Apparently, everything was proceeding too perfectly in Kansas City.
The Chiefs are the only defeated team in the NFL with a 9-0 record. They’re well-rested, too, coming off a bye week before facing the AFC West rival Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
The Broncos are just a game back in the division at 8-1 and certainly present a huge challenge in knocking the Chiefs off their unbeaten perch.
The last thing the Chiefs needed was any unwanted attention or distraction.
They can now thank wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for giving them exactly what they didn’t need.
On Tuesday morning, Bowe was stopped by Riverside, Missouri police after he was clocked driving 48 MPH in a 35-MPH zone. Police then detected an odor of marijuana, and after a search of the vehicle Bowe and another passenger were arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance.
On Wednesday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced that Bowe would start on Sunday despite the arrest.
The Chiefs have had everything go their way this season. Reid, in his first year at the helm, has pushed all the right buttons in rattling off nine straight wins. Their defense has been a force, ranked first in the NFL in points allowed per game (12.3). While the offense hasn’t been nearly as good—ranked just 25
in the NFL in total offense—the strength of their defense has more than made up the difference.
However, their schedule gets decidedly tougher as they face the Broncos twice in the next three weeks, including at Mile High Stadium on Sunday night. They’ll have issues in dealing with the Broncos’ high-octane offense for sure.
Bowe’s arrest is selfish in so many ways. He has been with the Chiefs since being drafted back in 2007, and has been through the worst of times with the franchise. With their incredible start to the 2013 season, the Chiefs have the target on their backs as every remaining opponent will be looking to become the team that drives from the ranks of the unbeaten.
The attention that Bowe brought onto himself also travels directly to his team. It’s hard enough to concentrate on the daunting task of shutting down Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense without distractions.
Fox Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo tweeted Bowe’s statement of apology on Wednesday.
Of course that’s a canned statement written by Bose’s PR people, much like the numerous statements of contrition made by many others before Bowe. It does absolutely nothing to help the Chiefs right now.
The Chiefs’ hands were tied in terms of doling punishment. They are bound by NFL rules in that they can’t suspend Bowe on their own until the matter is adjudicated in a court of law. But they certainly could have sent a message that Bowe’s behavior simply won’t be tolerated.
Reid commented that there was nothing the Chiefs could do.
"Rules and regulations are put in place," he said. "We'll abide by the rules and regulations."
Hiding behind rules and regulations is a farce. The NFL has taken some serious hits recently with so many players who simply don’t abide by society’s rules, yet because the NFL has certain “rules” in place, Bowe can start on Sunday and send a really bad message to kids. The message being—don’t worry kids, the NFL will look the other way if you break the law.”
Is it possible Bowe is innocent? Well, he admitted to police that he had smoked some pot while waiting at the airport, so that kind of throws his defense out the window. Yet he’s allowed to play.
Bowe took it upon himself to put himself in a situation to get caught, apparently not caring what the consequences would be for his team, never mind himself.
But hey, it’s the NFL, he can get away with it. For now.