Going into the ‘09 season I think that 2 things were clear. One was that Larry Johnson was on the down slope of his misguided career and the other was that the Kansas City Chiefs needed to find their running back of the future. Well, here we are in 2010 and I'm proud to say as a former Longhorn that we have found that future star in Jamaal Charles. At 5'11'' and 199 pounds Jamaal has galloped into the hearts of Chiefs fans everywhere. The once labeled "change of pace back" has proven that he can carry the load to the tune of 190 carriers for 1,120 yards, the only guy in NFL history to surpass 1,100 yards with fewer than 200 carries, quite impressive. But, if you haven't been hiding under a rock for the past year then you already know this, Jamaal is the man in KC.
So, we have our lightning, we have our dash, now all we need is that thunder/smash back to compliment our collegiate champion sprinter. Don't get me wrong, I do think that Jamaal has proven that he can handle 20+ carries in a game and perform well. But I also think that if we had a true power back to pair with his unique set of skills it would only speed his progression in this league. Let's be honest, when it comes to running backs in the NFL, Jamaal Charles is not a big guy. I watched him take so many hits this year, many times thinking to myself, I really hope this guy gets up after that one. Come on, you have to admit that a little part of you was scared when you saw Jamaal laying on the ground after Ayers decided to go Hulk Hogan on the guy. You can't tell me that Mr. Ayers would be doing that to a 230 pound bruiser back. Jamaal has shown everyone in the league that he has arrived, I just don't want him forced into an early exit.
A big smashmouth running back would only add another dimension to the offense of the Kansas City Chiefs. It's third and goal on the 1 yard line, what do we do? Play action pass to the tight end? Outside sweep to Jamaal? No, lets put in big thunder and let him plow his way to 6 points. I understand in order to do this you need a descent offensive line but that's another post entirely. We need a power back to help wear down a team's run D. Imagine tackling a 230 pound big man and then on the very next play having to try and chase a 199 pound sprinter, not too easy a task.
I'm not writing this post to say that Jamaal needs less carries. After averaging 5.9 yards/carry this season I think we would all like to see him be used more. What I'm saying is that I don't want this guy to become another casualty of the long grueling season of the NFL. A power back could become Jamaal's best friend and put our running attack in the top 10 in the league. I'm not the brightest crayon in the box and I never claim to have all the answers but I think that this is a need that our coaching staff must address in the offseason if we would like to have Jamaal setting Chiefs records for the next 5-10 years. Now comes the question, which back do we go after? Well arrowhead pride, that's where you guys come in. Do we go after a free agent bruiser or try our luck with this year's draft which we all know is a deep class? My choice is....... Toby Gerhart, the 6'1'' 235 pound senior from Stanford, what's yours?