Those aforementioned AFC West teams are offensive juggernauts. What each of them has that the Chiefs don’t at this point, Kansas City has yet to develop any consistency at the wide receiver position. Both the Chargers and Broncos are blessed with an abundance of receiving playmakers.
In Kansas City, Bowe is the only viable receiver option in that category that has had success at the NFL level. Though Kansas City has potential in A.J. Jenkins and Junior Hemingway, Bowe remains the main threat. Granted he’s been inconsistent throughout much of his career in a Chiefs uniform that doesn’t mean, he can’t become an offensive force for the guys in red.
The former LSU standout came to the Chiefs with a brash enthusiasm and became a fan favorite. Even to this point of his career fans flock to Bowe and his engaging personality. However, in recent years his off the field mishaps have the fan base questioning his commitment to football. In reality, that really isn’t the issue with Bowe. It’s all about internal drive.
When OTA workouts began last month, Bowe arrived in Kansas City in the best shape of his career. He was as chiseled as we’ve seen him to date and he appears to have the right mindset in helping his team reach back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in decades.
In the playoff loss to the Colts last January, Bowe had his best game of the season. Still it wasn’t enough to carry the Chiefs to victory. But that loss was not on Bowe. Still it’s a remainder that if he plays at a high level KC’s offense can play at an elite level. After all the Chiefs do have the greatest running back on the planet in Jamaal Charles.
When Quarterback, Alex Smith, arrived in Kansas City a year ago, he knew Bowe was a vital piece of the offense. However, it took a while for the two teammates to get on the same offensive page. It wasn’t until the latter stages of 2014 they got in sync.
Smith is a tactician in placing the ball in the only place his receivers can safely secure the pass away from defenders. The problem for Bowe on many occasions, he’d drop the ball or didn’t have his hands in the right position to secure the catch.
That’s always been a problem for Bowe. He can do the spectacular but at times the simple has caused mind-boggling difficulty. Again, he’s not alone in this issue, the entire receiving core last season had a case of the drops in key situations.
Still I’m willing to overlook all that.
The main thing for Bowe is developing week to week consistency in route running and staying focused on every snap. He’s not good enough to take plays off. Perfect route running is key to Andy Reid’s complex offensive game plan. Last season Bowe strayed off routes and that forces Smith to adjust his passes.
So which Bowe will we see in 2014?
That’s a really good question. He’s entering the second year of his mega rich contract, and if he wants to remain a Chief after this year, Bowe needs to play like a stallion.
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