Jamaal Charles joined some truly elite company in 2014

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Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was somewhat overshadowed this season by running backs like DeMarco Murray, Le’Veon Bell and Marshawn Lynch. But Charles did something this season that puts him in some truly elite company in NFL history.

Charles finished the season with 1,033 rushing yards and a 5.0 yards per carry average. For Charles, that’s par for the course: It was his fifth season with at least 1,000 yards and an average of at least 5.0 yards a carry.

But while that’s a normal season for Charles, it’s an extraordinary season for most NFL running backs. Here’s the entire list of running backs in NFL history who have had five seasons with 1,000 yards and an average of 5.0 yards a carry or more: Jim Brown and Barry Sanders. And now Jamaal Charles.

Running backs can rarely maintain a high average while carrying a big enough workload to get 1,000 yards, so the 1,000-yard, 5.0-per-carry season is more rare than most fans might think. Other than Charles, no active player has done it more than twice. Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton did it once each.

Charles leads all running backs in NFL history with an average of 5.5 yards a carry for his career, and he’s never finished a season with an average of less than 5.0 yards a carry. He may not have been the best running back in the NFL this year, but he took another step toward the Hall of Fame.

59 responses to “Jamaal Charles joined some truly elite company in 2014

  1. Step towards the hall of fame? Lets pump the brakes a bit. He’s MAYBE been the best RB once (for a single season). Isnt he fairly old already by RB standards? He’s going to have to hold this current production for quite a while.

  2. Hahaha stupid stuck up steelers fans. Yeah, Bell has been a beast this year, hands down. But let’s see where he’s at in 5, 10 years. Don’t jump to conclusions

  3. hardly underappreciated. loved by KC fans, and got paid like the star he is before the season..

    it is amazing he ran for 5.0 behind that line. there were games knile davis struggled to get past 3.0

  4. the comments on reid are just totally uninformed

    did they abandon the run in a 4 to 1 ratio in the last 4 games? absolutely

    but charles was hurt. the mistake wasn’t giving charles so few carries, it was not giving his backup the carries. they used him as a decoy, and every time he touched the ball he would come out hurt. he played most of the year nursing 2 injuries

    so blame andy for abandoning the run, but as for how he was using charles in terms of touches, he honestly would have broke down with more. maybe next year when he is healthy(hopefully for him) you can complain about not using charles

  5. Jamal Charles is the entire KC offense. Without him, they would be doomed. I hate the Chiefs, but I think he’s one of the best players in the NFL over the past several seasons. Without him, the Chiefs would have won very few games, if any at all.

  6. He’s definitely the best “non-suspended” RB lol

    We all know he’s no Adrian Peterson…

  7. I’m no Chiefs fan, but Charles is insanely good. I have no idea why he doesn’t get more attention in the press–not enough personal issues, I guess.

  8. terminalmancer says:
    Jan 1, 2015 8:47 PM
    I’m no Chiefs fan, but Charles is insanely good. I have no idea why he doesn’t get more attention in the press–not enough personal issues, I guess.

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    Because he plays on a team where no WR caught a TD in the entire season!

    I like the chiefs. I really do. They have a lot of good pieces and are in a tough division. But they also managed to lose their way to mediocrity right now when they should at least be in the playoffs.

  9. Fan or not, Jamaal Charles is a top ten back every season, he’s a complete RB. Pessimists can say that receivers didn’t score, but that was one season and Dwayne Bowe fumbled at the 1 in week 17, where the team recovered it for a TD.

    I can’t stand the words underrated and overrated. Charles gets his credit from the majority of analysts and fans. The back that won’t get brought up but should, actually handed Charles the baton in KC. Priest Holmes was fantastic too.

  10. Charles is legitimately spectacular, but slow down on the Hall of Fame talk right now. He had like, only one game with 100+ rushing yards this season.

  11. I am a Cowboys homer, but Charles would have run for 2500 behind the Cowboys O line…..

    Charles not Murray is the best in the business

  12. And he’s done all that with a mediocre passing offense where the opponents game plan to stop him and while playing behind a porous offensive line.

