Even before his fumble, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was having an ugly season

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After Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire lost a fumble that sealed the Chiefs’ loss to the Ravens on Sunday Night Football, Patrick Mahomes told him not to let one play define him. Unfortunately, Edwards-Helaire’s problems go far beyond one play.

In fact, even aside from that fumble, there’s no running back in football having a worse season than Edwards-Helaire.

Edwards-Helaire has 30 touches this year (27 rushing attempts and three catches), and zero first downs. That’s an astonishingly bad statistic; no other running back in the NFL is close. It’s almost impossible to get the ball that much and never pick up a first down.

The advanced stats at FootballOutsiders.com rank Edwards-Helaire dead last among all running backs in the league, both in his total production and his per-play efficiency. The FootballOutsiders.com stats also rank the Chiefs first in the NFL in passing offense but 30th in rushing offense.

The Chiefs used their first-round draft pick on Edwards-Helaire last season. They need a whole lot more from him than they’ve been getting.

27 responses to “Even before his fumble, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was having an ugly season

  1. Well the CEH was a bad pick at the time. Taylor was thought of as the better rb although he was thought of as a worse pass catcher and the chiefs reached grabbing CEH because they got enamored with CEH who they felt looked comparable to Brian Westbrook

  2. For whatever reason it seems running backs out of lsu just don’t fare well in the nfl.
    Founette is trying to turn around a poor career start. Guice is a off and on field turd. Teams may be best served sticking to wr and defensive positions out of lsu. Burrow still has not reached anticipated level of play but likely will continue to improve.

  3. It’s like another former LSU back, Jeremy Hill, in Cincinnati. He was dynamite for one year and then never heard from again.

  4. 20/20 is hindsight. it was worth the gamble. KC offense with an all purpose back would be devastating.

  5. I’m no KC fan by any stretch. But the arguments people make about a draft busts is just dumb. Take a shot and hit big or play safe and less risky. Either way, years after the draft we can turn around and say they should’ve done this or that. Everyone thinks they know best especially after the fact.

  6. KC just doesn’t like to run the football and they only run it in obvious running situations. CEH would fare better on a team not worried about padding their personal stats. KC learned nothing from the beat down they took in the Super Bowl last season.

  7. 1-1, 2 games into the season and they have the “worst back”? Not sure if anyone knows but KC has no problems getting 1st downs and some guy named Mahomes taking snaps. Let’s see what you think of Clyde after game 9. This is the same story as the packers last week. “They’re horrible” we should write them off, no matter it being the 1st game of the season…

  8. The problem is the Chiefs have basically 1 running play…..Mahomes in shotgun, CEH lines up next to him, hand off to CEH, run straight ahead into the olines backs.

  9. He’s blotted out by Kareem Hunt’s shadow.

    Too bad that guy had to be THAT guy and lie about what he did when he did what he did.

    KC would’ve won 3 consecutive Super Bowls with Hunt lined up next to Mahomes.

  10. chebornek says:
    September 25, 2021 at 12:33 pm
    He’s blotted out by Kareem Hunt’s shadow.

    Too bad that guy had to be THAT guy and lie about what he did when he did what he did.

    KC would’ve won 3 consecutive Super Bowls with Hunt lined up next to Mahomes.

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    Perhaps Hunt should have thought before he decided to kick a young woman

  11. romeo41 says:
    September 25, 2021 at 11:41 am
    They could have had J.K. Dobbins.
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    I am 100% confident CEH will end with better stats this year than Dobbins.

  12. I often wonder why KC overreacted to the Kareem Hunt incident. They could have just suspended him – as the NFL later did – and kept him on the roster. They showed more patience toward Tyreek Hill, who was eventually cleared of abuse allegations by the NFL. Hunt is a great player that would have solidified the RB position in KC for years to come.

  13. ramsfandango says:
    September 25, 2021 at 2:02 pm
    I often wonder why KC overreacted to the Kareem Hunt incident.
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    Lying to the team owner never ends well.

  14. He needs to be more involved in passing wheel routes etc. Other then that I think he is trying to hard, thinking too much missing obvious cutbacks to run into the back of the OL.

  15. Once the Eagles “arrived” as a legitimate force under Reid, he started wasting draft picks on these “niche” players who he thought fit his system and were therefore of higher value to him than the consensus “best available player.” Those years from 05 to 12 are littered with misfires based on that logic.

    The CEH pick looked symptomatic of that giddiness that came from being at the top of the mountain then, it looked like it last year when his limitations became evident, and it looks like it after 2 games.

    Hopefully, he can turn it around, but Reid will have to get creative with him.

  16. 1. 100% of the starting offensive lines are new teammates to each other and learning the playbook.

    2. I don’t know why they aren’t using him more in the passing game like at LSU. That’s why I was excited for him as a pick, to take the double/triple teams off Hill/Kelce. I don’t know anyone that was high on him only as a rusher.

  17. The Raiders showed the league how to beat the Chiefs last year, beating them in KC and a last minute loss in LV after having the lead the entire game but was a letdown by a D that has vastly improved this year.
    Although KC does not run the ball much, you need to be able to do it when you have too – and right now they can’t! That is a big issue and will become bigger if it isn’t corrected, especially come playoff time.
    KC will be lucky to win their division, the rest of the AFC is catching up – quickly. You can no longer just pencil them in, they are going to have to earn it this year. It will be an interesting season at any rate.

  18. Andy Reid’s Chiefs have showed the entire NFL how to drub the AFC West for the last 5 years in a row and how to shut the Raiders up and send them on their annual fade since 2013.

    KC blew out Oakland in their last game in the blackhole and won the inaugural game at Arrowhead West in Vegas last season against the fade.

    Every year since Gruden has returned, you guys have been saying THIS IS THE YEAR we dethone the Chiefs. What’s Gruden’s record versus Reid’s Chiefs? Oh, yeah, dismal – with little outlook for improvement.

    sponz says:
    September 25, 2021 at 6:16 pm
    The Raiders showed the league how to beat the Chiefs last year, beating them in KC and a last minute loss in LV after having the lead the entire game but was a letdown by a D that has vastly improved this year.

    KC will be lucky to win their division, the rest of the AFC is catching up – quickly.

  19. Here’s the thing, the Chiefs defense has been as bad as you could possibly be yet they beat the Browns and if Clyde doesnt fumble there’s more than a 50% shot they kick a fg to beat the Ravens. 2 of the best teams in football. The Chiefs will never commit to the run because one, Andy doesn’t believe you win with the run and two, every running play is one less throw by #15. Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing, but that was with Alex Smith. 15 is not gonna dump the ball to his rb when Kelce and Hill are available. So a lot of Clydes perceived failure, like Hardmans, comes from the fact that their opportunities are limited cuz there are 2 better options on nearly every play.

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