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Chiefs mailbag: What to make of Dwayne Bowe’s arrest

11/15/2013 9:41 AM

11/15/2013 12:14 PM

Once news of Dwayne Bowe’s arrest broke earlier this week, it sure didn’t take long to see where he stood in the court of public opinion. Put it this way: I’m pretty sure they felt the same way I did after viewing “The Best Man Holiday” last night — saddened and a little betrayed.^ While I continued to tweet news about his arrest for alleged marijuana possession, people literally jumped at the chance to excoriate him for being selfish or downright foolish, while also poking fun at his decline in production.^^ ^When it was over, let’s just say we all filed out of the theater like we’d been treated to a VIP tour of a puppy mill. Not good times. ^^I thought about posting some of the tamer ones on my mentions, but thought better of it. Seems like piling on. I, for one, happen to think Bowe gets somewhat of a bad rap. I do not think he is selfish, and I think most of his teammates genuinely like him. People who know him say he’s good-hearted. But he also has had a long list of missteps, and with the biggest game of the year coming up, he couldn’t have picked a worse time to become a distraction. Players and coaches said different Wednesday (of course they did), but I really don’t see any way around it. And in a parity-driven league where teams try to avoid distractions, it sure doesn't take much these days to tip the scales on Sunday. The good news for Chiefs fans is this: I think there's a good chance Bowe is embarrassed by the incident, whether he takes responsibility for it or not. If he’s a competitor, he should be champing at the bit to make it right and remind everyone why the Chiefs’ braintrust — one that didn’t draft him and thus, had no real allegiance to him — still decided to hand him a five-year, $56 million contract this offseason. Considering the Chiefs will absolutely need to score points against a 37-year old quarterback that has somehow channeled “Robo QB” from past Madden video games, I'd say that's something to hope for if your fan. Needless to say, I'll be watching his effort on Sunday, and I expect to learn a lot about the way he's wired, for better or worse. Now, on to the Bowe-centric portion of the mailbag. Like always, we’ll start with some leftover questions from my live chat on Wednesday, so if you missed that, be sure to read the transcript here. •  Adison N Kayla Waterman: I was reading the CBA and it states that four-game suspension can be enforced by the league for a first-time offender. If the league sticks Bowe with a suspension, do you think it will be this season or next season? I think it will be next season. Bowe’s lawyer is surely good enough to get his court date, which is currently scheduled for Dec. 18, pushed back until after the season. •  Adison N Kayla Waterman: Do you believe (Rashad Ross) will be called up to the active roster if Bowe is suspended this season? I doubt he’ll be suspended this season, so no. •  JM: Do you think that Bowe’s lack of performance is because of a new style of QB or more because of his lack of effort due to a new large contract? He looks a tad slower this year, but I’m not sure it's due to some newfound lack of effort caused by an influx of cash. He’s always had issues with his consistency, and Alex Smith rarely throws the ball unless a guy is in single coverage (he’ll check it down unless a guy is borderline alone in space like, say, former WWE “superstar” Virgil). So the combination of that, plus coach Andy Reid’s insistence on throwing to the running back, has led to a sub-par statistical season from Bowe.


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