Each Sunday in the NFL is full of crazy stats — things you never expected to see, and hope to never see again. Without question, the most ridiculous numbers from opening week came from the Tennessee-Kansas City boxscore. Check the workload data for the Chiefs:
Yup, that's 13 opportunities to touch the football for Avery, and 11 for Charles. Eleven. Avery is a 30-year-old journeyman receiver playing for his fourth NFL team. Charles is a three-time All-Pro, the centerpiece of Kansas City's offense, a back who led the league in touchdowns last season and who ranks among the all-time greats in terms of rushing efficiency.
No disrespect intended to Avery, but, well ... c'mon. It's not as if the Titans raced out to a huge lead over KC. The Chiefs were within two scores until late in the third quarter. And in any case, Charles is the team's most dangerous receiver — he actually led the team in both catches (70) and receiving yards (693) last season.
It took a day, but Chiefs head coach Andy Reid acknowledged on Monday that perhaps Charles should have perhaps seen a few more touches:
Reid: "Not giving 25 the ball more than seven times is negligence on my part."
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 8, 2014
Coach Reid also expressed regret about Travis Kelce's modest snap-count (20). It's nice that Reid eventually recognizes his strategic miscalculations. But it would be cool if he could figure these things out at, say, halftime.
Charles of course saw a huge percentage of his team's total offensive touches last season, so workload isn't a long-range worry. No panic trades, please. We assume he'll be fed early, often and without end in Week 2 at Denver. With an all-situation back like Charles, game-flow should never be a concern. Coach Reid gets it ... we think.