Jamaal Charles backs Andy Reid

Updated: September 18, 2013, 12:08 PM ET
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Jamaal Charles wants to make sure that Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia is a triumphant one.

Thursday night's game between the Chiefs and Eagles figures to be an emotional night for Reid, who is in his first year with Kansas City following 14 seasons in Philadelphia.

Reid, who has coached the Chiefs to a 2-0 start, has maintained a positive stance regarding his relationship with the Eagles, who fired him after going 4-12 last season and replaced him with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

But Charles acknowledged to ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that Thursday's game will be personal for Reid.

"It means a lot, so I hope we go out there and play for our coach," Charles told Werder following Sunday's victory over the Dallas Cowboys. "You know what I'm saying? I know he has a lot of love for his Eagles, he worked there a lot of years and he probably wishes he was still coaching there."

The Eagles have started 1-1 under Kelly, who has implemented a fast-paced offense that has averaged 477 yards per game -- the NFL's second-highest mark.

Reid, the winningest coach in Eagles history, posted a 130-93-1 record with Philadelphia, guiding the team to five NFC title games, eight division titles and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Charles also said that a victory Thursday over his former team will be important to Reid.

"A lot of change has happened," the running back told Werder. "This is going to be a very important week, and we know that."

At least publicly, Reid is more concerned with preparing his new team on a short week to face an Eagles squad that has scored 63 points in just two games.

"In this business you're focused in on getting your team ready to play," Reid told the Chiefs' official website. "That's where my energy is going to go. I haven't really thought about that other part at all. I don't necessarily plan on thinking about that. I want to make sure I concentrate on the game at hand and anything else becomes a distraction and I'm not going to let that happen.

"Every coach tells you these Thursday nights, it's a quick turnaround, and you just have to go. It's something you have to do. You buckle down and make sure you get it done."

ESPN's Ed Werder and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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