Chiefs coordinator defends use of Jamaal Charles


The mystery of Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles getting five carries against the Raiders was so profound, not even head coach Romeo Crennel could solve it.

“Now, that I’m not exactly sure either,” Crennel said when asked about the lack of activity for his best offensive player, nudging offensive coordinator Brian Daboll near enough the bottom of the bus he can smell the tread on the tires.

Daboll defended the limited work, beginning with the way the Raiders defended him.

“Jamaal is a good player . . . and give Oakland credit,’’ Daboll said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “They did a nice job of stopping the run. We tried to move it some other ways. Every week is a new week.

You go as the game develops. You try to run or pass based some on what you think you can do and some on what they’re doing. If they’re doing a good job of stopping the run over and over, we’re going to try and move the ball in another fashion. If we’re running the ball well, we’ll continue to run the ball.’’

That puts it back on Charles, who gained four yards on his five runs, and six yards on three receptions.

More likely, this is a classic case of a coach or coaches making it more complicated than it needs to be.

The Chiefs, who haven’t led for a second in regulation this season, can only be competitive when Charles gets going. In their overtime win over the Saints, he touched it 39 times, including 33 runs.

I’m no statistician, but that seems like a reliable correlation.

10 responses to “Chiefs coordinator defends use of Jamaal Charles

  1. Brian Daboll is a BOOB. How the Chiefs hired him over Al Saunders, I will never understand. Brian Daboll fits right in with Crennell and Pioli. Chiefs Fans are counting the days until Pioli and the Gang get blown out of their jobs. Hopefully Clark Hunt makes smarter choices this time around and gets a Real Coach, Better GM and Draft a QB in the 1st round. These changes are Badly Needed for this franchise. The Chiefs fans shouldn;t have to endure this joke of a team Every Year.

  2. They’re wasting his career. Fire the OC what stupid argument. Have some nuts, KC should have pounded the run on the Raiders until it did work. It’s obvious the QB isn’t going to do anything to move the ball. If they can’t get the run going they should have Quinn run block.

  3. It is fairly obvious, if you watched the entire game, that the Raiders are very good at stopping the run this year. The Chiefs had to abandon the run to try to get back in the game.

  4. He needs more than 5 carries genius. I don’t care if he has negative yardage on those carries. Feed him the pill.

  5. It’s always the motto of a losing team…have you ever heard a team abandoning the run and winning ? NO Mr. O.C. worst O.C in the league. Why, because when YOU take YOUR best player out of the game YOU just made their day alot easier….call Murray Zappa for your new O.C.

  6. that’ll make things easy for the Chargers D tomorrow night. stack the box early to stop the run and then the Chiefs will be stuck in pass mode for the rest of the game. that’s just too easy.

  7. So, you thought Brady Quinn was going to outperform Charles…riiiiight. Questionable sanity. If you managed to get it to Jamaal on every offensive snap, you would almost certainly eclipse 300yds of offense every game until he broke down. He’s not just the best on that team, he could be the best in the league. Stop outthinking yourself, just give him the ball and let it work out.

    Lions fans feel your pain, KC. Inept management for some reason always gets more chances than inept players, but eventually they’ll clean house. Hopefully it’ll happen for you before all the good players abandon ship. Take heart, at least you have a win, so no risk of ending the season with a donut like we did.

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