Jamaal Charles has big hopes for 2010

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Jamaal Charles has a simple goal:

“I want to make history,” Charles said without explaining exactly what he means.

Well, the last time we saw Charles, he almost did make history.

Charles ran for 259 yards in the 2009 season finale at Denver on 25 carries. Charles could have run on Denver all game long, but the Chiefs called off the dogs late in the fourth quarter with a big lead.

Still, Charles is looking for more success in 2010. He knows teaming with new Kansas City back Thomas Jones will help him.

Charles’ coaches and teammates have said Jones has helped Charles, who took over as the starter midseason last year, with nuances of the game. Both players are expected to get plenty of carries. Charles is an explosive player and Jones is a tough runner, so there will be instances were both players will be utilized.

Charles had 1,120 yards rushing last season as a spot starter. He averaged 5.9 yards a carry. He got off to a strong start in the preseason opener at Atlanta last week when he had 37 yards on four carries.

“My goal is to have a high per-carry average,” Charles said. “I want to average 6, 7 yards a carry. I was proud of last year’s average. ... I just want to go out and make explosive plays. I love doing that and helping this team with the big play. ... Hopefully we can do that a lot this year.”