Buccaneers vs. Chiefs: Will RB Jamaal Charles Hit the Ground Running in 2011?
Last Season Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles was the Focal Point in the Chiefs Offense
This season, RB Jamaal Charles should once again, be the focal point in the Kansas City offense.
Last season, Charles came of age by rushing for almost 1,500 yards, scoring five TDs, and averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
Not to mention, he's averaged no lower than 5.3 yards per carry since being drafted back in 2008.
The difference this season however, will be the fact that the Chiefs should have a more respectable passing attack.
For one, WR Dwayne Bowe is coming off arguably his best season, while they draft speedster Jonathan Baldwin from Pitt.
In addition, they signed slot man Steve Breaston from the Arizona Cardinals, as well as veteran Kevin Curtis.
QB Matt Cassel finally has more than one legit target to throw to, but as we all know, having a stud RB is the key to winning football games.
There's where Charles comes in.
He's arguably the best back in the NFL, and is also a solid threat coming out the backfield to be a receiving check-down.
Another thing that helps, is the role of soon to be 33-year old Thomas Jones.
For one, Jones is a change of pace, and definitely takes some pressure off of Charles.
Plus, count the presence of the ever-so-versatile Dexter McCluster and the Chiefs have the potential to be the most efficient offense in football.
However, it all starts with Jamaal Charles and whether he picks up where he left off at the end of 2010.
For K.C. to improve on what was a breakout 2010 season, Charles must literally hit the ground running.
If he does not have a productive preseason, doubt and pessimism could sneak into and throughout Arrowhead Stadium, and that is the last thing coach Todd Haley needs after building such a strong foundation.
As Charles goes, the Chiefs go, because if he gets shutdown on the ground, winning a championship is out of the question.
Because no one ever won a Super Bowl by being one-dimensional.
Although pounding the rock may not have been the primary objective for every Super Bowl winning team, knowing that they could run the ball effectively whenever they wanted proves to be dynamic.
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