Tag:Dwayne Bowe
Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:31 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 8:44 pm
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Steve Breaston headed to Chiefs on five-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Wednesday was another day of bananas free agent rumors, signings and general insanity (reminder: follow everything in our updating Free Agency Experience and with our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker!), but there was a really fun little run on wide receivers late in the evening when Seattle went out and got themselves a downfield threat in Sidney Rice and Kansas City stepped out and grabbed a very good No. 2 in now-ex-Cardinal Steve Breaston.

Breaston, according to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, is reuniting with old offensive coordinator Todd Haley with the Chiefs, and doing so with a five-year deal that guarantees him $9.5 million.

The last time Breaston and Haley were working together, 2008, the wideout piled up 1,006 yards and caught three touchdowns. (Since then, he's totaled 1,430 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons.)

Breaston's addition to the Chiefs roster gives them a non-rookie option (Jonathan Baldwin is there as well) to line up across from Dwayne Bowe, and should help equate to pretty strong offensive firepower from the defending AFC West champions.

Just for comparison's sake, Breaston's pretty good value too, when you consider that Rice netted $18.5 million guaranteed from Seattle, and the Jets coughed up $24 million guaranteed over five years for Santonio Holmes.

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Alex Mack gives us last-minute thrill (VIDEO)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just when you thought the Pro Bowl was finished – and thank the lord for that – Browns C Alex Mack had one more trick for the viewers who somehow made it to the final minute of the game.

As a reward to you, Mack gave us one of the best last-minute exhibition-game TDs scored by an offensive lineman ever.

You see the replay of what happened in the video below. Notice Mack sprinting down the field immediately after Matt Cassel throws the pass, and then appears to steal the lateral (it looked like it was intended for WR Dwayne Bowe) before plowing over Saints S Roman Harper to score the TD.

Heck of an effort by an offensive linemen having a little fun.



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Category: NFL
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:01 pm
 

NFL Wild Card Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

This past weekend was one of most exciting wild-card weekends in NFL history.

But was it the most exciting? That's one of the questions Andy and I answer in this week's podcast review. We also debate whether or not Seattle fans should be sending such vitriolic emails, where Marshawn Lynch's powerful scamper ranks in the pantheon of all-time single runs, just how impressive Dom Capers' defense was Sunday, whether Jim Caldwell's seat should be hot, how clutch Mark Sanchez really is, and whether or not we should have seen the Ravens pummeling of the Chiefs coming.

All that (plus much,  much more) -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:50 am
 

Todd Haley's got nothing on Bowe being catchless

Posted by Will Brinson

You probably remember what kind of game Dwayne Bowe had on Sunday, because it was remarkably unmemorable -- the NFL's receiving leader in touchdowns (he was also seventh in yards and 12th in targets) went catchless in Kansas City's lopsided 30-7 home loss to Baltimore.

But wh was Bowe so ineffective? Well, the obvious answer is that he was blanketed by the Ravens. Still, he wasn't even targeted once, and for that, Todd Haley has no answers.

"To have a game like that," Haley said via the Kansas City Star. "And one of the guys that you’ve kind of ridden throughout the year appears to be uninvolved in the plan — we’ve got to do a better job of figuring out ways to get the ball in the hands of our guys that have consistently made plays."

Yes, that is one way of saying "No, I have no idea where our collective offensive creativity went."

Because a double team -- which Bowe saw the entire day -- certainly isn't an excuse for not catching a single pass. That's why there are screens and slants and bubbles and curls and all kinds of offensive innovations. If you want someone to make some plays, you can force them the ball, even if there's not single coverage.

Bowe wasn't the only receiver to disappear in the wild-card round, though. Reggie Wayne was so ineffective (and untargeted) that he spent Saturday night complaining. DeSean Jackson was injured so he has an excuse, but his first catch didn't come until late in the second half and that's a clear sign that the Eagles are trouble.

However, the difference between those two gentlemen and Bowe is that the Chiefs' second receiving option on Sunday was Kevin Curtis, who summed up his involvement over Bowe's best.

