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Marcellus
09-06-2012, 06:51 AM
Chiefs’ Charles feels good and can’t wait to play

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star


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In the spring, on what seemed at the time to be a good day for his rehab, running back Jamaal Charles promised that last season’s knee injury and the resulting surgery would be quickly forgotten once he returned to the football field.
“When I touch that field again, you’re going to feel my pain,” Charles said, speaking to what was then a distant Chiefs opponent. “You’re going to go through what I went through. It’s going to be that way for me the rest of my career.”
That wasn’t necessarily a good day for Charles. Instead, it was just Charles baring his soul. The time for him to back up those words begins on Sunday, when the Chiefs open their regular season against Atlanta at Arrowhead Stadium.
In the intervening months, Charles hasn’t backed off that statement. In fact, on Wednesday, he embraced it.
“Everything I said in an interview when I met with you all in the offseason, that’s part of what I’m going to do Sunday,” Charles said. “I spoke it, I have to prove it. I feel good. I feel great right now. I just can’t wait for the opportunity when it comes.”
Those are sweet words to the Chiefs. Their running game dried up after Charles was lost for the season last year after tearing his ACL in a September game at Detroit.
He looked like the Charles of old in his limited chances in the preseason, showing the speed and moves that helped him rush for 1,467 yards and a 6.4-yard average in 2010.
The Falcons are expecting the same Charles as before the injury.
“They’ll give him his touches,” Atlanta coach Mike Smith said. “There are so many guys on that offensive side that can cause you problems, but I anticipate seeing him a lot on Sunday. He’s a guy that can really hurt you on the outside, and he’s a great cutback runner.
“Jamaal Charles is probably one of the three fastest guys, running backs, in the National Football League. He may be the No. 1 guy. He has great speed, and he’s a good cutback runner.”
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said he won’t limit Charles because he is coming off the knee injury. But they didn’t want to place too much of a burden on him, so they signed Peyton Hillis to share the load.
In their perfect world, the Chiefs will find plenty of work for both players. Game circumstances will determine how much the Chiefs use each player against the Falcons and beyond.
“The good thing about that is that I’ve got this guy named Hillis, who also could go into the game,” Crennel said. “I don’t think we’ll be disappointed when Hillis goes into the game.
“It’s just by how we feel and how it’s going. You can’t say how a game is going to go. We go up there and we work all these hours at night and put a game plan together, but if a play is not working, then you don’t keep calling that play. Whatever is working, that’s what we’re going to call. That’s why many times, you look at that offensive call sheet, and it has so many plays on it. If they’re not working, you have something else to go to.”
Crennel said the Chiefs would use Charles on Sunday as much as they believe is necessary to win the game. Those are sweet words to Charles.
“Whatever it is,” Charles said when asked how much he could carry the ball on Sunday. “I’m not backing down from any situation. I’m here and I’m not going (anywhere). I’ve been in every preseason game this year. That tells you a lot right there.
“I’m worried about the Falcons. I’m not worried about my knee. The only thing I’m worried about is staying healthy the whole season.”
Charles’ rehab has gone about as well as the Chiefs could have hoped. He played in a preseason game about 10 months after surgery, and it appeared he could have played in one much sooner.
“I felt great playing in the preseason games, getting a feel, moving around, making the moves I used to make out there,” Charles said. “Every week I was trying to get better and better. I’m 11 months right now. I’m not even a year (since) my surgery. So I’m back earlier than some people are.”
The Chiefs have issued their depth chart for the Atlanta game, and it lists both Charles and Hillis as their starting running backs. Both could play enough that it seems they are regulars.
But not even Hillis is questioning which back the position belongs to.
“I still look at Jamaal as the starting running back,” Hillis said. “He deserves it. He’s one of the leaders on this team, and his past play has proved it.”




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I am calling it. JC runs absolutely wild on Atlanta. 153 yards and 2 TD's.

Guru
09-06-2012, 06:55 AM
WE are going to run him to death and shorten his career. Good plan.

Marcellus
09-06-2012, 07:02 AM
WE are going to run him to death and shorten his career. Good plan.

LMAO JC needs fewer carries.

Chiefs Pantalones
09-06-2012, 07:07 AM
He has lost his burst lol. I miss the Jake Plummer is awesone poster that is Taco John. Biggest homer ever.

Tribal Warfare
09-06-2012, 07:14 AM
He has lost his burst lol. I miss the Jake Plummer is awesone poster that is Taco John. Biggest homer ever.

