“I read those to the team and talk about it and see the results of it, which generally aren’t real good,” Haley said. “In looking at Dwayne, no different from any of these other guys, he’s another young player that’s learning on the go.”
The Chiefs have spent this offseason signing and drafting players with a clear emphasis on character, bringing in players that offer the locker room more than just talent.
Haley said Bowe’s on-field performance has been encouraging. A year after arriving overweight to the team’s offseason conditioning program, Haley said Bowe seemed to take this offseason more seriously.
“He’s much further along in the offseason compared to where he was last year,” Haley said, “and that’s progress, as far as I’m concerned.”
For one day, anyway, Bowe also appeared to avoid the dropped passes that have plagued him the past three seasons. After several drops during last Wednesday’s session, he made tough catches and easy ones Monday, and avoided the mistakes that other wideouts made.
“That was a step in the right direction,” Haley said.
This suggests that the opportunities in places as recent as Kansas City were not so great, even though Chiefs coach Todd Haley said last November that Alleman would be the starter. However, the Chiefs did not tender Alleman after the season ended, which is why he is in Indy.
Alleman was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2007, following their then-improbable run to the NFC Championship (where they got waxed by the Bears). He was cut in 2008, and between then and now he’s been with the Dolphins and Chiefs. He started three games against the Chiefs last year, and in all three Pro Football Focus ranked him pretty poorly. Overall, Alleman ranked at a -11.3. For comparison’s sake, Mike Pollak (who, I think, we all pretty universally regard as a bad offensive lineman at this point in his short career) ranked -9.6.
“They have to be,” second-year coach Todd Haley said Monday, shortly after the team’s fourth practice of the offseason. “What I’ve been taught about the key to being a good team year in and year out is developing your young players. You’ve got to draft well, but then you’d better develop your young players. And that’s what I feel like is happening.”
The Chiefs’ defense has undergone an evolution. It has changed from a 4-3 scheme under former coach Herm Edwards and coordinator Gunther Cunningham to a 3-4 hybrid last season under Haley to a more traditional 3-4 front under Romeo Crennel—the team’s third defensive coordinator in as many years.
Last season, the Chiefs finished 30th in the league in total defense, 31st in run defense and 29th in points allowed. They recorded 22 sacks—not a great number by league averages but a step up from ’08, when they had just 10 sacks, the fewest by a team in one season in NFL history. And they allowed too many explosive plays by the opponent.