Jamaal Charles' explosive end to the season wasn’t lost on his Kansas City teammates.
The team voted to give Charles the Derrick Thomas Award, which is bestowed to the team’s most valuable player. It was a good call. Charles ended the season with 1,120 yards rushing after taking over as the primary back when Larry Johnson was cut in November. Charles had a franchise record 259 yards rushing in an upset win over Denver on Sunday.
The team gave kicker Ryan Succop the team’s rookie of the year award, which is is named in honor of the late Mack Lee.
Succop, the final pick in the draft, was outstanding. He made 25 of 29 field goals. His field goal percentage of 86.21 tied the best percentage for a rookie since the merger.
Former Oakland starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell missed the team’s final meeting due to personal reasons. It was an excused absence, but still might be another indication that his days in Oakland are over.
As expected, Denver owner Pat Bowlen backed coach Josh McDaniels. Todd Haley is being brought back in Kansas City and, of course, Norv Turner isn’t going anywhere in San Diego after a season that could earn him coach of the year honors. That leaves Oakland's Tom Cable as the only coach in the division who could be in trouble. He is set to meet with Oakland owner Al Davis next Monday.