Opponent Opinions: WR Dwayne Bowe

Before 2007 Kansas City first-round pick Dwayne Bowe played at LSU, he starred at Norland High School in Miami. So, needless to say, Sunday's game against the Dolphins holds special meaning for him. He talked on Wednesday about growing up a Dolphins fan, among other things, in a conference call with South Florida reporters.

Here's what Bowe had to say on a variety of topics:

On what is the mindset of the team coming into this game: "We're just trying to improve on the things that we can control. The Dolphins are playing good ball right now, but last year they were in our same predicament and they turned it around. Thinking we can control what we can control if you snap, we would improve in the 2009 season."

On how much of a Dolphins fan he was growing up and how many games he went to: "(Singing) Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins. I went to a few. My whole family are Dolphins fans so I grew up watching Dolphins, (Mark) Duper, Mark Clayton, Danny (Marino) boy. I was a big Dolphins fan, I still am."

On the biggest piece of Dolphins memorabilia he had growing up: "I had a chance to meet Randy McMichael. He came to one of my football games. I took a picture with him and I had a Ricky Williams jersey."

On the challenge of facing the Dolphins defense: "It's going to be a good challenge. I always wanted to go against the best. Since the Dolphins were my team growing up, I feel like I can go out here and do my best it would complete my season and what kind of season we had. I know half of those guys and in the offseason we joke around. It's going to be a good challenge; it's going to be a challenge for us. I love challenges; I love defenses that go into the game that haven't given up any pass attempts and things like that. If I do good and prove what I can do and just the whole offense is just clicking, I get off. It will be a good challenge, I can't wait."

On if he knows Will Allen being from South Florida and being around here in the offseason: "Yeah, Will, Ronnie (Brown), (Ted) Ginn, those guys."

On what he thinks and knows of Will Allen as a player: "He goes hard. When he steps on that field he's all business. Just by watching him, he's physical, he doesn't care who he's going against. He's not scared of one-on-ones with any guy. It's going to be a good challenge and I like the one-on-one challenge that they do."

On if the team's chemistry is improving with Tyler Thigpen: "Most definitely. Each and every week he steps out there, he gives his best. For us to go out there and just make him look good makes the whole offense gain confidence of the game plan and what we have to do each and every week. Just going out there with him, he brings so much energy; he's never down no matter if he has a bad play. The next play he's always going to come back and run it to perfection. That's one thing about him; he never gives up and the offense really appreciates him."

On the home crowd at Arrowhead has been the last few home games: "The fans are still supporting us. That's one thing about Kansas City; the fans are supporting us 100 percent. Our job is to go out there and perform. The last couple home games, we've been very close. We're just trying to get a win the last home game and send the fans off on a good note."

On going from warm weather to a cold weather climate in Kansas City: "It's tough coming from Miami and going to school in Louisiana and now coming here. Last week, that's the coldest I've ever been. It's probably going to be eight degrees and I don't think they're going to be ready for the cold. The weather plays a big part in the game and being up here and practicing in it, it's an advantage for any team coming from the South coming up here to play."

On how long it takes to get used to the cold: "You never get used to it. It's just how long can you stand being in the cold. I'm still not used to it, but going in you know that you have to play your best. You have to look the ball in more, the ball feeling like a rock, sometimes you've got to catch with your chest. It's just a whole mental state. If you're not used to playing in it, I think it will be rough on you."

On if he tells players in the locker room that the Dolphins aren't going to be ready for the cold: "No, not yet. Everybody knows that it's hard coming from Florida, anywhere where the climate is not like Kansas City and just play in it. Everybody is professional and they know what they have to get themselves into."

On how important is the running game going to be in this game: "It's going to be very, very important. We expect them to run the ball. It's going to be a challenge to hold on to that ball when it's cold. We've just got to execute what we can do and I think we're going to keep it balanced."

On if he has any extra motivation since the Dolphins passed on him in the draft for another wide receiver: "Not really. I'm just going to go out there and going against the home team, I just know I'm going to go out there and try to do the best I can do no matter what the situations might be. I'm going to go out there and just play not just because it's the Dolphins. I'm going to try to do what I do each and every week."

On if draft day was disappointing to him when the Dolphins didn't take him: "Not really, just to be drafted period was a blessing. The only thing, if I went to the Dolphins, I probably would've had tickets and games they want to come to, my whole family. It worked out for a reason."

On if family and friends from here talk to him about Sunday playing against his hometown team: "Yeah, a few of my folks, but I told them they can catch a flight up here and sit in the stands. It'll be about 9 degrees."

On if they said, "Never mind" at that point: "Yeah. They said, ‘How cold is it'? I said, ‘About 9 degrees'. ‘Oh, we'll watch it on TV.' "

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