After that beating i witnessed yesterday at the hands of the chargers, i couldn't help but fall back into optimism mode, or as i like to call it "glimmer of hope mode". Now i've been contemplating this for a few weeks, basically ever since Jamaal Charles was handed the keys at running back he has impressed. With limited carries he continues to put up big numbers.
The knock on Charles from the beginning was his size will stop him from being an every down back. So i thought about that, and the first thing that came to my mind was: What about Chris Johnson? Their body type and frames are seemingly identical. When he broke into the league last year, everyone thought that he needed Lendale White to be successful. This season he is clearly proving that wrong. White has been a ghost. Once a promisiong young power running back, he has now been relegated to about 4 carries a game.
So what makes Chris Johnson so much different from Jamaal Charles?? Not much, it seems. Their Yards Per Carry average is the same, their running style is the same, and they both have the ability to be legitimate recieving threats (just ask Quintin Jammer).
The only recognizable difference i can see is that Chris Johnson is being given a better shot at succeeding. Sure Johnson's numbers are bigger, but at this point you can honestly say it might be because he gets about 10 more carries a game than Charles. And at their rushing rate that figures to be around 66 yards a game. More than that, Charles might even be able to imporve on what Johnson is doing if was given the same sort of blocking, instead he has one of the worst O-lines in football. Also, Johnson is 24, where Charles is 22, and the added experience and maturity could go a long way for the young tailback.
I know Charles has been getting alot of pub lately but it just seems to be from the local media. His own coach seems hesitant to put his full confidence in him. Now is he seeing something i'm not? I know Charles has had some untimely fumbles but so have other major running backs (LT, AP, ect.). So my question is: Is Jamaal Charles a running back worthy of the same type of attention or at least opportunity as Chris Johnson? Or he is mearly a mirage, and a poor mans version of the Tennesse standout?