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St. Joseph, MO – With a new quarterback, new coaching staff and what should be a better offensive system for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, one player could be poised for a monster year. So will the revamped Bowe Show return to Arrowhead this season?
When Dwayne Bowe arrived in Kansas City six seasons ago his first training camp was far different than the one he finished up on Wednesday morning in St. Joe.
After signing late and missing all but a few days of camp, he walked onto the field caught a few balls and was greeted by fellow wide receiver, Eddie Kennison. In true rookie hazing and fun fashion, the veteran receiver and a couple of his teammates, tied Dwayne Bowe to the goal post and mercifully let him sit there for a bit until he pleaded for his release. Oh yeah, that was after the ice bath they gave him dumping two jugs of waters over the young rookie.
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To date in a Kansas City uniform, Bowe’s career has felt more like a roller coaster than one resembling any true consistency. Don’t get me wrong he’s a talented receiver, who has played in a Pro Bowl level, but he’s also under-achieved at times to this point of his career.
However, with a new head coach Andy Reid, stabilizing the offense and implementing a system that should show off Bowe’s skills, it’s no wonder KC’s top receiver is feeling pretty good about the pace of the offense now that training camp is wrapped up.
“It was definitely up-tempo, no huddle. It was definitely one of the fastest offenses that I’ve been a part of, and like Andy (Reid) said, its going to make it easier in the game,” Bowe said.
”Guys are going to see that guys are buying in. Guys are in better shape than they’ve ever been in their life and it’s only going to make game time easier. We’re just waiting for September to roll around and for it to start, then you’ll see how it made a difference by how we play on the field.”
To say it’s been an adjustment for Bowe thus far in a Chiefs uniform, is something that could easily be accepted due to things outside of his control. Don’t get me wrong his ‘Show’ moniker he came into the NFL, didn’t help.
But to his defense, Bowe made his debut in the NFL under, Herm Edwards, who was a defensive minded coach, then had to deal with the inexperienced, Todd Haley, and finally the lackluster effort from last years Offensive Coordinator, Brian Dabol, before the organization finally cleaned house and brought in a real NFL staff.
With Reid at the helm now, Bowe and his teammates understand, it’ll take time to absorb then execute the offense in the manner that can be productive once the regular season begins in Jacksonville next month.
”Coach says you need to crawl before you can walk. As long as you’re moving the chains, the offense is productive. It’s preseason so we’re working on some mechanics on getting the ball thrown deep. It’s all a process and we’ve just got one game down on the road and one to go. Then the real season starts and that’s when you’ll see bombs over Baghdad,” Bowe said.
Perhaps we should leave the bombing to our U.S. military. Instead, I think Chiefs fans will settle for fireworks in the end zone at Arrowhead stadium. And that might be possible, because of Reid’s up-tempo, no huddle offense that Bowe seems to like.
”It was definitely one of the fastest offenses that I’ve been a part of, and like Andy (Reid) said, its going to make it easier in the game. Guys are going to see that guys are buying in. Guys are in better shape than they’ve ever been in their life and it’s only going to make game time easier. We’re just waiting for September to roll around and for it to start, then you’ll see how it made a difference by how we play on the field,” Bowe said of KC’s new offense.
Still the nuances of this offense are one thing. The new coaching staff is another. But the success of this offense, at least for Bowe, will be how well he and Quarterback, Alex Smith, come together in August.
”Alex (Smith) is a great quarterback and we have great receivers out there, and we’re just trying to make plays,” Bowe said about Smith.
Still Bowe can’t do it alone. Yet Bowe has been solid so far in camp but KC’s #2 receiver, Jon Baldwin, hasn’t shown he’s deserving of a starting role – at least not yet. There is no question he has talent and at times, the Chiefs former #1 receiver has been impressive.
However, if this offense is going to take advantage of matchup weaknesses in the secondary, and use it’s running game to set up the passing attack, Bowe needs Baldwin to deliver the goods.
”He’s a growing man,” Bowe said of his starting mate. “He’s getting more comfortable every day that goes by. All you can do is hope for the best and I think he’s got it. It takes time and that’s what we’re working on right now, timing. When the season comes around, you’ll see all the hard work that he put out here on the field.”
So can this tandem lead the Chiefs in receptions? Time will tell. But the good news is that Baldwin and Bowe have three more games to get regular season ready.
And that should be more than enough time.
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