this article? Well, let me elaborate.
With the Browns, one of the toughest players on the team is running back Nick Chubb. He’s built to the max, rarely injured (just that foot problem) and can plow through any defender that dares to try and try him rumbling downfield.
Drago ended up sustaining severe injuries no one expected in the fight.
Unfortunately, with football, anything can happen and that remains true even with someone as talented as Chubb is as a running back. No one is expecting him to get hurt.
On the season, Chubb has 276 carries this year for 1,344 yards (4.6 average) and 12 touchdowns.
Sadly, the Browns were eliminated from the playoffs with a 17-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints in horrific fashion blowing a 10-point lead. In that game, Chubb had 24 carries for 94 yards and also a single catch for 10 yards.
This is how Chubb reflected on the rest of the season via ABJ:
“I mean, disappointed for sure,” Chubb said. “I mean, we had our chances, so I can’t say … I don’t know, we had our chances but we didn’t make the most of it. And, I mean, here we are, we are who we are, we got two more times to go out there and play and play for each other and play for the city. So that’s the bright thing about it, it’s not over yet.”
I get it.
Chubb wants to play and set the tone for the end of the season. But there’s always that “what if” that no one wants to think about and yet it’s a factor.
Football is a violent sport and there is always a chance for injury. Thus with the remaining two games, there’s always a chance that Chubb could sustain a bad injury that could affect him in the future.
Remember, these two games mean absolutely nothing for Cleveland. Not even tanking as the team has traded away their first-round picks for the coming years, too.
The wise move would be to say…
“Nick, you’ve done great for us this year. Why don’t you chill out for the remainder of the season and get ready to dominate next year…a better year for the entire team?”
It doesn’t look like that is going to happen, though. It’s fine unless an injury occurs. We’ll just have to wait and see. But you know what they say…
There’s always next year!