Dwayne Bowe likely out, Reid to mix and match players

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Unfortunately, it seems as if the Kansas City Chiefs will be without star receiver Dwayne Bowe for this weekend’s clash with the San Diego Chargers.

Fortunately, this game doesn’t mean anything as far as the playoffs are concerned, so Bowe being unavailable won’t hurt the Chiefs in Week 17.

For what it’s worth though—and it’s worth something in the long run—Bowe will be out with a concussion, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe did not practice Thursday because of a concussion and is unlikely to play in Sunday’s road game against the San Diego Chargers.

Bowe took a hit to the head and neck area from safety LaRon Landry in last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Landry was penalized on the play.

Even if Bowe was able to compete this week, there’s a good chance head coach Andy Reid wouldn’t have played him; or played him much. Reid came out earlier this week and said that he would “mix and match” players for Kansas City’s final game in San Diego, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star.

“We’ll mix and match,” Reid said of how he’ll blend a combination of starters and reserves in a regular-season finale that will have no bearing on the Chiefs’ No. 5 seed in the upcoming NFL playoffs.

“I’m going to work some guys in,” Reid said. “Most of them have already worked in. … I talked to the team, and I will have it figured out by the end of the week exactly how I’m going to work it.”

The real concern here should be for the playoffs, as Kansas City will undoubtedly need Bowe healthy and ready to go in order to make a run. With concussions being as serious as they are in the NFL today, he’ll have to past tests and be fully cleared by both a team doctor and an unaffiliated independent doctor before he’s able to play next.
It does seem as if Kansas City is playing it safe with Bowe though, which is the smartest way to go about it. There’s no use in rushing him back onto the field, especially with the playoffs looming.
Better be safe than sorry, and in this case, the extra time off should help get Bowe on the field in time for the games that matter.

Topics: Andy Reid, Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    No bueno. A concussion can keep a player out for 2-3 weeks sometimes.
    Hopefully he’ll be ready to go next weekend. The Chiefs shouldn’t rush him if he isn’t though.
    No playoff run is worth his long-term health.

    • tm1946

      Really? I suspect fans would welcome Attila the Hun at WR if he could run fast, get separation, and catch the darned ball OR worse.
      Or
      Were you joking, my bad.

  • berttheclock

    One morning rant. Yesterday, over at ESPN, Teicher wrote a column saying Cooper should be benched until his game improves. However, Teicher made a point about his early work when he was playing aggressively and disrupting routes. Geez, I wonder who caused him to stop doing that? His first sign of problems came when well conceived picks on slants caused him to lose his man. After that Sutton took his aggressive route disrupting skills away from him and had him drop away from receivers. It was Sutton who didn’t solve the pick problem. Sutton is the one who should be benched until he regains enough confidence to have his DBs play jamming man and stop this ridiculous wind sprint game. Mr Sutton, you coached at West Point. You know full well where the buck stops in command. It stops at the top and this one stops at you, Sir!

  • berttheclock

    Sort of a shame, Dorsey can’t round up a posse and bust Rico Richardson out of the Houston Texans Jail House Taxi Squad.

    • Roc

      I understand that people get attached to preseason underdogs, but Rico isn’t the answer. That’s like saying Damn Bowe got hurt, we need to call Bobby Sipio and tell him to quit his job in the arena league or wherever the hell he is and get ready to suit up in the playoffs

      • berttheclock

        Of course, Rico is not going to replace Bowe. With his concussion problems, Bowe should be rested as long as possible. But, there will be a roster move involving a wide out until Bowe is able to play. The Texans are going nowhere and they added him. The Chiefs could still pluck him away from them for our taxi squad.

        • tm1946

          Nearly as funny as some of the stuff as you used to post in the Star. The Chiefs need some real finds at the WR position. Not just some never was like Rico but some guys who can actually catch the ball during games.

          • DoubleD

            Our best long term hope is that Maclin will be healthy and available.

          • berttheclock

            More than one wide receiver in the NFL came off taxi squads. In addition, there have been several “Can’t Miss” 1st and 2nd rounders rounders who ended up being busts. Hemingway spent a year on the taxi squad.

