While speaking to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley each addressed a host of topics, but both were asked about one player in particular: WR Dwayne Bowe. Interestingly, both GM and coach had a similar response — the wideout needs to improve.
"I've talked a bunch to Dwayne since the season ended, and I think he's got his expectations where they have to be, which is high, and he knows he needs to be better," said Haley. "... I'm encouraged by Dwayne. I'm not tempered at all. I think his mind is in the right place."
Added Pioli: "Dwayne is a talented player that needs to continue to grow and get better. He made progress this year and he got better, and he needs to continue to get better."
For the most part, Bowe disappointed in 2009, catching 47 passes for 589 yards and four touchdowns while missing four games due to a suspension for using performance-enhancing substances. However, Pioli and Haley appear to believe that he is headed in the right direction, which is crucial if the Chiefs hope to improve a pass offense that ranked No. 25 in 2009.
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