Flash back a few months ago. The Kansas City Chiefs new regime was arriving. They were adding new players. Dwayne Bowe was getting his new $56 million deal and told reporters that he plans to lead the league in touchdowns and yards among receivers. He once lead the league in touchdowns so that wasn't so crazy. The part about yards and catches was a little much though.
Shortly after that, a report from National Football Post indicated that Chiefs coaches had to talk to Bowe to tell him that in Andy Reid's offense you're probably not going to lead the league in anything. It's an offense meant to spread the ball around, rather than focus on one player.
Bowe's place in the Chiefs offense is something I was discussing with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison on 610 Sports yesterday. Danny wondered if Bowe is going to be a $56 million decoy. After two weeks of camp and two preseason games -- yeah, yeah, still early -- the use of receivers is a bit of a concern to me. I didn't see the focus on receivers happening all that much during camp and I didn't see it in the two preseason games. That has alerted me that this is a potential problem.
This brings us to fantasy football. Rotoworld's Evan Silva, who many Chiefs fans now don't like (personally, he's one of my favorites) because of his thoughts on the Chiefs chances this year, puts Bowe No. 4 on his fantasy players to avoid list. From a fantasy perspective, I believe he's spot-on here.
"New Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is an inside-the-numbers passer who has a limiting effect on perimeter receivers. Bowe plays "X" in Kansas City's offense, running sideline routes while Jamaal Charles, Anthony Fasano, and Dexter McCluster operate underneath. Just like Michael Crabtree in San Francisco, Bowe will struggle for consistent weekly targets due to Smith's unwillingness to pull the trigger on tight-window downfield throws."
As Silva points out, of Alex Smith's 14 completions in the preseason, 12 have gone to backs and tight ends while two have gone to a receiver (Dexter McClsuter). Alex Smiths sticks to the middle of the field. He wants quick releases. He has no problem dumping it off to a back, especially when that back is Jamaal Charles.
Until proven otherwise, I'm not expecting a huge year out of D-Bowe. He can still have a great year for the team without catching 15 touchdowns though so this isn't necessarily a commentary on the Chiefs offense as a whole, which can succeed without big numbers from D-Bowe.
As Danny Parkins pointed out on the show yesterday, there are usually a number of receivers who have good seasons in Andy Reid's offense, but rarely the superstar season, which some may have expected from Bowe given the whole $56 million deal.