On paper, the stars appear to have aligned for Kansas City Chiefs wide out Dwayne Bowe to break out of the mold of a quality receiver, to an elite one.
Out with conserva-Herm, in with Air Haley. Exit ball hawking Tony Gonzalez. Enter emerging signal caller Matt Cassel.
Bowe is also entering the pivotal third year which history as shown as a make or break period for the development of wide receiver talent.
Life is good for D. Bowe, right?
Early depth charts out of River Falls, Wisconsin have Bowe pegged with the third string after apparent lapses in concentration, continued dropping of passes, and the wide receiver struggling with his weight earlier in the offseason.
Devard Darling and Terrance Copper are listed as the starting wide receivers. Not Bowe, Mark Bradley, Bobby Engram, or Amani Toomer.
It's early, but Todd Haley's abrasive and confrontational nature is already making it's mark for Kansas City.
Chiefs' fans have their finger triggering the panic button.
Dwayne Bowe just went down five spots on fantasy football mock draft boards. The Chiefs season ticket telephone lines just quit ringing. Win projections just went from six or seven to four or five.
Stop the madness!
The Chiefs offense has one true play-maker, and it's Dwayne Bowe. Hopefully the ball coach will administer some humility, and more importantly, Bowe will find a way to pull his head out.
I commented on a great article written by featured columnist, TJ Gerrity, about this very subject. This team needs play-makers on offense to succeed. As I was quoted in my comment to TJ, "You can't win the Kentucky Derby riding a jackass." We need some horses to emerge, and we better not be counting on Darling and Copper.
Haley's head may roll faster than I thought. Pride can be ignorance, especially without a track record to prop you up, such as Bill Parcells or Bill Belichick. I understand Haley's job is to win games, not make friends. Apparently, he may not be interested in either.
My hope is this apparent strategic ploy to motivate Bowe works. If not, this thing could blow up and get ugly in a hurry.