Well if you live in KC, then one of the popular topics of discussion is that The Chiefs finally gave Jamal Charles his walking papers. on one hand, I can see why a lot of guys are mystified. On the other hand, I can see why The Chiefs did what they did.
On one hand, Jamal Charles was an institution. He was pretty much the star player of The Chiefs for the longest time. He’s been on the team since I first started paying attention to football! I remember him from when Todd Halley was the coach, Matt Cassle was getting sacked every other play, and Larry Johnson were cakin’.
Unfortunately, dude’s been injured for about two years straight. That’s bad enough. Add on the fact that the coaching staff have long since figured out how to replace him, and… Well… Nobody likes learning they’re obsolete, but… Charles pretty much became obsolete. Travis Kelsey, Kniles Davis, and Charkendrick West have all proven to be successful, and we never would’ve figured out they were any good unless Charles was on the injured list.
If The Chiefs had one glaring problem in their strategy, it was that they depended on Charles WAY too much. Occasionally, they’d hand it off to a guy like McCluster, or Bowe (back when they were around), but it seemed like it always went to Charles. Not taking anything away from Charles himself, but man, when you hand the ball off to the same guy every single god damn time, then wonder how on Earth the other team was able to stifle your offense so easily without coming to the obvious conclusion, then I think we might have a problem.
When Charles was on the bench, the team had to find work arounds to a strategy that, if you asked me, was barely working at best. And as a result of giving guys like West and Kelsey a chance, and changing up who gets the ball, we ended up on an eleven game winning streak in the 2015 season. And in our defense, we lost the playoffs to the fucking Patriots. There’s little to no shame in losing to The Patriots: they’re nigh unstoppable. Especially now that Peyton Manning is retired.
It’s sad to see a guy like Charles go, but I think this might be for the better. Like I said before, dude’s been injured for two straight years now. It’s really not doing us any good hanging on to him.
All that being said, watch the next team that decides to draft him instantly go to the superbowl and win. Assuming he doesn’t retire. Or that team happens to go against The Patriots, and the Patriots are the team that DIDN’T draft him. Because there are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Patriots win the superbowl.