Need something to hold your over while we all wait for football to return? Over at the Star, Adam Teicher is comparing the Chiefs skill players from 2003 and 2011 starting with running back: Jamaal Charles vs. Priest Holmes.
Nothing against Holmes, but I’ve got to go with Charles in this one. Holmes was a perfect fit for the Chiefs’ offensive system of that time and worked in a nice harmony with the blockers.
What Charles is doing is even more spectacular. The most impressive thing about his 2010 season is that Charles, playing with the same blockers and against the same defenses, averaged almost three yards per carry more than Jones. That statistic alone tells the world who deserves the most credit for the Chiefs leading the league in rushing.
Comparing Holmes and Charles between the two seasons would be a tight race, but it’s a much easier decision if you’re picking compared to their tenure as Chiefs. In that case, there’s no way I can put Charles ahead of Holmes yet.
Even during his amazing 27 touchdown season in 2003, Holmes was never as explosive as Charles but he was a workhorse — over 300 carries three years in a row — that always found his way into the end zone. In 2004 when he was limited to just eight games, Holmes had 14 touchdowns and 892 yards.
An improvement on his 2010 season — with the help of Todd Haley’s play calling — will propel Charles past Holmes. Until then, it’s still Priest ahead of Jamaal.