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NFL AM: Jamaal Charles Says Chiefs Were Outplayed And Outcoached

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Jamal Charles says Chiefs outplayed and outcoached Monday night:

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamal Charles wasn’t happy with his team’s 38-28 loss at the hands of the Green Bay Packers Monday night, and he thought the blame fell on the players and coaches alike.

When speaking after the game, Charles said the Chiefs didn’t seem to match Green Bay’s energy.

“It looked like they outplayed us, it looked like they outcoached us, and I feel like (Green Bay) came out with a lot of energy — we didn’t come out with a lot of energy,” Charles said.

That’s an issue. It’s one thing to be outplayed or outcoached, but energy or want to should never be an issue. Charles can talk about being out executed or Green Bay running better schemes all he wants, but if energy was an issue the rest of that is really mute. How much does Andy Reid’s game plan or execution really matter if the energy isn’t there?

Charles may be frustrated, but the reality is the Packers are just a better football team. You could argue the Chiefs are as talented as Green Bay in a lot of areas, but at the end of the day, the Packers have Aaron Rodgers, and there isn’t much Reid or anyone else can do to stop him.

For his part, Reid’s post-game press conference was a bit strange as the Chiefs head coach stood there repeating that everything is his fault and really not wanting to get into the performance of his team or quarterback Alex Smith because as Reid continuously reminded everyone, he’s responsible for all of it.

We’ve seen Reid’s teams outcoached before, but there’s no direct evidence that he could have coached them out of a loss to the Packers Monday night. We’ve seen Reid do a horrific job of clock management at the end of a half or a game, but no 2-minute or 4-minute offense was going to change the outcome of Monday night’s loss to Green Bay.

Sometimes you’re outcoached, but sometimes you’re just beaten by a better team.

Chicago Bears trade Jared Allen and Jon Bostic:

The Chicago Bears are 0-3 and clearly going nowhere fast, so it came as little surprise Tuesday when the team announced they had traded Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers. Allen is a great pass rusher in the twilight of his career, but he wasn’t a great fit for the 3-4 defense Chicago now employs.

In joining Carolina, Allen gets to move to a 4-3 defense where he is much more comfortable playing at defensive end, with his hand in the ground. Also, with the Panthers starting 3-0, Carolina gives Allen an opportunity to play for a playoff contender.

The question is how much does Allen have left in the tank?

After having at least 11 sacks from 2007 to 2014, the explosive defensive end had just 5.5 sacks on an awful Bears defense in 2014.

Allen is without a sack in the first three games this year, but the difference playing in Carolina should be noticeable. After 11 years as a defensive end in Kansas City, Minnesota and Chicago, the Bears moved Allen to linebacker as part of their shift to a 3-4 defense. Heading back to defensive end, and playing on a much better Panthers’ defense should give Allen more opportunities to get to the quarterback.

The Bears also traded former second-round pick, linebacker Jon Bostic to the New England Patriots on Tuesday. Bostic never materialized into the kind of player you hope a linebacker selected in the second round will be, and the team decided Tuesday to move on from the third-year backer who had yet to play in 2015 due to an ankle injury.

Don’t be surprised if the Bears continue their fire sale. The writing is on the wall, and the team knows they’re just beginning the rebuilding process, and the more assets they can gather for next year’s draft, the better for the Bears.

New York Giants work out pass catchers:

If you believe Victor Cruz, the New York Giants will get the receiver back this Sunday in Buffalo. Even with the return of Cruz, the Giants are looking at some new pass catching options.

The Giants recently cut Preston Parker, and now have just Dwayne Harris and Geremy Davis behind Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr, and Rueben Randle.

Giants’ fans have to be asking themselves why the team cut James Jones, who has 12 receptions for 219 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Packers after seeing Parker and Davis make the opening day roster.

The Giants are likely kicking themselves for letting Jones go, but there also working on possibly adding some depth at the receiver or tight end position to give Eli Manning more options in the passing game.

Tuesday the Giants hosted former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, former New England Patriots and Denver Broncos star Wes Welker and former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley for workouts. Welker may be the most intriguing option, but Nicks may be the most comfortable. While Nicks hasn’t played in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense, his comfort level with Eli Manning may make him the most likely option if the Giants sign any of the three.

 


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Pat Donovan

Pat Donovan has covered the NFL for almost a decade and is a host and producer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers radio flagship 620WDAE/95.3FM. Pat covers the NFC South and NFC East for Football Insiders. Follow him on Twitter, @PatDonovanNFL.