Enjoy the holiday weekend folks and remember the Chiefs off-season program starts on Monday. It’s the first step in the 2014 NFL marathon and comes on the same day when they stage the Boston Marathon.
Now, on to some notes, quotes and informational nibbles from the Chiefs and pro football:
One more step ahead for Bowe
The case of the City of Riverside vs. Dwayne Bowe was walked off the legal agenda this week when the Chiefs wide receiver took a plea bargain, agreeing to guilty charges of defective equipment and littering instead of speeding and marijuana possession.
Bowe wasn’t even in the courtroom when it all went down on Wednesday. He paid $610 in fines and the marijuana charge was dismissed completely. It was all a product of Bowe being stopped on November 10th last year while driving home from the airport with two friends. He was clocked at 48 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone and was stopped by Riverside police, who subsequently found marijuana in the car.
On the legal docket, Bowe has cleaned up the matter, but that does not necessarily clear him when it comes to possible NFL discipline. Commissioner Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to fine and suspend players for conduct detrimental to the league. A plea deal does not lessen the possibility of action out of the NFL office.
As far as we know, the only other time Bowe’s name has come across Goodell’s desk came when he tested positive for a diuretic and was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policies on performance enhancing drugs. That’s the one where Bowe says he took some of Grandma’s diet pills in an attempt to lose weight before he had to weigh-in at the 2009 training camp.
Say what you might about Bowe and his production last year in Andy Reid’s offense (57 catches, 673 yards, five TD receptions), they need him in the lineup for 16 games. Right now, they don’t have enough weapons to fill his role, so the head coach and his offense have their fingers crossed that Bowe will face a fine, rather than a league imposed furlough.
DBowe was the Chiefs last No. 23
The Chiefs hold the 23rd choice in the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday, May 8th. If they stay in that slot, it will be the fifth time in club history they’ve had a selection at No. 23. The most recent was 2007, when they grabbed Bowe out of Louisiana State University. In seven Kansas City seasons, Bowe has played 103 games, started 97 times and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2010. He has 472 catches for 6,401 yards and 44 touchdown receptions.
Here are the other 23rd selections by the Chiefs:
- 1979 β Quarterback Steve Fuller from Clemson University. He spent four seasons at Arrowhead (1979-82), appearing in 52 games with 31 starts. The Chiefs were 13-18 in those starts as he threw 22 scoring passes against 32 interceptions. Fuller finished up his career in Chicago with three seasons as the backup to Bears starting quarterback Jim McMahon.
- 1972 β Running back Jeff Kinney from the University of Nebraska. A native of the Cornhusker State, Kinney played 50 games in four seasons and one game with the Chiefs (1972-76). He ended up touching the ball 291 times for 1,234 offensive yards and five touchdowns. Kinney also returned 11 kickoffs for a 21.1-yard average.
- 1969 β Cornerback James Marsalis from Tennessee State University. The Mississippi native was one of the final pieces of the defensive puzzle for the Chiefs and started as a rookie in the Super Bowl IV victory over Minnesota. Marsalis played seven seasons (1969-75), appearing in 78 games and started 62 times at left cornerback. He was twice a Pro Bowler and finished with 14 career interceptions and six recovered fumbles.
The last time the Chiefs drafted in their 2014 slots
Currently there are six choices attached to the Chiefs for next month’s NFL Draft. Bowe was the most recent No. 23. Here are the other most recent selections in the current Chiefs draft positions:
No. 87 β Center Tom Baugh, selected in the fourth round of the draft in 1986 out of Southern Illinois University. He played three seasons with the Chiefs (1986-88), appearing in 45 games and starting 16 times.
No. 124 β Offensive tackle Derrick Graham, drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL Draft from Appalachian State University. Graham played five seasons in K.C. (1990-94) playing 51 games with 16 starts at right guard and right tackle. He spent four more seasons in the league with Carolina, Seattle and Oakland.
No. 163 β Running back June Henley, picked in the fifth round in 1997 out of the University of Kansas. Henley never played for the Chiefs, appearing in 11 games in 1998 with the St. Louis Rams.
No. 193 β Cornerback Fred Berry, selected in the eighth round of the 1970 NFL Draft from Boston University. Berry did not play for the Chiefs or in the NFL.
No. 200 β Linebacker John Hughes, part of the 1963 AFL Draft in the 25th round from Southern Methodist University. Hughes did not play for the Chiefs or in the AFL.
Chiefs lose doctor to Browns
There’s never much talk about the medical personnel that work with the Chiefs and their players, but this week the Chiefs lost one of their guys when Dr. James Voos was named the head team doctor of the Cleveland Browns.
Voos spent three years working with the Chiefs (2011-13) and also had previous experience with the New York Giants. He’s a graduate of Drake University, with his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He’s worked for several years at the Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic with former Chiefs team doctors Jon Brown and Chris Barnthouse.
Along with working for the Browns, Voos was named director of the University Hospitals Sports Medicine program in Cleveland. He was hired by Browns general manager Ray Farmer, who got to know the doctor when he worked as pro personnel director of the Chiefs.
The Browns were the only team in the NFL that did not have a head doctor.