          • berttheclock

            Yeah, you would never want to see any guy come off a practice squad and catch a pass, eh? Such as the 1st TD pass Malcolm Floyd ever made for the Chargers when he caught a TD against the Chiefs. The year before he had been on the practice squad. Or, someone like Rod Smith of the Broncos, who had multiple TD games against the Chiefs. He spent his 1st year on the taxi squad of the Broncos. The Charger who caught the game winning pass against the Chiefs, this season, bounced around for 3 years trying to stay healthy and make the team. Or would you turn down a LB such as James Harrison who spent quite some time on PTs or a QB such as Kurt Warner, who was on them, also. Check out the Denver Broncos sometime and see that over the years, they have had 34 starters who came off their practice squads, with 3 of them making the Pro Bowl and one, the HOF. I hope you found this as “funny” as what you say I used to post. Just because some player is on any practice squad does not make them a dud.

  • DoubleD

    Not to come off sounding too harsh, but, considering Bowe’s lackluster performance this season, I’m hard pressed to qualify this as any kind of a major worry or set back for the offense. In fact, this may end up being a potential blessing in disguise, not for Bowe of course, but for the team. In a way, this forces this issue about the Chiefs apparent lack of receiving talent. Hopefully as a result of the Bowe situation we get to see other guys given more opportunities and more targets; could be that one (or more) of them will get hot heading into the playoffs.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Don’t fool yourself. Bowe is still the receiver with the most receptions, receiving yardage, and receiving touchdowns on this team. He may not be missed on Sunday (since we don’t seem to care about winning), but he’d DEFINITELY be missed in the postseason. Remember the last playoff game? They took him away with double teams and this offense couldn’t do anything.

      • DoubleD

        Jamaal Charles has the most catches, better catch rate (67%), most receiving yardage, most receiving TDs, and way more YAC, all accomplished with fewer targets than Bowe. That would seem to suggest that Charles is the #1 receiver on this team.

        In terms of catch rate, Bowe and Avery are about the same sitting at 54-56% but Avery has a better avg yds/catch. McGrath’s catch rate is 66% with a respectable 11.6 avg yds/catch. Hemingway’s Catch Rate is 62%.

        Frankly, Bowe has gotten the highest number of targets, but he doesn’t have a whole lot to show for it especially compared to other #1 WRs around the league.

        • DoubleD

          Here’s some more ammo on Bowe. Bowe currently ranks 44th in receiving yardage and I believe he’s 31st in number of targets. That seems like a pretty big disparity.
          In terms of TDs, he doesn’t even make it into the top 32 in the league.

          Bowe’s last good season, statistically speaking, was 2010. That’s a pretty long dry spell and after 3 years of watching his play decline, I have a hard time believing anything magical or miraculous is going to suddenly be happening with the guy.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Me thinks the gap between “most productive wide receiver on the team” and “miraculous” is big and wide.

          • DoubleD

            Sad state of affairs that D. Bowe could be considered a legit #1.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            It’s a down year, but let’s not pretend he isn’t still the best wide receiver this team has to throw to.

          • DoubleD

            Hard to just conclude that. I would love to see other guys start getting more downfield attention.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Hard to conclude that after 15 games? Are you kidding? What wide receiver is more reliable?

          • DoubleD

            Bowe is more reliable? How are you defining reliable? I already named 3 receivers not named Charles that have better catch rates than Bowe.

            Considering how many times I’ve watched Bowe drop balls in critical situations, he’s practically the poster boy for unreliability.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Bowe: 104 targets, 57 catches, 4 drops.
            Avery: 71 targets, 40 catches, 5 drops.
            The other two names don’t count because Bowe has about 200 more yards than the two of them COMBINED.

          • micah stephenson

            Only 9 drops between the 2? SMITH fans make it sound like they drop every other catch.

          • micah stephenson

            He needs a better QB.

          • micah stephenson

            How much stats do think Bowe is gon have with Captain Check Down!

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Charles is also a runningback, who if found to be our only legitimate pass-catcher, will be spied into offensive obscurity. I was only thinking of actual receivers here. We need Bowe. He’s the best player in that group.

          • DoubleD

            Charles gets split out all the time. He’s used as a WR quite frequently in fact.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He’s not a receiver. He can catch the football. He does it fairly well, but if he’s going to be the best and more reliable target in the post-season, we’re in trouble.

