Remember how great Priest Holmes was? Well, believe it or not, Jamaal Charles is now the all-time leading rusher for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Charles passed Holmes in the Kansas City record books with a 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter in a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Charles now has 6,113 yards, while Holmes had 6,070. Larry Johnson (6,015), Christian Okoye (4,897) and Ed Podolak (4,451) round out the top five.
“I’m very excited,” Charles said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I’m very blessed. It’s amazing to accomplish (this) and be an all-time leader for the franchise. I’m just very humbled.”
Charles finished the day with 22 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown and also caught two balls for 12 yards. It was a classic case of keep away, as the Chiefs ran 70 plays to the Chargers’ 29. Kansas City possessed the ball for 39:00 minutes and limited the Chargers to 251 total yards.
Andy Reid is now 14-2 in his career following a bye, which is truly an astounding mark. Why is he so successful after a week off?
“I don’t know,” Charles said. “He just lets us go and relax our body and lets us do us. Coach Reid is a great coach. He’s not just a great coach. He’s a great person as well. He’s like a dad to all of us and he’s got a great heart. He just gives us the whole week off to rest our bodies.”
Kansas City (3-3) has now won three of its last four games after an 0-2 start. The game that truly showed the Chiefs’ potential was their 41-14 beatdown of the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football on Sept. 29. The Chiefs rushed for 207 yards that night; Charles had 92, Knile Davis had 107 and Alex Smith had eight.
“You got playmakers on the team, and your playmakers got to make plays, your average players got to make some plays, and your role players got to make some plays,” Charles said. “(When their name) is called, they got to make plays. Our great players got to play great all the time – not just sometimes, but every day. (Coach Reid) puts us in a position to make plays, but you’re the one that’s got to go out there and make plays. Coach is a great offensive mind that gives the ball to the playmakers like (Travis) Kelce, (De’Anthony Thomas) and (Dwayne) Bowe. You just got to make plays.”
The Chiefs will have a chance to make a few more plays this Sunday when they host St. Louis (2-4). Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.