If there’s one thing Kansas City Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe isn’t lacking, it’s bravado. Some would call it cockiness. Others, arrogance. Semantics aside, his most recent promise just seems like another in the long line of checks written with his mouth that his ability won’t allow him to cash.
According to Bowe, he and teammate Jamaal Charles are going to be two of the most highly-decorated skill players in the NFL this season. Specifically, Bowe had the following to say:
Jamaal Charles is going to lead the league in rushing this year and I’m going to lead the league in receptions and touchdowns.
When we get in full gear and pads and close to the season, it’s going to be a show to watch.
From Kansas City Star.
Now, I’ll admit to being a Jamaal Charles apologist. I think the guy is one of the most talented and underrated running backs in the NFL, who, if he could ever play a full 16-game schedule without injury could well lead the league in rushing.
Bowe, on the other hand, has given me absolutely no reason to put any credence in his promise that he will lead the league in both receptions and touchdowns given his numbers over the past few seasons. In his six seasons in the NFL, Bowe has averaged 69 receptions, 955 yards receiving and roughly seven touchdowns per season.
If you split these numbers out against the NFL leaders from 2012, Bowe would have finished outside of the top 40 in receptions, 40th in total yardage, and outside of the top 40 in touchdowns in 2012– needless to say, requiring a monumental improvement in 2013 to be able to put his money where his mouth is and become one of the best receivers, statistically, in pro football.
All this aside, Alex Smith isn’t exactly the savior of receivers — leading them to untold heights.
Going by 2012’s statistical leaders, Bowe would need a 125 reception, 2000 yard season — with Detroit Lions stud Calvin “Megatron” Johnson being his primary competition. I mean, you tell me, can Bowe compete with Megatron in a bubble, mano-y-mano.
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
There’s a difference between confidence and misplaced arrogance and I think we all know which we’re seeing from Dwayne Bowe.