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Winston: Jamaal Wasn't 100% Until The Second Half Of The Season

Kansas City Chiefs RT Eric Winston game an interview today on SportsTalk 790 in Houston. Winston spent his career with the Texans before coming to Kansas City.

Winston was asked about blocking for great running backs like Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles. While talking about Charles’ attributes as a runner, Winston revealed a pretty interesting piece of information.

The scary thing is, I think even Jamaal would tell you he wasn’t 100 percent until the second half of the season. He wasn’t feeling really good until the last half of the season.


We all knew Jamaal was coming back from a serious injury and that he would have to shake off some rust. But to hear Winston say that he wasn’t even feeling 100% until the second half of the year really puts into perspective what Jamaal accomplished in 2012.

Curious, I went back and looked at JC’s numbers.

Throughout he first eight games, Jamaal averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Through the last eight, he averaged 5.9, which is about what we are used to from Jamaal.

Can I just pause us here for a moment so we can admire that. 5.9 or 6.0 is what Jamaal’s average yards per carry should be. Staggering.

Jamaal Charles did all this while being the only legitimate threat on the offensive side of the ball. Teams played the Chiefs knowing that Jamaal Charles was the guy they had to stop.

And they couldn’t do it.

Here’s to a long career for #25.

And here’s hoping Andy Reid knows how to use him to win football games.

(h/t Arrowhead Pride)

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  • kyle mangione

    He’s the best in the NFL.

    • Patrick Allen

      I think probably we have to give Adrian Peterson best in the NFL honors but JC is not far behind.

      • Robert Mccall

        According to LaDanian Tomlinson JC is the best in the game. I think he may have credibility on this issue.

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  • Adrian Morales

    Jamaal Charles baby best running back in the league anf if he keeps it up he will be amongst the greats if not them amongst him…

  • chiefridgy

    He’s got heart

  • Kyle ferguson

    I think when he is done we’ll look back and say he was arguably the greatest Chief to ever rush the football, wich is saying a lot. One day we’ll be at arrowhead and they will be replaying JC highlights and pulling the drap off his name on the ring of honor and remembering the great times we had watching him even when we didn’t have great seasons.

  • Spencer

    If JC could ever play behind a good QB he would be considered a Hall of Famer by now in my opinion…i mean come on…think of what he will be averaging when he isnt the only threat on an entire offense (other then Bowe which is negated by the fact that the Qbs could rarely utilize him correctly)….this team is soo talented…amazing how 1 position (and a lot of turnovers) can kill a team so easily…

  • Danny W

    Pair him up with Marcus Lattirmore and you have the rushing title for three years straight barring any injuries. Oh and how about that full back that was crushing heads towards last part of the season. What a find.

    • KCMikeG

      Patrick DiMarco! He made Eachus an after thought.

      • Danny W

        Best fullback I’ve seen since T Rich was a Chief. I think this guy can make pro bowls. Every run play he was I saw him blocking someone out of the screen.

  • Jim Harper

    Oh I think we are going to see great things out of Jamaal this coming season because one way or another we will have a QB that will keep defenses honest. Also think about this. Jamaal had a great 2nd half when most of our starting OL was hurt or on IR. Pretty amazing!

  • Outback Chief

    An accurate QB and a more forceful O-line an JC would be rated the very best , and that’s exciting to think we have that chance but a lot depends on this year’s draft and FA signings. If he played in the Vermeil era it would’ve been scary