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Jamaal Charles Awareness Month

Let me take this opportunity today on Chiefs Command to tell you about a very serious issue: Jamaal Charles.
As I watched and as I re-watched the Kansas City Chiefs’ 21-14 win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night (which, by the way, I called including the score), I kept asking myself the same question: “Why is our best player on the sidelines?” That player, of course, is star running back Jamaal Charles. Any Chiefs fan with half a brain can tell you that he is easily our best player. Charles shined in a breakout season in 2009, rushing over 1,000 yards to become the team MVP while starting only half the year.
But this is perhaps the most impressive fact involving any of the 2010 Chiefs:
Jamaal Charles is the all-time leader among running backs in yards per carry in the NFL at 5.9 yards in his career.
Yes, the all-time leader, with a minimum of 150 career carries (Charles has 268).
Last week, I listed Charles as the single most important player for the Chiefs in 2010, and it wasn’t even close. Not only that, but he is by far the best player the Chiefs have. The scariest thing is that as his career has gone on, he has gotten better and better. So why did Todd Haley and Charlie Weis not use him more often on Monday night? Charles got only 11 carries on Monday night and did not get his first legitimate shot at contributing until he was handed the ball with under a minute to go in the first quarter; he promptly ran 56 yards for a touchdown, tying the game. This was great, but I was left wondering: why on earth can you not get your best player involved in the offense during the first 14 minutes of the game?
Don’t get me wrong; veteran running back Thomas Jones is a great player. He’s been a very good runner for a very long time and this is why I was ecstatic when I learned the Chiefs signed him; however, I thought that he would be getting significantly less carries than Jamaal, perhaps coming in on the third-and-short situations. Jones is great at doing that kind of thing, but Charles is ELECTRIC. He changes the game. Don’t believe me? Watch his touchdown run again. Haley and Weis know more about football than me, but it appears pretty obvious to me that they should involve their best player on more than 24% of the offensive plays. Give Charles the vast majority of the carries on offense, and he very well could have a season close to what Chris Johnson did for the Tennessee Titans last year (2,006 yards). Or, perhaps at least have as good of a season as the not-paid and angry version of Larry Johnson in 2005 (1,750 yards).
I was listening to What’s Wright with Nick Wright on 610 Sports KCSP on Friday afternoon and listened to Nick harp on the same Jamaal Charles subject and how he feels like he is the only one that seems to care about this issue. You’re not alone, Nick. I then announced on Twitter that I declare this month to be Jamaal Charles Awareness Month.
You can make a difference. Tell your kids about Jamaal Charles. What if your kid grows up to be the next Todd Haley? Do you want him to ignore his best offensive weapon? Surely not. Volunteer to speak at local events. Make t-shirts. Spread the word. Questions might not be the anti-drug, but Jamaal Charles is. Seriously, someone get on that t-shirt thing.
With your help, we can fight idiotic game planning together.

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  • I am thinking about making some wristbands. I do like having Thomas Jones in short yardage and goal-line situations but Jamaal Charles is the man no matter what the depth chart says.

    Running backs are a tough case because the RB position experiences the most turnover. You could argue that the 416 carry year Larry Johnson had in 2006 did him in but Herm Edwards may not have been wrong to use him like that. Carl Peterson was dumb for giving him all that money.

    While I don't think Jamaal Charles should rush the ball 400 times, he should get 20 touches a game. As strange as it is, I think the correct strategy is to use him while you have him. RB's the size of Charles and Chris Johnson won't be in the NFL too long. One thing is for sure and that is that the NFL sure hasn't found a way to stop these guys.

  • I am convinced that Charles has done something to Haley that we are not privy to. How else do you explain giving your star player very few touches per game? If the Titans did this with Chris Johnson the media would crucify Jeff Fisher – I only wish they'd do the same with Haley.

    When Nick Wright asked him what else Charles needs to do to get more touches Haley answered like a politician (gave no answer but still spoke).

    This makes me hate Haley as a head coach. It really does.

  • As long as we crank out wins, I could honestly care less about who plays because I'm cheering for the jersey, not the name on the back of it. That said, I do agree with you that it atrocious to not even give JC a touch until the end of the first quarter. I will say that it makes us hella hard to game plan for if Thomas can be productive AND gives us a chance at keeping JC healthy all season(Which my fantasy team desperately needs)

    Tom, for us to get to 10-6, we our personal JC with us all season. Who knows? Maybe the Chargers were showing a defensive package that Charlie and Todd that Jones could exploit..

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  • I do realize that we won, so I can't completely bash Haley/Weis but come on. gotta use your best player

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