Former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil used to say he wanted to give more rest to his smallish featured back, Priest Holmes, but rarely removed him from the lineup in fear the play he missed would be the one Holmes would have made to win the game.
Vermeil and Holmes are long gone, but current coach Todd Haley knows the feeling. He’s suddenly facing a similar dilemma with his new featured back, Jamaal Charles.
The Chiefs have quickly become addicted to Charles and not just as a runner. Even though he spent most of this season as Larry Johnson’s backup, Charles is already the Chiefs’ leading rusher.
He is involved as a pass receiver, even lining up wide on occasion. He beat coverage deep for a 49-yard gain in last week’s game against San Diego. He is a threat as a kickoff returner, as he showed when he returned one for a touchdown in a recent game against Pittsburgh.