Well I flew out to KC this weekend from Austin, TX in hopes to see the first playoff victory for the Chiefs in 17 years. That obviously did not happen but one thing that I will always remember about this game and what we have as a team is how amazing our running back is. It was an awesome moment when he broke that 41yd run as I was hugging random people I dont even know and spilling my beer all over the place.
I knew JC would break one during the game at some point but I did not know it would only take him 2 carries. Jamaal Charles to me is the best running back in the game now and the numbers do not lie with his ypc avg. I have no idea why we do not feed him the ball more because I know 31 other teams that would love to have JC lined up in their backfield every play. It seems like he consistently picks up atleast 6 to 8 yds per carry and the funny thing about it is I have come to expect it now. What he has done for this team is truly amazing even without being the #1 guy at all times.
Jamaal did cough up a fumble yesterday but the truth is when the ball is in his hands he gives us the best chance to win whether it is a run or a little catch out of the backfield. He makes people miss with his speed and agility but is also willing to dish out hits when needed. The guy never runs out of bounds at the end of the play even though he is a lot smaller than most backs in the NFL.
I think of myself as a big Haley supporter but one thing I just truly dont get is JC's workload. It simply doesnt make sense to me that you dont have the ball in the hands of your best player let alone one of the best players in the NFL the majority of the time. We all watch the games here every sunday and we all see how productive he is it just seems like our coaching staff has blinders on and are refusing to give in and let Jamaal be "the guy." I dont know if its because hes a Herm draft pick or whether they think he cant be an everyday back all I know is I am starting to get very frustrated with how we use him. Haley seems to praise his players like Cassel and Thomas Jones even Dwayne Bowe a little bit this year saying his old favorite cliche "their making progress" and "they're in here day in and day out working very hard" but I have never heard him say anything positive about Jamaal. I could be wrong but I really have never heard him acknowledge the guy for his accomplishments throughout his career here in KC. It's so surprising to me being that Jamaal says the right things all the time and in my eyes puts the team first before personal accolades.
Before yesterdays game I was like everyone else thinking maybe we were saving Jamaal the whole year just so we could grind it out and give him the ball all game in the playoffs. That obviously didn't happen as he only touched the ball 3 times in the second half. I was willing to trust the coaching staff all year as it seemed to work, he wasn't injured the whole year and he seemed to be fresh for the biggest game in this teams history in 5 years. Now that it is the off-season I know the one thing I'll be wondering about going into next season is how we will use JC next year. Personally I would like to see Jamaal get at least 300 carries next year. He is proven now that he can be the guy lets hope Todd and company will realize that they have running back who could be great given the opportunity.