Around The Web: Five Questions, New Home, Vikings QB Issues

The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Minnesota Vikings tonight in their second preseason game of the season.  Kent Babb at the Star has five questions about tonight’s game, including wondering if Dwayne Bowe is out of Todd Haley’s doghouse.DwayneBowe2

After a productive week of practice, he has worked his way back into Haley’s good graces.  Whether he starts tonight is another matter, but it appears that Bowe’s focus and work ethic have improved since he was demoted to third team last week.  Now, he’ll have to carry that improvement to the game if he’s to stay in good favor.

Bowe was one of my players to watch in last week’s game and he was impressive.  He has followed that performance up with a solid week of practices that included time with the first time.  But, if you ask Jason Whitock, being tough on Bowe was the biggest mistake the Todd Haley could have ever made.  In the short term it sure looks like it’s worked out.

But as we know by now, Haley is looking for people that produce at the same level every week instead of “yo-yo” guys.  For Bowe to truly find his way out of the doghouse he needs to have the same type of game he had last week, no matter who is throwing the ball to him.  And then he needs to follow that with a killer week of practices in Kansas City.  Otherwise, we’ll be back on “Bowe-watch” for another two weeks until the season starts.

Late last night the Chiefs unveiled a brand new look over at


In addition to vibrant visuals, the new web presence will offer fans access to the first of many new features planned for, including the debut of Chiefs 365. A fully interactive, fan-friendly hub of all things Chiefs, Chiefs 365 represents a new social community that features message boards as well as blogs with user-generated video and photo sections.

Fans can also expect to see constantly updated information and several live video feeds hosted on the website every week.  Much of the compelling content is generated by Josh Looney and “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus.  Their most recent video blogs from River Falls, Wisconsin, have already given fans an exclusive look at the 2009 Chiefs training camp like never before.  Hours of video are archived at the site and available on demand.

Slick looking site!  The folks at really have done an amazing job throughout training camp and it looks like that will carry over into the regular season.  There wasn’t a better job done of covering training camp in River Falls than the one by Josh Looney and I really look forward to what he has planned for the rest of the year.

Sure, the Vikings might have Brett Favre penciled in as their starting quarterback, but that doesn’t mean all of their questions have been answered at the position.

Favre is expected to start, with Jackson replacing him and John David Booty finishing the game.  Another person with knowledge of the situation said Favre would play the first series or two before being replaced.  Rosenfels is expected to rest his injured ankle.

Patience might be the key for the Vikings when deciding which to keep.

As the season nears, other teams might need a quarterback, because of injuries or ineffectiveness, creating a better market.  With three exhibition games remaining, the Vikings would be wise to showcase Jackson and Booty, hoping both play well enough to draw interest.

If they trade Rosenfels, he likely would attract a higher draft pick than Jackson. The Vikings signed Rosenfels, 31, to a two-year, $9 million extension after giving the Houston Texans a fourth-round draft pick in the offseason.

Booty was a fifth-round pick in 2008 and has yet to appear in an NFL regular-season game.

I’m sure Vikings fans right now don’t want to worry about needing their backup quarterback this season, but Favre barely held up last season so Minnesota better make the right call.  Rosenfels was looking like the starter right up until the moment Favre signed so you would think he’d be the one to keep.  But at the same time, Tarvaris Jackson was once seen as the QBOTF and it would kill them if Favre gets hurt and Jackson ends up succeeding elsewhere.

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