There are enough roster questions going into training camp facing the Miami Dolphins for the fans to worry about just one. With the wide receivers not impressing, would an aggressive pursuit of Dwayne Bowe from the Kansas City Chiefs work?
Joe Philbin will need more than Chad Ochocinco to help the Dolphins
Everyone knew things had to change for the Dolphins not to sink into irrelevancy or something worse. Not even a year later and the team has a new head coach in Joe Philbin, franchise quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, and go-to wide receiver in Chad Ochocinco. It's not the most Ã©lite group, but for Miami fans, it's at least a fresh start. Everything starts with Philbin who brings an offense with him that won a Super Bowl and set records up in Green Bay. Some think he was just a product of Packers coach Mike McCarthy, but several people including general managers said Philbin made his offense great through preparation and not play-calling. Part of his success, though, had lots to do with the amount of talent Green Bay had at wide receiver with Pro Bowl names like Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. Ochocinco is 33 years old, and his two wingmen, Devon Bess and Brian Hartline, are reliable but not world beaters. The Miami Dolphins let their best receiver Brandon Marshall go in a trade. If they want their new quarterback to succeed, they may need to bring in more help.
Chiefs at odds with Bowe on contract and need NFL wins to keep him
One player people haven't talked much about is Dwayne Bowe from the Kansas City Chiefs. The young receiver now sits under the franchise tag and has not even come close to inking a deal with his team. Some think the 2012 NFL season will become his last unless the Chiefs can put together a winning season. Otherwise, he plans to shop his talents in free agency next season. Kansas City wants to give him a new deal but hasn't even come close to the numbers he's interested in. This is music to Miami who probably got their first interest in Bowe when he let it slip he wouldn't mind playing down in South Beach. Adding him to the roster would not only weaken an AFC rival but also give Ryan Tannehill his first real weapon in the offense Philbin tries to build.
The Kansas City Chiefs have time to rescue the Dwayne Bowe problem, but his hope to play for the Miami Dolphins makes it tough. Joe Philbin can work with Chad Ochocinco, but his NFL hopes rests on finding talents like Bowe and get the team back to winning.