Hey Arrowhead Pride, how's the first week back to work been? This has been a fun few days for us since the season ended hasn't it? We got our late Christmas present (and some Hanukkah) with the Charlie Weis signing and for Valentine's Day we might get Romeo Crennel...how fitting- Romeo...Valentine...well you get the picture. The off-season will surely be a special one and you know Chris and Joel will keep Arrowhead Pride rockin' every day of it.
As much as I would love to talk about the Charlie Weis signing I feel like we got all of that out of our systems yesterday, and even though it is still a little fresh in our minds, I feel like it is a just a cherry on top for one of the most exciting things to happen to Chiefs history...Jamaal Charles.
Don't this sh*t make my people wanna JUMP JUMP.
Jamaal RaShaad Charles, whew, you have turned some heads boy. And when I say turned I mean like, you're breakin' necks. I mean last year, week 12, against Buffalo, we all kind of saw what type of player Jamaal would be when he made that nice catch from a Tyler Thigpen throw and made a few nice moves to get in the end zone. Or how about that screen pass against the Dolphins in week 16...going 75 yards to the 3 yard line after being hawked by what was a great effort from Yeremiah Bell, the Phins safety. But c'mon AP, did you expect to see Jamaal do what he did this year in only his 2nd season? I surely didn't. I mean I knew he had sprinter speed coming out of Texas, but I honestly, along with Todd Haley, thought he was only a compliment Darren Sproles type back and would never be able to handle a full load. I had dubbed him a 15-carry a game guy, nothing more. Someone to put in space and let the rest happen. . After we drafted him I was ecstatic and all but I just questioned his durability issues. But man oh man, those durability issues have flown out the window and into the sunset.
Larry Johnson's abrupt departure from KC was arguably one of the biggest stories this season. Between the petition, Larry's antics, Cincy Jungle eating up the fact they signed him and couldn't wait to unleash him in Week 17 against us. Don't lie, you know it hurt a little bit to see a guy who stabbed our fan base and our team in the back whine his way out of KC to a playoff contender. I know it aggravated me. But fast forward 10 weeks, and look at this team now. Jamaal Charles has established himself as one of the most dangerous people in the NFL and can now be looked in the same spotlight as gamebreakers like Chris Johnson, Darren Sproles, Joshua Cribbs, DeSean Jackson, Percy Harvin, etc. Due to all of that, what's his name again...oh yeah, 2.7, I mean 2.9, I mean LJ...yeah that's his name, and the poop stains he left all over Kansas City have vanished like a fart in the wind.
I feel like throughout the year, after a rough start, this team needed a player who could score from anywhere on the field. We didn't have a guy like a DeSean Jackson or a Percy Harvin, do you all agree? I mean little did we know JC would be that guy, but Larry Johnson was getting the bulk of the carries and JC couldn't be unleashed. I don't blame Todd Haley for that either. He came over and saw that LJ has been KC's best player (besides Jared Allen) for the past 8 seasons, why wouldn't you give the ball to your best player? I sure as hell would've fed LJ the rock like Todd Haley did, but it was clear that LJ's style of play wasn't fit for the offense Todd Haley was trying to run. Little did we know, his Twitter fiasco at the time being a very frustrating and aggravating situation for Chiefs nation, was a blessing in disguise. Jamaal let his hair down, and 1,000 yards, 8 TD's, and an astounding 5.9 YPC average later...AP, we have found our guy. I'll re-iterate this to everyone, our boy JRC is the ONLY running back in NFL history to run for a little more than 1,100 yards (1,120) on less than 200 carries (190).
So because JC puts me in the happiest mood ever, I want to share some video clips with my fellow APers and hopefully get some of your feedback and your overall feelings on Jamaal this season and what his talent holds for us in the near future Sure, I know in the back of your heads you all know that Jamaal is budding star and probably watched these videos over and over again like I have but let's be real....
1.) Watching highlights of Jamaal's spectacular 2nd half turns my frowns upside down.
2.) You KNOW it will get you excited for the future and it will get you excited for whatever your next endeavor will be in a few hours.
3.) JC deserves the recognition, and we owe it to him.
****If there was a way I could put the video's right on the page I would, but a lot of these videos are from NFL.com and not youtube so I was unable to attach them right to the story. My apologies.****
2008 - Long reception TD home against Buffalo
At 16 seconds, after making a very nice catch on an under thrown ball by the Thigster, schools a familar face, Kawika Mitchell, which was sweet to see, and makes us all raise our eyebrows, pump our fists and say wow.