          • DoubleD

            I don’t know if you’re arguing semantics here or what but Charles is most definitely used to catch the ball, quite a bit in fact. I say that pretty much qualifies him as a receiver. I think he is very close to having the same number of targets as Bowe, and will probably surpass Bowe in that category this Sunday assuming that Charles plays.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            End of the day, he’s still a runningback by trade. He just so happens to have a pass-catching skillset (a good one). Without Bowe, he won’t be as productive because defenses will have one less player to worry about. They’ll put a man on him to spy him throughout the game and we’ll be in big trouble. Charles isn’t going to split wide for 20-30 plays. That’s something he does 3-4 times per game tops. You can’t expect a pass offense to thrive when you’re depending solely upon a RB.

          • Mike Ross

            Well then I guess we’re in trouble. Bowes worthless. Hopefully we trade him in the offseason so that he can drop passes and get high on someone else’s dime. Whats the big deal about not having him for this weekends game, hell he’s been absent all season.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Charles has twice as many drops. You want him traded too?

          • Mike Ross

            Its a question of effort. To say Charles doesn’t give the effort would be moronic. But tell me when Bowe has given an inspiring performance deserving of the ridiculous contract he was given. The big fear was if we gave Bowe a fat contract he would lay down… well we did and so did he. Paid like a #1WR plays like a terrible #2 WR.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Catching the football requires effort, no? Again… Charles has TWICE as many drops. Do you want him traded (don’t answer).

            Contracts are based on past performances. Given his past performances, he was absolutely worth the deal he got. Is he playing like it currently? No, but again that’s not all on him. It’s his first year in a new offense, with a new QB. Furthermore, Alex Smith has NEVER had a WR with huge numbers. He likes to spread the ball around.
            If he’s having a similar season in 2014, maybe it’ll be time to reconsider his tenure here. Right now, he’s still the best WR on this team and we need him.

          • Mike Ross

            The problem with Bowe is he gets ZERO separation. NADA,.. ZILCH. Alex Smith is a QB who is known for protecting the ball, which is why Big Red likes him. Throwing to a rarely open Bowe is not in what A.S. considers protecting the ball especially given Bowe’s questionable effort to fight for the ball. A.S. is Reid’s hand picked QB, Bowe is a mistakenly overpaid holdover from past regimes. I’m willing to bet that if the right offer comes along Bowe’s days in KC are numbered and Reid will bring in a receiver more fitting to his offense.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Bowe’s one of the few wide receivers on this team that doesn’t need a lot of separation. Smith wasn’t throwing to him early in the year for this very reason. This is largely why his early-season numbers were down.

          • DoubleD

            Wait a minute, what did Bowe do in 2011 and 2012 to deserve a fat contract? I believe Bowe was resigned simply bc no other acceptable option existed for the Chiefs, not because Bowe was highly productive.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            No other option? Why weren’t Free Agency and the Draft an option?

            He averaged 70 catches, 980 receiving yards, and 4 TD’s over those two seasons.
            Following 1,162 receiving yards and 15 TD’s the year prior.

            210 some odd catches, 3K receiving yards, and 19 TD’s from 2010-2012.

            They ONLY re-signed him because there were no other options?
            He didn’t EARN that deal?

          • DoubleD

            I’m not aware of any realistic FA options this past offseason, are you?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings. AND the NFL Draft.

          • DoubleD

            If either of those guys were interested in the Chiefs, they would have come to the Chiefs. Come on man, Wallace turned down 76 million from the Vikes and chose to play for the Dolphins at 60 million. Clearly neither Jennings nor Wallace showed any serious interest in playing for a 2-14 team nor having to low ball their way in under Bowe. Wasn’t happening. Dorsey inherited the Bowe contract mess and his back was against the wall.

          • DoubleD

            The last time Dwayne could legitimately be considered a top 10 receiver was 2010.

            Total yardage, TDs, and other non-contextual stats aside, in 2011 Bowe ranked 35th in DYAR and 52nd in DVOA. In 2012 he was 46th in DYAR and 56th in DVOA. This season he ranks 55th in DYAR and 62nd DVOA. In other words, over the last 3 seasons (counting this one) he has not contributing to his team like a #1 WR should.
            Why so much optimism and hurrah for this guy?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Here’s the part where I bow out gracefully. You clearly just dislike the guy. I could throw 100 more stats your way and it won’t make a bit of difference to the discussion.

