The Problem With Jamaal Charles


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There’s a problem with Jamaal Charles. No, this is not breaking news. Not like we experienced yesterday afternoon with the news of CB Brandon Flowers being released, and lord knows we don’t need more news like that to wrangle our senses. Yet, this is more important than the news of yesterday. The problem with Jamaal Charles can’t be stated in one short sweet sentence but, I’ll give it a try… here goes: Jamaal Charles is too good.

What? I know you’re thinking he’s lost his marbles but not really.

Can you answer this question clearly: would the Chiefs have scored 44 points in the game against the Indianapolis Colts  in January if JC had not been hurt early in that contest?

The question may sound as if I’m saying, “No, the Chiefs would not have scored that many points?” And you’d be right. That is what I’m saying.

So, now you think what I’m saying about his absence in the playoff game, runs counter to my first statement… that he’s too good.

Not at all.

The Chiefs have stated many times… as well as several of the players… that the coaching staff knows what each player is good at and they place them in situations to succeed. I would agree for the most part but, the reality is that Jamaal Charles is like candy. The more you get a taste… the more you want.

However, ask any parent… more candy is not the answer to the long term health concerns for your child.

It sounds like I’m saying that Jamaal Charles is being “mis-used.”

That’s exactly what I’m saying. Another way to say it is, mis-placed importance.

Take a look at Jamaal Charles history of touches (both running and passing added together):

Year/# of Touches

2008- 94 (rookie season)

2009- 230 (year Larry Johnson went down)

2010- 275 (1st year under Haley)

2011- 17 (hurt and out for the year)

2012- 320

2013- 329 (teams leading receiver)

Remember our good ol’ buddy ol’ pal, Larry Diaperhead Johnson? He had 369 touches in 2005 and then an almost unheard of 457 touches in 2006. After which he never had much of an impact.

If we were talking about the amount of tread left on the tires of your car you’d understand right? In other words, Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson need to be planning how they are going to reduce Charles carries and touches… not by a ton… but by a significant amount, or we could be looking at Jamaal Charles last season of Pro Bowl quality production in the year 2014.

L.J. only got 162 touches in his first two years because of a guy named Priest Homes. In 2001, 2002 and 2003 Holmes combined touches were, 389, 383, and 394. Once again, after that, he was never the same running back and his career quickly came to an end.

Jamaal Charles is like any other great athlete… he wants the ball in his hands and he wants his team to lean on him. And his teammates feel the same way about him. They want him to do it.  And so do the fans. However, there is a breaking point.

I believe JC can make it to the NFL Hall of Fame… if he can stick around long enough to be considered. He’s that good.

From the time JC came into the league he’s consistently been among the best ever in yards per rushing attempt. In fact, as of this moment, there has never been anyone better.

1 NFL yards per Carry leaders Chart

In the modern era, Jamaal Charles has the greatest average per rushing attempt among all players who are not quarterbacks. Over the past five seasons, many a pundit has considered Adrian Peterson of the Vikings the best runningback in the business. The chart above would indicate otherwise.

Jamaal Charles simply is terrific and wouldn’t you like to see Mr. Terrific running (and catching) out of the Chiefs backfield for 5+ more years? I would.

So, what’s the answer to the question: would the Chiefs have scored 44 points in the game against the Indianapolis Colts in January if JC was not hurt early in the contest?

The point of posing that question is not about getting an answer that reflects poorly on Charles but one that points out that perhaps Andy Reid’s approach to the offense shouldn’t necessarily place JC at the focal point of the offense.

I know the playoff game is painful for many fans to think about. However, I’ve gone back several times now and watched footage of the game and I then went from “Un-oh” when JC went down, to “Geez, wow, amazing” as I watched Alex Smith spread the ball around… including the long bomb everyone had been waiting for to Donnie Avery. But, it was more than that. The shovel pass to FB Anthony Sherman at the goal line… the fading touch pass to Knile Davis for a TD as he threw off his back foot and his ability to continually gain one first down after another with his legs…. was all tremendously inspiring. In other words, I want the ball in Alex Smith’s hands more.

And I believe that will make Jamaal Charles more effective when he does touch the ball… whether that be as a runner, a back catching the ball out of the backfield or even occasionally lining up wide like a wide receiver.

Is it crazy suggesting that the Chiefs even think about altering the way they use Jamaal as the centerpiece of their offense. I don’t think so. That evolution is already taking place. In part, ironically, because Charles was out during the Colts game which allowed RB Knile Davis to show us he’s more than capable of giving Charles a blow.

