As he waited to sign with a new team, there were rumors that Le’Ron McClain was looking for a team that would give him more than the 37 carries he averaged the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
So it seemed curious that he would fit in with the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that only gave Jamaal Charles 230 carries despite having one of the most efficient seasons the NFL has ever seen.
However, after his first day on the practice field McClain was very clear what his role on the Chiefs will be in 2011.
“I’m a fullback man, here to win, and just getting Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones over 1,000 [yards] a piece. That’s what I’m here to do. Blocking linebackers, kicking out linebackers, keeping them off Matt Cassel, just doing anything I can do to help the team win.”
Todd Haley talked on Thursday about needing to improve short yardage situations — and McClain will add a huge boost there — but don’t forget about the big play either.
As we saw over and over again last season, Charles doesn’t need much room to break off a huge run. With McClain on board with leading the way, there’s no doubt that Charles will easily have more than the 10 20+ yard carries he had last season.