For the second time this season, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was guilty of not getting the ball enough to running back Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs failed to get the ball to Charles on any of their final 10 plays of Sunday's 22-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
At his Monday news conference, Reid said he particularly regretted the failure to utilize Charles on a possession late in the third quarter, when the Chiefs led 17-16. The Chiefs ran five plays on that drive, four passes and a scramble by quarterback Alex Smith, before punting.
On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Chiefs had a third down and one. Instead of giving the ball to Charles, they threw an incomplete pass to Dwayne Bowe and then punted.
"If we had that to do over again, and this is hindsight, but I'd probably come back and hand it to him and give him an opportunity to make that play," Reid said.
This is nothing new for Reid if you've followed his coaching career. He often said the same about Brian Westbrook in Philadelphia after games the Eagles gave up on running the ball. While there is a good chance the Chiefs come out in Week 6 and run more, there will be future games when Reid probably says something similar after abandoning the run.
Chip Kelly has made it clear he wants to create pass-coverage matchup problems with Darren Sproles, whose receiving ability and 5-6, 190-pound frame call to mind former Eagles star Brian Westbrook.
But though Sproles said yesterday he hasn't been told anything about his role with the Eagles, everyone assumes a limited workload - maybe six or eight touches a game from scrimmage. It seems reasonable to expect a 31-year-old to be productive used that way.
We're currently projecting Sproles for 8.3 touches. He's our #36 RB in PPR formats.
Did Jamaal Charles play too long Sunday? Charles, the Chiefs’ biggest offensive weapon, picked up 17 and 33 yards on his final two attempts in the 45-10 win at Washington. The Chiefs ran one more play, and that was the end of the third quarter with the Chiefs leading 38-10. Charles didn’t get another attempt.
He finished the day with 19 carries for a season-high 151 yards and two receptions for eight yards.
“I thought it was the right time,” to take him out of the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday. “I’ve gone both ways, I’ve held people from games, and I’ve played people, just depending on what I feel we need to get ourselves ready, if we have that opportunity to continue to play (in the playoffs).
“We’re not there yet. I wasn’t thinking about that in this game.”
Reid tends to ride his RB1, even with a capable backup. He did so with Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy in his time with the Eagles. But something to take from this if you're a Charles owner is that Knile Davis looks to be a capable handcuff if Charles would go down.
RB Knile Davis, the Chiefs' third-round draft pick, stepped into Jamaal Charles' place with the first-team offense for the remainder of Monday's practice. Davis had already moved past veteran Shaun Draughn and second-year running back Cyrus Gray to No. 2 on the depth chart.
"He went down. I had to get in, step in and play my role," Davis said. "[Reid's] whole goal was to build a team where if one man went down the next man would step up."
Reid said that the reps that Davis got with the first-team offense were invaluable.
In Philly, Andy Reid always had a reliable backup to Brian Westbrook in Correll Buckhalter. When BWest would go down, Buck always stepped in and got the bulk of the carries as Reid rarely, if at all, used a committee approach at RB. If you're a Charles owner, Davis may be a guy to target late in drafts as a potential handcuff. He should be around very late, and you may even get a lot of "who?" responses...