For the second time this season, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was guilty of not getting the ball enough to running back Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs failed to get the ball to Charles on any of their final 10 plays of Sunday's 22-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
At his Monday news conference, Reid said he particularly regretted the failure to utilize Charles on a possession late in the third quarter, when the Chiefs led 17-16. The Chiefs ran five plays on that drive, four passes and a scramble by quarterback Alex Smith, before punting.
On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Chiefs had a third down and one. Instead of giving the ball to Charles, they threw an incomplete pass to Dwayne Bowe and then punted.
"If we had that to do over again, and this is hindsight, but I'd probably come back and hand it to him and give him an opportunity to make that play," Reid said.
The Chiefs got the ball back just once more and by then, they were in desperation mode. A little more than two minutes remained but they were out of timeouts and behind by five points.
Charles had only seven carries in the season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. The next day, Reid said it was "negligence on my part" that Charles didn't get the ball more.