KnoMo says what's up

Hog Farmer
09-06-2012, 07:14 AM
I hope he breaks off a 75 yard TD !! Sunday can't get here fast enough.

Guru
09-06-2012, 07:15 AM
LMAO JC needs fewer carries.

You didn't disappoint. :clap:

Guru
09-06-2012, 07:15 AM
I hope he breaks off a 75 yard TD !! Sunday can't get here fast enough.

Tell me about it. It's all I think about this week.

Chiefs Pantalones
09-06-2012, 07:17 AM
KnoMo says what's up

Lol that's Clay. Taco John was one Donkey.

Ace Gunner
09-06-2012, 07:18 AM
Jamaal is the man. Love the way that guy plays.

Spongeblack Bobtard
09-06-2012, 07:29 AM
WE are going to run him to death and shorten his career. Good plan.

I don't think we've ever done that. In 2010, we were 8-0 when Jones got 11 caries or more. I am excited about Charles and think he will return to form but we won't run him to death.

the Talking Can
09-06-2012, 07:30 AM
if only he could juke defenders....

htismaqe
09-06-2012, 07:38 AM
Hillis will end up with more carries.

Marcellus
09-06-2012, 07:42 AM
I don't think we've ever done that. In 2010, we were 8-0 when Jones got 11 caries or more. I am excited about Charles and think he will return to form but we won't run him to death.

Time to change the batteries in your sarcasm meter.

Guru
09-06-2012, 07:43 AM
Time to change the batteries in your sarcasm meter.

:LOL:

the Talking Can
09-06-2012, 07:43 AM
charles is on his second contract, from an organizational point of view there is no reason not to run him to death...

jspchief
09-06-2012, 07:43 AM
Hillis will end up with more carries.It's possible. I'm thinking they're gonna want 30-35 carries per game. Could easily see Charles averaging about 15 of those with Hillis and a little bit of Draughn taking the rest.

JASONSAUTO
09-06-2012, 07:45 AM
if only he could juke defenders....

i just wish he was at least as quick as mccluster

dannybcaitlyn
09-06-2012, 07:46 AM
Watch our running backs be taken out of this game because Cassel can't convert on third and short. Atlanta jumps up on us by 14 and forces us to use cassel to try and win the game with his arm.ugh nightmare

mr. tegu
09-06-2012, 08:15 AM
Watch our running backs be taken out of this game because Cassel can't convert on third and short. Atlanta jumps up on us by 14 and forces us to use cassel to try and win the game with his arm.ugh nightmare

3rd and short is where Hillis and Charles will make their living this season.

htismaqe
09-06-2012, 08:21 AM
3rd and short is where Hillis and Charles will make their living this season.

If we're always running on 3rd and short, we will be near the bottom of the league in conversion percentage.

Good teams have balance. Eventually, you HAVE to pass on 3rd and short. Dallas completed the 2nd-biggest pass play of the game last night on 3rd and 1.

Deberg_1990
09-06-2012, 08:23 AM
charles is on his second contract, from an organizational point of view there is no reason not to run him to death...

With our RB depth, i imagine he will be used sparingly the first few games and CP will implode. just MHO.....

Fruit Ninja
09-06-2012, 08:26 AM
He's a little dude at running back , may as well use him up. Them little guys dont last to long anyways. At least ones that are really damned good and can be an every down back.

He's what 25-26 now? he only has a few years left of being elite. USE EM!

Fruit Ninja
09-06-2012, 08:27 AM
If we're always running on 3rd and short, we will be near the bottom of the league in conversion percentage.

Good teams have balance. Eventually, you HAVE to pass on 3rd and short. Dallas completed the 2nd-biggest pass play of the game last night on 3rd and 1.

Dallas also had first and 30 and got 34 yards. I was like well damn, i guess thats what happens when your qb can throw the ball. NOt saying Romo is elite or anything, but Matty cant do that.

A Salt Weapon
09-06-2012, 08:49 AM
I'd love to see on our first play Charles break out one of those runs against Denver in the last game of 2010. 7 broken tackles and a TD! Get ATL flustered and watch Berry, Flowers, and Johnson take back to back to back pick 6s. 5 min into the game and we're up 28-0.
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O.city
09-06-2012, 09:42 AM
Dallas also had first and 30 and got 34 yards. I was like well damn, i guess thats what happens when your qb can throw the ball. NOt saying Romo is elite or anything, but Matty cant do that.