What I’m suggesting is that the Chiefs take the San Antonio Spurs approach. The Spurs are essentially the same team they were a year ago when they lost the NBA Championship to the Miami Heat but… they are not the same team. Why? Because their coach employed a “30 minutes’ per game” limit on playing time for his big three: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker (all who should end up in the NBA Hall of Fame). Consequently, when the playoffs came around, he could play them as long as he liked because their legs were fresh.

Fresh legs. What do you think fresh legs in the playoffs is worth?

This is football, not basketball, and I’m concerned that Jamaal Charles will even have any legs at all by then. That’s literally what “over-using” a RB can do to them in the NFL… take their legs away.

To further the plan I believe the Chiefs are executing… to give Charles more of a break… is the drafting of a player who will make everyone forget who Dexter McCluster ever was: De’Anthony Thomas.

Jamaal Charles has elite speed and when he came out of the University of Texas he was known as a track man just like De’Anthony Thomas. Here’s a breakdown of Charles and Thomas track times.

100 Meters

10.23, JC

10.31, DAT

200 Meters

20.62, JC

21.01

Thomas is 5-9 and goes 176 lbs but if I recall, the aforementioned Priest Holmes was 5-9 too (only he weighed about 30 pounds more). Thomas is so good at catching the ball I once wrote a piece called, “Did The Kansas City Chiefs Draft A Wide Receiver Without Anyone Knowiing It?” There’s also a way that Thomas is very much like Priest Holmes… he follows, and waits for, his blockers.

Another way this evolution is taking place is simply that Alex Smith is getting more familiar with all of his “other” receivers. Not just JC.

I know there are fans who think Alex Smith is only an average QB at best. However, I believe the way things are going, those same fans will have to cover their eyes for several more years until Alex Smith retires.

Why? Because I think the release of CB Brandon Flowers on Friday was all about being able to pay and keep Alex Smith. Something’s gotta give somewhere financially. Flowers was the cap-space-scape-goat.

Yes, there were questions about whether or not Flowers fit the scheme and defensive approach Reid and Sutton were taking but make no mistake, this was a money move. A dollars deal.

Which brings us full circle to the question as to, why? The answer? To pay Alex Smith. And why do they want to pay Alex Smith? So he can run their offense.

WHO… will run their offense? Alex Smith.

Not Jamaal Charles.

The Chiefs could end up paying Alex Smith in excess of 10 Million per year for 4 to 6 years.

Do you know how much Jamaal Charles is going to make in 2014? Charles “Cap Number” for this coming season is $5,233,333. Even with Brandon Flowers hitting the bricks, there’s more than five other Chiefs, including the CB most likely to be cited for drunken driving, Sean Smith, who are scheduled to make more than JC.

One of the reasons I can support the idea that the QB will be the nucleus of the team and that he should be the engineer… is that the QB can be protected. The nature of the running back position is that they are continually part of a physical assault (you know, the Martyball method) because virtually every play they are a part of, ends with them hitting, or getting hit (unless they score). 99.9% of the QB’s out there, resist hitting and anytime they are hit it’s considered a breakdown in the whole offense scheme.

That brings up the question of longevity in the NFL, position by position. Take a look at several numbers as a point of reference. First of all, you should know that the most recent research shows that the average career length of an NFL player is 3.5 years.

Further, BusinessInsider.com indicates,

The average career length for a player who makes a club’s opening-day roster (active/inactive roster and/or injured reserve) in his rookie season is 6.0 years.

The average career length for a player with at least three pension-credited seasons* is 7.1 years (*a player receives a pension credit for each season in which he spends at least three games on an active/inactive roster and/or injured reserve).

The average career length for a first-round draft pick is 9.3 years.

The average career length for a player who is selected for or plays in at least one Pro Bowl is 11.7 years.

Now to the nitty-gritty. The following is provided by The Bleacher Report,

Quarterbacks

“The average starting quarterback plays about two seasons more than the average player at any other position.”

Runningbacks

“Running backs, in many ways, are the opposite of quarterbacks. They have much shorter careers… [there is a] slow, steady climb of tailbacks who qualify from ages 21 through 25, then the quick, straight drop-off from the high of 27 down to 34.”

Jamaal Charles will be 28 by the end of this year. Larry Johnson was 27 the year he had 457 touches. Holmes played spectacularly up until he hit 30.