"Probably not a good thing," Curtis said.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Despite blowout, future's still bright for Chiefs

Posted by Will Brinson

It probably isn't fun to be a Chiefs fan right now, following Baltimore beating Kansas City down 30-7 in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

KC hung with a more talented team for the first half of what looked like a great game and then got totally dominated by the Ravens in the second half. The Chiefs sputtered offensively (Matt Cassel's three interceptions all came after halftime), they abandoned their gameplan (Jamaal Charles didn't touch the ball after the 9:45 mark in third quarter), they made critical mistakes (Dexter McCluster's fumble in the red zone on 3rd and 26, the offsides as the Ravens were punting on 4th and 3 with the game still within reach, the call to pitch outside on fourth-and-one, etc.) and they generally shot themselves in the foot. Repeatedly.

Even "The Tuck Rule" -- it apparently follows anyone who's played for the Patriots throughout their career, right? -- and an inspiring red-zone defensive effort couldn't save Kansas City from the steamroller that came out of Baltimore's locker room in the second half.



But here's the good news: 2010 was a tremendous success for Kansas City even without the team's first playoff since 1994, and that's a lesson that shouldn't be forgotten.

Here's some better news: this is a Chiefs team that appears set to contend in the AFC West for some time based primarily on a youthful core of potential superstars.

People will complain about Todd Haley's decision-making and ego, but that comes with the territory of being a brash NFL head coach who goes for it on fourth down a lot. (What doesn't come with the territory, even if you're Bill Belichick, is not having people question the decision; see above.)

But this is a team with budding stars at the skill positions -- Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Tony Moeaki and Matt Cassel provide a potent core that'll trouble AFC West defensive coordinators for what could be a decade depending on management decisions. Toss Dexter McCluster in that mix as an all-purpose home-run threat who also can decimate opponents in the special teams game and there's no reason for this team to lose its explosiveness even when Charlie Weis takes his talents to Gainesville.

On the defensive end of things, Eric Berry is the next great NFL safety (ignore the times he's been torched deep this season, because that's just being a rookie), Tambi Hali is a 2010 Pro Bowl snub that should find his way to Hawaii next year and Glenn Dorsey and Derrick Johnson have finally emerged as the talents they were picked to be.

Scott Pioli knows what he's doing in the front office too, in case the quick turnaround in KC didn't convince you, and it's a pretty safe bet that he'll find a capable offensive coordinator to replace Weis.

The schedule gets a LOT tougher in 2011 (Packers, Steelers, Vikings, Dolphins at home; Colts, Bears, Pats, Jets, Lions away) so there's a distinct possibility of regression in terms of wins for the Chiefs next year.

But the fact remains that there's sufficient talent on this roster to warrant significant optimism in 2011. Even for a franchise that just extended some ugly postseason losing streaks, that's reason enough to be excited.

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Chiefs vs. Ravens: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Posted by Josh Katzowitz



CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point playoff preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. And as an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:



1. Baltimore Ravens (No. 5, AFC, 12-4) @ Kansas City Chiefs (No. 4, AFC, 10-6)

Despite the fifth seed, the Ravens have to be considered one of the favorites for the AFC title. The Chiefs catch a break by playing Baltimore at Arrowhead Stadium – where Kansas City is tough to beat – but Todd Haley’s squad will be considered the underdogs in this one. The Chiefs aren’t as healthy, they’re not as experienced in the postseason and they’re simply not as talented as the Ravens. Simple as that.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking



After such a hot start to the season, Kansas City wasn’t quite as impressive in the final, oh, 13 games of the season, going an unremarkable (though by AFC West standards, phenomenal) 7-6. But you have to remember, the Chiefs went 2-4 in division play, and, in case you didn’t know, that’s not real good. Besides, in the playoffs you like to see top QBs go head to head (Manning vs. Brady; Favre vs. Vick; etc.). Matt Cassel vs. Joe Flacco isn’t quite as enticing and therefore, only worth 3/5 Moras.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Ravens RB Ray Rice vs. Chiefs LBs

In the Chiefs 3-4 defensive scheme, Kansas City’s LBs are counted on to help stop the opponent’s run game. Overall this season, the Chiefs were pretty average in this regard, ranking 14th in the league by allowing 109.4 rushing yards per game. And Rice is anything but average.