The 1st and 30 play for a TD, was in reality not a very good decision, but it's something most good NFL qbs do. Give the wr a chance to make a play by putting the ball up in the air.

Pasta Giant Meatball
09-06-2012, 09:43 AM
All 3 below average AFC West defenses beware...

Marcellus
09-06-2012, 10:02 AM
I read that our schedule shows us playing 12 games this year against defenses ranked in the lower 3rd in the NFL in rushing defense last year.

Pasta Giant Meatball
09-06-2012, 10:05 AM
So, even if they win against this "super, duper, impossible, tough schedule" it won't count because teams are weak against the run and that's KC's strength LMAO

God forbid a team drops a pass or one of thier players gets injured.

O.city
09-06-2012, 10:05 AM
Which defenses would that be?

O.city
09-06-2012, 10:08 AM
The biggest key is going to be the defense coming out strong early, not putting us in a hole. We need to get the running game going early and often.

Marcellus
09-06-2012, 10:09 AM
Which defenses would that be?

6 games against teh rest of the AFCW, all of them had poor rush defenses, and the other 6 I am not sure of.

It was a FF article on JC on NFL.com I think.

L.A. Chieffan
09-06-2012, 10:10 AM
Herm pick

O.city
09-06-2012, 10:11 AM
Saints, Bills, Bucs, Panthers, Browns, and Colts were probably the others

lcarus
09-06-2012, 10:16 AM
I don't think we've ever done that. In 2010, we were 8-0 when Jones got 11 caries or more. I am excited about Charles and think he will return to form but we won't run him to death.

Yeah I agree, especially now that we have a starting calibur back to share the load now instead of slow Jones

mikey23545
09-06-2012, 10:34 AM
“When I touch that field again, you’re going to feel my pain,”




:whackit:

Setsuna
09-06-2012, 10:40 AM
He's starting in my league. He better rape.

thabear04
09-06-2012, 10:46 AM
He's starting in my league. He better rape.

Same here

the Talking Can
09-06-2012, 10:49 AM
He's starting in my league. He better rape.

ditto

boogblaster
09-06-2012, 10:51 AM
our RBs are not the problem ... they will do fine .....

vailpass
09-06-2012, 11:39 AM
Might be fun watching the 1991 Chiefs this year.

htismaqe
09-06-2012, 11:55 AM
Might be fun watching the 1991 Chiefs this year.

Didn't they beat the Raiders in the playoffs?

That would mean Denver is sitting at home in January.

:D

lcarus
09-06-2012, 11:58 AM
Might be fun watching the 1991 Chiefs this year.

I know. I can't wait to run the ball down our opponents throats all day, even when they know we're gonna run the ball down their throats all day and still can't stop it. S'gonna be gooooood.

saphojunkie
09-06-2012, 11:58 AM
ditto

Make it four. Traded Demarco for him.

SNR
09-06-2012, 12:04 PM
Eachus needs more carries

vailpass
09-06-2012, 12:05 PM
Didn't they beat the Raiders in the playoffs?

That would mean Denver is sitting at home in January.

:D

If I have to miss the playoffs knowing I did so at the expense of the Raiders losing is somehow helpful.

Rausch
09-06-2012, 12:06 PM
Eachus needs more carries

I'm glad we kept 5 HB's.

We have the line to just bang this $3it and stuff it down the throat's of most teams.

We should.

And once we do our normal one-n-done in the playoffs we sell out completely for the QB in B-More.

Even MORE fitting to the bam-bam-b00m offense...

vailpass
09-06-2012, 12:09 PM
I know. I can't wait to run the ball down our opponents throats all day, even when they know we're gonna run the ball down their throats all day and still can't stop it. S'gonna be gooooood.

Thanks for playing along with the 1991 theme.

Rausch
09-06-2012, 12:20 PM
Thanks for playing along with the 1991 theme.

Thank you for playing right along with the 1993 theme...

vailpass
09-06-2012, 12:21 PM
Thank you for playing right along with the 1993 theme...

? Was that your Montana year? If so, yes, eerily similar. Hopefully ours ends better.

Bump
09-06-2012, 12:21 PM
JC is probably the most under appreciated runners in the NFL. He has some uncanny ability to make people miss but his movements are so subtle you don't even know that he just juked 2 people.

Rausch
09-06-2012, 12:22 PM
? Was that your Montana year? If so, yes, eerily similar. Hopefully ours ends better.