            Good day, sir.

          • DoubleD

            Charles has 7 receiving TDs and 12 rushing TDs, and 1980 all purpose yards (about 1/3 of which are from catching the ball). How many receiving TDs does Bowe have? (5) How many rushing yards and rushing TDs does Bowe have? (0)

            Charles has dropped or fumbled the ball a total of 13 times over the course of 363 touches. That’s a ball miscue rate of 3.6%. Bowe has dropped the ball 3.8% of the time he’s had it in his hands.

            Let’s not get silly here.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            That 1,200 of rushing yardage has no place in this discussion.
            You can’t penalize Bowe for a job he isn’t being asked to do.
            As receivers their numbers are quite comparable.

            The fact remains that if left to produce on his own, Charles won’t be effective in the passing game. A defensive coordinator would have someone spy him and take him away from this offense.

            He needs Bowe. Without him, defenses have no other receivers to respect.

          • DoubleD

            Bowe gets the most targets. That’s in my mind does not automatically qualify him as the best player in the group.

      • tm1946

        Sort of thought Bowe was MIA all year. Being the best on the roster does not mean all that much when you have Avery, Hemmingway, et al .

        • Stacy D. Smith

          You trust Junior Hemingway in a “win or go home game” next month? I don’t.

          • Mike Ross

            Unfortunately I don’t trust Bowe in win or go home situation either.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Do you trust Hemingway more than Bowe? Please answer with a straight face.

          • Mike Ross

            I think I get more effort from Hemmingway. Bowe seems uninterested most of the time. Maybe he’s just high… I dunno. I think Bowe’s just a $5million a year dead weight.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Hemingway has eight career catches. EIGHT… Tell me how you can come to that conclusion with eight career receptions?

          • Mike Ross

            Because I DO know what to expect from Bowe. A very uninspiring lackluster performance. Hemmingway will at least TRY to excel, and if he puts up the same abysmal numbers as Bowe at least its at a discounted price.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            ANY player could give you eight catches in fifteen games. Hemingway hasn’t proven he deserves to replace Dwayne Bowe. Respectfully, there is ZERO evidence to support that claim. It’s easier to just say you don’t like Dwayne Bowe.

          • Mike Ross

            When has Hemmingway been give a REAL chance? In preseason with Chase Daniels throwing the ball? Bowe is given countless opportunities to drop the ball. Hemmingway rarely gets the chance, yet this year when given the opportunity he makes the catch more than he drops it.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Chances are predicated upon what you do in the offseason program, through preseason, through in-season practices and games. It’s not like there’s much in front of him. You want us to believe opportunities haven’t come his way for some other reason? I’d love to hear what you think that is.

            He’s a talented kid, but he simply hasn’t shown anything to make him worthy of anything more than being the 4th WR on an NFL team. No matter how you feel about Dwayne Bowe, you’d be crazy to argue that he’s a WR4.

          • Mike Ross

            have you looked at Bowes numbers.. they are an embarrassment to him and this teams offense. He got paid and now he’s apparently an amazing downfield blocker first. Maybe for $5 million a year we can move him to the Oline.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I have. All things considered, he’s still got the best numbers of any wide receiver in the bunch. The natural conclusion for me to draw from that is… He’s the BEST WR in that group. His numbers are down, but again this is a new offense, with a new QB, who has only recently gained real confidence in his #1 guy.
            You can gloss over all of that and conclude something different, I’m just not sure how.

          • DoubleD

            Sometimes talented guys just get ignored by the coach. Case in point, Jamaal Charles sitting behind a horrible LJ for a year. Then they bring in an equally horrible Thomas Jones and Jamaal plays #2 behind him! It happens.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Are we talking about Charles’ rookie season? That year LJ averaged 4.5 yards per carry, had 874 rushing yards in 12 games, and scored 5 TD’s. That’s HORRIBLE?

            In 2010, Charles had exactly one fewer carry per game than Jones. He also had the biggest yard per carry average of his career (6.4). 1,400 yards. How is that being ignored by the coach?

