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Dwayne Bowe: “I want to do whatever it takes to win”

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning. Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom this morning.

Welcome to The Morning (Afternoon) Fix.

–It’s Friday before the Chiefs game and there’s a ton to talk about. Players and coaches have thoughts on the team and we here at Arrowhead Addict are here to fill you in on all the latest.

Note: All of the below quotes courtesy of Reid Ferrin of

–First up, it’s special teams coordinator Dave Toub with his thoughts on spectacular punt returner/slot receiver Dexter McCluster:

“Punt return ability, that he has, is a natural thing,” Toub said. “It’s the same thing when I had (Chicago Bears KR/PR) Devin Hester, he has the same thing, you don’t coach it; you tell your hold-up guys where to set it up, where it possibly could hit and then the returner has to have a lot of natural instincts. There’s always going to be somebody he has to make miss, no matter how well you block, you can’t block them all. That (return) was a lot of natural, instinctive moves that you saw from Dexter.”

McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for a score last weekend against the Giants.

–Chiefs’ receiver Dwayne Bowe is undoubtedly a star player in the NFL, but his numbers haven’t been so great this season. Whether it be because of double teams, or Alex Smith’s ability to spread the ball throughout multiple targets. Bowe, who has only caught 13 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, is dealing with this with humility though:

“I want to do whatever it takes to win,” Bowe said. “If that means drawing other defenders to me to leave other receivers open, I did my job. If it’s catching the ball and making a touchdown or making a down the field block, it’s all equal, you still get seven points. My job is to help this team win and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

–Star outside linebacker Justin Houston was named the AFC’s defensive player of the month. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton talked about Houston:

“He has played really well. I know a lot of accolades come because of the pass rush and the sacks, but he’s been a really complete player. He drops in coverage; he plays the run pretty good and he’s obviously been successful against the pass. I think when you do all those things, that makes it a lot harder for the offense to plan and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to slide the protection.’ Well, hey, he might not be in the rush; he might be somewhere else and now you’ve got Tamba Hali on the other side. Those two guys have certainly complimented each other and the inside presence that Justin talks about all the time has helped him become successful. A lot of the sacks he’s got is because of other people tenaciously going after the quarterback. It’s been a group effort. We’re certainly excited for him and proud of what he’s done; that’s a great thing for him to have. We have to keep getting him better.”

Houston has notched 7.5 sacks so far this season.

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  • RepOurChiefs

    Bowe maturity shows…becoming a class act.

    • berttheclock

      My respect for Bowe went up during his delay in signing the Franchise Tag. There was a story up about him showing the car he had detailed in Red and Gold. He had really put some money into that car and it was all about the Chiefs.

      • RepOurChiefs

        Yeees..I remember. Who’d thought back in ’07 he’d turn out this way. Refreshing and Im glad he is a Chief.

    • steve james

      I do give Haley some credit whether he deserves it or not I don’t know but he seems to have shocked him down the right path and now he is a leader. Only thing good I can say about the hobo now though.

  • RepOurChiefs

    Oh! And the “not in our house” counter salsa dancing he and DMc displayed??!! Perrrrrrfecto!!!★★★★★

  • PunjabiPete

    Bowe’s job is to help us win, therefore he is doing a perfect job and thus his performance review should really be held at Oklahoma Joe’s next week on a Friday with a couple jumbo Z-mans (Z-men? Z-mens? Mensa? Menstru- nevermind, I’ll stop here).

  • Jim Harper

    I could not be more proud of Bowe. Gone is the “me” attitude and now he has turned into the complete player. He does not take any plays off even when he is not the target. His down field blocking has been exceptional. So besides being an elite talent at WR, he has become a great leader along with Alex Smith. Andy Reid has made this all happen, and we finally have a true team who play as a single unit.

    • Chris Tarrants

      It’s amazing what winning does to a guy!

    • Clint Moran

      I was thinking the same thing as I was reading that. What a change in attitude! He has turned into an excellent blocker and springing jamaal or Donnie for long gains is just as valuable as catching the ball himself, yes? He draws coverage and blocks well enough that he is certainly earning his money, big numbers or not. In the 1% chance that bowe reads these fan blogs, I will go ahead and say “thank you” for being the ultimate team player and showing so much maturity. Proud to be a fan of this team!

  • Chris Tarrants

    This offense has so many wrinkles its unreal if you sit down and think of all the possibilities that we have. Junior Hemmingway could be that one two punch that we have been looking for. If he earns Alex’s trust then who do you double up? They slide safety help to one then the other stings you, you slide both safeties over and double both the Avery is one on one with a line backer. Throw in duck dynasty and Fasano when he returns. This could be a nasty pick your poison passing attack once the oline gets completely on the same page.

  • tm1946

    About Bowe, he has got his big contract. In the past great players, they still got their share of the action. So far, other than tough blocking he is not found a way to start joining the offense output. Not a problem with no loses but …..there is always a “but’.

    • sidibeke

      Have to disagree with you here. I see Bowe making downfield blocks, showing a lot of maturity he has lacked in the past. I see the effort and am extremely pleased with how he is handling himself.

      • tm1946

        Thought I mentioned he was blocking but he is not paid to be a down field blocking machine. He is paid to be the #1 WR. That means catch passes, as in being the first and most dangerous option in the passing attack.
        That said it is early but how many guys who get that big contract are not the same player and we need that help.

        • kmon

          Kinda hard to catch passes in double coverage all the time, unless you are Megatron. he’ll come into his own in due time, a few more games I say

  • Michael Shaw

    So I got into a discussion with my Assistant Project Manager this past Monday about our team. I say we go 8-0 at Arrowhead! He says I am a homer and there is no way we beat Denver…… all. Am I wrong or is he wrong? What do you think my fellow Addicts!!!!!!!

    • sidibeke

      I think KC can beat Denver.