The latter sentiment can’t be stressed enough as Smith struggled to perform under the 49ers former head coach Mike Singletary. While his passer rating wasn’t horrific from 2009 to 2010, it wasn’t nearly respectable enough to establish Smith as a consistently sound passer. In fact before the inauguration of Jim Harbaugh, Smith had a chronic tendency to crumble under pressure often throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in critical games. However, in the last two years Smith evolved into a phenomenal passer who hardly resembled the mediocre athlete that had been an utter disappointment since he entered the NFL in 2005. In his last two years with the 49ers Smith threw for thirty touchdowns and only ten interceptions. His completion percentage likewise emulated a Herculean performance as he complete over 70% of his passes which was a dramatic increase from two years previously when he completed a mere 59.6% of his passes.
“There’s a short life for running backs,” Charles said. “I’m not worried about (Davis). He’s my teammate. I love the guy. I want him to come in and do great. I wish that to be known. But at the same time, I’ve got a family to feed. My main job is to stay on top of things as much as possible.”
Charles went on to say he doesn’t see his skills eroding in any way or his career coming to an end anytime soon. Instead, he looks at the success of Philadelphia running backs Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy and sees the possibility for bigger and better things in the offense of new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
“This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me,” Charles said. “I think this offense will get me open. They’re going to throw me the ball more. I think I’ll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy.
Actually, The Last Day of School on 1 Arrowhead Drive went more like this: A fast, fevered practice, as per the usual, followed by a mad dash to the airport. Notable by its presence in front of the team’s practice facility was a massive car transport trailer, stacked like a pulled pork sandwich with all matter of not-so-inexpensive luxury vehicles. A cherry red Ford Mustang, pure lust on wheels, sat on the very top, glistening in the sun.
“Yeah, we’re going to set up this group text,” linebacker Akeem Jordan revealed, “just to make sure that everybody is staying on task with each other.”
“I don’t think it’s one person in charge,” Jordan continued. “I think we’re all just going to try to chime in here every once in a while. There’s probably going to be a whole lot of chatter going on.”