This is going to be tough. As Kansas City Chiefs fans, we expected big things from our “big time” receiver Dwayne Bowe. However when the 2013 campaign came to a close we were disappointed with our newly paid wide receiver.
Bowe has a dismal season and that is really putting it the nicest way possible. Bowe’s season stats were a unimpressive 673 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The fans expected more, mainly because he has shown us that he is capable of out preforming his fellow wide receivers. In 2010, with Matt Cassel under center, Matt Cassel! Bowe put up big numbers in 1162 yards, and 15 touchdowns. All with the inconsistencies of Cassel at the helm of the Chiefs.
So naturally when it was announced that the Chiefs were finally getting a decent quarterback in Alex Smith, Chiefs fans hopes soared for the tandem of Bowe and Smith.
Now as we know Smith is not your typical throw it deep and often, but the thing about Bowe was ability to gain yards after the catch. Once again he has shown he can be that guy for the Chiefs and so it was huge disappointment that we realized that was not the case. This offseason will hopefully allow Smith and Bowe to gain a better connection with one another in terms of trust and faith in giving the ball to Bowe.
As for 2014, what should one expect of Dwayne Bowe? Well hopefully bigger things are in store for the receiver. However with the loss of three offensive starters on the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line, plus the lack of a true number 2 wide receiver, it might turn out to be much of the same as we saw last year. This is disappointing to Chiefs fans everywhere and also disappointing to Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid. Dorsey made it a goal to sign the wide receiver when he came on giving Bowe a nice huge contract worth 56 million over 5 years. Now to see that amount of money go to waste, for now, is bad because with that we could have kept one or two players that we lost to free agency.
Now will we see more of the same for Bowe in 2014? Well, truthfully who knows? With training camp coming up fast we will finally get to see if Smith and Bowe have developed more into a complete QB to WR combo.
Not much has been said about Bowe other than his current off the field issues. With players getting more into the spotlight for what they do off the field than on, it is a dangerous game to play with one’s career.
There is hope though. If Bowe and Smith have bonded there could be some great things in store for both of those key offensive players. Then throw in the leagues most dangerous running back in Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs offense could once again be firing on all cylinders and truly become a threat in the AFC West. We saw a glimpse of that in their impressive offensive wins in the second half of the season, and only time will tell if Dwayne Bowe will regain some of the greatness that has escaped the receiver in the last few years. If Bowe can return to the player he was he may be worth the nice contract he was given, however if there is no improvement to be found the Chiefs may very well be saying goodbye.
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