“I’m not ready to say it yet, but we’re getting closer,” coach Todd Haley said after what could be his most convincing victory as a head coach. “We are becoming a team. I might say that: I’d say we are a team right now, and now we’re just trying to be a good team. We’re not there yet.”
The Chiefs forced Bowe through something like finishing school this offseason. After his stupid “importing” quote came out in ESPN The Magazine, Chiefs officials told him to not talk to reporters, a clear indication of lost trust. They endorsed tough love from Cris Carter and Michael Irvin during summer workouts, and told everyone in the organization to just call him Dwayne.
“Both of those were house calls, too,” he said. “It hurt big-time to drop that first one. But you keep playing and you’ve got to have a short-term memory. That was in the first half. I got that out of my system and tried to make a play for my team and I came up with the big interception.”
“Those are tough calls on the refs; they have to make a decision right then and there,” Flowers said. “They don’t have time to look at the replay like us and the fans do. They make the calls, we have to live with it like we did last year and move on.”
For now, players maintain that Haley’s gambles show faith in the offense; that the coach seems to believe the Chiefs can succeed in most any situation. Kansas City has attempted nine fourth downs, converting five of them, and the team’s 56 percent conversion rate is 11th in the league.
“Some look better than others,” Haley said, “but ultimately I’m happy with all decisions that we made in that game. And how could I not be?”
Wide receiver Chris Chambers, a former starter, wasn’t active for the second straight game. Chambers, who has just seven receptions for 76 yards this season, hasn’t had much of an impact and coach Todd Haley appears tired of waiting for him to produce.
Reaction from fans after the Jaguars’ 42-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday:
The two defensive back coaches need to be replaced and take D-Coordinator Mel Tucker with you. And they thought getting rid of Reggie Nelson would solve their problems. Let me guess … Gerald Alexander re-signed for next week.