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This article is by Robert Beames
After the nationally publicized interview with ESPN, there was talk around the office that the “misquoted” Chiefs receiver was on his way out. In spite of the media’s efforts to magnify the issue into a sensational off-season story, many Chiefs fans knew that Bowe was not in the same boat which carried the overrated Larry Johnson down the river. Most of us had the feeling that it would all be shortly forgotten, at least, when the pads came on, and there was actually football to talk about again. Now, it seems the storm has already blown over.
And yet, this recent story – which supposedly put Bowe in the crosshairs of every opposing defensive player this year for breaking an unwritten players’ code – is just another example of a prevalent tendency we have to quickly turn on him. After becoming only the fourth wide receiver ever taken by the Chiefs in the first round, and after accumulating more receptions (156), as well as more receiving yards (2,017), than any other Chief in his first two seasons, why are most of us so quick to jump on the broken-down, band wagon of haters lodged on top of his back?
More after the jump.
Sure, there was the four game suspension last year, but who can blame a guy, if his grandma mixed up his medicines? Maybe we haven’t forgiven him for the initial hold out from training camp back in 2007, although many players have used that business strategy. Yes, he has been in Todd Haley’s dog house enough, but who wants to speculate on Haley’s motivational methods at this point and time? We’re all hoping for positive results, but we really don’t know yet if his tactics will work in Kansas City.
It could be his reputation for dropping balls. This is already the topic of reports out of this week’s OTAs. The unofficial stats has him leading the league with 11 dropped passes last year, and since he was the starting WR on a team which also lead the league in the same category last year, there has to be something to that stat – Mark Bradley and Bobby Wade each added nine more. Yet, others receivers like Brandon Marshall and Braylon Edwards have have led in this category before. There are fans who wouldn’t mind seeing them in a red jersey. If Bowe makes nine catches in a game with a couple for touchdowns, won’t we overlook one drop per game? Besides, Bowe brings down some tough catches in traffic. Where are those stats?
Consider most of the game situations last year? The Chiefs found themselves playing from behind almost every week. This allowed defenses to play the pass first. Not to mention, the predictability which Johnson’s two yard average rush attack provided defenses in the first half of 2009. That didn’t exactly keep the other teams on their toes.
Let’s not forget that in his three years as a Chief, Bowe has gone through multiple changes in head coaches, OCs and QBs. Some of the QBs throwing to Bowe didn’t exactly make Pro-bowlers out of any receivers during their careers. Trent Green would have loved to throw to him, unfortunately he never got the chance.
A recent AA poll picked Bowe to be the number one receiver in 2010 only slightly over Chris Chambers, but given the last half of 2009, it wouldn’t be surprising if we readers picked the wrong man. Chambers accumulated more yards with 11 less catches giving him a 16.9 average per catch, which good enough for the NFL’s top 25, as opposed to Bowe’s 12.5 average, which puts him outside the top 100. Still, if they both have over 100 catches in 2010, then the receiving corp becomes a real threat. When was the last decade the red and gold could make that boast? Fans aren’t going to care who’s number one if that happens.
Let’s hope that this year defenses can’t double-team either Bowe, or Chambers. Let’s hope they don’t know who to cover when they see Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster, and Jerheme Urban all coming out of the backfield at once. Let’s hope his teammates allow Bowe to see more green space this year then ever before – then we can clearly tell if he drops a pass. Let’s hope Matt Cassel can get him the ball and they all go to the Pro Bowl this year. We shouldn’t get our hopes up, but after all, that’s what we do in a true football town.
No. Don’t vote Bowe for President. Don’t even vote him into the Pro-Bowl. Not yet. So far, he hasn’t been in the top echelon of NFL receivers? But he has been the best receiver KC has had for a long while – if only Sylvester Morris had steel knees. Is he great? Not so far, but he could be this year. It might even be exciting to see what Charlie Weiss will do this year with the new toys he has, but they won’t be as effective without both of the older, more experienced weapons he has already in Bowe and Chambers. If the Chiefs went out and picked up a true #1 receiver on the off-season, all of this changes, but they didn’t.
So, with everyone allegedly out to get him, who has Bowe’s back this year? If someone were to ask him that question, he probably wouldn’t think he needs anyone to watch his back, but maybe we fans should anyway. Every player has to perform, but maybe he’s getting a bad rap. What if he does perform again in 2010, which we know he is capable of doing, who will have his back then? If he puts up crazy numbers, and carries the team, won’t we all?