The Kansas City Chiefs were back on the practice field Monday to prepare for Friday night’s showdown with the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium. And while the surprise suspension of Tamba Hali dominated the conversation throughout the day, it’s important to remember the Chiefs best receiver was on the field for the first time.
After sitting on his unsigned one-year franchise tender for all of training camp, Bowe finally put pen to paper on Friday and now has to catch up on the offense being installed by new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
For his part, Bowe seems to be attacking this challenge with the right attitude: get in early, stay late. Will that be enough? The receiver isn’t sure, but the amount of work needed to get up to speed isn’t a surprise to him.
“I know a new offensive coordinator comes in with new terms, so I was prepared for it. I got half down (Monday), and (Tuesday) we’ll see where I’m at.”
If he picks things up quickly, could that get him on the field Friday night?
“That’s a coaches’ decision,” Bowe told reporters. “If I can learn all the plays before then, then I’m there. If it takes a little longer, it takes a little longer.”
Head coach Romeo Crennel didn’t rush back Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles or Tony Moeaki and even though this is a much different situation, he said Monday there’s no reason to rush Bowe either.
You’d love to get Bowe on the field with Matt Cassel before the Atlanta Falcons come calling on September 9, but it wouldn’t serve any purpose if they aren’t going to be on the same page.
These two have played together plenty over the years and will get to work out the kinks during practice over the next few weeks. So unless Bowe is getting on the field Friday night with a full grasp of the playbook, let him watch from the sideline as he continues to catch up.