Sep 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs: Fans Are Down On Bowe's Production

At the start of OTA’s (organized team activities) back in the spring, Chiefs wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe, predicted that he would lead the league in receiving and his teammate, Jamaal Charles, would lead the NFL in rushing. So far, he’s been way off for himself and somewhat close with his prediction of Charles.

Bowe has had a bad rep in KC for a few years now, dating back to the alleged comments he made to ESPN The Magazine in May of 2010 where he had several quotes that indicated that some Chiefs players, veterans mostly, were flying in women that they had met on social media to be in each players hotel rooms as escorts.

The Chiefs were lead by GM Scott Pioli and head coach, Todd Haley, at the time and they quickly put a lid on the “Bowe Show.” He wasn’t allowed to speak with media any longer with out permission and even when he was given the opportunity to speak about the article, he miss spoke when apologizing to the Hunt family saying “I apologize to the Clarks (Hunts), my teammates and the guys I put in a bind.”

He got a lot of heat for calling the Hunt’s the Clarks, especially from local radio and media. Along with his mishaps of speaking with the media, he had gained a reputation of dropping the ball at crucial times and getting lazy on his routes, often allowing defenders to beat him on simple slants and out-routes. Then the 2010 season happened.

Bowe went off, leading the league in TDs with 15 and had 5 multiple touchdown games, proving to be the dynamic threat that the Chiefs had hoped they drafted. Since then though, the production has slowed down significantly, large part due to the lack of quarterback play.

Bowe was in his contract year last season and the offense was the worst in the NFL. He had made a few nice plays, but mostly in garbage time at the end of games when it didn’t matter. On the road against Cleveland last year, Bowe fractured his ribs coming down on a crack block during a running play, and he would go on to miss the rest of the regular season. Many felt that would be the last time we would see him in a Chiefs uniform.

Insert new GM John Dorsey and head coach, Andy Reid, and their first priority was to get a quarterback then make sure Dwayne Bowe stayed a Chief. That’s exactly what they did. They made the trade to acquire Alex Smith from the 49′ers, then signed Bowe to a five year, $56 million dollar contract. A hit or miss move depending on what Chiefs fan you’re talking to.

The Chiefs were in a position where they had to keep Dwayne Bowe which meant paying him good money. If you go back and look at what was available in free agency this past off season, you will understand why KC was in the position they were when they payed him. The top WR’s on the market were, Wes Welker (Broncos), Brandon Lloyd (still available), Mike Wallace (Dolphins), Greg Jennings (Vikings), and Victor Cruz (Giants).

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Of those top free agents, Mike Wallace was the only other one you could say was over payed as well. Is Wallace better than Bowe? It’s up for debate, but either way, the Chiefs were in a position to where they had to pay Bowe to stay. Welker wasn’t going to come to KC, so there was no point in even trying to propose a deal to him, especially with Denver making a move immediately after his departure with New England. The Giants certainly weren’t going to let Cruz walk either and I would take Bowe over Jennings any day.

So here we are, 5-0 and Dwayne Bowe’s production hasn’t been what he predicted, especially after that expensive contract. Some fans will say, why pay Bowe $56 million when the Chiefs are undefeated and he hasn’t hardly been a factor? Well two things: One, he was the best option for Kansas City as our long time spot at reciver and two, who knew that KC was going to be 5-0 with Dwayne Bowe only catching two TD’s through the first five games?

And for the record, the Chiefs would not be 5-0 with out Dwayne Bowe right now. He made the crucial touchdown catch against the Cowboys during the third quarter of their week 2 match-up. Bowe made the catch, then split the defense to go in for the score. Call it good play design or whatever you want, Bowe still made an excellent play to get away from his defender and take the ball into the endzone.

In week 3 against Philadelphia, Bowe made several crucial blocks down the field that allowed Donnie Avery to run free and pick up long third downs. Bowe is playing very unselfish football, and fans are starting to wonder when he will speak out about his lack of production. When will the “Bowe Show” come around and start demanding the ball? What would happen if the Chiefs lost three in-a-row and Bowe still hasn’t seen many passes his way?

When has Bowe ever complained? He’s never been in front of reporters demanding his team to throw him the ball. He’s never on the sidelines yelling at his position coaches or quarterbacks demanding more throws his way. He even said so himself on the Chiefs Kingdom Show with Mitch Holthus when he was asked about his down field blocking against Philly,


“it’s a team play and its all about determination and what you want your goals to be. I want to be an all around great football player, not just catching the ball but also helping my team score by any means.” Bowe continued, “I like the dirty work and I love what its doing right now, we’re winning and if that’s what I gotta do, then that’s what I gotta do.”


Bowe has completely bought in and is doing whatever is necessary for the Chiefs to win. The lack of depth at receiver for the Chiefs is whats making Bowe have to face double coverage every week. Partner that with a quarterback who doesn’t make a ton of throws deep, and you have a lack of numbers from the wide out.

 Chiefs fans should be patient with Bowe because he still the best receiver that they have playing each Sunday. One of these games, Bowe is going to show up in a huge way, whether it be a big TD catch, or a simple first down conversion that seals a game. Don’t let his lack of production cloud your judgment on how he’s playing this season.

