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11-30-2010, 12:46 PM
By Joel Thorman - Editor

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Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has been on an incredible run to start this season. So what the heck did he do this offseason?

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Nov 30, 2010 - Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is turning in one of the most impressive starts to a season in NFL history for a receiver. Only Randy Moss has more touchdown receptions through 11 games (outside of the strike season) than Bowe.

This offseason, Bowe trained with Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald -- a former Todd Haley pupil -- along with former NFL receiver and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter. It seems that those workouts brought about something in Bowe that's contributing to this record-setting run over the last two months.

Let's rewind a bit. In July, Bowe attended Fitzgerald's offseason camp for NFL receivers and had this to say:

"Can you imagine your first day coming back to 14 100s?" Bowe told the Star-Tribune. "Man, it was like college again. I’ve never done this intensive competing, conditioning and technique in one day."

Bowe had taken a couple of weeks off leading up to the camp and that rubbed some of us the wrong way. There's no rule that says Bowe can't take two weeks off but the great ones don't. As KC Chiefs fans, we want Bowe to be great.

Anyway, word later comes out that Bowe had been getting some "tough love" from guys like Carter and another former NFL receiver, Michael Irvin, while at the camp. It seems that the decision to send Bowe up to work with Fitzgerald and Co. may not have been Bowe's alone.

"I don’t get mad about kids coming or not coming," Carter said at the time. "Larry is the only one who invited me. Larry is the only one but some people in Kansas City as far as their administration kind of knew I was going to be here. We kind of let them know that I would be here for [receiver Dwayne] Bowe."

The person in "their administration" is Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, who said later in the offseason that he was getting daily reports on Bowe's progress.

"I know [Bowe has] had a really good last three weeks working out," Haley said. "He's been up with a former player of mine in Larry Fitzgerald. I've been getting reports back daily for the last couple of weeks and I think, as I said, he had a better offseason than he had last year. I expect him to be one of those young players that takes a step this year."

As for Fitzgerald, he has taken to Twitter several times to talk about Bowe. He's a big fan of him and back in July called him a "beast" and said he's "very fluid [for] a big wide receiver". He also predicted what's happening right now -- big numbers for Bowe.

Bowe should put up Huge numbers this year in KC. He’s been working his tail off up here.

It didn't stop there. ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported Bowe had more help this offseason:

Rich Gannon spent the past two weeks working with Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe and today he's doing same with [Larry Fitzgerald].

Sheesh. That's a heck of a camp with a lot of people pushing him. Bowe clearly put it to a different gear this year. What we keep hearing from guys like QB Matt Cassel is that Bowe's preparation jumped to a new level this year and the results are, well, amazing.

After Carter spent some time with Bowe at Fitzgerald's camp, this is what he had to say in September when predicting his breakout performers this year:

"People in Denver wonder where Brandon Marshall came from," Carter said. "The next breakout wide receiver in the National Football League is Dwayne Bowe with the Kansas City Chiefs. He has the body, the size, he's taken the conditiong more serious, he's at the perfect weight and he had a great offseason. Look for big things from Bowe."

So that's one offseason for Dwayne Bowe and apparently it's his best offseason to date. I'm not sure if Bowe was "at a crossroads in his life" or anything like that but I do know nearly everyone says now that Bowe's preparation had changed drastically. His numbers reflect it and the Chiefs passing numbers reflect.

The KC Chiefs have seen a lot of comeback stories through the years but Bowe's current run may top them all.

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-King-
11-30-2010, 12:48 PM
He ate his wheaties.

WebGem
11-30-2010, 12:48 PM
Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has been on an incredible run to start this season.

I wouldn't say 'to start the season'. He has definitely picked it up since the beginning of October, though.

Sofa King
11-30-2010, 12:50 PM
Boom

Detoxing
11-30-2010, 12:50 PM
Old news

Zeke
11-30-2010, 12:57 PM
Boom

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buddha
11-30-2010, 01:17 PM
There can be no doubt that Bowe is a different receiver and a different guy. His confidence is much higher out there. What KC did at Seattle was not a fluke. Seattle's defense isn't THAT bad. KC shredded their asses all day long on the ground and with Bowe. When we settle on a clear #2 receiver, or acquire one, this group is really ready to take off.

milkman
11-30-2010, 01:24 PM
Can we send Veran Tucker there this offseason?

He hasn't done a lot, but I like what I see from him to this point.

The Bad Guy
11-30-2010, 01:28 PM
I really, really want Fitzgerald here next year.

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 01:52 PM
I really, really want Fitzgerald here next year.

lets say this were to happen and I wasn't a Chiefs fan...

I would be a Chiefs fan immediately.

Larry Fitzgerald has been one of my favorite players since he played at Pittsburgh...

and it only furthered once he went on that epic postseason terror two years ago...

