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Bowe's first season with Haley ending with a whimper

Wherever Todd Haley has gone, receivers have enjoyed career seasons.

That’s why there was much excitement coming into 2009 about Dwayne Bowe taking the next step.” Instead, he’s appeared to go backwards.

First he had to climb out of Haley’s doghouse in camp.  Then, he needed the threat of a trade to pick up his performance.  Just as he was starting to improve, Bowe was suspended four games for violating the league’s steroid policy.

In the two games since returning, Bowe continues to drop passes and make mental mistakes. As mentioned in Josh Alper’s one-liners today, Haley questioned his effort on a pass that was intercepted Sunday.

“Our rule is: If you’re in the vicinity of the ball and we can’t catch it, we can’t allow the other team to do so,” Haley said.

Haley also pointed out the strides Bowe has made before the suspension hit.  But his stats don’t reflect improvement (he’s gaining slightly fewer yards-per-game) and his attention to detail remains a work in progress according to Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star

So does the rest of the Kansas City passing game.

The Chiefs weren’t expected to be very good this year, but even Haley would have to admit he expected more production from Matt Cassel and Bowe.  The passing game is supposed to be Haley’s specialty.

“He’s had a difficult month and a half,” Haley said of Bowe. “I think
this is all part of the process for Dwayne and growing and becoming the
player that we think he’s capable of being.”

He didn’t become that player this season.

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10 Responses to “Bowe's first season with Haley ending with a whimper”
  1. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Dec 30, 2009 2:04 PM

    Sooner or later it’s gonna be Haley that has issues with WR’s…first Boldin, now Bowe, lookout Dez Bryant…

  2. dcfan-1212450 says: Dec 30, 2009 2:08 PM

    Bowe had a decent season. He found the end zone a lot. But do not forget that Bowe had no help most of the season (Chambers has been a nice addition) and the Chiefs gave up the most sacks than almost anybody. That does now show the amount of pressure Cassel truly had. The Chiefs could have Randy Moss and Brandon Marshall and it wouldn’t matter without pass protection. Expect them to address that in the draft and become competitive in the next 2 years.

  3. rusH1023 says: Dec 30, 2009 2:11 PM

    Cassel has been strong, considering what he has for an Offensive Line and receivers outside Bowe. Chambers was a nice addition, but you can’t expect them to have Manning>Wayne or Brady>Moss or Schaub>Johnson chemistry right away.

  4. Citizen Strange says: Dec 30, 2009 2:12 PM

    Maybe Haley should have apportioned a little more time to actually coaching receivers rather than proving what a tough guy he is by berating undrafted free agents.

  5. Grinder says: Dec 30, 2009 2:23 PM

    Haley effed up when he fired the OC just prior to the season. Just as Morris did in TB. Neither of those choices panned out very well. He may not be over his head as much as Morris but you could make a strong argument that he is. The Chiefs used to be awesome under Marty…too bad.

  6. Hooby says: Dec 30, 2009 2:32 PM

    TRADE HIM!! bowe is one of my favorite players and i dont want to see him drown with this joke of a team. if haley doesnt like the way hes acting and hes threatening to trade him, maybe he should just do it. bowe is worth at least a 2nd rounder or a 3rd+player.

  7. wildinkc says: Dec 30, 2009 2:38 PM

    To Citizen Strange
    Hey Bobby Wade. Be quiet. You will be gone off of this team anyways after Sunday.

  8. Tom says: Dec 30, 2009 2:52 PM

    Those people that believe these athletes should be catered to because they are special are probably the same parents that allow their kids to do as they wish and become terrible adults. A little discipline among some of these players sure won’t hurt them.

  9. Tom says: Dec 30, 2009 2:55 PM

    Those people that believe these athletes should be catered to because they are special are probably the same parents that allow their kids to do as they wish and become terrible adults. A little discipline among some of these players sure won’t hurt them.

  10. bigdawg24 says: Jan 1, 2010 1:23 PM

    Todd Haley is in over his head. He is playing checkers while the rest of the coaches are playing chess.

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