The Chiefs wound up getting beaten by a healthy margin on Sunday, but they were either tied, winning or within one score until Kendall Wright’s touchdown gave the Titans a 17-3 lead with 10:26 to play in the third quarter.
Given the nature of the game, it’s strange to see that Jamaal Charles got just seven carries. Charles, who also caught four passes, saw the ball a lot more often last season and coach Andy Reid admitted Monday that he should have seen the ball a lot more often to kick off this season.
“Not giving 25 the ball more than seven times is negligence on my part,” Reid said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
Regrets about underutilizing a star running back is nothing new for Reid and Charles wasn’t the only player whose role was up for discussion in the wake of the 26-10 loss. Tight end Travis Kelce is “capable of playing more than 18 plays,” first-round linebacker Dee Ford “didn’t have enough snaps” and the team “could have” used fullback Anthony Sherman more to help the running game.
Reid has no one but himself to blame when it comes to doling out playing time. We’ll see if he takes his own advice when it comes time to face the Broncos in Week Two.