Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is currently 2nd on the depth chart behind Thomas Jones, but that hasn’t stopped the him from thinking big for the upcoming season. He told Bill Williamson about his lofty goal for 2010.
“I want to make history,” Charles said without explaining exactly what he means.
Well, the last time we saw Charles, he almost did make history.
Charles ran for 259 yards in the 2009 season finale at Denver on 25 carries. Charles could have run on Denver all game long, but the Chiefs called off the dogs late in the fourth quarter with a big lead.
Charles had 1,120 yards rushing last season as a spot starter. He averaged 5.9 yards a carry. He got off to a strong start in the preseason opener at Atlanta last week when he had 37 yards on four carries.
“My goal is to have a high per-carry average,” Charles said. “I want to average 6, 7 yards a carry. I was proud of last year’s average. … I just want to go out and make explosive plays. I love doing that and helping this team with the big play. … Hopefully we can do that a lot this year.”
What Williamson failed to mention was that Charles was given the chance to break the single game record by Todd Haley, but decided to he would get the record another time. The kid is hungry to be great for an entire season, not just one game and that’s the sort of attitude the whole team will need if they are going to get out of the shadow of a four win campaign.
You should always set lofty goals, but 7 yards a carry is going to be pretty tough. Chris Johnson led the league in rushing last season and “only” averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
In fact, only one player in the entire league ran the ball more than 25 times and came close to averaging 7. Browns WR Josh Cribbs carried the ball 55 times at a staggering 6.9 average. If Charles can improve on his 5.9 average at all, he will be knocking on history’s door again, Thomas Jones or no Thomas Jones.