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  • jpopejoy

    I completely agree. I don’t know why bowe still gets a bad rep. Since Todd Haley came in and knocked the diva out of him, he’s been a team leader and very selfless.

    He routinely is getting help d, which helps clear the way for avery, McGrath, etc…

    He’ll be #2 in receiving yards in chiefs history before he’s done. He’s an excellent WR.

    • Josh Michaels

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      I live in Louisiana currently and people ask me all the time, “what’s wrong with Bowe? He isn’t doing anything in fantasy!”

      There’s nothing wrong! He’s playing good football and we had to keep him. His big day is coming

      • chiefridgy

        Ya. His contributions don’t show up in fantasy points. … But he’s help this team win

      • hipnetic

        This is why I hate FF “fans”.

      • KCMikeG

        Those of us living in the real world care a 1,000 times more about Bowe contributing to the Chiefs being undefeated than what his numbers are. I love FF too but it is always #2 when it comes to the Chiefs winning.

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    Fellow Chiefs fans. I live in Philly and I got to see Big Red build the Eagles and himself into winners. Andy’s issues were running the ball, time management and drafting. We are in a good place with Bowe and the linebackers because Andy didn’t put a premium on drafting either position. Settle down and wait. Remember this is year one and everything is better than last year.

    • jpopejoy

      I’m in Philly too (9 years now). Go to Big Charlie’s to watch games?

  • DoubleD

    Call me crazy but for some reason I’ve gotten this silly notion stuck in my head that WRs who get paid $56 million are expected to contribute by catching a lot of passes, picking up chunks of yardage, and scoring TDs. To those ends, Bowe has been playing well below par since 2010. It’s time we stop making excuses for the guy and face reality. Put simply, Bowe has yet to figure out a way to keep from getting jammed at the line and thus, he is failing to get open on most plays. Most teams pay their #2 & #3 TEs to block, not their #1 WR.

    • Josh Michaels

      So do you think that the chiefs are better off without him then? They had to pay him that kind of money, if not us then someone else would have and everyone would be up in arms about How KC never keeps their best players. He’s going to be here for the next five years and he will be a big contributor. No need to be down on him, were 5-0 and he’s been a big part of it in more ways than one.

      • DoubleD

        You’re optimistic. Ok

        • Jordan

          I feel you DD I’ve been saying the same thing for a couple weeks not because I don’t like the guy but because he’s not playing to the potential he has. He still runs lazy routes(rounds all of his cuts) and yes he blocks great job bowe but we need a receiver not a blocker out wide

        • Josh Michaels

          You’re pessimistic. Ok

  • jayhwk01

    I get crucified by Chefs nation every time I say this but it is true….Bowe is not an elite WR or even a solid #1. He is a top notch #2 with the ability to have that occasional huge game. He works hard (now) and does some nice things that don’t show up in the stat book. But still at the end of the day….not a #1. That is not a knock just a reality.

    • tm1946

      No nails or hammer here but Bowe is our best on the roster guy, he is getting the money. And it is not all his fault, lack of additional talent, QB seems to take the safer pass, blocking of the OL, defenses recognizing what is left if you can get him out of the game plan, and probably more.

      My only concern is if he got his payday and is done… not think that is true but he is yet to prove anything so far.

      Guess is he is the best, then he is the #1 receiver. Now he has to get involved…..maybe this Sunday.

      • jayhwk01

        He is clearly the the most talented WR on the Chiefs roster. No question. The problem is KC drafted him to not just be their number one but a #1 that could be that most anywhere. He has as you pointed out not always been at fault but he has not lived up to expectations either. Still, he is very good and should be getting better production.

        Oh and thanks for no nails or hammer! LOL.

  • Bill Jones

    I would be ok with him being more of a diva if we were getting better production. Yes he is a good blocker, yes he draws coverage and yes he appears to be a good leader. These are things that all good WRs do. I want him to be great. His contract is great and he is in an offense set up to be great with the pass. I will hold judgement until the bye. So far he is trending down in my book.

  • Shawn Scott O’Sullivan

    The whole offense just hasn’t clicked yet, which I will promptly blame on the offensive line. Eric fisher is going to be an average right tackle at best this season unless he has an epiphany, there’s just too much for him to learn/adapt to. Jeff Allen scares me on some plays, he’s really not the brightest bulb in that room from the games I’ve seen. Asamoah seems decent and Albert may not be a true Stud but he makes up for it in heart, gotta love a left tackle that brings his lineman together and tells them to step it up. Hudson is pretty average as well, nice butt-fumble Rodney. Fix the O-line and remind Jenkins how to play WR and you’ll be fine. Let’s face it, Avery’s a pretty good compliment to Bowe, but at some point he’ll miss a game due to injury and AJ is the next guy up at that spot. Hopefully that game is this one, since as well as the Raiders have played so far, they’re still the Raiders. AJ really needs to step it up and be the speedy deep threat he can be though.

    • Suzi Conger

      Agree with you ’bout our OLine; when they give adequate time to Alex with good pass/block protection, our team is going to really skyrocket!!
      6-0 tomorrow!! Chiefs!

  • Blake Molina

    I’m fine with the team-first mentality, but I hope he stays aggressive. He doesn’t have to complain, but he should play with the mindset of “I’m gonna get the ball and make plays”

  • Suzi Conger

    Appreciate the great take and agree