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Colts call Jamaal Charles “public enemy No. 1”

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The Colts are making no secret of their primary defensive priority in Saturday’s playoff game against the Chiefs: Stop Jamaal Charles.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Charles is far and away the best playmaker in Kansas City’s offense, and the player the Colts are talking the most about as they formulate their defensive game plan.

“Jamaal Charles. We called him public enemy No. 1,” Pagano said. “First and foremost that’s the guy that you’ve got to take away. They’ve got other skilled athletes we know on the outside in Donnie Avery and Dwayne Bowe and [Dexter] McCluster can beat you. Knile Davis coming in as a change of pace guy running it and the quarterback can certainly beat you. But it all starts with Jamaal. We got to do a great job containing him, try to slow him down.”

When the Colts and Chiefs played two weeks ago, Charles ran for a 31-yard touchdown on Kansas City’s first possession. But after that the Indianapolis defense did a solid job of holding the Kansas City offense in check, and the Colts won 23-7. Pagano said he liked the way his defense performed against Charles.

“It takes all 11 in the run game, pass game. It’s a matter of studying and preparing,” Pagano said. “So we had a bunch of guys doing their job.”

Pagano wants all 11 guys on defense to know that their job on Saturday will be stopping Charles.

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23 Responses to “Colts call Jamaal Charles “public enemy No. 1””
  1. elliottcovert says: Jan 1, 2014 6:09 PM

    I would say the Colts real #1 enemy is Jim Irsay’s Twitter account.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 1, 2014 6:12 PM

    Well if an enemy was running amok in my town and I’m the sheriff, then I’m looking to take him down or place him under arrest. I’m getting my target off the streets and out of commission. Containing a criminal spree is not an option at all in my jurisdiction. Bad analogy is the lesson here. But no football lesson unfortunately. Maybe for next week’s game!

  3. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 1, 2014 6:16 PM

    Enemy #1 is your own QB

  4. santoryu64 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:17 PM

    Stopping him is easier said than done.

  5. seatownballers says: Jan 1, 2014 6:20 PM

    Only one person on pft that thinks that rg3 was a better deal than drafting luck. We do not speak the name of the one we do not like

  6. nosmak40 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:24 PM

    Wow! An article about the Chiefs and no “fraud” and “house of cards” posts from the usual idiot, simple minded trolls.

  7. captainwisdom8888 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:26 PM

    When Adrian Peterson is healthy, few people would sincerely deny that he is the very best running back on planet earth, but Jamaal Charles isn’t far behind (if at all). The strength Charles possesses is constantly underestimated by his opponents. He isn’t going to flat out run you over, but his speed and elusiveness makes it very difficult to line him up for a solid tackle…and arm tackles just won’t get it done against him. Right now, Charles is the most prolific receiver out of the backfield in the NFL, and when he hits open space all I can say is: GOOD…LUCK.

  8. winstonjed44 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:28 PM

    Yeah bet that wasn’t too hard to figure out. Charles rushed for 106 with 8.2 YPC when they played a few weeks ago, but the Colts held the Chiefs to just 7. The Colts just have to force Alex Smith to beat them.

  9. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 1, 2014 6:30 PM

    Colts beat Chiefs. Colts lose in the next round. These teams are barely players. Let’s focus on the team that mean something.

  10. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 1, 2014 6:39 PM

    When reached for comment Flavor Flav was quoted as saying YEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH BOOOOOYYYYYY!!!

  11. lscratchingthesurface says: Jan 1, 2014 6:40 PM

    Jamaal loves him some turf! (Watch the Saints v. Chiefs last year.) he’ll go off like a bug bomb. Go Chiefs!!!!

  12. steelsity says: Jan 1, 2014 6:49 PM

    Sprinkle that hot sauce on him

  13. mizzousooner says: Jan 1, 2014 6:50 PM

    I expect Jamaal to touch the ball 30+ times on Saturday. I also expect the Chiefs D to play their best game in months.

  14. mf7krime says: Jan 1, 2014 7:05 PM

    The Colts are quietly playing as well as anybody in football right now and when the defense plays at its best they can compete with any team in any stadium and they proved it on multiple occasions this season and they’re about to prove it again in the post season.

  15. titansbro says: Jan 1, 2014 7:19 PM

    Man I just wish my team had been in position to draft Luck. Kid is the real deal. Say what you want about Irsay & the Colts but tanking for Luck was brilliant.

  16. elijason says: Jan 1, 2014 7:50 PM

    Imagine that! Coach Pagano using a cliche’

  17. lanman11 says: Jan 1, 2014 7:56 PM

    Jamal Charles is Flavor Flav????

  18. riverhorsey says: Jan 1, 2014 8:11 PM

    Public enemy No. 1 is the Indianapolis Colts. Rising superstar QB in Andrew Luck , two great rb’s, great lines and superstars like Mathis the defensive player of the year on defense. Jamal can’t hide from those guys, no way.

    The Chiefs are the dawgs and there’s good reason for that. Indy has a super team with great players.

  19. dualprime says: Jan 1, 2014 8:14 PM

    I believe we’re beginning to see how average Pagano is as a coach. Great story, I pulled for him when he was sick. But the real brains of that staff is coaching in AZ now.

  20. riverhorsey says: Jan 1, 2014 8:36 PM

    “Jamaal Charles. We called him public enemy No. 1,” Pagano said

    Talk like that could lead to some cheap shots on Charles.

  21. cheapglazers says: Jan 1, 2014 8:42 PM

    Good luck with that…

  22. jbeagles23 says: Jan 1, 2014 11:28 PM

    I like Indy in this game. More complete team and Andy Reid isn’t smart enough to let Charles take over the game

  23. joetoronto says: Jan 2, 2014 4:51 AM

    The Chiefs are complete frauds and a house of cards.

    Go Colts!

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