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Reid regrets not getting the ball to Jamaal Charles more

Updated: 2013-12-23T22:15:34Z

By RANDY COVITZ

The Kansas City Star

Chiefs coach Andy Reid took the blame for the lack of touches by Jamaal Charles in the second half of Sunday’s 23-7 loss to Indianapolis.

Charles, the AFC rushing leader, carried just five times for 44 yards and caught one pass for seven yards in a scoreless second half.

“That’s my responsibility,“ Reid said on Monday. “Of … 28 plays that we had in that second half, we (need to) give him more of a shot there than the six touches that he had.”

Part of the problem, Reid said, is the Chiefs were still trailing by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

“The game kind of got away in that fourth quarter,” Reid said. “We were still in it the second half, and then we were put in the position where we had to throw the ball a little bit.

“We had a couple of routes that were set up for him, but they covered him. They rolled the coverage that way. The coverage didn’t present itself where we could use him in those.”

Also, quarterback Alex Smith kept the ball on a couple of read options, including a 22-yard carry.

“We had the option of where the quarterback could keep it …" Reid said. “The front presented itself where the quarterback kept it and (Charles) didn’t get the touch on that.

“You want to give him (the ball). You want to make sure that you do give him enough touches. What that number is, I don’t know. But I know that you need to give it to him a few more times the second half.”

To reach Randy Covitz, send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com

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