The most infuriating part of the Chiefs' 26-10 loss to Tennessee on Sunday was the lack of touches given to running back Jamaal Charles. Charles had just 11 touches—seven rushes and four catches—against the Titans.
Why would coach Andy Reid give Charles the ball only 11 times? As everyone knows, Charles was the lone offensive hero in many games in 2013, as he accounted for 37 percent of the offensive production.
Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star quoted Reid from Monday's press conference when he explained the lack of touches Charles received.
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Reid: "Not giving 25 the ball more than seven times is negligence on my part."2014-9-8 17:09:24
Along with the partial activity Charles had, Reid wished some of his other players got more action, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
Tight end Travis Kelce, who had a promising preseason, played only 18 snaps. Reid admitted he is capable of playing more than the amount of snaps he was given on Sunday. Rookie first-round draft pick and outside linebacker Dee Ford and fullback Anthony Sherman also went unnoticed, with Reid admitting that they didn't get enough snaps or could have been used more.
Reid has a lot of knowledge in the game of football. He's been coaching for 22 years, 15 of them as a head coach. It comes off surprising that the team limited some of their top playmakers.
The questions have to be asked. Why did the best player on the team see just seven touches on the ground? In reference to the other players Reid brought up, why weren't they used as much?
Many Chiefs fans were discouraged after Sunday's brutal loss. Given the schedule and the amount of injuries and suspensions the team has incurred this early, it is hard to see Kansas City competing for a postseason spot in December.
While some fans have written the Chiefs off for the season, Reid won't. Many teams have started very slowly and turned things around with a postseason appearance—though only a couple had the turnaround translate into a Super Bowl victory.
Reid knows what must be done to make Kansas City competitive and to capture wins. The obvious: get the ball to your best player and let your key players get on the field more.
It all starts this Sunday on the road against the Denver Broncos, who had some woes despite a 24-0 lead. If the coaching mishaps from Week 1 carry over to Week 2, last year's incredible season will turn into a long-distant memory and fans will voice their opinions, just like how they did in 2012.