Allen Robinson epitomized consistency and dependability on and off the field in his second season with the Bears.
Catching at least 80 passes for more than 1,000 yards (89-1076-7) for the second time in his six-year career and first in two seasons with the Bears, the 26-year-old might have been snubbed for the Pro Bowl. Yet he was recognized Thursday by the PFWA Chicago Chapter as winner of the 2019 “Good Guy Award,” voted on by the media to honor the Bears player or coach who was most helpful in assisting us in our jobs this season.
“He’s just an incredible teammate, reliable player and he’s gonna have your back through it all. So anytime you need a big-time play or just someone who’s always gonna be there for his teammates —absolute professional, just helping guys and pushing the other guys to be their best and just a great leader on this team," Mitch Trubisky said Thursday. "That’s what you get out of 12."
Similarly, perhaps no Bears player was more reliably successful and thoughtful for interviews on a consistent basis this season, when hard questions were the norm, as were, unfortunately, a lack of regular participation by even some of the Bears biggest stars.
But Robinson always took time to answer questions, often about the up-and-down second season together for head coach Matt Nagy, QB Mitch Trubisky and a routinely underperforming offense — with the exception of Robinson. In addition to producing one of his finer pro seasons, including a career-high 62.7 percent catch rate and 5.9 receptions per game, he operated with outstanding professionalism and respect, helping prevent the inward frustrations he undoubtedly experienced from ever bubbling to the surface and marring his insights.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising. Robinson conducts himself in the locker room and in interviews with the same kind of smarts and leadership traits that allow him to excel in the meeting rooms and on the field, where he’s earned no shortage of praise from coaches and teammates for overseeing the growth of fellow WR Anthony Miller and providing many of the few-and-far-between flashes on offense this year.
For as many questions remain regarding Trubisky as a franchise quarterback, very few exist on Robinson as a true No. 1. No, his 12.9-yard average and 7 TDs don’t scream WR1 prototype, but given the ineptitude around him on the NFL’s 30th-ranked scoring offense (dead last in passing yards per play) around him, he probably hasn’t received enough credit for his consistent high-level production.
"He's just a stud. Great dude to be around, great team guy," offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said Thursday. "Heard him yesterday talk to a couple of wideouts 'Hey, in the offseason, you're going to come live with me and do this, this and this.' If we had 100 percent Allen Robinsons as a player, as a character-type guy, we'd be in good shape."
Still, there couldn’t be a more deserving winner of the 2019 “Good Guy” award. Robinson takes the mantle from CB Prince Amukamara, tied with Taylor Gabriel as the third-leading votegetter, behind Robinson and Trubisky, this year’s runner-up.
"In the game there’s going to be ups and downs, but you can’t really [let] that waver how you feel and how you go about your business because at the end of the day there are going to be wins and there are going to be losses, but you have to understand that fans want to come see good football and the media has a job to do," Robinson told reporters Thursday. "So again, you’ve just got to understand that and you’ve got to try to make the best of it.”