The 2012 NFL Season for the Kansas City Chiefs was a forgettable year. After a brutal 2-14 season the Chiefs ownership chose to clean house firing the head coach and general manager, hoping for a fresh start in 2013. But the 2012 season wasn’t a total waste. There were some several players who, even in a dismal season never quit on their team and continued to be very productive. But which offensive player was the best in a bad year? Let’s weigh our options.
Honorable mention goes to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. In a season where he was battling a contract dispute, held out until mid-august and then only played in 12 games, he was still able to get 59 catches for 801 yards. And when you consider just how awful the quarterback play was for the Chiefs it makes what he was able even more impressive. I understand he was playing for a new contract, possibly on a new team, but I was still impressed.
But on this team there is really only one truly worthy candidate. Running back Jamaal Charles was tremendous in 2012. He was able to show what he can do when he can play a full 16 game season. He rushed for 1,509 yards and added in another 236 receiving yards. He did this on a team that had almost no threat of a passing game, and a coach who was almost completely incapable of calling a proper offensive gameplan. Charles really showed himself to be a workhorse back this season going over 20 carries in six games, a huge departure from what many had expected going into the season. However, in the other 10 games he had fewer than 10 carries in three of them, and fewer than 15 in two more.
So, for a running back to be able to accumulate those sorts of numbers with so many games with limited carries and on an offense so inept further punctuates his season. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry ranking him fifth in the league and probably could have averaged even more, and definitely gotten more yards and touchdowns if former head coach Romeo Crennel had inserted him into the offense more effectively. Chiefs fans have to be wondering how new head coach Andy Reid will use Charles as he’s not known for featuring his running back in the offensive game plan.
But for 2012, Charles is the top offensive player for the Chiefs by a long shot. He’s one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the game and one of the top running backs in the league. What say you, Chiefs fans? Is there another player on this team who could possibly be more deserving than Charles? If so, come find me on Twitter @nfldraftboard and let me know.