Kansas City Chiefs
January 9, 2011 by staff
Kansas City Chiefs, The morning of the opener at home in September 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium, head coach of Kansas City scored its final roster of 45 names. The players gathered, most of them so secure in their roles a zero game-day seemed as remote as the snowfall.
Jamaal Charles searched for her flea number. It was not around the second year NFL running back, University of Texas has left his helmet in his stall. He saw the heads of losing the Oakland Raiders from a seat behind the bench.
“I was in the stands, just watching the game,” said Charles. “Maybe it was God saying:” I could take you. “I felt the sign. Whatever the sign was, I am the sign. ”
Charles has never been dropped again. He ran for a team-high 1,120 yards last year, finished 149 yards behind NFL rushing leader Arian Foster in 1616, 2010, received a jersey in the Pro Bowl today and arrived at Arrowhead for a game AFC playoffs with Baltimore, but signs may wait in the seats.
But the humiliation of missing the Raiders game remains a crucial point in its evolution as a rusher in the NFL. The issue is not that he did not play. The issue was that his coaches thought Charles could learn more from a temporary – the dismissal of the team – and highly symbolic.
“That day, (Charles) was not the direction we decided to go,” said Todd Haley, head coach of second-year storm Chiefs (10-6). “Jamaal came to me. He was angry. He said, you know, it does not happen again. And it was pretty true to his word. ”
Charles heads selected in the third round of the draft 2008 without assurances that the comet of Port Arthur could handle the rigors of the league. Charles left Texas after his junior season with 3,328 yards – the history of the school ranked fourth in – but his size (he listed to 11/05 AMD 199 pounds) and left unproven stamina issues.
He carried the ball 67 times as a rookie in 2008, when Larry Johnson anchored the backfield Kansas City. The leaders rejected Johnson a year later.
Charles started the first game of the year 2009, a road loss, as it happened in Baltimore. He gained eight yards on four carries.
Then came the game Oakland.
“These are difficult decisions,” said Haley, who declined to explain in detail why Charles was one of eight inactive players on that day.
“It was not an easy road for Jamaal. There were real highs and lows, “said Haley.
Charles said the rest of the season with a good, if not outstanding, numbers. It carries an average of 12.66 a game, but he finished with 5.9 yards per carry, a statistic that has become something of a badge of success in his career three years.
“It is higher level,” said offensive coordinator Charlie Wei’s heads. “Usually running backs can only do one thing. Run inside, run outside, catch the ball, picking up the blitz, it has the potential to be a complete running back because he can do that. ”
Charles is aware of the profound cultural legacy created by the back of Kansas City running. In the training center heads hang large, black and white images of Joe Delaney, Christian Okoye and Marcus Allen, inside Arrowhead, bronze busts of Ed Podolak, Mike Garrett and former Longhorn fans Priest Holmes investigation they enter the tunnels at the red and gold seats.
“I just want to be known as one of those guys, too,” said Charles.
This opportunity came this year. Charles missed by two hundredths of a meter, the NFL Jim Brown by carry-1963 record of 6.40 meters. But he and Thomas Jones made the league leaders with 164.2 yards a better ground attack a party. A special section series published last week by the newspaper, The Kansas City Star featured Charles on the cover, walking, and his right hand with a knife the air, and eyes wide open. The title: “Just getting warmed up.”
“Jamaal is different. It is incredible, really, no bigger than him, “said Len Dawson, quarterback NFL Hall of Fame, who played 12 seasons with the Chiefs.
Dawson retired after the 1975 season. He played with Jim Brown in Cleveland. He knew the NFL when professional football was measured in a competition and won by the progress of running backs, tough and fearless. Dawson broadcast the matches of heads for most years since his last visit. He saw Allen Delaney, Podolak, and Holmes.
“He has a great ability to turn the corner,” said Charles Dawson. “And once it is it turned out, it is very difficult to beat.”
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