Friday, July 31, 2015

Motormouth wide receiver

Hyperbole, thy name is Dwayne Bowe.

The Browns’ wide receiver just does not know how or when to keep his mouth shut.

Here is his latest venture into Fantasyland when speaking about his new quarterback, Josh McCown, the poster boy for itinerant (i.e. journeyman) National Football League quarterbacks:

“He’s showing all the potential of being a top-five quarterback,” Bowe told reporters Thursday after the first training camp practice. Yes he did. He really said that. And that was after just one practice. One workout and he’s Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger all rolled up into one.

I know, I know. He said potential. But why even go there for someone whose only dalliance with greatness came in a five-game span a few years ago in Chicago when Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was injured.

Still, Bowe plodded on. “. . . I see him as one of the best I have (played with),” he continued. Yikes! “He’s making great throws, smart throws and he’s mobile in the pocket, more than people think. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people.”

All these conclusions reached after just one workout with no one applying meaningful pressure on the 36-year-old quarterback, who underwhelmed 10 of 11 opponents last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

And then it got better, if that was possible.

“Oh my God, we’re going to be sleepers,” gushed Bowe, who is coming off a season during which he grabbed zero passes for touchdowns for the Kansas City Chiefs. He then turned the mirror on himself.

“Look at my numbers last year and then look at my years four years prior to that,” he said. “I led the league (15 receiving scores in 2010). It’s not about what you did last year. It’s about what you’re doing now.”

Funny, I always thought it’s about what have you done for me lately that mattered. Not according to Bowe, who hasn’t done anything lately except quickly become one of the best quote machines the Browns have had in years.

Need a quote? Where’s Dwayne Bowe?

He even had thoughts about Terrelle Pryor, trying to sustain his NFL career by switching from quarterback to wide receiver. “I have never seen a quarterback transition to receiver in two practices and do as good as he did,” he said. “Ever. . . . He’s going to be really, really good.”

The prism through which Bowe looks seems to have taken on a glow that has a tendency to exaggerate things. Nothing wrong with being optimistic, but this kind of optimism seems to have a disconnect with reality.

It might take a while, but the more he opens his mouth, the more fans will realize he sure talks a good game before realizing they should start taking his thoughts with substantial grains of salt.

Maybe when they start playing games, when McCown starts feeling the pressure and heat from opposing pass rushers, when Pryor faces defensive backs determined to shut him down and when the 30-year-old Bowe realizes he’s not as young as he used to be, his tune will change.

Until then, enjoy the melody. 


  1. Didn't take you long to get into your usual doom and gloom!

  2. The guy is such an easy target. He's the gift that keeps on giving. Just shut up already.

  3. Like we haven't seen a bunch of those over the years? Comes with the NFL territory.

  4. Maybe, but some coaches know how to rein in such blowhards. Apparently, Mike Pettine is not one of them. Doesn't take much to take Bowe aside and let him know that catching the football is what he was hired to do, not do PR for the team.

  5. Just as I thought, merely another excuse to bash Pettine. I guess people should be disciplined for being enthusiastic.

  6. Let's not confuse enthusiasm (which you seem to be doing) with diarrhea of the mouth (which Bowe seems to have). There are quite a few players on this team who are enthusiastic, but we don't know who they are because they know how to keep their mouths shut.

    It's amazing how you take my words and twist them. I wasn't bashing Pettine. I was merely pointing out what he could be doing. There will be plenty of opportunities to bash him during the season and I will leave no doubt that's what I'm doing.

  7. Not bashing Pettine??? "...some coaches know how to rein in such blowhards. Apparently, Mike Pettine is not one of them." That's a real stretch of the definition of "pointing out"

  8. If that is your definition of bashing, duck. That's not even caustic. It's pointing out what appears to be a flaw. Repeating . . . you want to see real bashing? As the season unfolds, you'll see plenty of it, players and coaches alike.

    What you pointed out is nothing more than mild criticism with the stress on mild. Thicken your skin, Brownie. Right now, it's tissue thin.

  9. I just get tired of the constant negativity. I might as well be reading a Steeler or Raven blog.

  10. Too many easy openings to take advantage of that last remark. I think I'll take a pass.