Dwayne Bowe predicts big season
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe expects big things under new coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith, predicting Wednesday that he will lead the NFL in receptions and touchdowns in 2013 and running back Jamaal Charles will win the rushing title.
When asked by reporters what Charles, who rushed for a career-best 1,509 yards last season, will do in the team's new offense, Bowe didn't hold back.
"He's going to lead the league in rushing this year, and I'm going to lead the league in touchdowns and receptions," he said.
Bowe missed the final three games of last season after being placed on injured reserve with a rib injury, and finished with 59 catches for 801 yards and three touchdowns. He had his best season in 2010, when he was voted to the Pro Bowl after catching 72 passes for 1,162 yards and a league-high 15 touchdowns.
Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million extension with the team this offseason, also talked about fast tempo of the team's new offense.
"I'm going to tire a lot of cornerbacks out because we're going hurry-up offense every day, practicing full speed, fast, hurry-up offense, and that's something that's going to catch the defense off guard, and that's going to open up a lot of big plays down the field for the receivers and for the running game," he said.
Bowe said Reid, who he dubbed "Big Red," is "demanding perfection" from the Chiefs' players.
"If you want to be a championship team, that's what you've got to demand," he said. "Guys are coming out here and minimizing mistakes every day, so that's a step toward being great."
As for Smith, Bowe said he's never played with such a talented quarterback and compared the former San Francisco 49er to a former Niners great.
"Just watching Steve Young back in the day, he's that kind of guy," Bowe said. "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."
Smith has already emerged as the leader of a franchise desperate to turn around its fortunes, one that has been starved for success the past couple of seasons.
"He's been to the Super Bowl as a backup, so he brings that leadership," Charles said. "And I know he's probably hungry because he didn't play in the Super Bowl, but bringing that here and wanting to get back to the Super Bowl, yeah, he's one of the leaders. Everyone looks up to him."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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