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Splitting work between Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware makes sense

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have one of their better rushing games in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders. They gained just 89 rushing yards, the only time they haven’t topped 100 yards during their five-game winning streak.

But coach Andy Reid wasn’t blaming the time-share arrangement the Chiefs had going on in their backfield. Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware each got work. West played 34 snaps and got the ball 11 times, nine times on carries and two times on passes. Ware played 17 snaps but had nine touches, including a 10-yard touchdown run.

The Chiefs’ third back, Knile Davis, did not play on offense.

“I thought it was good," Reid said of the running back arrangement. “We didn’t have a lot of snaps that first half. I think we’re going to be OK there. Both of them are good players. They ran hard, too hard at times. The ball popped out a couple times."

Each player did drop the ball, though neither was ruled a fumble.

Reid wouldn’t commit to a rotation for next Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium or beyond.

“I think every week will probably be a little different," Reid said.

But the facts haven’t changed. West is the more versatile back and best fits the Chiefs’ offensive system, particularly because of his skills as a pass receiver.

Ware is the physical runner who is better capable of gaining the tough yards. He showed that on his touchdown run in Oakland by breaking a tackle on the 6.

Reid has mostly favored going with one runner during his career as opposed to a dual-back system. Only four times in his career has he had a team with more than 100 carries from two backs, three times with the Eagles and then last year with Jamaal Charles and Davis with the Chiefs.

But he’s not tied to the idea.

“I started off with Deuce Staley, Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter [with the Eagles], so we kind of rotated three guys," Reid said. "I’m OK with that. That’s a tough position."

In this case, using West or Ware as the situation demands might be the best thing for the Chiefs.