  13. Charles is sick and was criminally underused by big red Andy.

    But Demarco Murray averaged 4.7 YPC this year on almost twice as many carries and yards – also twice as much punishment. He’s got a 4.8 career YPC over only three years in the league. Pretty impressive

  14. Charles is a stud. Faced a loaded box behind a poor O line. Imagine him behind a decent O line with a QB that pushes the ball down field to open up the box. There isn’t a team in the nfl that wouldn’t be better with him on the roster.

  15. Yeah and he would have had a lot more if the Oline wasn’t crap and fat Andy knew how to call plays better

  16. I’m a Raiders fan, but I have to give credit where credit is due. He’s a beast, and absoulutly one of the best RB’s every year. Why they didn’t lean on him as much this year as they have in the past, I’m not sure, but that guy is amazing. I have a lot of respect for Charles, he’s definatly in the conversation for the best RB every year.

  17. As a “NFL that is losing me with all the flags fan” Nice to see a guy who’s not in love with himself. Doesn’t act like a Clown every time he scores a touchdown! Acts like a Pro on and off the field! Keep it up, kinda reminds me of a Barry Sanders? Hope he makes the Hall.

  18. raiders757 says:

    Jamal Charles is the entire KC offense. Without him, they would be doomed. I hate the Chiefs, but I think he’s one of the best players in the NFL over the past several seasons. Without him, the Chiefs would have won very few games, if any at all.

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    Won very few games, if any at all? You mean like the Raiders for last few years? (Laughing).

    Jamaal is also one of the best blocking RB’s in the league, but doesn’t get credit for that either.

    Justin Houston won’t get any major consideration for MVP because he plays for the small market franchise Chiefs as well and doesn’t get the media notoriety Watt does. Just like Manziel and Tebow whom are both horrible at their position, the media won’t and wouldn’t shut up about them.

  19. Jim Brown and Barry Sanders weren’t always injured like Charles is, and neither was Walter Payton.

    This guy’s made out of glass.

  20. Thanks Jamaal for being you, a great player and my very first Fantasy pick in the draft. You’ve accounted for a lot of points. Rock solid week in and week out. Rare.
    For the record, Reid publicly admitted he messed up not going to Jamaal earlier in the season. The first two weeks were malpractice by a coach and probably cost KC a playoff spot.

  21. Pats fan here & yes Charles is all that & more a complete back than most gotta give credit when its due GREAT BACK….

    with that said steelers fans better pump the brakes & hope the organization does right by Bell & not try to play this kid if hes no REALLY ready or they could just ruin this kids career.
    one good shot to that knee in the nasty playoff time and hes done PERIOD

  22. .
    and they barely used Jamaal…
    Never mind he was injured at the start of this season.

    Imagine if the coach used him like he should be used.
    he should of had 1500+ yeards

  23. With all of the talent on the Chiefs, how are they not better? Is it the coaching? Smith? As an Eagles fan who doesn’t get to watch many games, I’m curious.

  24. “joetoronto says: Jan 2, 2015 6:03 AM

    Jim Brown and Barry Sanders weren’t always injured like Charles is, and neither was Walter Payton.

    This guy’s made out of glass.”

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    So, Joe, how did spending a 1st round pick on Birdlegs Mcfadden work out for you? There was a guy made of glass.

    Charles was a 3rd round pick.

  25. “yg20910 says:
    Jan 2, 2015 10:30 AM

    With all of the talent on the Chiefs, how are they not better? Is it the coaching? Smith? As an Eagles fan who doesn’t get to watch many games, I’m curious.”

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    Their OL is pretty bad (except maybe their C). Their WRs are pretty bad except maybe Bowe (but he’ll take plays off and can get on runs with multiple bad drops)… the rookie Albert Wilson may prove above average in time.

    As for their defense, their secondary really should’ve sucked more than it did (we were all expecting it to going into the season), but the defense as a whole did a mighty fine job in large part due to impressive coaching and their pass rushing beasts (Houston, Hali) and the beast of a nose tackle known as Poe.

    Given better OL play and WR play they could be serious contenders, but that’ll be a mountain of a problem to overcome while still figuring out how to free up cap space to at least be able to franchise tag Houston, if need be.

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