Jamaal Charles Went Full Beast-Mode
There hasn’t been much in the way of pleasant news to report about the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2009 season, unless you like to gripe about struggling teams. Oh, Todd Haley, too. Chiefs fans loved complaining about Haley. However, thanks to a beast-mode-like day from running back Jamaal Charles, it looks like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel the Chiefs have been slogging through since Herm Edwards’ first season. In fact, before Charles’ beastly day against the Denver Broncos, the only Kansas City running back people were talking about was Larry Johnson — and the conversation had nothing to do with the sport Johnson plays.
Instead, Johnson’s Tweeting habits, as well as his predilection to for Kansas City nightlife drama, were the topics of discussion.
All it took to kill that kind of talk was merely a career day by Jamaal Charles, who rushed for a Chiefs-record 259 yards on 25 carries. One of his many highlights of the day was his 56-yard touchdown run, as seen in the lead video. Not only did Charles’ performance help keep the Denver Broncos from making the playoffs — Collapse anyone? — it also gives Chiefs fans a reason to hope for the future.
I’m starting to believe the Chiefs can do anything through Charles.
Before Charles, the Chiefs had the worst offensive line in football. The unit couldn’t open holes for Larry Johnson and couldn’t protect quarterback Matt Cassel. A blind man could see that Branden Albert, Brian Waters and Rudy Niswanger were awful and the right side of KC’s line was a bad joke…
Before Charles, I couldn’t think of one reason to attend a 2010 Chiefs game. Not one.
Funny how one brilliant game can change perspectives. Granted, Charles has performed quite well since the Chiefs dumped Johnson, but it took a record-setting day for fans and pundits to feel optimistic. It leaves me wondering what the reaction would’ve been if Charles had his normal 100-yard effort (with a touchdown), but the result was a Chiefs loss.
Would spirits still be as high about 2010? I think we know the answer here.
Nevertheless, that shouldn’t take away from Charles’ brilliant, brilliant performance. Now if only the Chiefs can surround with good offensive talent going forward, they might not waste his seemingly Chris Johnson-like potential.