Chiefs ready to feed Jamaal Charles as stretch run approaches

Running back Jamaal Charles was held to just 14 touches a week ago in a loss to the Broncos. Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson says that is something that much change as the season nears its end.

“These last couple of games we’ve gotten into situations where we’ve been behind, and we had to play catchup, and you end up throwing the ball, so touches are going to go down to some of your key guys,” Pederson said the recent two losses by the Chiefs, via the Kansas City Star.

“We as a staff, and me as a coordinator, I have to allow him to touch the football as often as we can,” Pederson said. “You look at the stat sheet and look at the targets and the number of touches that guys get, and then you go back and say, ‘Oh, I wish I would have done this or I wish I would have done that, or more of this or less of that,’ after the game, win or lose.”

Charles was held to just 35 yards against the Broncos last week, his lowest output since injuring his ankle in a contest against the Broncos in Week 2.

“You say, ‘You know what, we should have given Dwayne (Bowe) two more targets, or given Jamaal two more or three more touches in a certain situation.’ But again, as the game unfolds, it sort of dictates how you spread the ball around, and it’s unfortunate that sometimes guys’ touches are sometimes going to go down or up based on game situations.”