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Examiner
  • Stephen Brown: Bowe should show

  • “I think it’s very important,” said second-year defensive back Jalil Brown on the importance of training camp Thursday. “Last year with the lockout, the rookies on the team had to get a late start missing OTAs and whatnot. I feel like as much time as you can get on the field and in the classroom with the coaches and teammates, the better off you’ll do.”

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  • “I think it’s very important,” said second-year defensive back Jalil Brown on the importance of training camp Thursday. “Last year with the lockout, the rookies on the team had to get a late start missing OTAs and whatnot. I feel like as much time as you can get on the field and in the classroom with the coaches and teammates, the better off you’ll do.”
    On Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of first-round draft choice Dontari Poe. All eight of the Chiefs’ 2012 draft picks are now signed and in camp for the first time in six seasons.
    Already, it’s starting out good, but it’d be better if Dwayne Bowe were involved. Bowe has yet to sign his franchise tender.
    “Most observers will be stunned if Bowe shows up for any practices in the 100-degree heat of St. Joe,” says Dan Rose, Kansas City Chiefs Examiner. “Most likely, since he is not being fined under the rules of the NFL, Bowe will wait until the Chiefs break camp and return to Kansas City on Friday, Aug. 17. That would give him two preseason games to get his timing down with quarterback Matt Cassel (against Seattle on Aug. 24 at Arrowhead and Aug. 30 at Green Bay) before the regular season opens Sunday, Sept. 9 against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead.”
    Sure, NFL rules aren’t making Bowe report, but the unwritten rule applies. To fans, that’s loyalty, and each day Bowe misses, that’s another fan gone. Fans want to believe Bowe loves Kansas City, but more have said ta-ta. Ones like me cling to the hope that a deal will get worked out.
    There’s no guarantee that Jon Baldwin will be a leaping success, but Bowe gives the Chiefs a proven playmaker. Not snubbing Steve Breaston or Tony Moeaki, but Kansas City needs a receiver who makes defenses pay attention.
    That’s been Dwayne Bowe.
    Romeo Crennel will have his crib full of young players. Not saying Crennel and his coaching staff can’t win with this group, but Kansas City needs all veteran players’ front and center, especially ones that help Matt Cassel.
    What stinks and what has fans stepping away from Bowe is his lack of eagerness to be there.
    Honestly, if Bowe waits until the Chiefs break for KC and keeps away from the sweat of St. Joe, plenty will lose respect for Bowe.
    Business is business and all that, but will Bowe’s absence affect his teammates? What if Baldwin finds that chemistry with Cassel first, will Cassel feel obliged to look Bowe’s way? Will Brian Daboll feel obligated to include Bowe first?
    Bowe holding out and not showing up until he absolutely has to says a lot about Bowe. If I were Scott Pioli, something like this could cause me to question if I wanted Bowe around.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dedication doesn’t always require a price tag. Sometimes you do before you get, but Bowe’s not doing that. Fans are looking for success in 2012. Thursday and the start of camp could be preview to a much improved team.
    “It’s exciting,” said Chiefs linebacker Caleb Campbell. “We had a great a offseason program, I think there is a lot of cohesion on this team, a lot of unity, and any time you can get around NFL players or any kind of profession where there is lot of money involved, and still have that unity aspect, I think it is something really special.”
    Fans are encouraged and ready to go. There’s plenty to be happy about. Unfortunately, Bowe’s the one problem for the Chiefs.
    A smart move by Bowe would have been to attend OTA’s and minicamp. Think about it, light duty for a veteran. No pads and players going through the motions. It would have been great strategy by Bowe and would have put more fans on his side. It would have showed Bowe’s pledge to the fans.
    Easy stuff, but by Bowe not attending camp until possibly late August, I feel it’s making Bowe look bad. It’s turning into a greed issue. Greed and money turns fans off more than anything else.
    Pioli signs players. He’s managed to retain Jamaal Charles, Tamba Hali, Brandon Flowers, and Derrick Johnson. He’s put all 2012 rookies in camp on time for Crennel.
    Business is business, but Bowe has to sell the fans. From my lookout, it’s not happening.
    “The more and more Bowe keeps doing what he’s doing, the more and more I don’t like him,” said one fan. “I don’t know what the hold-up is, it’s money, but why leave your team hanging like this?”
    Like I said, fans see it in simple terms. Things like allegiance and Arrowhead mean a lot. Sure, players get paid and Bowe should get paid, but some things Bowe can do in the meantime, like show up. That’s not happening and it’s hurting Bowe.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!

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