He still has to be a willing blocker, though. He has to show he will do it. He needs that to be a complete back.
I liked him before he broke the big runs in Oakland, he's definitely got some pop.
Block, schmock. He will do it soon enough.
I'd rather see big gains and yardage out of my backs over their blocking ability. I would never keep him in to block....he would be running or out to enter a pattern.
If you want a blocker, put in another guard at TE.
You act like he should be able to line up at guard. Maybe we should do that, right????
I get your reasoning 'Peen, but from a coaching POV there is a little flaw:
A back needs to be in on passing plays so opposing DC's don't pick up on the plays that are designated to the RB. If Chubb only comes in on plays that feature him, the other team will pick up on that before the end of the 1st qtr. Place a spy on Chubb: he's shut down for the rest of the game.
His effectiveness is in the D not knowing if he'll get the ball or not. It forces them to be honest with their coverage and not dedicating a player to him specifically. His presence on every down also helps the play action pass as a secondary benefit, because D's must account for his running ability even if the ball doesn't go to him. That in turn, frees up someone to receiver the pass, with most likely 1-on-1 coverage. That means he MUST develop his blocking game if he wants to see more playing time. Duke's a willing blocker (tho he can whiff from time to time) AND he's great at swing passes out of the backfield. That's why he's seeing more playing time than Chubb. Hyde is a proven 'every down back' who gets stronger as the game gets longer.
Also, placing a guard in at every (or many) passing downs is a dead tip-off, as well. When they see that, they'll just load the opposite side of the line and bull rush the QB on a blitz away from the extra guard.
Chubb will get his turn... but he's got to work his way up the roster. That means doing everything that's asked of him. He's gotta block if he wants to see the field more often.