2009 - Jamaal's 44 yard TD run @ the Raiders
4th and a key 1 yard against Oakland and Jamaal breaks a 44 yard run to give us our FIRST rushing TD of the season. The significance of this run? Pay attention at 3 seconds to Branden Albert.
Not only did Jamaal just completely embarrass that Haider defense, but Branden had a very nice seal off block to open up a wide hole for JRC to do work and at 7 seconds, he just shoots out like a cannon. Great call by Gus Johnson on this run, love that guy by the way. If he could commentate every single game in the NFL I would be all for it.
2008 - Jamaal 75 Yard Screen Pass home against the Dolphins
Yes, Sackintosh had two great blocks but still, look at this Jamaal run, he stumbled at 20 seconds, and I am sure we were all happy we had such a big positive play then the fact he stumbled and didn't get into the end zone. Very nice catch and run for the former Longhorn.
2009 - 93 Yard Kickoff Return home against the Steelers
11 seconds into this video when Jamaal makes a GREAT decision by cutting back left and finding the hole, he catapults out of the cluster of Steeler defenders, trips up a bit and stays on his feet and he's gone. I mean just watching this you can hear how the stadium reacted and how the crowd gets louder the more Jamaal breaks free...I get the chills watching that. Amazing stuff.
Stay in the same game...not only a great play call but CLUTCH execution by not only Jamaal but Matt Cassel as well in arguably the biggest win for the Chiefs this season. Great game for Jamaal and many were to follow.
I feel like this is the game we all knew Jamaal was starting to get it and he wasn't just an All-American sprinter trying to be a football player but showing us he was a football player who was an All-American sprinter.
2009 - 75 Yard Run against Buffalo (my personal favorite)
Donte Whitner, a first round safety who is a ball hawking, hard hitting Brian Dawkins mold and the center of that Bills defense, makes a fool out of himself on this play due to a little JC stutter step. Watch at 4 seconds, you see Whitner come out of no where looking like he was going to have a nice angle on Jamaal all of the sudden bye bye, Donte was looking at the back of his jersey for the next 50 yards. It's not even like that was the only jaw-dropping part of this run, it was a 76-yarder, his longest of the season and it was sooooo pretty to watch.
2009 - Week 12 @ the Chargers
What a catch by Jamaal. We've seen him make plays like this before but his consistency with catching the football is another thing we all need to be mucho excited about.
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, MMM.
Again, we're staying in the same game. 6 seconds is all I have to say about this.
How bout that Jamaal Charles?
2009 - Week 15 home against the Browns
Play after play this guy just keeps amazing us. Watch at 8 seconds he puts another
nice looking GORGEOUS stutter step move on a Cleveland defender to make him look sillier than Donte Whitner.
And I mean just look at the speed as he hits the 2nd level of defenders, it looks like 22 has a great angle and will catch him but Jamaal's speed really just wows you in this one as he finds the end zone with 3 defenders chasing him.
2009 - Week 17 @ the Broncos
Go back to that screen pass against the Dolphins in 2008 where he gets tripped up and stumbles and falls down. It's clear you can see in the off-season Jamaal bulked up his legs to get a better center of gravity and eliminate going down easily. This is the 2nd or 3rd run this season where he gets tripped up and can easily go down but keeps his balance and makes an even bigger play than it was before he stumbled. Even though he didn't have any beautiful stutter steps on this run, he had Dick Enberg, the broadcaster of that game stuttering his words all day due to record-setting day and his extraordinary game play.
How about that stanky leg at the end of this run? Chris Johnson did the same thing earlier in the year after scoring a TD too. Either way, gotta love the fact Jamaal is having fun and not only is he surprising us with his skills but the stanky leg dance was spot on. Anybody else try to bust the stanky leg out this week when talking about Jamaal Charles' game at the office water cooler? I ain't afraid to admit it.
In conclusion, you had us from day 1 Jamaal. Bulk those shoulders up this off-season, be yourself and you will succeed in this league and continue to make history.
Sure, there were some more plays I could've put up here, maybe ones you would have wanted to see, but I feel like I hand selected the few that have really put Jamaal in the conversation he is in today. AP, be OPTIMISTIC about this off-season! Look at this team and how much better it got from the first pre-season game to week 17. Sure, Jamaal deserves a lot of credit for what he has done, but his emergence has contagious and everyone is starting to play Chief football like we know they can. Now with Charlie Weis here and Romeo Crennel on the way, a great draft in April and a few key FA signings, guys, we're right back in the mix of becoming winners
Enjoy the rest of your week guys and remember, be happy, this team is going to be good very soon.