It’s part of the genius of Andy Reid to serve as a QB whisperer: one who develops players who can play the most important position on the field, the quarterback position. You could also say it’s the most difficult position to play in all of sports… because of the mental, split second decision making aspects required. Just think, there’s not even 30 of those human beings on the planet who can do it very well. I’d say there’s not even 15 very “good ones” at any given time. However, I do believe Alex Smith is one of those “good ones.”

As far as Jamaal Charles goes, I hope the Chiefs are solving the question of how to properly utilize him… while simultaneously solving the question of his longevity. Otherwise, the future identity of the Kansas City Chiefs is about to change dramatically… sooner rather than later.

Long live the Chiefs!

What say you Addict fans? Do you support the evolution? What would J.C. say?

1 The Problem With Jamaal Charles

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • trinity

    JC is the second best running back in the league after AP. I would take him over shady, because he has way more to carry than shady. He’s not part of the chiefs offense, he is the chiefs offense. Which is tricky, because disaster is bound to strike when a running back is the leader of the team. Age and injuries are obvious concern at the position. hopefully he holds up, because with this offense as it is now, kiss winning goodbye if he falls.

    • Alex Rodman

      Jc is obviously the best running back in the league. The stats show he is better,

      • trinity

        I’m taking AP over anyone, but I respect your opinion. I like JC a lot. Him and Adrian are actually in similar positions in terms of leading thier teams from the running back position. I have a lot of respect for thier talent and motor.

        • Alex Rodman

          I have respect for ap. he is a good back for the Vikings.

          • trinity

            Yeah :). Here’s to hoping they both end up in the hall of fame!

          • Alex Rodman

            Here’s to that

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          • trinity

            Yeah I saw that. 5, 5.6. Close enough where I would personally choose to take Adrian’s power between tackles. Just my opinion.

        • HeWhoKnowsAll

          I like backs that can block, so I’d go Charles without a doubt. Plus, he’s cheaper.

          • trinity

            I’m taking AP between the tackles. Yeah, he certainly is cheaper. He should be making as much as Adrian.

      • HeWhoKnowsAll

        Advanced stats ABSOLUTELY show that he is better.

    • area

      If Peterson’s hands were not made of stone I would agree. Peterson is a better runner when going between the tackles, JC is the better all around player.

      • trinity

        You mean his fumbling? Good point. But his toughness. he returned in less than 9 months from total knee reconstruction, and finished 12 or 13 yards shy of the rushing record. The guy is just super human tough to me, and a flat out beast. I’m taking him over any back without question, but it’s not crazy to me that someone would take JC. like I said, they are excelling in similar positions so you can’t go wrong either way honestly.

        • HeWhoKnowsAll

          No, he fixed the fumbling problem, but he does drop passes and isn’t a natural hands catcher.

        • Nick the Kick

          You (and everyone else it seems like) forget that Charles came back from the same injury the same year and if not for AP having a 2,000 yd season JC would have won comeback player of the year the dude is made of titanium beef jerky! The only hole in JC’s game is his inability to give a coherent interview. However, if were to go down, all is not lost. Show me an Andy Reid O that didn’t over achieve with constantly moveable non-elite parts. If this D can play to its talents potential yearly we will be playoff bound. I think (hope) that Andy is the offensive version of Mike Zimmer or Rex Ryan, no matter the talent or injuries, his system puts up enough points to keep us in every game.

          • trinity

            I’m not discounting JC, I said he was second only to Adrian in my book. And yeah, I definitely disagree with the notion
            That the chiefs could stay above water without Jamaal Charles. Even with Andy Reid. It’s not a knock on Reid, it’s just that without JC there would be nobody on the field in my opinion. Hopefully for your sake you’ll never have to see if I’m right. Here’s to hoping JC holds up.

          • Nick the Kick

            We did score 44 against Pagano sans JC. We need a fast guy with good hands at tailback and Knile Davis fits the bill. He is no Charles, but the system works. Against an elite D, we will probably struggle to put up points even with Charles, but we only face 3 this year and I’ll mark down the Jets as a win and have us at least splitting with he NFC West teams, including a win against Seattle @ home. We gonna shake up the world!

          • Nick the Kick

            What JC really saved our bacon on last year was outlet receiving. The Reid system relies heavily on the tight end and while I love Mcgrath’s spunk, he is not a difference maker, I’m not sure if Fasano is either, they must have a lot of faith in Kelce. I was in favor of signing Jimmy Graham to an offer sheet that gives up 2015 and 2016 1st rounders. I don’t think the cost would have been 2 high as we should be picking later if things go well and our O would be more dangerous with him than almost any other player I can think of.

