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Tribal Warfare
08-13-2010, 11:46 PM
Charles, McCluster provide bright spots in Chiefs’ loss (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/13/2149055/charles-mccluster-provide-bright.html)
By KENT BABB
The Kansas City Star

ATLANTA | Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster were on the Chiefs’ sideline. Their appearances didn’t last long, but they didn’t have to hang around to leave an impression.

Two of Kansas City’s smallest players showed Friday night that they could be the team’s biggest playmakers, invigorating an offense that looked ineffective and bored before a pair of pipsqueaks gave them something to feel good about.

“Somebody’s just got to come up and do some plays,” Charles said.

Yes, the Chiefs lost their first preseason game Friday in Atlanta, a 20-10 defeat to the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. And it didn’t look all that promising, either. But it wasn’t because Charles lost a step this offseason or because McCluster’s talent was overrated on draft day.

Kansas City is going to need those players. They found it out the hard way last year before Charles emerged as the team’s top offensive weapon, after the Chiefs gave Larry Johnson his final last chance, and there was no one left, really, but the undersized kid from Texas to take his place. Charles, of course, rushed for more than 1,100 yards in eight games, and when he was carrying the football, a Chiefs offense went from looking hopeless to something closer to promising.

“You like those guys,” coach Todd Haley said. “Defensive players, the ball just seems to come to them; when they’re offensive players, they find a way to make a play. That’s always a good sign when somebody comes in and good things happen.”

That’s the way things were Friday night.Haley and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis tried it their way. They used someone other than Charles at running back. This time it was veteran Thomas Jones, who suffered an injury in the first quarter, according to the Chiefs’ broadcast crew. Sure enough, Kansas City was faced with a familiar situation: a veteran out of the equation and Charles ready to take control.

When are the Chiefs going to learn?

Maybe that moment came in the first quarter Friday, when Charles rushed for 11 yards. Or the second quarter, when he touched the ball on three of four plays, compiling 29 yards in the process. When Kansas City’s offense looked embarrassingly similar to the one it fielded in 2009, the same player seemed to bail it out again.

“The whole team,” Haley said, “it looked like even defensively, that first drive, they were kind of sucking bananas.”

Now, though, Charles has company. Charles has said that, last year, he felt as if the Chiefs’ offense was at a disadvantage when he wasn’t available. When Charles needs a break this season, McCluster will be there to provide quickness, versatility and defensive confusion — even with Charles on the sideline.

It happened Friday. Charles was finished for the night — an abbreviated appearance, as these things go — and McCluster became the next logical option. On one of the Chiefs’ more productive series, which wasn’t necessarily saying much Friday, McCluster handled the ball on five of six plays. And he turned those chances into 25 rushing yards.

“If you go out there and compete,” McCluster said, “you know good things will happen.”

All told, Charles and McCluster combined for 62 rushing yards in nine total carries. McCluster isn’t even a running back. He’s listed as a receiver, after all, and he showed Friday that he’s pretty good at that, too, catching three passes for 23 yards.

When the Chiefs had Charles and McCluster on the field, interesting things happened. When they were on the sideline, it was time to do something else with your Friday night, because it probably wasn’t getting better.

“When I go in the game,” Charles said, “I just hope I can keep doing what I’m doing. I’ve got dreams and goals to accomplish.”

Silock
08-13-2010, 11:50 PM
Sucking bananas... lolz

KCbroncoHATER
08-13-2010, 11:51 PM
63 yards in 12 attempts

Wow ... now that's pretty sweet.

BossChief
08-13-2010, 11:53 PM
This offense has real potential to be good if Cassel turns into a quarterback one day.

Chambers
Bowe
DMC
Moeaki
Charles
Jones

those are plenty of weapons for a damn good offense if the quarterback shows up and plays like one.

Chiefs Pantalones
08-13-2010, 11:54 PM
I've seen enough. It's been one game but it's enough. Rest him.

Chiefs Pantalones
08-13-2010, 11:54 PM
This offense has real potential to be good if Cassel turns into a quarterback one day.

Chambers
Bowe
DMC
Moeaki
Charles
Jones

those are plenty of weapons for a damn good offense if the quarterback shows up and plays like one.

The line needs to protect him better than it did tonight though.

Baconeater
08-13-2010, 11:57 PM
This offense has real potential to be good if Cassel turns into a quarterback one day.


Yeah, and I have a real potential to be filthy rich if I turn into Warren Buffet one day.

go bowe
08-14-2010, 12:20 AM
Yeah, and I have a real potential to be filthy rich if I turn into Warren Buffet one day.be sure to call me when that day comes...

cdcox
08-14-2010, 12:40 AM
It's raining midgets.

