KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The real surprise would have been Jamaal Charles not being named the AFC’s offensive player of the week after his big game against the Raiders last Sunday in Oakland. But Charles was so honored after catching 195 yards worth of passes and scoring five touchdowns in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 56-31 win.
Quarterback Alex Smith and coach Andy Reid on Wednesday shared some of their favorite things about playing with or coaching Charles.
To Smith, it’s Charles’ versatility. The Chiefs have been able to take Charles out of the lineup the last two games in the fourth quarter because they had big leads.
Otherwise, he rarely comes out of the game.
“There are so few guys that are out on the field for all of the situations that Jamaal (is),’’ Smith said. “He’s so talented in the pass game (and) he’s still in there in short-yardage and goal-line. That just doesn’t happen. To be able to have him out there and do so many different things . . . that’s everybody’s dream: quarterback, coaches.’’
To Reid, it’s Charles’ ability to handle the pressure of being the focus of defensive attention each week.
“He’s got this competitive toughness to him that’s relentless,’’ Reid said. “That’s a very tough position to play in the National Football League, very tough. You take a heck of a beating. On Mondays it’s tough to get out of bed. He handles all of that.
“I appreciate probably the most how he comes to work every day and the attitude he brings. He wants to get better every day, demands a lot of himself. When he’s out there at practice, he practices his tail off. He carries the ball and he’s going to carry it all the way to the end zone. That’s just how he does his business.’’