          • trinity

            Lol well first, the thought of you guys getting Jimmy Graham is hideous to me, because the saints are my team haha :). I do agree that you guys need reciever and tight end help though. JC really does too much. One of the best backs in the league, plus your guys leading reciever. I think he scored an entire 46% of your touchdowns. That’s too much.

    • HeWhoKnowsAll

      Statistical analysis strongly suggests that Charles is a better pure runner than AP. The things that aren’t debatable: he is a much better blocker and receiver than AP. This is coming from a Vikings fan btw.

      • trinity

        Ok. Neither is my favorite team so that’s fine. AP has only finished outside the top 5 in rushing twice in his career, and his career average is phenomenal. Added with his intangibles, and adding the idea that he’s the most physically dominant runner of this generation, and he’s my pick. Again, you can’t really go wrong with either, and charles is my second favorite.

      • ladner morse

        BTW… we welcome Vikings fans here too.

        Also, I was a big Viking fan in the early 70′s. Loved their D-line back then! Carl Eller, Jim Marshall and Alan Page… awesome! I’ve always been a D-line fan… the Rams of the 60s spoiled me in that way.

  • berttheclock

    You mentioned he had 329 touches. But, he only ran the ball 259 times. Lynch with the Seahawks had 301 carries and few pass attempts. Gore had 276 carries with only 16 pass touches. The major reason Charles caught so many passes was due to the many problems with the O-line, the slow development of a Number 2 receiver and the injuries to the TE. Normally, in a West Coast offense, the TE is the safety valve. Alex Smith had little choice but to use Charles as such.

    However, you are correct about the blossoming of Alex Smith in the Colts game after Charles went down. Alex played very well and became the leader of the offense.To hell and gone with his detractors. He is the leader of this offense and with the return of the TEs, the growth of A J Jenkins, the healing of the shoulder of Avery and DAT fitting the system, I believe Charles will be used less which is great for saving his very important legs. I still recall those days of yore when many fans at the KC Star kept complaining about his lack of carries and bemoaning the fact Thomas Jones was even getting any carries. They did not realize Charles was not a machine who could keep running all day without any rest. They would keep griping about his over six yards per carry versus the 2 ypc for Jones. Had they had their way, Charles would have been worn out and gone very quickly.

    The late great race horse trainer, Charlie Whittingham, used to describe great horses. He said they were like strawberries, which meant they could so sour over night and be finished with racing. Same with many running backs. I was in Seattle when the career of a great RB out of Alabama, Shaun Alexander, came to an abrupt end. One minute he was complaining about not being allowed one more carry which meant only a perk payoff to him personally and blasted Holmgren for not running him in that last game of the season. The very next season he was limping around for the Redskins and was quickly and quietly out of football and washed up as a RB.

    • HeWhoKnowsAll

      The reason why he catches so many passes is the same reason Westbrook caught so many passes: Andy Reid. That’s literally the only reason.

      • berttheclock

        If you look at his highest number of catches with the Eagles, you will see they were in 2006 with 77 catches and 90 in 2008. However, if you check the other receivers you will notice he didn’t have very much quality help in such as Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis. In 2006, the 2nd leading receive was a TE. It was not until 2009 when DeSean Jackson joined the team, that his numbers dropped to 54 and kept falling after that year. Reid had little choice but to use him as last year he had similar problems with Charles being the only logical fall back.

      • ladner morse

        That’s what I’m saying too and consequently it’s Reid and only Reid who can redesign the offense to make sure JC is not put under so much stress that he gives out before his time.

  • area

    JC would say “gimme the ball!”. It’s the coaches job to use their assets responsibly, unfortunately the NFL is a business first and a every players replacement is already being developed somewhere, somehow.

  • area

    Good article, but I cannot use Priest and DAT in any similar context. 30 pounds is a huge difference in players and their respective roles. Try as I might, I cannot imagine DAT, or JC for that matter, going over the goal line in the manner Priest did soooooo many times.

    • berttheclock

      Yeah, both Priest and Marcus Allen had noses for the end zone. One secret of theirs was in knowing how to follow blocks.

      • area

        DAT shows similar prowess in letting the plays unfold as well as any layer I’ve seen. But to use DAT between the tackles at the NFL level is folly imo.

