Andy Reid: Giving Jamaal Charles Seven Carries Was ‘Negligence On My Part’


If you haven’t heard yet, Jamaal Charles barely touched the ball in Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. How little did he touch the ball?

Dexter McCluster had more carries (9) than Charles (7).

Donnie Avery was targeted more times (13) than Charles had touches (11).

Charles had only five carries after the Chiefs first possession.

Needless to say, Jamaal didn’t get the ball enough. And Andy Reid knows it.

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  • “Not giving [Charles] the ball more than seven times was negligence on my part,” Reid said in his press conference this afternoon. The effects of that negligence were made very obvious on the field. Take third downs for instance where the team was 1-for-12 on the day. Charles touched the ball twice on third down and converted one of those touches into a first down. The rest of the team was 0-for-10 and included three of the four sacks allowed and one interception.

    Charles wasn’t the only player left off the field on Sunday.

    After hearing all offseason about the importance of the tight end position and then seeing Travis Kelce blossom in the preseason, Kelce was on the field for only 18 snaps on Sunday. Reid said Kelce is capable of playing more than 18 plays and probably should have been on the field more.

    Dee Ford and Vance Walker were notable players who did not see time on Sunday. Walker played only one snap (and got a sack) after being signed to replace Tyson Jackson as a pass rushing threat. Ford, the team’s first round pick, played in only three defensive snaps after playing in 72% of the team’s preseason defensive plays.

    What exactly was going on in the minds of Chiefs coaches on Sunday? It is really hard to figure out what the plan was for the Chiefs or if there even was a plan. Very little of what the Chiefs did schematically made sense on Sunday, starting with the personnel on the field and the way those players were used.

    The biggest leap in improvement the Chiefs can make between now and next week is getting back to what it is this team is built to do: Control the ball with Jamaal Charles and force teams in to passing situations. Hopefully Reid and the coaching staff make those corrections.