Friday, January 4, 2013
Reid must ride Jamaal Charles
By Bill Williamson
The knock on Andy Reid is he doesn’t adjust well.
Well, he is going to have to be flexible in the early days of his Kansas City regime.
Reid was a pass-first coach in Philadelphia over 14 seasons. The Chiefs don’t have a good passing game, but they do have a great running back in Jamaal Charles.
Charles is one of the best running backs in the NFL and had a career high 1,509 yards rushing last season.
I don't think Reid is going to have to a problem finding a way get production out of Charles. He will understand where his best weapons are and he will use Charles. LeSean McCoy had more than 1,300 yards rushing in 2011, so it’s not like Reid doesn’t want to run the ball.
Reid does like to use the tailback in the passing game, and Charles is equipped to do well. He had 35 catches this season.
I think the Reid-Charles pairing will work fine, especially with the Chiefs current lack of a top quarterback.
I think the Reid hiring could help young players like tight end Tony Moeaki and receiver Jon Baldwin. Both players have talent, but the Chiefs’ anemic offensive couldn’t get much out of them. Reid will be excited to work with them.
Two key pending free agents are receiver Dwayne Bowe and left tackle Branden Albert. Reid has paid for offense in the past, so I can see him being open to keeping both of these players.