Charles has 172 carries for 1,060 yards in the Chiefs’ last nine games. That 6.16 yards per carry is the NFL’s best. Only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson has more yards. Charles has seven plays of at least 40 yards in those nine games, more than all his teammates combined.
The Chiefs need big plays to score. Charles makes big plays. This really shouldn’t be complicated.And right now, there is no doubt that Charles gives the Chiefs the best chance of winning, especially as long as Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is still “fixing” the quarterback.
Charles is the offense’s Ferrari, and the Chiefs are using him like a Buick. Their chance at turning a surprise start into something more significant is directly tied to how much they rely on Charles.
Haley and Weis can point to the conditions and score in justifying Charles only getting 11 carries last week. There’s no such excuse this week, especially against a Browns defense that gave up 119 yards rushing last week — and 154 to Charles last season.
If Charles continues to outperform Jones while getting the same opportunities, the fans’ aggravation and conspiracy theories will justifiably grow.