        • berttheclock

          For several years, the weakest running spot on the line has been between the tackles. Dexter was used far too often trying to run up the gut. Without very tough interior blocking, the Chiefs had the lowest production in the NFL on such plays. Reminds me of the great offensive line and Okoye. They were great until the playoff game with the Bolts. The week before the game, Grunhard was injured and his backup at center was a very poor run blocker. So, San Diego jammed the center of the line and the running game collapsed. Funny thing about that game was the TV announcers never mentioned the fact Grunhard was hurt and they kept wondering why the Chiefs could not run.

          • area

            It also created a need to make Okeye run east/west when he had terrible lateral speed. When Christian ran outside the tackles all I could do was grimace.

          • berttheclock

            BTW, I had to mention Okoye as it stirs the juices of Laddie. He attended the same college and with the mention I am sure he will begin to croon “School daze, school daze, oh, those golden rule days” Lots and lots of smog in Azusa.

  • berttheclock

    It will be great to read about DAT showing up for camp. Yesterday, was the last day of finals at Nike. Lots of activity of Cliff Notes regarding “My Pet Goat” exchanged on campus. Monday will be the Commencement Day with local buses hauling grads off to unemployment lines in Portland and Eugene. So much Phil Knight money flowing into buildings, uniforms and playing facilities; so little passing on to qualified professors. In the vast Pacific Rim university systems, Nike fares very poorly. Far better to the north at The Dub. But, hey, DAT will be free at last to head to KC.

    • ladner morse

      Yes… I’ve been thinking about making a t-shirt that says:
      FREE DAT!

  • jimfromkcj

    You make a good point that I have been trying to make for several years. It is sad that there is so much pressure to win at any cost on coachs and GM’s.

    • berttheclock

      jim, I know we disagree at times, but, you comment reminds me of a fellow in my unit in West Germany. He had been a baseball pitcher for the Tigers organization. His last stop was at their top AAA club in he south. He and a fellow pitcher known as “The Vulture” were said to be locks to move up to Detroit. However, near the end of the season, his arm started hurting him and he asked his manager to not pitch him. The manager needed the pennant and he refused. So, there was just one too many pitches and the next year, “The Vulture” Phil Regan was called up to Detroit and history and this poor fellow ended up in an 8 inch self propelled unit near Stuttgart. He still was so good he ended up doing TDY with Seventh Corps Artillery sports teams. But, it was all based on that one manager’s need for his own success.

      • jimfromkcj

        We played a lot of fast pitch softball as I was growing up and your story reminded me of an old friend, long dead that I played with. He was a mechanic on B29′s during WW2 and played baseball with a service team with Pee Wee Reece. Pee Wee always sent him a Christmas card till he died. I also got interested in football during WW2 and followed Iowa Preflight, a service team based out of Des Moines. They had very good teams and had some really great coachs such as Bernie Berman and Bud Wilkenson. I know you will probably have to look these guys up in wickapedia, but they were very well known in their time. Berman coached at Minnesota and Wilkenson at Oklahoma.

        • berttheclock

          Hey, I am only four years younger than you. Yes, following KU football, I was very aware of WIlkerson. However, as you mentioned fast pitch, I was lucky to visit Ft Wayne and my uncle, who had been an engineer on a B-29 which lifted off northeast of Wichita and flew to Saipan, took me to see the Zollner Pistons of the then pro fast pitch league. BTW, did you know most of the B-29 flight crews leaving Herrington on the just assembled ’29s, had just met each other and did their OJT enroute to Saipan? Yeah, lots of great coaches, either, coached during the war or came out of that war. Landry flew B-17s over Germany and his brother had been killed flying one across the Atlantic.

  • micah stephenson

    I can’t believe you wrote all that trying to convince us that the offense should b built around ASS11 instead of jc. Wat was u smokin/drinkin right before you wrote this?

    • Jim Harper

      As usual you just don’t get it.

      • ladner morse

        As usual Jim… you do get it. :)

        Thanks for saying it so I didn’t have to.

        • micah stephenson

          No I don’t get it. An Offense built around a QB that you don’t want to have to do too much? Built around a QB that doesn’t really want to pass much? Built around a QB that after 9 seasons still ain’t much? Ok, let me go back and reread this and see if I can get it.

          • ladner morse

            I just saying this is what you should expect and if you truly don’t like it you might want to cover your eyes for the next 4 to 5 years.

          • micah stephenson

            I should have covered them 20 years ago.

          • ladner morse

            So Micah… are you saying you weren’t much of a Trent Green fan?

        • micah stephenson

          Ok, if you saying we should run more with the other running backs, that’s understandable, but it kinda seem like you was hinting at ASS11 being the focal point of the offense, which would get us in trouble. Not worried about when JC falls off cus we already have K.Davis. RBs are a dime a dozen.

