Chiefs go away from Charles in crunch time


December 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There is no prescribed number of plays that Chiefs coach Andy Reid would like the ball to end up in the hands of Jamaal Charles, one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL. One thing Reid does know is that Kansas City would be better off if Charles got the ball more than the six times he did in the second half of Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis. Or if he didn’t seem to stray from giving him touches at the end of close games.

It’s not as if Charles didn’t have another solid afternoon in a 23-7 loss. He ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 38 yards. But when the offense got stuck in the second half, it seemed Reid completely abandoned the run — even though it seemed to be working just fine. Charles carried eight times for 62 yards in the first half Sunday, including a 31-yard run for the Chiefs’ only touchdown. He had just five carries in the second half, while the Colts were in the midst of scoring 23 straight points, despite averaging nearly 9 yards per carry.

In other Chiefs Kingdom News….Kansas City signed Running Back Eric Kettani, Wide Receiver Jerrell Jackson and Line Backer Ridge Wilson to the practice squad, Tuesday. They replace WR Fred Williams, who was released, Full Back Toben Opurum, who was added to the Texans active roster, and Tight End Jake Byrne, who joined the Chargers’ active roster.  Coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that starters and backups will both practice this week. The Chiefs are assured of the No. 5 seed for the playoffs, so it’s likely most starters will rest against San Diego.