Running back Jamaal Charles likes what he’s seen of the offense being installed by new coach Andy Reid in Kansas City this year.
Charles said that he feels he fits Reid’s scheme in a similar way to Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy and is ready to catch more passes than he has in the past as the Chiefs find as many ways as possible to put the ball into his hands. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson says that the “sky is the limit” for the running back and Charles seems to agree with that assessment.
“This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me,” Charles said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “I think this offense will get me open. They’re going to throw me the ball more. I think I’ll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy.”
It’s not the first prediction of tremendous success for Charles that we’ve heard this offseason. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said he thinks Charles will lead the league in rushing next season, something that may be a stretch given how Reid ran his offense in Philadelphia but Charles’ overall impact figures to be quite large over the coming year.
As long as Alex Smith does the expected and cuts down on turnovers from the quarterback spot, the Chiefs offense should be much more productive than it was in 2012. That bodes as well for Charles as it does for the team as a whole.