Change Pays For Bowe … Thursday Cup O’Chiefs

Outside the sun had gone down and it was a dark, winter’s night at the Truman Sports Complex.

Dwayne Bowe walked into the press room in the Chiefs facility wearing an AFC West champions hat and a smile. In the previous 24 hours he had been given a lot to smile about. First it was a spot on the AFC team for the Pro Bowl, the first time he’s received that honor in his four-year career. Next, word came Wednesday morning that Bowe had been named the AFC’s offensive player of the week for his performance against Tennessee last Sunday.

Bowe sat down and willingly submitted to a short interrogation about the honors that had come his way. His voice was barely above a whisper as he talked about the season and his transformation from troubled under-achiever, to productive Pro Bowler.

“This year as every game got bigger I thought about how last year started out,” Bowe said. “It brought back memories of being overweight and now I can run away from 4.3 cornerbacks. So it’s been some kind of year.”

His reference was to his 75-yard touchdown play against the Titans where Bowe outran the Tennessee secondary over 50 yards and scored untouched on the longest play of his career.  

Is that now the signature moment of his transformation – from overweight, under-worked, attention seeking DBowe, to the sleek, hard working, quiet player of the week?

“I’ve heard people say ‘I didn’t know DBowe could run that fast’,” Bowe said. “Well, now you know.”

Bowe stayed home Tuesday night to watch the NFL Network show that unveiled the names of the Pro Bowlers. He found out the same way anybody watching the program did.

“I didn’t want to be out, I wanted to be comfortable,” Bowe said. “I don’t think it’s hit me yet. Everybody’s patting me on the back, but I think if we go deep into the playoffs, it will finally hit me.”

One of the first persons that Bowe called when he heard the news was head coach Todd Haley.

“When he called me yesterday it was barely out of his mouth and the next thing he said to me was ‘we’ve got more work to do’ so then I let a sigh out,” Haley said. “That’s good. Shortly after Jamaal (Charles) called and said the same thing. That’s a good sign. Our guys understand that we’ve got a lot of guys that have put team first and Jamaal and Dwayne are at the top of that list. They’re interested in winning and being part of something special and I think they’re seeing some of the rewards of their effort, dedication to their teammates and to this team.”

The Haley-Bowe relationship had its ups and downs last year, but being selected to the Pro Bowl, earning player of the week honors and putting up the numbers that Bowe has produced has helped him understand what his head coach was trying to do.

“He was always on me, he was always saying ‘you are going to be a special kid’,” Bowe said, who admitted it wasn’t until the off-season, when he got a chance to talk with Larry Fitzgerald, that he understood that Haley was trying to get the best out of him.

“He (Fitzgerald) talked about how hard he was with him and look at the kind of player he turned out to be,” said Bowe. “I just bought into the program, kept my nose down and see where it would take me.

“So far, it’s taken me to the top.”

And he’s willing to bring the message to any young player that wants to hear about how his transformation came about.

“Now that I understand the game, I recommend it to any young guy,” said Bowe. “It’s not about being flamboyant, and being outspoken. It’s about your productivity. Since I’ve kept my head down and not said much, it’s (productivity) has been going up.

“I would never want to go back to that way. I know what that feels like. I know what it took to get me here and I’m going to stay on this track.”

Maybe the most animated Bowe became in this session was talking not about the Pro Bowl or player of the week, but the playoffs and what’s ahead for the Chiefs.

“I don’t think there’s nothing better than winning it all,” Bowe said. “Now, I’m just trying to win the next game, and then the next game, and then the next game. We are so close to the ultimate goal that I’m not even looking at that (the Pro Bowl).”

With that, Bowe had to go. The big guy on the second floor wanted to speak with him and even a Pro Bowler doesn’t want to keep Mr. Pioli waiting.

