Around The Web: Bowe On Board, Brown Boost, Zorn Stripped

Dwayne Bowe has been a hot topic of discussion around the Kansas City Chiefs from the minute Todd Haley opened OTAs and Bowe was out of shape.  From then until now Haley has constantly ridden the receiver and as Bob Gretz reports, he couldn’t understand how he had gotten so far by doing so many things wrong.DwayneBoweRedskins

There were moments when it would all bubble up inside of him and he’d pondered dark thoughts about his coach and his future in the game.

Yet, there was Bowe on Sunday afternoon just moments after his teammates had given Haley a Gatorade shower, standing there laughing with his tormentor and congratulating him on his first victory as an NFL head coach.

“He knows what it takes; he built Larry (Fitzgerald) up to be a great receiver,” said Bowe.  “I see it; I know it and I’m trying to get there.  I’m on board.”

Just a few moments before Bowe was celebrating the victory with his coach, he was getting another earful from Haley.  Late in the game the Chiefs offense had the ball and they were forcing the Redskins to use their timeouts.  Matt Cassel fooled the defense completely when he faked a handoff to Larry Johnson and then took off on a bootleg around the right side.

The play was set up perfectly and the only person between Cassel and a touchdown was CB DeAngelo Hall.  But Bowe was on that side of the field.  If he executes his block, Cassel scores; if he does not, then Hall makes the tackle.  Well, Hall made the tackle and even though the Chiefs got another Ryan Succop FG out of the possession, Haley wanted to chew on Bowe’s ear for a bit.

“He told me to forget about it and go onto the next play,” said Bowe.  “He said his piece.”

Bowe is making huge strides every week, but as I mentioned last night he still has work to do.  The most promising part of the process is that he now understands it’s just that… a process.  Early on it seemed like he was simply beaten down by the transition to Haley and his demotion to the third team reinforced that.  But as he has realized he can become an elite player by embracing the process, he’s continued to improve his game.

During the third quarter of the Chiefs 14-6 victory over the Redskins, Clinton Portis ripped off the longest run of his career.  But thanks to a play by Mike Brown, the Washington running back didn’t make it to the end zone.

Despite being shoved away from Portis early, Brown stayed with him and eventually got Portis down at the 10-yard line.

The Chiefs held from there, and though Washington kicked a field goal and took a three-point lead, it wouldn’t score again.  The Chiefs scored the game’s final 11 points and won their first game of the season 14-6 on Sunday.  They pointed afterward to Brown’s tackle of Portis, which allowed the Chiefs to hold an opponent without a touchdown for the first time since late in the 2006 season.

“That was a big boost to us mentally,” Chiefs coach Todd Haley said.  “It sure looked like a long touchdown run, but we got him down.”

Brown missed tackle attempts on two long Miles Austin touchdowns last week against Dallas, the second coming in overtime.  Brown didn’t look as if he would be given the chance to become a hero on the Portis run because he was cleared away by blockers early on.

“I knew I would have to make a play there,” Brown said.  “I was just trying to stay alive.  I had no idea how important that tackle would be.  But we didn’t let them score.”

Amazing effort play by Brown to catch up to Portis down the sideline.  When I first saw the play I thought he completely missed it similar to the Tashard Choice touchdown from last week.  But he was in perfect position to try and make a play on Portis down the field, it was McGraw that missed the hole.  Great effort by Brown.

In the aftermath of losing to another team that previously was without a victory, Redskins coach Jim Zorn has been stripped of his play calling duties.ToddCollinsRedskins

Sherman Lewis, hired Oct. 6 as an offensive consultant, is expected to be given play calling duties tomorrow, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

Though Lewis, 67, hasn’t coached since 2004, he’s had three stints as an offensive coordinator in the NFL: Detroit (2002-04), Minnesota (2000-01) and Green Bay (1992-99).

Green Bay’s offensive success made Lewis’s name a popular one for head coaching jobs around the league, though he was never hired.  One of the knocks against him at the time was that Lewis wasn’t the primary play-caller for those offenses.

After Mike Holmgren left Green Bay for the head coaching job in Seattle, Lewis did take over play-calling duties for one season; Green Bay went 8-8 in 1999.

Hard to defend Zorn, but is giving the play calling to a man that hasn’t coach since 2004 the answer?  If Danny Snyder believes his biggest problem is Zorn calling the plays, he is in for a rude awakening.  The Redskins can list whatever number they would like for yesterday’s attendance, but in a close game in the second half the stadium was half full.  Handing the play calling to a guy that’s never had success doing the job isn’t going to put butts in the seats.

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