Shane Ray met the media yesterday and gave his thoughts on the Jamaal Charles signing. Being from Kansas City, and playing him twice a year, he knows the kind of dynamic ability Charles brings.
I know they’re sick back at home [in Kansas City]. They’re sick (laughing). I can’t tell you how many calls I’ve gotten, ‘No man. Not Jamaal Charles, man.’
For us, it’s a great addition. Second to [Former NFL RB] Priest Holmes, Jamaal Charles is probably one of the greatest running backs in Chiefs history. To acquire him and his play-making ability just adds a completely different dynamic to our offense.
The fact that now we can run downhill with guys like [G Ron] Leary and [RB] C.J. [Anderson], but also spread the field out and have Jamaal Charles receive the ball out of the backfield or those stretch plays with his kind of speed, that opens everything up. It’s going to open everything up for our receivers.
Me personally, I’m so excited for our offense and what they can do now because as a defense, we feel like if you can score 14 points, we’re going to win the game. This offense is looking like it’s going to do way more than that, and I can’t wait. As a pass rusher, they’re going to have to throw the ball if we’re playing up.
The Afternoon Drive talked about his press conference today and specifically honed in on his comment about hoping the offense scores more than 14 points.
They argued that this is just indicative of how little confidence everyone had in the offense last year, if the expectation is 14 points.
Honestly, though, the offense at times struggled to put up even that amount. In five of Denver’s seven losses they failed to score over 16 points, and scored below 14 points in 25% of their games.
Broncos D has allowed 13 & 16 points in past two games. Offense has scored a whopping 13 points over that span. Consequently, have gone 0-2— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) December 19, 2016
We all remember that stretch in December; to say the “struggled” would be the understatement of the year.
According to @ndjomo76: Over the course of the last 3 games the Broncos offense has more drives ending in fumbles than ending in touchdowns.— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) December 21, 2016
Regardless of the low bar currently set for the offense due to last year’s ineptitude, it is nice to hear that Ray is excited about this year’s version of the offense as he went on to say that they should score “way more than that”.
As a pass rusher, nothing is better than having your offense give you a lead, where you can pin your ears back and rush all day. It’s clear that Ray is looking forward to that.
We are too, Ray. We are too.
Bonus listen: A KC radio host joins Eric and Les to talk about how the Chiefs fans are reacting to the Charles signing.