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Chiefs' Doug Pederson Talks Jamaal Charles, Offense

The Kansas City Chiefs are preparing for training camp next month by going through OTA practices this month and new offensive coordinator had a lot of interesting things to say abou the team’s new look offense.

For the Chiefs, offensive success in 2013 will likely depend on RB Jamaal Charles.

But Charles can’t do it on his own. Despite running for over 1500 yards last year, Charles was only able to help the pathetic Chiefs offense muster two wins. Pederson said he sees a lot of similarities between Charles and RB/WR Dexter McCluster.

“Jamaal is the same type of guy that Dexter is,” said Pederson. “Obviously, we know what he did last year – Pro Bowl running back, had over 1500 yards, excellent, excellent season. He’s a guy that we can put in multiple spots. He’s a sharp kid. He’s worked extremely hard this offseason. Really, I think the sky is the limit with him with what we’re trying to do. Just put him in different spots and using his ability to, again, create matchups defensively.”

The Chiefs will be using some form of head coach Andy Reid’s west coast system in 2013 and that often means that RBs have a large role in the running game. Pedrson hopes to use McCluster in both phases, so long as the player can get on the field.

“You can,” said Pederson when asked if he’d be able to get a lot out of McCluster.  “I don’t know right now, he has a little injury and he’s a little knicked up. We don’t need him right now, we need him in September. We continue to put plays in for him. He understands what those are. We still want to utilize his strengths, move him and create matchups with him. He’ll be a big piece to this puzzle.”

Pederson was then asked if he planned to use McCluster as a RB or a WR.

“Both. I think really you can put him in either spot because he’s familiar with both spots and, again, create matchups and hopefully get those mismatches during the game.”

Since being drafted by the Chiefs, McCluster has shown flashes of the speed and elusiveness that made him a second-round pick coming out of college. Whether or not McCluster can consistently demonstrate those skills at the NFL level is something the Chiefs have to find out because right now, the jury  is still out.


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  • In_My_Opinion1

    We all know that Dex will be capable of doing whatever Reid asks of him. The only issue the jury is still out on is durability. Will Dex be able to stay healthy in this role? I sure hope so because I have a feeling he’s going to be really fun to watch.

  • Jarad

    Everything has to click at some point right!? Im tired of seeing the Chiefs talent wasted on losing seasons. I want to see opposing defenses RESPECT this Chiefs offense. 1 dimensional no longer!! Time to be on the other end of the 31-10 games.

  • chiefdeorty

    Health! If Dex can stay on the field we will use him in a way to have success. The same goes with Charles. They will be used in more ways than in the past. I don’t know why the other coaching staffs could not see what they had in these two guys. With guys that can get loose why did they not use the play action? Well there blindness cost them their job, good for us. Now we have a revitalized Andy Reid and add everyone else that R&D brought in and you have a winning combination, WATCH OUT DONKEYS!

    • KCMikeG

      Play action only works if you can actually throw the ball down the field. In the absence of said threat the success of play action declines significantly. Whole new world now. Dexter and Jamaal will explode this year! Best tandem in NFL in total yards! That’s right – you heard it here first! WATCH OUT ALL CHALLENGERS!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    The new regime seems to be in love with Dex. If they use him the right way, he’ll be a productive player for this team.

  • KCPauly

    If Run DMC can stay healthy then the sky is the limit for him and JC and the Chiefs overall, I think we will be pleased with our beloved team this year, the only unpleasing part is that the season is still soooooooo far off Go Chiefs!!!

  • ArrowFan

    How many touches does Dex gets per game? Over under 12.

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    • KCMikeG

      Over. I see him getting 12-15 per game. Our WR’s & TE’s will need to compete for the ball with this deadly NFL leading total yards combo!

      Dex got 10 per game in 2011 when JC was out and while for some unknown reason Battle & Jones combined for over 300 carries. What a waste! Both underutilizing Dex and giving that many carries to those to plodders. Anyone with half a brain would have given at least 50 of those to him which would be around 3 more per game.

      Charles had 320 touches or 20 per game last year which is just right for him. We will have quite a dew more plays this year and Dex will be the beneficiary of many of them.

    • Chief Hokie

      Under. 5-10

    • Steve Blank

      under..but just barely…I say he gets 7-10 per game…

    • Jarad

      Under at 6ish

  • Chiefswatch

    Charles, McCluster, Baldwin, Wiley, Bowe….they will all combine for an absolutely terrifying group of recievers. They have shown little to date ONLY because there has been nothing outside of absolute shit throwing the rock to them. Mark my words you will be amazed at our passing game this season.

    • Suzi Conger

      With ASmith at the helm, Amen GO CHIEFS!!

  • Suzi Conger

    ‘Success hinges on’ the QB AS11 executing the plays accurately/successfully and the receivers/runners accurately catching and running the ball. Although Jamaal is obviously fantastic, if there’s any one (which there isn’t ) player that the ‘teams success hinges on’ , the most emphasis would be placed on the QB, not Jamaal.
    Just a thought regarding the opening tiltle of the article.
    Good article Patrick.. GO CHIEFS!!

  • Dustin Joyce

    I love the positivity and we need it as a fan base, but we need to be realists too. Rex goes down with arm tackles and falls back. Jamaal breaks them and falls forward. Simple as that. Jamaal is like any other great player in the NFL. He needs touches and the more he gets the better he does. I love DMC, but he is not the key IMHO

  • Jim Harper

    This will be DMC’s defining year. AR will give him every opportunity to prove himself. If he does not do that this year, then there won’t be a next year for him. For me he is the only question mark in this new offense.

    • ArrowFan

      Lets add Baldwin and Mo to the list as well.

  • Steve Blank

    “rbs playing a large part in the running game” hmm a novel approach…