You better get on that defense then...

vailpass
09-06-2012, 12:24 PM
You better get on that defense then...

Among other things. Denver has a lot to work on; I'm looking at this season as the year for them to do so.

Count Alex's Losses
09-06-2012, 12:34 PM
Give this man 300 touches.

BWillie
09-06-2012, 01:02 PM
WE are going to run him to death and shorten his career. Good plan.

As is the life of any NFL RB

vailpass
09-06-2012, 03:50 PM
As is the life of any NFL RB

Yep. RBs are expendable in today's NFL, you use them until they break. Each team needs at least 2. The number of RBs that go high in the draft reflect this.

Dirty Bird
09-06-2012, 06:32 PM
I unbiasedly predict Charles will be a little rusty and will need a couple games to return to pre-injury form. Hillis is the one who will be the most likely to gash the Falcons D on the ground.

Pasta Giant Meatball
09-06-2012, 10:00 PM
I unbiasedly predict Charles will be a little rusty and will need a couple games to return to pre-injury form. Hillis is the one who will be the most likely to gash the Falcons D on the ground.

You'll still hold your breath every time he touches the ball.

Setsuna
09-06-2012, 10:11 PM
:facepalm: You spelled his first name wrong....

Pasta Giant Meatball
09-06-2012, 10:12 PM
You're right it's Jamaar and since the game is on Fox Sunday it's taking place at Arrowwood Stadium

Ace Gunner
09-06-2012, 10:25 PM
JC is probably the most under appreciated runners in the NFL. He has some uncanny ability to make people miss but his movements are so subtle you don't even know that he just juked 2 people.

And he is a humble young man on top of all that.

I was reviewing that play where he injured his knee for the first time a few weeks ago. It appears to me Jamaal jammed his knee into that carpeted concrete as he reached out to get the first down. He came down on it awkwardly and concrete just isn't as forgiving as grass field is. If that play occurred on the field at Arrowhead, Jamaal would not have injured his knee imo.

I am hoping for a complete recovery like everybody else, but so far I have not seen that explosive quickness out his cuts that make him so hard to chase. But I am hopeful. Lots of reputed sources around the league say Jamaal is going to fully recover. He's a helluva football player. Hope they are right.

A side note, I think Goodell and co are a bunch of loonies for allowing concrete hard turf fields in the NFL. IMO that is a injury waiting to happen. With the improved speed of players, it would be smart to slow the game a bit and give players a much safer playing surface.

Football is a game that should be played on grass.

Simplicity
09-06-2012, 10:26 PM
JC is probably the most under appreciated runners in the NFL. He has some uncanny ability to make people miss but his movements are so subtle you don't even know that he just juked 2 people.

It's the weed mannnn...

Count Alex's Losses
09-06-2012, 10:33 PM
I was reviewing that play where he injured his knee for the first time a few weeks ago. It appears to me Jamaal jammed his knee into that carpeted concrete as he reached out to get the first down.

Wrong.

He injured his knee because he was carrying the ball.

He was carrying the ball because it was third and 4, and we like to run the ball in that situation.

We like to run the ball in that situation because our QB is Matt Cassel.

He injured his knee...because our QB is Matt Cassel.

Simplicity
09-06-2012, 10:39 PM
Wrong.

He injured his knee because he was carrying the ball.

He was carrying the ball because it was third and 4, and we like to run the ball in that situation.

We like to run the ball in that situation because our QB is Matt Cassel.

He injured his knee...because our QB is Matt Cassel.

**** Benard Pollard.

SNR
09-06-2012, 10:44 PM
I unbiasedly predict Charles will be a little rusty and will need a couple games to return to pre-injury form. Hillis is the one who will be the most likely to gash the Falcons D on the ground.
He's not rusty at all. Only way to make him look rusty will be to injure him again.

AdamAndrew
09-07-2012, 12:50 AM
Charles is ready to go on my fantasy team: rip em a new hole...

Marcellus
09-07-2012, 07:15 AM
The only thing I am concerned about is his occasional bouts of fumblitis. I think he is going to tear up some long gainers though.

I imagine we will run the ball 65% of the time but then again we have never seen Daboll call a game yet.

A Salt Weapon
09-07-2012, 08:57 AM
Wrong.

He injured his knee because he was carrying the ball.

He was carrying the ball because it was third and 4, and we like to run the ball in that situation.

We like to run the ball in that situation because our QB is Matt Cassel.

He injured his knee...because our QB is Matt Cassel.

I can buy that
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