          • ladner morse

            I’m saying Alex Smith WILL be the focal point like he was in the Colts game in January… and that it will not only be a good thing for the Chiefs but also preserve and further Jamaal Charles career.

          • micah stephenson

            If Smith becomes the focal point, we will lose more than the 7-8 games I thought we would lose.

      • micah stephenson

        I didn’t really read it. I just skimmed through it real quick while sit n the driveway of DQ waiting on my food. If he saying take it easy on charles, that’s cool, K.Davis is my boy! He can handle the load.

  • tm1946

    Not sure what the fuss is all about. Not at all sure Charles will have any value or even be here when the new roster comes together. Like Albert, Hali, Flowers, et al, even DJ, sean Smith, Berry or Bowe, may be history before the Dorsey/Reid Chiefs come together

    • ladner morse

      One of the things the Reid and Dorsey did last offseason was to sign Dwayne Bowe to a big contract:

      “Dwayne Bowe signed a 5 year / $56 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, including
      a $15,000,000 signing bonus, $20,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $11,200,000.”

      Sooner or later everyone on the roster will be replaced. Besides.. that’s their job… to reshape the roster with their kind of guys.

  • freshmeat62

    Speaking of the number of touches these guys get, I wanted to see what some of the best of all time, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith, had during their careers. These are only for the touches they had in the 16 game season, and don’t include any they had in the playoffs.

    Payton had 2 400+ touches/yr – ’79 at age 26 400 even, and ’84 age 31 426. That was his 10th yr in the league. But for most seasons he was between 350-390.

    Smith on the other hand was a freaking work horse. It’s almost unbelievable, since we make a big deal out of Johnsons 1 yr over 400. Smith had 4 years of over 400 touches topping at 435 at age 26 in ’95 – then he went on to play 9 more years. Remember these don’t even include the playoffs and SB’s. It’s probably safe to say that for the ’92 and ’95 seasons he was approaching 500 touches.

    I’m not sure that it proves anything, comparing Charles to Smith since they are different body types, but Johnson was a big body and flamed out pretty fast.

    • ladner morse

      I think it is fair to compare any body type to any other at teh RB position… after all, their team choose them. What’s not fair… and makes Charles all the more incredible… is that Emmitt Smith had Hall of Fame players all around him. Troy Aikman could go to the passing game anytime he liked because of Michael Irvin which helped to spread the field and open more lanes for Smith. Plus, Smith’s OL was so good that many times Smith would get past the second level without being touched so the first guys to hit him were DBs. Big difference between DBs hitting you and LBs whacking you silly.

      Now, comparing him to JC makes JC seem more other worldly.

      • berttheclock

        Had only Ursula Andress and Sophia Loren played in the Lingerie League

        • ladner morse

          Then the answer to the question of “touches” would be endless.

  • Stan Colbert

    One reason I do not like Air-Reid is he doesn’t run the ball! Everybody talks about how the secondary failed in the playoff game, but nobody mentions how we had a first and goal at the three yard line and three incomplete passes later we kicked a field goal. In the second half, with a big lead all that was required was 2 first downs to run the clock out. In the Dallas game JC reportedly begged Reid to run the ball at the end of game. On the other hand the use of JC in the passing game does lessen the pounding JC takes touching the ball. He has said playing for Reid could extend his career. Also, a number of completions JC received were on checkdowns last year. Better chemistry with receivers and healthy competent tight end play will lessen those. It would be nice if KD can step in and take more running plays these other areas improve, though I really don’t wish opposing defenses decide to cover JC so he is not open.

  • Hawthorne

    Great points as always Laddie. I do think when JC went down it forced Smith to take some chances. I suspect Smith noticed it worked and with renewed confidence will be tearing things up this season. We may get a QB with a better arm in the future, but I doubt we will find one with a better brain.

  • Edmond Dantes

    To answer the question yes because the Colts couldn’t stop our offense with our best playmaker out so no question we would’ve scored 44 or more with Charles. Im glad ive heard what ive heard from the Chiefs about winning the west. Thats the goal. Imagine a playoff game at arrowhead. I think that would help big time in getting over the long time playoff loss hump. We play that game at KC no way the Colts make that comeback with our crowd going nuts after a 4 td lead. Keep the team healthy and we will see what happens.

  • e_racer

    A steroided up Shawne Merriman ended Priest Holmes career. The league was too weak to control players like Merriman, who was out of control, and led with his head into Holmes’ neck.