Would more carries slow Jamaal Charles down?

Jamaal Charles Ranked 2nd Best RB By Pro Football Focus


Our friends over at Pro Football Focus have a great new article out taking a look at the best five running backs over the last five years.

Our boy Jamaal Charles came in at No. 2. Only Vikings RB Adrian Peterson bested him.

I think we can all agree that Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL but it is nice to see PFF recognize that Charles has been right there at the top for a few years now.

From PFF:

2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (+42.8)

In 2009 and 2010, the man who led our PFF Run Rating was Jamaal Charles. After getting drafted by the Chiefs in 2008, Charles began to break out at the end of his sophomore season with 656 yards in his last four games. His 2010 season was one to remember after he averaged 6.5 rushing yards per attempt over the course of the entire season which led to a playoff appearance.

An injury held him to just 34 snaps in 2011, and in 2012 he had a mix of excellent 200-plus yard performances mixed with five games of 40 rushing yards or less. Over the five years, his 5.8 yards per carry is by far the highest for all backs. His season and a half of dominance is enough to make him the second-best runner over the last five years, and a strong finish to 2012 gives reason to believe he has a chance to return to that form.

PFF is spot on here. No RB has come close to matching the dominance of Peterson but Charles has also been spectacular. His career average is unbelievable and at just 26, the Chiefs back likely has a few more years of production before he begins to decline.

What do you think, Addicts? Do you agree that Charles is the No. 2 RB in the NFL over the last five years?

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  • chiefridgy

    No. 2 in NFL but #1 in my book!

    • jim

      that says it all, really exciting and a pleasure to watch, GEAUX CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kickapoo

    What amazes me is that he does it at his size in today’s nfl, Peterson is a brick shit house, able to break through tackles for more yards. Charles is so fast with excellent vision that it takes the defense 6 yards before they even touch him.

    • Darkwolf1414

      Or you get like what happened in New Orleans (91 yds) and Cleveland (80 yds) where they didn’t touch him AT ALL! When he broke the Chiefs single game rushing yards record, Week 16 2009, I sent that funny video of him with the Miley Cyrus song to my friend. (He’s a Falcons and Redskins fan) I said, “Look at this kid! Look at the balance, speed and cutting ability! He’s gonna be ridiculous!” Not to mention, that year he was the fastest player ever (fewest carries) to 1100 yds. This kid is a warrior.

  • Joe Myers

    Berry sanders prototype . #1 hear . Personally I think ges a lil overated like larry behind roaf shilds and waters ap has a really good line . Bush I’m still not taking away from the raw talent . The man’s good

    • RepOurChiefs

      I love how no one puts caps on larry johnsons name!! Classic!!

      • Joe Myers

        Hahahaha

  • ladner morse

    Charles is such a pleasure to watch. His style is 1-2-3.
    1. Make one cut
    2. Break free.
    3. Flip the switch on his turbo-chargers.

    That JC is able to do what he does in today’s NFL with so many fast and smart defenders who know how to take good angles is a testament to his giftedness.

    A little present from Herm.

    • Austin Wagner

      I love yelling “the dreads are loose” whenever he hits step 3 and starts the afterburners, cause the defenders are about to nothing but hair and jersey numbers.

  • Chuck Burrell

    Didn’t PFF leave JC off the top 100 players of this year? Might’ve been a different site. But if not, that makes zero sense

    • james

      you are correct sir he was left out of their top 100 so nice 180 they did and it make’s no sense at all now they’d rank him no 2 among back’s

  • Irebigjohn

    I’m glad those guys finally see what us KC fans have seen for a few years now. Furthermore, JC is just magical when he touches the ball. And fast also, so young that he has at least 5 more years in his prime if he can stay healthy. That has to do with his running style beacuse its not that physical so the body takes less punishment. Unlike AP who will punch you in the face and run you over. He ran like that in college also. So, my prodection is that JC will be the best RB in the NFL in three years when AP is starting to slump.

  • RepOurChiefs

    Ive always called JC a second coming of Priest Holmes. His patience and vision walks in the light of the holy one in my opinion which has always made me wonder if JC followed his career in any way. If I ever had a Q&A with JC, that would be one of my questions.

    • Darkwolf1414

      They were both RBs at Texas so it would make sense. Makes sense to follow someone who not only played for your college but also the pro team you play for. You’re right, JC does have a lot of patience and when he sees a little sliver if a hole he goes supersonic. I love his straight line speed but I really like it when he starts turning safeties around by cutting. Funny as hell!

      • RepOurChiefs

        Yes! That is very funny indeed. Oh and another thing that I have noticed about the two…the humble dispositions. Neither complained, they both waited their turn to come up and made the most of it which def made larry johnson stick out as a diva should. (pretty sure he’d like a do over right now)Smh. Two class act RBs in them both and I have my JC jersey ready as well as my PH jersey in homage. GO CHIEFS!

  • Jim Harper

    How great is it that he is finally getting the recognition outside of KC that he deserves. Arian Foster is very good, but I am so sick of him getting rated ahead of Jamaal. There is no doubt that Peterson is the very best, but in my mind there is also no doubt that Jamaal is #2. The big difference is Jamaal has a much better supporting cast. I can’t wait to see all these new weapons (especially Kelce) come together. I truly believe we are going to see our offense light up the scoreboard. They will have to put new shoes on Warpaint after each game. And that my friends is going to keep our new attacking defense fresh all game long. And the defenses we play are going to be worn out by the 4th quarter and Jamaal will run wild! Go Chiefs!

    • Darkwolf1414

      Hell Yeah!

  • ArrowFan

    Isn’t PFF the same outfit that didn’t rank JC in their top 100 a few weeks back? In fact they had like 5 or 6 other backs listed but not him. They even went so far as to try and justify forgetting all together about JC at the time. Now they say he is 2nd?

  • Caleb Wylie

    He’s the best! RUN JAMAAL, RUN!!!