Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) hands off during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Charles says he messed up on Alex Smith’s ghost hand off


One of the highlights of the Kansas City Chiefs win over the Houston Texans was a weird play that resulted in a touchdown run from quarterback Alex Smith. Smith turned to his left and extended the ball awaiting running back Jamaal Charles to come and take the ball.

Charles had run the other way and left Smith hanging. Smith eventually took the ball himself and ran for the touchdown. The hole was wide open for Charles, it closed but something more direct in front of Smith opened up in front of him.

The play wasn’t planned, just simply a miscommunication that worked out alright.

Yeah, we made that play up,” running back Jamaal Charles said with a laugh, via Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. “I went the wrong way. I was moving around and all the formations were moving all day, and I just forgot which way to go.

“My mind went blank, and I’m just glad that Alex was able to execute the play and score.”

Charles deserves some credit for looping back around and getting in a block to help Smith score. The way it confused the defense, they might need to add it to the playbook.

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  • PunjabiPete

    I would DESIGN that play. That thing was perfect. I felt bad for Houston’s #59. He was completely flummoxed, as I would have been. WTH?! Favorite play of the day right there, and quick thinking.

    • superman_25_58

      Ya except Charles goes the right way next time lol.

      • PunjabiPete

        No no I mean that EXACT play – Charles going the “wrong” way, then coming full circle around to throw a block, Smith looking confused for a split second then running it in… If I was a defensive player I would have honed in on Charles too, it would have caught me off guard…

  • RepOurChiefs

    The D was so fixed on JC#25 and not where the ball was. They froze and and panned him instead of checking for who actually had the ball.. #D’OH!!! (in homer simpson voice) lol

  • superman_25_58

    Also notice how the left side of the line just completely pushed their man strait out the way! The line looked good here.

  • Jim Harper

    It was originally reported as a broken play by Mitch, who then apologized in his post game interview with Reid Ferrin stating that the play was designed that way. Now they are calling it a broken play? Somebody get Mitch a towel to wipe that egg off his face.