Now I won't even attempt to make a case for Matt Cassel as the best QB in the league. Nor will I make the case that Dwayne Bowe is the best WR in the league. Simply put, I don't believe either statement is true. However, I will argue all day that Cassel to Bowe has become the most EFFECTIVE combination in the NFL.
After 11 games, Dwayne Bowe leads the NFL in TDs and is #5 in receiving yards despite the fact that Cassel is just #19 in passing yards. 14 of Cassel's 22 TD passes have gone to Bowe. That's an amazing 64%. The only other Chief with more than 1 TD reception is Tony Moeaki, and some quick math will tell you that Bowe has more TD grabs than the rest of the receiving corps COMBINED. In fact, the Cassel/Bowe connection has more TDs than 9 TEAMS in the NFL. Perhaps the most amazing part of all of this is that it's happened over a course of 7 games! In 7 games these two have hooked up more than 9 teams have in 11 games. Looking back at some highlights, we also see that there is no pattern to be followed either. Unlike the Manning to Wayne connection that relies on timing routes, Cassel and Bowe are able to hook up on just about any route you could imagine. We see timing routes, spot throws, back shoulder tosses, catch and runs, tight windows, body blocking, and go-up-and-get-ems. It's almost become unfair and it has caught the eyes of many of the the most respected analysts in the business. Trent Dilfer, Keyshawn Johnson, Chris Carter, Michael Irvin, Tom Jackson, Shannon Sharpe (gasp!), Herm Edwards, Colin Cowherd, Mike Golic, and the list goes on.
And all of this after many Chiefs fans blasted Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe early on this season (either separately or as a tandem). I think we all stand corrected. So allow me (a huge Matt Cassel critic) to offer my own apology. I'm sorry I lost faith. I'm sorry I called for the Chiefs to draft a QB and WR replacement in the first two rounds. Of course, like any good Chiefs fan, I reserve the right to retract my apology and call you a bum on a moment's notice.