Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles: Home Run Hitting Numbers

Two years ago when the Kansas City Chiefs began the 2011 campaign, they were coming off of a division crown, having hosted a playoff game and high hopes were being had by all. Then a number of bad things began to happen which started a two year downward spiral resulting in 9 wins over two seasons.

The numbers didn’t add up and the result was evident in the team record.

This season it’s a whole new frontier and the numbers are looking better than ever… well better than they have in quite some time.

Take Jamaal Charles for example. You may have heard about Jamaal’s 5.8 yards per carry (ypc) average and about how great that is but, let’s put that in perspective. Of all the players to ever play in the NFL, only one other player in the ypc top ten is not a QB and his name is Marion Motley. Motley played from 1946-1955 and was a FB/LB who played both ways and had 4,720 rushing for his career. Since the year 2000 only Michael Vick (7.0) has a higher ypc average than Jamaal Charles but, he’s a QB.

What does that mean to Chiefs fans? To begin with he’s incredibly fun to watch and you sit on the edge of your seat a little more knowing he could break one at any moment.

That’s precisely the point: JC is a home run hitter. Yes, he can run between the tackles but, making contact is not what JC has planned when he is handed the ball. Especially not this coming season. Charles explains Thursday on NFL AM Live,

I ran it my rookie year and I love it, I ain’t never been around no offense that’s about to be explosive and about to put me in space and making me make plays. I see Frank Gore had success with (the pistol) with the 49ers. If he can have success, I hope I can have success as well.

When you think of home run hitting running backs currently in the NFL you think of Charles of course and then Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson come to mind.

Among the 11 active backs in the league:

  1. 5.8 JC
  2. 5.0 Adrian Peterson
  3. 4.9 DeAngelo Williams
  4. 4.8 Felix Jones
  5. 4.8 Pierre Thomas
  6. 4.7 Chris Johnson
  7. 4.7 Jon Stewart
  8. 4.7 Leon Washington
  9. 4.6 LeSean McCoy
  10. 4.6 Maurice Jones-Drew
  11. 4.6 Frank Gore

When you think of the best home run hitting runners in the history of the game?


If you’re going to consider Charles ypc average mentioned earlier, then Charles has to be given consideration.


Among the 10 all time best backs in league history in ypc average:

  1. 5.8 JC
  2. 5.7 Marion Motley
  3. 5.4 Spec Sanders
  4. 5.4 Bo Jackson
  5. 5.2 Jim Brown
  6. 5.2 Ernie Caddel
  7. 5.2 Chet Mutryn
  8. 5.2 Dan Towler
  9. 5.2 Johnny Strzykalski
  10. 5.1 Mercury Morris


When Chiefs RB Priest Holmes was in town ten years ago it wouldn’t have been appropriate to think about his pure number of rushing yards alone when valuing his production. Holmes was an all round back who created havoc for every defense he faced.

Charles is about to be given the same chance to shine as an all round player. Coach Andy Reid is going to put Charles in space… and he should take off like a rocket! Chris Wesseling recaps what JC says about Reid on NFL AM Live,

He’s a great coach. I ain’t never been around no coach like that. … I’m doing all kind of stuff in this offense right now. I don’t want to tell the secret of what I’m doing … just sit back and watch.

You take one of the best home run hitting runners in the history of the NFL and put him in the same backfield with an excellent quarterback and fireworks are going to happen. When asked about reaching 2,000 yards like Adrian Peterson did last year Charles remarked,

It’s possible. That’s some pretty good guys in that club. Why not?

Why not indeed.

When Charles took over for Larry Johnson midway through 2009 he quickly established himself as the future at RB for the Chiefs. He gained 1,120 yards that half year and averaged 5.9 ypc. In 2010 he gained 1,467 and averaged 6.4 ypc. In 2011, it was nearly complete waste for JC but, in 2012 he came back from his knee surgery in a big way with 1,509 yard rushing and averaged 5.3 ypc.

True, Jamaal Charles is still in the middle of his career. However, he’s really only had the wear and tear that goes with being a starter for “three” seasons and is just now coming into his prime.

Is he ever!

You could say… he’s the Chiefs Babe Ruth… or Hank Aaron… but not Barry Bonds… I don’t recognize his records. But that’s a debate for another time.

What do you say Addict? Are you ready for some Baseball… I mean Football?

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  • chiefridgy

    Football is too far away to be getting me all pumped up like that!

    • ladner morse

      Yea… I was pretty excited when I saw him being interviewed this morning. I can almost smell the tailgating now.

  • micah stephenson

    Aaaawwww snap! JC might b the best running back ever!!! I cant wait to see what he do in Rieds offense. Go Chiefs(even tho we only have Alex Smith) lol.

    • ladner morse

      JC will make AS better and vice versa. Try to give Alex Smith a chance… at least until he proves otherwise.

      • Troy Utt

        Ladner, It’s a mute point to even attemp to try & argue a vein of common sense with Micah, as he only hears / see’s what he choose’s! Alex Smith could have career passing numbers this season taking us into the play-offs, & Micah still would not acknowledge it! The topic could be “chips” and he would still find a way to run Smith into the ground!
        WAR CHIEFS!!!

  • ArrowFan

    I do enjoy watching him flat out out run other teams:)

    • ladner morse

      That’s his dominance… pure top end speed.

  • BWrangler

    The man needs to retire a Chief with all franchise rushing records (no disrespect to the Priest). Whatever the team has to do to make that happen, make that happen.

  • Travis Forsyth

    With Reid’s new offensive scheme and what not, JC could very well reach a 2000 yd season….but we’ll see. this is going to be an exciting year! GO CHIEFS!!

    • KCMikeG

      The only thing that can stop JC from 2,000 is an extremely high number of receiving yards!

  • Jason Seibel

    If you haven’t yet seen the video

    You need to watch it!

    • ladner morse

      That was awesome! Perfect for this post!
      Charles is going to be fuuuunnnnn to watch this year!!!!!!!

      • Jason Seibel

        It is definitely the perfect video for this post. Glad you liked it. Great piece!

    • Calchiefsfan

      Great video Jason. I was screaming at my computer. Can’t wait to do it real time this season. GO CHIEFS!!!

      • Jason Seibel

        I can’t remember where I found it but it’s so well put together. One of my favorites for sure. Can’t wait to see what JC can do with a really good QB this year.

  • RepOurChiefs

    JCharles…Nuff said!

  • sidibeke

    I remember Saunders’ offense with the screens and other plays to get the RB in space. I’ve always thought we don’t use JC enough, creatively. Even thought that of Weiss, who in retrospect ran a great O to get that kind of production out of Cassel.

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