PORT ARTHUR — “There’s a big difference between Alex Smith and Matt Cassel,” Charles said. “I know there’s talent in (Smith). I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with Matt Cassel. We went to the playoffs with Matt Cassel. I think he’s an amazing player. But, when someone goes out there to get a quarterback, it opens your eyes to how special someone really is. Alex has been playing at the top level. He can come in and change some stuff that Matt couldn’t do.”
Two years after his knee injury, Charles says his knee is not even a question for him anymore. That’s one of many reasons why expectations are so high for Charles this season. Teammate Dwayne Bowe predicted back in May that Charles would lead the league in rushing.
He’s also just 1,535 yards away from becoming the Chiefs career leader in rushing yards. Still, Charles himself isn’t looking at numbers or rushing titles just yet. This season is all about winning with a new staff and leading the Chiefs to a better record than in 2012.
“Everyone has their own opinions,” Charles said. “I’m just going out there and try to win games for my team. I’m going to be the same player every play, every down, trying to be the best. I want to be in the Hall of Fame some day. Whenever you step off the field in February, we can figure out how I did. Right now, all I know is that I’ve got a good coach with a good offense. He knows his players. We’ve got a good team and a good offensive team that can make me successful.”