For all the talk about competition from Chiefs coach Todd Haley, there won’t be much in the way of intrigue on the offensive side of the ball. Though as John Clayton notes, all eyes will be on the competition at running back between Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.
Everyone applauded the Chiefs for picking up Jones, who ran for 1,402 yards last season and who could provide good leadership in the locker room. But Charles exploded during the second half of the 2009 season and finished with 1,120 yards. The only other team with a playing-time decision as tough as this one is the Carolina Panthers, who had two 1,100-yard backs in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
I don’t even look at the situation as a “battle”. If anything it’s more management by Haley and new offensive coordinator Charlie Wies to keep both guys fresh while putting the best product on the field. It’s unlikely we see Jones or Charles run away with the position and keep the other on the sidelines. Both players are going to get their fair share of touches.
There isn’t anyone in Kansas City that would complain if the Chiefs end up with rushing numbers similar to the Panthers.