It appears that in the shadow of a new season, a new coach, a new general manager and a new quarterback there is an old character who is about the re-enter the world of the Kansas City Chiefs.
That would be D-Bowe, as in the "D-Bowe Show." For the past four years, Dwayne Bowe has kept a governor on his loquacious personality. But the wide receiver is feeling more secure with his five-year, $56 million contract, and the animated Bowe that he showed in his first two seasons in the league is coming out of mothballs.
And, he's more secure with his new head coach. Remember, Andy Reid once lived with the "T.O. Show" (Terrell Owens), so there isn't much that Bowe can bring to the NFL stage that's going to top that.
Bowe has even given his head coach a nickname.
"Big Red, he's demanding perfection," Bowe said of Reid. "If you want to be a championship team, that's what you've got to demand. Guys are coming out here and minimizing mistakes every day, so that's a step forward toward being great."
As the Chiefs began their OTA sessions, Bowe was seeing the Reid offense play out on the field and it had him so excited that he made the bold prediction that he would lead the league in receptions and touchdown catches and that teammate Jamaal Charles would lead the league in rushing.
"I'm going to tire out a lot of cornerbacks because we're going to hurry-up offense every day," Bowe said. "(We) are practicing full speed, fast, hurry-up offense and that's something that's going to catch the defense off guard. That's going to open up a lot of big plays down the field for the receivers and the running game."
Another reason Bowe was excited is the presence of quarterback Alex Smith in the driver's seat of the offense.
"Just watching Steve Young back in the day, he's that kind of guy," Bowe said of Smith. "He's not too vocal with it, but when he's in the huddle he lets his presence be known. He's demanding of guys. I've never had a quarterback like that. Matt Cassel was a great quarterback, but when you talk about demanding perfection from everybody, even the defense, that's a step toward being great."
Bowe considers himself one of the NFL's great wide receivers. While the numbers over his six-year career are those of a very good receiver, it's debatable whether he's among the league's very best. In 88 games, he has caught 415 passes for 5,728 yards and 39 touchdowns. In the last half-dozen years that ranks him No. 11 in receiving yards and catches and tied for No. 9 in scoring receptions.
The new contract he signed with the Chiefs puts him among the top five paid receivers in the league. So if he's going to live up to that deal, he has to elevate his play a bit. The former first-round draft choice out of LSU thinks that "Big Red's offense" will provide that opportunity, and he can see it after just a few OTA practices.
"Guys are trying their best every day," Bowe said. "Every day you're not going to be right. But we minimized the mistakes from yesterday to today, and tomorrow we'll take another step forward. By training camp, guys will be great. When we get in full gear and pads and close to the season, it's going to be a show to watch."
--Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has hired former University of Nevada head coach Chris Ault as a consultant, largely due to his background as the godfather of the Pistol offense. He was not at the OTAs, but is scheduled to spend the last two weeks of the team's offseason program with the team.
"He was here and visited with the defense and spent some time there," Reid said. "He visited with Brad Childress a little bit and they went over some stuff. He will not be here, he's not moving here; that's not what he's going to do. He's living in Reno. I'm doing with him what I did with Tommy Brasher for the last six years and that was I would give him projects to do and between (Ault) and Brad, they'll do that and work together on some things for us."
Childress, the former Minnesota Vikings head coach who also previously served as Reid's offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, was added to the staff earlier this offseason with the title of Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects.