It looks like Kareem Hunt will be the Kansas City Chiefs starting running back moving forward. Andy Reid confirmed that would be the case after news of Spencer Ware’s likely season-ending injury came out.
I found Reid’s comments on the Chiefs running backs interesting. After announcing the Ware news, here’s what he said:
“I think we’re going to be okay there,” Reid said on Sunday. “Now listen, are you going to replace Spence? No he’s a good football player, but the young kid (Kareem Hunt), he’ll step in and he’ll do a nice job for us, and Charcandrick’s (West) got reps under his belt, C.J. (Spiller) has reps under his belt so we’re okay. I don’t want to take anything away from Spencer and how important he was to our team, but that’s a position where we have a little strength, so we should be okay.”
Interesting he says strength. Maybe that’s just coach speak showing confidence in his guys but that stood out to me. The Chiefs have two backs on the roster - West and Spiller - who have NFL experience. That’s a good thing for your third and fourth backs on the team. The top back on the roster, Hunt, has no NFL experience but he presumably does have fresher legs than the others.
It could be a good mix. I wouldn’t have used the word strength but maybe he just meant that you have two other backs on the roster with NFL experience. It still feels like we’re dealing with a lot of unknown when it comes to the Chiefs running game.