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Old 11-22-2009, 09:19 PM  
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Chiefs: Jamaal Charles article

Jamaal Charles is starting to turn heads. The former Texas track star, now halfback of the Kansas City Chiefs has scored three touchdowns over the last two games. Coming into the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers the Chiefs knew they were facing the No. 1 rush defense in the NFL. But Jamaal Charles knew he would have to bring his "A" game if the Chiefs had a chance to win this one.

On the opening kickoff Charles took the return a couple yards in front of his goal line and used his elite speed and patience to follow his blockers, make some cuts and explode through a hole and take it the following 55 yards untouched for the opening score.

Since the departure of fellow runningback and malcontent Larry Johnson the Chiefs running game and runningback play overall has risen by a drastic amount. Johnson who averaged just a measly 2.9 YPC with the Chiefs this season has found a new home in Cincinnati while Charles has managed to put up an above average 4.9 YPC during four starts this season.

Charles has not only been productive in the ground game, but has also been a big factor in the Chiefs passing game hauling in 23 receptions and being targeted nearly 30 times without a drop. During the fourth quarter of the Chiefs comeback win, coach Todd Haley called a play inside the 5-yard line that was only three days old.

Early Thursday during practice Haley went up to QB Matt Cassel and announced that he was adding a new play to the playbook, a simple shovel pass that Pittsburgh has had a difficult time covering all season. Calling this play on the 2-yard line not only showed the confidence Haley has in Charles to secure the ball, but also tied the game up 24-24 to force an overtime. Charles is officially a big part of the Chiefs offense.

Coach Todd Haley has said plenty of times that he was not completely comfortable with Jamaal receiving a full runningback workload, and that it has taken him a while, but he is now "starting to get it". It wasn't about whether or not he had the talent, it was whether or not he could win the game for the Chiefs and not lose the game. This goes back to Charles and his fumblitis over the last year and his college career. He had six fumbles his senior year at Texas and has not found a for-sure cure to his fumbling issues. Goods news though, Jamaal has not fumbled since his muffed opening kick return against the New York Giants in Week Five.

In a game which nobody gave the Chiefs a chance to win a few bright stars emerged including Charles. Receiver pick ups Chris Chambers, Bobby Wade, and Lance Long all played important parts in the 27-24 win against the defending superbowl champions. Chambers ran a slant route, caught the high pass and streaked downfield for the 61 yard game clinching play that was finished off by rookie kicker Ryan Succop.

Charles not only has speed but also has the ability to stay on his feet, maintain balance and fight through defenders on each play, as evident by his 10 yard overtime toss play in which he was jammed hard about six yards from the first down marker, then bounced off, span around and headed upfield to pick up the needed yardage.

If not for the opening kick being brought back by Charles to go ahead seven points, a Chiefs offense would have taken the field that has scored less than 20 points in the first quarter all year and would have likely been forced to punt or mishandled the football for a turnover against the leagues best first quarter defense.

If the Kansas City Chiefs have learned anything from this weeks win, it should be that getting Charles involved in the game, along with good play calling, gives them a chance to win games. Receiver Dwayne Bowe was obviously not needed as Chris Chambers took his place very well. But over these last two games Charles has touched the ball a personal best 48 times.

The Chiefs are 2-0 this quarter of the season because of Charles and the guys off the street.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:20 PM   #2
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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Since the departure of fellow runningback and malcontent Larry Johnson the Chiefs running game and runningback play overall has risen by a drastic amount.
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That shovel pass was a thing of beauty though. Great timing and great playcall on that one.
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