Jamaal Charles Injury: Kansas City Chiefs Will Go 0-16 Without Star RB

David DanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2011

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 18:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is driven off the field after being injured against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 18, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions were lonely so they chose the Kansas City Chiefs to keep their 2008 squad company.  Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs’ No. 1 offensive weapon may have played his last game this season.  Without him, Kansas City will go winless.

Charles went down with a knee injury against the Lions on Sunday afternoon.  ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Pro Bowl running back most likely has a torn ACL which would result in Charles sitting out the remainder of the year.  Kansas City’s already pitiful offense won’t be able to have any success after taking on such a massive blow.

The devastating loss comes just a week removed from the team losing its stud safety Eric Berry to a torn ACL as well.  The offense and defense has regressed greatly over the past two weeks, and there wasn’t much room to get worse to begin with.  In Week 1, they were slaughtered by the Buffalo Bills 41-7.

Playing that poorly against the lowly Bills isn’t a good sign, to say the least.  Instead of shaking off the loss as a fluke, they followed it up with an even greater massacre, losing to the Detroit Lions 48-3.  They boast a defense that demands the offense be ready for a shootout and an offense that needs a defense that’s primed to pitch a shutout; that isn’t the ideal combination of units to have if you’re trying to avoid finishing 0-16.

It has happened only once since the 16-game schedule has been put into place, but with this Chiefs team, it’s bound to happen again.  Matt Cassel is nothing without Charlie Weis and what looked like an improved receiving corps has been anything but through Week 2.  Their defense has been a revolving door for opposing offensive attacks despite supposedly having improved as well. 

An AFC West divisional title was the team's regular-season goal, but at this point, it’s more likely that Rex Grossman and the Washington Redskins win their division.  Winning the Andrew Luck Bowl should be the Chiefs' new No. 1 priority.  Next season with Luck under center, Charles back and a year of experience under the belt of Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City’s offense could be electric.

Of course, the firing of Todd Haley would have to be included in the future blueprint as well.  Fire Todd Haley?  But after just two bad games?

Getting outscored 89-10 against the Bills and Lions is inexcusable; a midseason coaching swap isn’t out of the question for this potentially historic cellar-dweller.




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