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    Kansas City Chiefs: Will Dwayne Bowe Return in 2012?
    By
    Farzin Vousoughian
    (Featured Columnist) on December 28, 2011

    When Dwayne Bowe scored a touchdown in three straight games early during his rookie season, football fans in Kansas City thought he was going to be their best wide receiver since Otis Taylor.

    Bowe has already hit the record books in many receiving categories in franchise history. The most notable franchise records shattered by Bowe in his young career were receptions and receiving touchdowns among all wide receivers in a single season.

    Among all pass-catchers in franchise history, Bowe is eighth in receptions, eighth in receiving yards and fifth in touchdowns.

    Bowe has come a long way in his five-year career. He has played for a new offensive coordinator every season, starting with Mike Solari, Chan Gailey, Todd Haley (also the head coach), Charlie Weis and Bill Muir. Despite playing under a new offensive coordinator every season, Bowe still manages to be the top receiver on the team and tries to find ways to put his team in position to win.

    During his rookie season, in a game against the Minnesota Vikings in the home opener, Damon Huard threw a pass to Bowe in the back corner of the end zone. Bowe, who was behind cornerback Cedric Griffin, jumped up to snag the pass for the first and only touchdown of the game. That touchdown catch was also the go-ahead scoring play in the fourth quarter that helped Kansas City pick up their first win of the season.

    In 2009 against the Dallas Cowboys, the Chiefs were facing a 4th-and-7 play with less than a minute to go and needed a touchdown to tie. Matt Cassel threw a strike to Bowe in the end zone, who was hit hard by multiple Cowboys but managed to hold on to the ball. Despite ultimately losing to the Cowboys, Bowe's clutch play late in the game forced the game to go into overtime.

    This past week, Bowe dropped a pass in the end zone against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter. However, after the Chiefs fought back in the final two minutes of the game, the Chiefs capped off their comeback drive by throwing a quick pass to Bowe in the end zone to force the game into overtime. Although the Chiefs lost in overtime, it showed Bowe's level of play and how reliable he is when the game is on the line.

    Earlier this season, Bowe helped the Chiefs form a comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts. After trailing 17-0, Bowe caught two touchdown passes, including a circus catch that helped cut the deficit down.

    Bowe has also been guilty of stealing the spotlight with many of his circus catches throughout his career.

    But still, there is one big habit that has overshadowed all of the positives in Bowe's career.

    In 2010, the Chiefs had a golden opportunity to defeat Peyton Manning and the Colts in their own home turf. Following a rare interception thrown by Manning to Jon McGraw, Cassel threw a deep pass right into Bowe's hands for a guaranteed touchdown. But Bowe's hands were not strong enough to maintain possession, which would have helped the Chiefs extend their record to 4-0 in 2010.

    In 2008 against the San Diego Chargers, Bowe was on the "hands team" for the special teams unit to recover an onside kick. Bowe was the first player to to touch the football, closing it with his hands and pushing it against his chest. A Chargers defender quickly came and popped the ball loose, which ended up being recovered by the Chargers, who went on to win, thanks to Bowe's lack of concentration.

    Following the game, former Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards explained to the media that he feels Bowe sometimes takes his eye off the football, which is the reason for his drops. Bowe's drop habits returned in 2011 after a Pro Bowl 2010 season.

    It is hard to watch Bowe and determine if he is an elite player or not. Following his two-touchdown performance against the Colts earlier this year, Bowe approached general manager Scott Pioli and requested a contract extension. Pioli, however, did not grant him his wish. It appears Pioli made the right move, considering Bowe went 10 games without another touchdown following his request.

    While Bowe has playmaking abilities, his consistency is a big problem. Dropping the ball in the NFL will usually end a football player's career.

    Following the season finale in Denver, Bowe's contract, which he signed during his rookie season, will expire, making him a free agent in March. It is uncertain whether or not Bowe will return to Kansas City for another season. It is likely the Chiefs will put the franchise tag on him.

    The question remains, though, will Bowe return to Kansas City in 2012? Can he and Pioli come to a fair agreement?

    Despite being one of the most popular players on the team, Bowe has also been the most criticized among the fans, media and even his coaches.

    Bowe knows that the Denver Broncos will give it their best with the AFC West on the line. For Bowe, this is an audition game. If he can come away with a big game over one of the most accomplished cornerbacks in Champ Bailey, it is very likely that he will save his career.
    If he doesn't sign with KC in 2012,he may sign with a division rival next season

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    Bowe knows that the Denver Broncos will give it their best with the AFC West on the line. For Bowe, this is an audition game. If he can come away with a big game over one of the most accomplished cornerbacks in Champ Bailey, it is very likely that he will save his career.
    Didn't Bowe just catch only 3 passes in the last two games against us?

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    • #3
      I know it's a pipedream.. but I'd love to have him in Denver opposite DT with Decker and Royal fighting for the slot.
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      • #4
        Save his career....? He's one of the best receivers in the game. What are they suggesting? Do they think he's some kind of underacheiver? If that's the case they have unrealistic expectations. I'd love for him to come underachieve in Denver.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Al Wilson 4 Mayor View Post
          Save his career....? He's one of the best receivers in the game. What are they suggesting? Do they think he's some kind of underacheiver? If that's the case they have unrealistic expectations. I'd love for him to come underachieve in Denver.
          I'd say he's an underachiever.

          Of course, it's a relative term, because his underachieving is still significantly better than many, many other WRs best efforts. But there's something about Dwayne Bowe. Sometimes I just don't feel like his focus is on the right things when it comes to play ball.
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          • #6
            I've seen him make some big catches...but I've watched him drop just as many....if not more.

            Steve Breaston really came into his own this season, Jonathan Baldwin made some plays, and I have my fingers crossed that Tony Moeaki will come back strong next season.

            All that considered, if they could find a decent receiver in FA 2 fill his slot, seeing Dwayne Bowe leave while disappointing would not be all that hard 2 take.

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            • #7
              i saw dwayne bowe not even raise his hands on a pass where palko threw it up there for him. no way i want this gear near the broncos or Tebow.

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              • #8
                Bowe has played 16 games so far this year and ranks 2nd with 13 dropped passes. #1 is Braylon Edwards with 16

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                • #9
                  ooop's my bad, that was last year, Bowe is still in a 3 way tie for 2nd with 12 dropped passes this year.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vLordChronicv View Post
                    i saw dwayne bowe not even raise his hands on a pass where palko threw it up there for him. no way i want this gear near the broncos or Tebow.
                    I saw that play and thought the same, until I saw the replay...Palko threw that ball high and away, and I'm sure Bowe saw that the defensive backs were coming in on him fast. If he would have stretched out 2 catch that Palko duck toss, he would have been train wrecked at full extension and folded up like a buck knife....and he knew it.

                    Not reaching up 4 the ball on that play looked like he gave up on it, I agree....but after seeing the replay I can understand why he didn't.

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                    • #11
                      his dropped pass in the EZ vs the Raiders cost us a chance at the PO's.

                      Bowe will catch enough pass's to break your heart

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