I would pay twice the value to acquire Larry Fitzgerald and still be giddy we got him since he's such a tremendous talent AND a team first guy. Dude has a work ethic like Jerry Rice and is interested only in winning...he's a Pioli guy to say the least.

(although I'm not quite sure how he and Bowe would work together but hey, that's not my problem now is it!)

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 01:53 PM
Fitzy, Bowe and McCluster in the slot...

That's fucking scary.

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 01:54 PM
not to mention JamChar out of the backfield...

with Tom Castle Brady Matt at QB...

Holy dynasty.

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 01:54 PM
Two 1sts and another conditional 1st based off of team success should do the trick.

philfree
11-30-2010, 02:02 PM
I really, really want Fitzgerald here next year.

There was a poll about this and I voted that I wouldn't give up a 1st round pick for him... After re-evaluation of the situation I believe I would. I don't know that Pioli would do that though. He specializes in getting vets on the cheap.

But yeah I'm on the Fitz bandwagon.


PhilFree:arrow:

Cave Johnson
11-30-2010, 02:04 PM
DBowe also gave a disastrous interview in the offseason.

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 02:05 PM
well it's laughable that anyone would think Larry Fitzgerald is only worth 1 1st round pick when we got a 1st and 2 3rds for a dude with serious DUI issues in the past...

It's going to take, at minimum, 2 1st round picks for a WR with Jerry Rice like work ethic and a team first attitude...

and the only way the Cardinals would trade him is if he flat out told them there was no way he would be resigning with them after the 2011 (or is it 12?) season.

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 02:05 PM
DBowe also gave a disastrous interview in the offseason.

well it's quite evident he's not the brightest cookie in the jar...

but I don't give a shit if he's giving 110% on every play and putting up hall of fame numbers in the process

Buehler445
11-30-2010, 02:10 PM
Can we send Veran Tucker there this offseason?

He hasn't done a lot, but I like what I see from him to this point.

Truth. Dexter too.
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The Bad Guy
11-30-2010, 02:14 PM
lets say this were to happen and I wasn't a Chiefs fan...

I would be a Chiefs fan immediately.

Larry Fitzgerald has been one of my favorite players since he played at Pittsburgh...

and it only furthered once he went on that epic postseason terror two years ago...

I would pay twice the value to acquire Larry Fitzgerald and still be giddy we got him since he's such a tremendous talent AND a team first guy. Dude has a work ethic like Jerry Rice and is interested only in winning...he's a Pioli guy to say the least.

(although I'm not quite sure how he and Bowe would work together but hey, that's not my problem now is it!)

I really dont see how they wouldn't work together.

Boldin and Fitz worked together pretty well. I don't think you have to have 2 contrasting styles at receiver to make something work.

I just have an odd feeling about Fitz coming to KC.

The Bad Guy
11-30-2010, 02:16 PM
I'd give up a first rounder for Fitz without zero question.

Where we are drafting, we'd likely be targeting a WR anyway. Fitz is only going to be 28 next season and he's the type of player that you'll get 5-6 years easy because of how great of shape he keeps himself in.

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 02:16 PM
If Fitz comes to KC I am going to buy a REAL authentic and wear it for 5 straight months...every day of the week...without ever washing it.

El Jefe
11-30-2010, 02:18 PM
If Fitz comes to KC I am going to buy a REAL authentic and wear it for 5 straight months...every day of the week...without ever washing it.

Suuuuurrrrrrreeeeee you would.

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 02:20 PM
Suuuuurrrrrrreeeeee you would.

I could wear a 5 month old disgusting jersey and still get more snatch than your cult seeking weird ass...

Seriously...

You freak me out.

KCHawg
11-30-2010, 02:20 PM
If Fitz comes to KC I am going to buy a REAL authentic and wear it for 5 straight months...every day of the week...without ever washing it.


Before or after you and your roommates piss on each other?:evil:

Short Leash Hootie
11-30-2010, 02:21 PM
Before or after you and your roommates piss on each other?:evil:

If Fitz comes to KC...

either/or

I don't care

Cave Johnson
11-30-2010, 02:23 PM
and the only way the Cardinals would trade him is if he flat out told them there was no way he would be resigning with them after the 2011 (or is it 12?) season.

Or if they're rebuilding. Moreover, if Fitzy is adamant about not re-signing, that lowers his trade value.

The Bad Guy
11-30-2010, 03:17 PM
Seriously...

You freak me out.

I agree. He's the fucking weirdest prick on this site and that's saying something.

DJ's left nut
11-30-2010, 03:35 PM
Or if they're rebuilding. Moreover, if Fitzy is adamant about not re-signing, that lowers his trade value.

No it doesn't.

If Fitz says he'll only sign a contract with KC, that hurts his trade value.

Otherwise his value is driven by the other 31 teams in the NFL. When NE comes calling with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd, it doesn't really matter if Fitz is going to stay in AZ, KC will have to trump it.