Though his touchdown production dropped 66% from last season, Dwayne Bowe turned in his second consecutive 1,100-yard season with an 81-catch campaign. He did, however, finish the year with 12 drops (second-most among NFL wide receivers).
Free agent acquisition Steve Breaston turned in a solid first season with the Chiefs. Breaston helped stretch the field and his 61 catches for 785 yards represented his best receiving totals since Arizona’s Super Bowl run in 2008 (77 catches for 1,006 yards).
An overhaul of the offensive line looks to be in store for 2012 with Casey Wiegmann likely to retire, Barry Richardson set to hit free agency and general manager Scott Pioli telling a local radio station last week that, “We have to improve our offensive line.”
So what’s next?
Rodney Hudson was an All-American guard at Florida State and started one game at left guard in place of an injured Ryan Lilja last season, but Hudson still looks like the leading candidate to take over as the team’s starting center next year.
Port Arthur native and NFL running back Jamaal Charles has been named parade marshal for the 20th Annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas, which runs from Feb. 16 to 19.
Charles, who was named the Kansas City Chief’s 2009 MVP, was inducted into the Sports Legends Gallery at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in 2010. He graduated from Memorial High School in 2005 after a stellar gridiron career that included two-time All-State and District 22-5A Player of the Year honors.
His three years at the University of Texas began with Charles winning the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman after rushing for 878 yards and 11 TDs as the Longhorns won a national championship.
“If you know Bernard, you know there wasn’t much blowback for him,” added Waters. “He took pride in the fact that he was able to get a hit on Tom. He’s not going to live that down, one way or the other. He’s a guy that takes pride in putting hits on people, being physical. He’s never going to back down or have any kind of regrets for that.”