You already know about the 1,220 yards gained this season and the five rushing touchdowns to go with it, but Rice has become of the league’s premier rushers in part because he doesn’t lose fumbles. That’s right. This season, despite 307 carries and 63 catches, Rice fumbled the ball exactly zero times. The Chiefs, by the way, caused 15 fumbles this season, the eighth-best mark in the league.

Kansas City has gotten good production out of LB Tamba Hali – he’s been the most explosive of his career this season with an AFC-best 14.5 sacks – and LB Derrick Johnson on the inside has been more than solid for the Chiefs.

If Hall and company can slow down Rice and make him less effective, that will allow the Chiefs to target Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, who doesn’t play great under constant pressure from the defense. But even then, Rice is still a big part of the team’s offense, catching a variety of passes out of the backfield.

He’s not easy to stop – the Steelers are the only squad this season to make Rice irrelevant – but if the Chiefs linebackers can slow him down, that’ll be a big help in pulling the upset.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

When Chiefs DE Shaun Smith played in Cincinnati, one of the local scribes nicknamed him "Hamburglar." In fact, one day, the reporter asked him if it was OK to call him by the new nickname, and Smith responded, "That’s fine. I like it." That’s why this video is so relevant.



Besides, the McDonald’s gag is better than any number of videos that the infamous Smith could have been involved with this season.

Like this one where, before viewing, you must turn your head to the side and cough.



5. The Chiefs will win if ...

They can continue to rely on their running game. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones have combined for 2,363 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and with their help, Cassel hasn’t had to be the one to hoist the team on his shoulders.

6. The Ravens will win if ...

They force Cassel to have to beat them. Baltimore ranks fifth in the league against the run, and if they can force Kansas City into third and longs – or better yet, build a big enough lead that would turn the Chiefs into a pass-heavy offense – the Ravens will earn their third road playoff victory in the past three seasons.

7. Prediction: Ravens 20, Chiefs 7
Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Bowe missing from KC practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This doesn’t sound good at all for the Chiefs.

According to 610 Sports in Kansas City, via Pro Football Talk , standout WR Dwayne Bowe was not at practice today.

At this point, nobody seems to know if Bowe is injured or if he’s missing for some other reason. The Chiefs are expected to address his absence at a news conference after practice.

UPDATED (2:49 p.m.): According to Nick Wright of 610 Sports, Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Bowe will be listed on the injury report with an illness. Wright also points out, though, that Bowe was limping quite noticeably in the locker room after Sunday's game.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:36 am
Edited on: December 30, 2010 8:37 am
 

Player of the Week awards

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL delivered its weekly pats on the back Wednesday. Here are the Players of the Week for Week 16:

AFC OFFENSE: Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs

153 receiving yards on six catches (25.5 average), including a 75-yard touchdown reception in the Chiefs’ 34-14 win against Tennessee.

He has a career-best five 100-yard receiving games in 2010. 


 
AFC DEFENSE: Ed Reed, S, Ravens

Helped the Ravens secure a postseason berth with two interceptions and three tackles in a 20-10 win at Cleveland.
The Ravens are now 10-0 when Reed has multiple interceptions in a game.



AFC SPECIAL TEAMS: Jacoby Ford, KR, Raiders

Totaled 188 kickoff return yards, including a 99-yard kick return-touchdown in the Raiders’ 31-26 loss against Indianapolis.

Ford became only the second player in NFL history with two return touchdowns on the opening kickoff in the same season (Ike Thomas of the Cowboys in 1971). His other return came on November 28 against the Dolphins. His three kick returns in a season ties Leon Washington’s NFL record.
 


NFC OFFENSE: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

Completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for a career-high 404 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.9 passer rating in the Packers’ 45-17 win over the New York Giants

It was the 10th time in Rodgers’ career that he has thrown at least three touchdowns with no interceptions, the most in NFL history by a quarterback within three seasons of his first start (Kurt Warner, 9).  


 
NFC DEFENSE: Antoine Winfield, CB, Vikings

Had eight tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a 45-yard fumble-return touchdown in the Vikings’ 24-14 win at Philadelphia. Also disrupted several plays by getting pressure on Michael Vick


 
NFC SPECIAL TEAMS: Graham Gano, K, Redskins

Converted both field-goal attempts against the Jaguars, including the game-winning 31-yarder. It was Gano’s third game-winner this season.

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