Why do Chiefs need Bowe?

Hello, Chiefs fans, this is my first FanPost. I'm Korean and living in Korea. I always appreciate AP! It's a greatest fan page ever.

At the point after preseason game one, most chiefs fans seem to have some confidence this season. I also pleased and have a little optimism for this year. I believe Chiefs deserve to win AFC west enough.

However, my little concern is all about Wide Receivers. I admit it's too early to have an anxiety. It maybe a half-baked idea, but my gut feeling is we need Dwayne Bowe definitely at least this year! I'd like to explain the reason why I think that.

More after the jump



1. Preseason game1 (vs. Cardinals) receiving performance

Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Maneri 3 69 0 28
D. McCluster 3 45 0 29
T. Copper 2 16 0 10
J. Newsome 2 16 0 9
J. O'Connell 1 15 0 15
J. Charles 1 11 0 11
P. Hillis 1 11 1 11T
D. Wylie 1 7 0 7

During the first two drives, Matt Cassel tried only one pass to his wideouts (Jon Baldwin), and resulted in incomplete pass (break up by Cardinals two DBs). Yes, on those drives Chiefs gained 2TDs. Cassel used RBs and slot receiver (McCluster) and it's enough to have TDs.

But in my point of view, entire Wideouts' performance weren't efficient at that. Josh Bellamy dropped the pass from Brady Quinn and blew away the first down chance. Jamar Newsome and Terrance Copper made catches but not much gain yards. I felt lack of WO's performance was the only fault for the perfect game.

If Dwayne Bowe could show up as a normal form, Chiefs offense would be benefit from him.

2. Why do we need Bowe?

I think OC Brain Daboll is creative. He can make many options through current weapons and Chiefs could win many games.

But, what about versus powerhouse teams like Ravens and Steelers? Recently, I've seen last year's Chiefs game by NFL game pass (it's only work in outside of North America). After watching games, in spite of his diminished stat, I was inspired that he was still evolving toward NFL top receiver.

Some pointed out Bowe's frequent drop issue. Yes, it's his weakness. However, I believe his yard after catch ability and first down catch ability are the top level.

1 Wes Welker, WR NE 732 77 Slot
2 Darren Sproles, RB NO 690 35 RB
3 Ray Rice, RB BAL 677 30 RB
4 Rob Gronkowski, TE NE 656 69 TE
5 Arian Foster, RB HOU 635 19 RB
6 Victor Cruz, WR NYG 595 59 Slot
7 Percy Harvin, WR MIN 537 45 Slot
8 Calvin Johnson, WR DET 524 77 WO
9 Aaron Hernandez, TE NE 519 46 TE
10 Jonathan Stewart, RB CAR 508 18 RB
11 Fred Jackson, RB BUF 500 13 RB
12 Larry Fitzgerald, WR ARI 493 61 WO
Mike Wallace, WR PIT 493 54 WO
14 Brent Celek, TE PHI 487 35 TE
15 Pierre Thomas, RB NO 482 18 RB
16 Steve Smith, WR CAR 474 53 WO
17 Jimmy Graham, TE NO 469 74 TE
18 Ryan Mathews, RB SD 451 18 RB
19 Matt Forte, RB CHI 449 19 RB
20 Mike Tolbert, RB SD 448 23 RB
21 Roy Helu, RB WSH 432 12 RB
22 Jordy Nelson, WR GB 418 47 WO
23 Julio Jones, WR ATL 415 34 WO
24 LeSean McCoy, RB PHI 409 18 RB
25 Nate Burleson, WR DET 406 36 WO
26 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB JAC 394 18 RB
27 LaDainian Tomlinson, RB NYJ 391 12 RB
28 Chris Johnson, RB TEN 383 13 RB
29 Roddy White, WR ATL 364 77 WO
30 Michael Crabtree, WR SF 363 40 Slot
31 Pierre Garcon, WR IND 360 42 WO
32 Dwayne Bowe, WR KC 359 57 WO
Hakeem Nicks, WR NYG 359 54 WO
34 Jason Witten, TE DAL 358 47 TE
35 Fred Davis, TE WSH 353 39 TE
36 Early Doucet, WR ARI 346 35 WO
37 Antonio Brown, WR PIT 342 57 WO
38 Deion Branch, WR NE 332 37 WO
39 Nate Washington, WR TEN 331 47 WO
40 Michael Bush, RB OAK 330 14 RB

Above table is 2011 regular season receiving stats. Bowe recorded just 32nd overall in yard after catch area. However, if we narrow the scope only to the wideouts, Bowe would be top 10 player. Someone would say 10 may not elite. But in my opinion, Bowe is not a speedster like Mike Wallace. So I think simple comparison with those athletes' like Wallace is unfair for Bowe. Sometimes, he dragged DBs. His numbers implicate more than stats. Furthermore, I found he always made an effort to gain more yards. His 8th place in first down numbers (57 times) was a result of his hard work.

I'm not sure Jon Baldwin can be prolific if he match up with opponent's No.1 CBs. He isn't proved yet. But Bowe is proved. If Bowe is responsible for No.1 receiver, Baldwin, Breaston and McCluster should have big chance to increase their catch numbers. Because opponents acknowledge they should defend Bowe by their top CB and even more DBs.

My small conclusion is that Dwayne Bowe is the most reliable option among all Chiefs' receivers. And if we want to win a playoffs and defeat powerhouse, we need his presence absolutely.

I wish he signs his tender and participate ASAP.

After wrote myself, I read my post and I feel English is still hard to me. Please understand my broken English. Go Chiefs!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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