He never appeared in a game and didn't even dress for 14 of 32 regular-season games. He was the Broncos' version of Ricky Stanzi in 2010-11.
Even Broncos head coach John Fox expressed second thoughts about how he handled his quarterback situation in the year 1 B.P. (Before Peyton).
Time And Injury Don't Stop Charles From Helping Chiefs, Breaking Records from The Mothership
Just five days removed from the 118-yard performance against the Bengals, giving him a total of 5,083 career-scrimmage yards (15th place all-time in Chiefs history), Charles needs eight more yards to pass FB Kimble Anders for the 14th spot and his current scrimmage yards per game average (101 yards) ranks eighth in the NFL.
However, you can't fully appreciate the real estate Jamaal Charles has covered since the Chiefs selected him in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, without knowing what the 5'11, 199-pound RB has endured.
Chiefs Stay Motivated Despite Disappointing Season from KC Star
The Chiefs will face one of the most elite quarterbacks in NFL history on Sunday in Peyton Manning, who has led Denver to a 7-3 record, including five straight wins in his first season with the Broncos.
"We're all pros out there," inside linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "We know anybody can win on Sunday. Denver is playing at a high level right now and they're kind of rolling ...
"You have to stay motivated. That comes with being a pro. I've been through a few years of losing here ... if you let it get the best of you ... it's been tough, not winning. We know what we have to do on Sunday. We can't beat ourselves. When the Chiefs make a mistake, it's a touchdown or a big play ... "
Quinn Up Next For Chiefs QB Merry-Go Round from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Coach Romeo Crennel announced Wednesday that Quinn will start Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, regaining the job he lost when he sustained a concussion against Oakland.
Quinn was cleared to play last week against Cincinnati and came on at halftime for ineffective Matt Cassel, who started the season before sustaining his own concussion against Baltimore.
"I like his leadership qualities and he's had experience with a couple of different teams and he's seen a couple of different things," Crennel said of his former first-round pick, who has yet to truly break through as an NFL starter. "I think that will bode well for him."
Broncos Expect Chiefs' Best Shot from DenverBroncos.com
At the same time, it isn't as if Kansas City is devoid of talent.
Jacob Tammepointed out that the Chiefs have "five guys on their defense that could be Pro Bowlers." Safety Rahim Moorenoted that with running back Jamaal Charles in the backfield, Kansas City "will run on you all day." Quarterback Peyton Manningpointed out the amount of pressure the Kansas City defense -- which ranks ninth in the league against the pass -- has put on signal callers all season.
In other words, the Broncos won't take their latest challenge lightly.
Tracy Porter Cleared To Play For Broncos from ProFootballTalk
AFC West: Denver Broncos' Success Has Division Scrambling from The Denver Post
And simply running Matt Cassel out of town won't fix it. NFL personnel people questioned the Chiefs depth chart before the season started, many privately chuckling at so many public predictions of a playoff team.
Those criticisms have proven true and the team's recent injuries and lack of quality replacements on the two-deep have only made it even more glaring.
Oklahoma Joe's Named Manliest Restaurant In America By 'Men's Health' from The Huffington Post
In August, Men's Health named the nine finalists in its manliest restaurant in America competition, now in its second year. Out of several categories, such as manliest taco stand (Hankook Taqueria) and manliest brew pub (Snake River Brewing), the magazine named the manliest bbq joint -- Oklahoma Joe's in Kansas City -- the manliest restaurant in America.
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