Todd Haley told Dwayne Bowe that the requirements were simple: If he wanted to make the big plays he seemed to crave, then he would have to earn them.
Bowe was coming off perhaps his most chaotic period as a pro. He was suspended four games last season for failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs, and this past spring, he described to a magazine the practice of “importing” women on Chiefs road trips.
The Kansas City wide receiver was on shaky ground. He had no choice but to listen to his coach — and to do what was asked.
For Bowe, getting on board meant a lot of things. It meant that he had to calm an act that seemed playful at times but selfish at others. It meant that he had to control himself and sharpen his focus. And it meant he had to block.
That’s bad news for some wideouts, especially ones such as Bowe, who are used to making big plays. But Haley let players know that the Chiefs were going to be a running team in 2010, and if Bowe ever wanted to be targeted for those highlight-reel opportunities, he’d better get used to his new requirements. If he refused to block, he could forget about making catches.
In the fantasy world, blocking isn't a point category for WRs, so this comes off as bad news for owners or potential owners. It seems as if Bowe is earning consideration for big-play kind of targets, though, so that may equal a lot of hit and miss days in your lineup if you start him. Just something to consider...