Now that WR Dwayne Bowe has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, the Kansas Chiefs have hit the dubious trifecta of offensive abandonment.
Traded (to Atlanta): Tight end Tony Gonzalez
Waived (and signed by Cincinnati): Running back Larry Johnson
Though Johnson and Bowe, the team’s leading rusher and receiver, were with the Chiefs for most of this season, Kansas City is now without its top three players from last season. Here’s the math from 2008:
Gonzalez: 96 catches, 1,058 yards, 10 touchdowns.
Johnson: 874 rushing yards, five touchdowns.
Bowe: 86 catches, 1,022 yards, seven touchdowns.
That’s 2,954 total yards and 22 touchdowns. With seven games remaining, the Chiefs have 2,399 total yards this season as a team. Not that those 2008 numbers meant that much. Kansas City finished with a 2-14 record, and has already matched its win total from a year ago.
Johnson hadn’t given the Chiefs much before being waived for detrimental conduct. Bowe was having a decent season (33 receptions, 466 yards, four touchdowns) before his suspension. In Atlanta, Gonzalez has 44 catches, for 501 yards and four touchdowns.
There are a lot of reasons things have gone so wrong in Kansas City this season, and Bowe’s suspension only adds to the woes. While he’s out, the Chiefs play Pittsburgh, San Diego, Denver and Buffalo. It’s difficult to imagine that the offense will run smoothly with an even more depleted roster — and a rough stretch of games.