Tarik Cohen? A similar weapon for the Bears as Tyreek Hill has been for the Chiefs? That’s been one popular line of thinking since the Bears hired former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach last month. Hill has been a firecracker in the Chiefs’ offense the past two seasons, amassing 1,776 receiving yards, 326 rushing yards and 16 offensive touchdowns. Nagy saw firsthand how dynamic Hill can be and learned how to best utilize his strengths. Now he’ll have a similar chore with Cohen. Like Hill (5-foot-10, 185 pounds), Cohen is on the slighter side (5-6, 181). Like Hill, Cohen has tremendous explosion and admirable versatility in his skill set. Like Hill, Cohen can be a match-up problem for opposing defenses, a valuable chess piece for Nagy and his offensive staff to utilize. So yes, proceed with those Hill-Cohen parallels. After all, Cohen might have been the first one to offer the comp. “When I was at the combine, coaches would always ask me who I would compare myself to in the league,” Cohen said this week during an appearance on “Bears All-Access” on WSCR-670 AM. “And I would always tell them Tyreek Hill. I feel that I can do the same kinds of things he does in the Kansas City offense. … And now since we have their coach now (in Nagy) I feel like I have to live up to that. And I definitely look forward to being the same kind of playmaker.” To be clear, Hill and Cohen aren’t an exact match. The former is a trained wide receiver. The latter has been a running back his whole life. So Nagy will have to adapt accordingly as he creates a vision for how to fold Cohen into the new offensive system.
Tarik Cohen says comparisons to Tyreek Hill are fine by him
Chicago Tribune | Feb 24