Dwayne Bowe, in my opinion, is the most controversial player on the Chiefs roster. He constantly disappoints us with drops in big situations. He constantly comes through for us in huge situations. Both of these statements are accurate and that's a FACT. This single player is loved and hated 100% justifiably. He drops 3rd down pass after 3rd down pass, quick slant after quick slant. He catches fade route after back shoulder throw in the end zone. He catches passes and taps his heals on the sideline for the big first down. He let's Stanford Route cut in front of him and intercept a pass that was inches from the middle of the numbers 8 and 2 on his chest. He let's a ball bounce from his grasp as it hits him on his right shoulder on a skinny post in the end zone. He makes juggling catches despite the obvious interference of a lesser athlete. And the list goes on for days at the rate I write this.
Let's look at the positives over the 2008-2010 seasons: 205 catches / 2773 yards / 26 TDs and let's throw in good health as he has only missed games due to an illegal substance. These are stellar numbers considering Todd Haley basically took a season away from him right? I totally agree!
Let's look at the negatives over the same 2008-2010 seasons: According to www.profootballfocus.com, of Wide Receivers who have had at least 50 catchable balls thrown in their direction over the course of these seasons Dwayne Bowe is second to last in dropped pass percentage (13.87%) to only Braylon Edwards (14.72%) who was a new kind of terrible from the 08-09 seasons (quarterback issues?!) as he dropped a mere 4 passes in New York.
What do YOU gather from that information? What it tells me is we have a fantastically under achieving wide receiver with Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White potential. It makes me so angry and excited for the underwhelming yet fantastic job he does. You know... Catching unbelievable passes... Dropping simple quick slants for first downs on 1rst, 2nd, and 3rd downs. AGHWTF!
So. Do we try hard to resign him? One of the worst best receivers is likely going to ask GM Scott Pioli (Who I think has done a sub par job so far, but that is another discussion) for top 10 WR money. Do we give a top dropper that kind of money?! I for one am ok with it. I am afraid that the loss of Haley will detract from his production, but at the same time I am excited about the potential of a supportive Head Coach creating a more relaxed atmosphere where Mr. Bowe feels more comfortable catching footballs. In the words of Deion Sanders, "PAY THE MAN!"
The fact that he has been a top tier WR every season with exception to the season Haley wouldn't let him tells me that he has the chance to be truly elite. Top 5 even. I believe he has grown up enough to realize the effort he puts into the off season directly effects his performance. The coaches have to put him into situations where he can succeed. The occasional quick slant is fine, but asking him to make that catch with the DB expecting it every third and 3+ is slightly unrealistic. This guy's production the first two seasons of his career is unprecedented. Even if he keeps a pace of the last two games which have been average at best he is on pace for 1096 yards and 8 TDs. Despite his coaching he produces tangible numbers. I absolutely hate how many balls he drops, but his production clearly out weighs his inadequacies as an NFL pass option. I know there is the "franchise him and trade him" idea out there, but honestly if you think our offense would be the same without Bowe you would be wrong. The best case is getting a 1rst and 3rd in which case I would be happy to oblige. Picking up a guy like Jeff Fuller in the second or third would have me stoked, but in a WR heavy draft its not likely we pull that kind of return on a highly inconsistent player.
How do You feel about D Bowe?