          • DoubleD

            The fact that Charles had 1 less carry than Jones seems more than sufficient to prove my point. You also conveniently neglected to post Thom Jones 2010 stats.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            You were trying to draw a comparison between 13 Hemingway targets and being 4th on the depth chart at WR with being a part of a runningback committee (which afforded Charles 230 carries as an RB1b). Respectfully, that’s a HORRIBLE comparison. You used the word “ignore” to characterize what Haley did with Charles. That’s CLEARLY not the case. He was just splitting carries with Jones. Which netted him the highest per carry average of his career.

            (2010) Jones: 245 carries, 896 rushing yards, 6 TD’s

            How do Jones’ numbers help make the argument that Charles was being “ignored”?

          • DoubleD

            Jones had one of the worst yds/carry ever that year. I’d have to go back and check to be certain but I seem to recall that it wasn’t until very late in the season that Charles starting getting a bigger share of the workload. I specifically recall being extremely agitated that Jones was getting any where near the number of carries he’s was allowed to have. Go back to 2010 on Arrowhead Addict, and you’ll find that was pretty much a weekly rant on my part.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            3.7 yards per carry is plenty good enough to be part of a runningback rotation. That doesn’t help you establish your “Charles was ignored” argument. You can argue that he deserved MORE carries (I won’t argue), but that’s something altogether different from Hemingway (supposedly languishing behind less talented players). Charles wasn’t behind some inferior player. Charles saw as much of the field as Jones did in 2010. 230 carries that year. That was a really, really bad comparison.

          • DoubleD

            The Chiefs are not going to make themselves look foolish by sitting Bowe after signing him to a big contract. And that’s that. What I’d like to see is Reid and Smith involve players like Hemingway, Jenkins, etc a little more into the scheme to see what they can do. Given the opportunity this week, what exactly do you find wrong with that approach?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Who exactly were they going to sit him behind? Jenkins? Hemingway? McCluster? He isn’t going to sit because he’s better than all three of them.
            I’m all for increased opportunities, but the idea that he should be sitting behind any of them is absurd.

  • tm1946

    Wondering, just when did Bowe suffer the concussion? The day after he signed his new contract?

    • DoubleD

      Lol.

    • paul pace

      Here, here!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I can’t believe that people are willing to hang the Chiefs’ playoff hopes on Junior “8 career catches” Hemingway.

    • DoubleD

      Mostly just trying to point out here that if we’re going to have any hope of making a post-season run this year, there needs to be other resources beyond just Charles and Bowe. For this reason, I think it’s probably good that Bowe is out so other guys can get more involved. Necessity is a mother.

    • sidibeke

      Are they? I don’t think wanting to get Hemingway reps in a meaningless regular season game is hanging playoff hopes on him. While maybe I’ve missed some posts, I have a hard time imagining a Chiefs fan who doesn’t want Bowe back for the first round playoff game. And I would question that fan’s knowledge of football if I met them.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I take no issue with Hemingway getting reps on Sunday. I was talking about the postseason and this ridiculous idea that Bowe won’t be missed if he can’t go in the Wildcard Round (because of Hemingway).

    • sidibeke

      Never mind. I read below and see the fans of which you speak.

  • Bdiddy

    “Unfortunately, it seems as if the Kansas City Chiefs will be without star receiver Dwayne Bowe for this weekend’s clash with the San Diego Chargers.”

    Does this make anybody besides me sad?

    Not the fact that we are going to be without Bowe…but the idea that he is our “star” receiver…

    :(

  • D forte

    You can’t discount the attention Bowe draws, it open up things for teammates. Alex likes to spread the ball around (that’s a good thing) , so Bowe having a down year statistically isn’t all his fault. There are so many thing you can do on a football field to help you team win that don’t show up in the box score

    • tm1946

      OK, but it is a strange game plan to sign a player to the top WR contract, draft no one, then make him decoy for the rest of the offense…..just saying he is not worth one half what he is being paid, this year.

      • D forte

        I don’t think he was purposely made into a decoy, I just think that is they way the cookie crumbled. I agree his stats aren’t on par with his pay, but it isn’t all on him. I’m a huge Alex Smith fan, but he does spread the ball around trying not to force thing to happen. Bowe is still the best WR this 11-4 team has.

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