Dwayne Bowe's season was full of emotional roller coasters.
Bowe's talent seemed to be erased after dropping multiple passes. Bowe received a heavy load of criticism in Week 5, when he dropped what could have been the go-ahead touchdown against Indianapolis on the road.
The Chiefs eventually lost the game.
The fans and the media were ready to label Bowe as a first-round bust.
Some hoped that the Chiefs could find a trade partner before the deadline arrived. However, Haley saw something in Bowe that no one else saw.
Haley has worked with many elite wide receivers and knew Bowe could join the list of key receivers Haley has coached.
One week later, Bowe immediately turned his career around by scoring two touchdowns in a loss against Houston.
In 2010, Bowe had a total of five multi-touchdown games and caught at least one touchdown in seven consecutive games. He racked a league-high 15 touchdowns through the air last season.
That is the most touchdowns in a season for a receiver since Randy Moss in 2007. For the first time in his career, Bowe earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.
This year, Bowe must prove he can repeat and continue to play at a high level.
Fifteen touchdowns in back-to-back seasons may be a lot to ask for, but keep in mind, the Chiefs relied on Tony Moeaki and Jamaal Charles in the passing game more than Chris Chambers.
Now that Bowe is coming off of a successful season, he must carry that over in 2011 as he mentors rookie Jonathan Baldwin.
Bowe will be considered a key player and a leader for the first time in his career. Players will look up to Bowe and hope to learn from him to help carry the load.