KC Tattoo
08-14-2010, 02:12 AM
How many years have we biatched about this offense line? Willie & Will are gone, I know Croyle got slammed his first year as a starter the O-line was much worse then, Huard got creameulated that year too. When is our O-line not going to be an excuse so we can evaluate the rest of the players? Cassel plays like shit, but of course it's becouse our O-line still sucks so lets just keep letting Cassel be starter and give him excuses for sucking.


:banghead: O-****ING LINE :banghead: O-****ING LINE :banghead:O-****ing LINE :banghead:

:banghead: O_LINE
:banghead: O_LINE

Damn now I gave myself a headache

Bambi
08-14-2010, 02:15 AM
Cassel.

Just awful.

Should have drafted Clausen.

ChiefsCountry
08-14-2010, 02:25 AM
Cassel.

Just awful.

Should have drafted Clausen.

No we should have drafted Sanchez last year. No Cassel, No Vrabel and No Jackson. This team would be in alot better shape.

Bambi
08-14-2010, 02:27 AM
No we should have drafted Sanchez last year. No Cassel, No Vrabel and No Jackson. This team would be in alot better shape.

I agree. I go to 2-3 Jets games a year. I love Sanchez.

Unfortunately I see myself becoming a Jets fan as each day passes....

I'm so depressed.

HemiEd
08-14-2010, 03:05 AM
I'm so depressed.

Try and forget about Cassel, and take heart in the fact that this team has a good pair of "pipsqueaks."

LaChapelle
08-14-2010, 04:56 AM
It's all nice and rosey
until you have to listen to a 20 minute rambling
of Michael Irvin on the Chiefs playmakers

threebag02
08-14-2010, 05:38 AM
Fuck Michael Irving

KcMizzou
08-14-2010, 05:45 AM
Unfortunately I see myself becoming a Jets fan as each day passes....

I'm so depressed.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PmxExJ1vXtg/TBBDGvmcxkI/AAAAAAAAAJI/dFkN1txzSmw/s400/wellbye.jpg

milkman
08-14-2010, 05:49 AM
I agree. I go to 2-3 Jets games a year. I love Sanchez.

Unfortunately I see myself becoming a Jets fan as each day passes....

I'm so depressed.

I wanted to draft Sanchez, and I believe he's going to be a damn good NFL QB, in time.

But the reality is, he didn't do anything last year.

Pasta Giant Meatball
08-14-2010, 06:33 AM
I wanted to draft Sanchez, and I believe he's going to be a damn good NFL QB, in time.

But the reality is, he didn't do anything last year.

Agree 100%.

TRR
08-14-2010, 07:25 AM
I agree. I go to 2-3 Jets games a year. I love Sanchez.

Unfortunately I see myself becoming a Jets fan as each day passes....

I'm so depressed.

Then put on a Jets shirt, and get the fuck off the Chiefs board then idiot. I'm seeing myself become a Jets fan? That's not how this works.
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nychief
08-14-2010, 07:31 AM
I agree. I go to 2-3 Jets games a year. I love Sanchez.

Unfortunately I see myself becoming a Jets fan as each day passes....

I'm so depressed.

I also go to 2-3 jets games a year... but the jets fucking suck and I'll never be a fan... don't by the Sexy Rexy hype... they were fucking 9-7 last year and if SD's Placekicker doesn't Lin Elliot out... none of this super bowl talk would be happening. LT is shot. Sanchez is better in a magazine than the pocket. They have the toughest sked in the league, play in the second hardest division in the league and as far as I can tell have have a full on grimace looking retard as head coach.

so, yeah, fuck the whining and the jets.

Rausch
08-14-2010, 08:52 AM
Unfortunately I see myself becoming a Jets fan as each day passes....

I'm so depressed.

...


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Pawnmower
08-14-2010, 12:01 PM
It's raining midgets.

:clap:

OnTheWarpath58
08-14-2010, 12:51 PM
I wanted to draft Sanchez, and I believe he's going to be a damn good NFL QB, in time.

But the reality is, he didn't do anything last year.

Neither did Cassel.

And when you compare potential, it's not even close.

If we're going to be limited because of QB play, I'd rather it be a 22 year old with potential learning as he goes, versus a 28 year old career backup making rookie mistakes consistently.

milkman
08-14-2010, 01:05 PM
Neither did Cassel.

And when you compare potential, it's not even close.

If we're going to be limited because of QB play, I'd rather it be a 22 year old with potential learning as he goes, versus a 28 year old career backup making rookie mistakes consistently.

I agree.

I am simply pointing out that his post is fail.

And Cassel isn't making rookie mistakes any longer.

At this point in his career, it should be referred to as scrub mistakes.

OnTheWarpath58
08-14-2010, 01:05 PM
I agree.

I am simply pointing out that his post is fail.

And Cassel isn't making rookie mistakes any longer.

At this point in his career, it should be referred to as scrub mistakes.


LMAO

Valid point.