NFL PERSONNEL FILE FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29

  • AFC – named Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe offensive player of the week; Ravens safety Ed Reed defensive player of the week; and Raiders returner Jacoby Ford special teams player of the week.
  • NFC – named Packers QB Aaron Rodgers offensive player of the week; Vikings CB Antoine Winfield defensive player of the week; and Redskins K Graham Gano special teams player of the week.
  • BRONCOS – placed LB Lee Robinson on the injured-reserve list (hamstring); signed DT Louis Leonard, last with Patriots.
  • BUCCANEERS – signed DL Doug Worthington from their practice squad.
  • EAGLES – placed DT Jeff Owens on the injured-reserve list (knee); signed C Dallas Reynolds off their practice squad.
  • FALCONS – signed S Rafael Bush off their practice squad.
  • 49ERS – named Alex Smith as starting quarterback for season finale; signed ILB Alex Joseph off the Panthers practice squad.
  • JAGUARS – announced QB David Garrard will miss Sunday’s game and will have surgery on his right middle finger on Thursday.
  • RAVENS – signed LS Kevin Houser.
  • REDSKINS – placed FS Kareem Moore on the injured-reserve list (knee); signed CB Reggie Jones off the Saints practice squad.
  • TEXANS – placed LB Darryl Sharpton on the injured-reserve list (shoulder); signed LB Isaiah Greenhouse off their practice squad.
  • VIKINGS – fined QB Brett Favre $50,000 for refusing to cooperate with league investigators looking into whether he sexually harassed a female employee of the Jets when he played there in 2008.

9 Responses to “Change Pays For Bowe … Thursday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • December 30, 2010  - Tracy says:

    If nothing else, Dwayne Bowe’s emergence as a Pro Bowl player gives some credence to Todd Haley’s methods. The in-your-face approach we saw last year, while rude in most every situation, apparently got the desired results. Perhaps Bowe will emerge at some point as a mentor to younger players, although this year’s group of rookies seems more tuned in to just what is required for success in the NFL than Bowe was.

    And kind of in that regard, we are also seeing increasing effectiveness from Glenn Dorsey and even some good plays from Tyson Jackson. Perhaps a better sense of the time required for player development for those who labor in the trenches will temper our impatience,


  • December 30, 2010  - Milkman says:

    It is good to have three Chiefs recognized as among the leagues best after zero last year. But how nice would it be if they didn’t get to play in the pro bowl. That would mean they were getting prepared to play in a much bigger game. If memory serves, nobody ever thought Arizona would get to that game just a few years back. Why not our Chiefs?


  • December 30, 2010  - Dave71 says:

    Nice article Bob. Bowe is a beast physically & his recent performances show the kind of results that are possible when a player “buys in” & gives 100 percent effort. Derrick Johnson is another example. What a great player; it is completely ridiculous that he didn’t get into the pro bowl. Carr & Flowers should have gotten some consideration too; Asomugha seems a bit overrated to me & maybe got in on reputation. I hope we destroy the raiders this sunday. I cant begin to describe my hatred of them since the days of Lamonica, Biletnikoff, Madden, & all of them. Go Chiefs!


  • December 30, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    Dwayne Bowe is a classic example of what makes me a huge fan of the Chiefs. He has come from being, flamboyant, arrogant and full of himself to humble, hard working and understanding the game is much bigger than himself. We could toss in Derrick Johnson as another example. The meaning of the word “team” has permeated 1 Arrowhead Drive and I’m sure there is a GM and Head Coach that should be held responsible.

    I think the best of what Dwayne can achieve is ahead of him. He has not peaked yet and as fans we can all be proud of his transformation. Something tells me that sales of #82 jerseys are flying off the shelves and is yet another tough decision on what jersey to buy for your hard earned 80 bucks.

    Whether the Chiefs can survive the scrutiny and pressure to perform well in the playoffs or simply collapse from it all. We can all be comforted in knowing that the future looks pretty darn bright.
    Go Chiefs


  • December 30, 2010  - aPauled says:

    It’s a good time to be a Chiefs fan. This team is doing things the right way…helping these young men mature into team players and reaching their potential. It was hard to watch guys like Bowe dance and celebrate a 7 yard catch on third-and-8 while the punt team was running out. Good ridance to those days.


  • December 30, 2010  - Kiowa says:

    And just imagine if we can somehow land Larry Fitzgerald next year! He is a free agent and has a great relationship with Haley, could be very interesting! That is if the NFL even plays a season next year!


  • December 30, 2010  - el cid says:

    Next year is a worry and not just for wanting of another WR but let’s enjoy what Haley and crew has worked so hard for. There is a lot of year left for 2010. We can worry about 2011 after the superbowl.


  • December 30, 2010  - Kiowa says:

    Who said anyone is worried? Just stating a fact!


  • December 30, 2010  - Edward says:

    Bowe dedication to the game speaks volumes to his success he’s having. I think he relied too much on his natural ability early on now he’s more about fundamentals and taking care of his body so he can maximize that ability and it is truly paying off.




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