Chiefs Notebook: Bowe lays out his goals for Friday night

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Plus Shaun Smith making waves with Chiefs fans and Curley Culp gets Hall of Fame nomination

Regardless of how long Dwayne Bowe’s 2012 preseason debut lasts, his goals for Friday night’s game remain simple.

“I want to continue things where I left off – being dominant catching the football and finishing blocks downfield,” Bowe said.

Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel plans to give Bowe for “a couple plays” Friday night against the Seahawks after seeing the franchised wide receiver make progress throughout a shortened week of practice.

Bowe went through his first on-field session Monday afternoon and took part in his first full-padded practice on Tuesday.

“Coach says he thinks I’m ready from what he’s looked at, so I’m going to go play until he tells me not too,” Bowe said. “The toughest part has just been getting acclimated to some of the new guys and new offensive words, but it’s been coming on pretty smooth.”

Shaun Smith on Speed Dial?

Shaun Smith signed a lofty three-year, $7.25 million deal with the Titans last summer. On Wednesday morning, he became a street free agent.

News of Smith’s release traveled quickly from Nashville to Kansas City where Chiefs fans remember the veteran nose tackle playing a big part in Kansas City’s 2010 AFC West championship season. Smith started 10 games after defensive end Tyson Jackson suffered a knee injury against San Diego in the season opener and he quickly became a fan favorite with a personality made to match his 325-pound frame.

“Shaun is my man,” Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday. “Shaun would love to be here, I’m sure, but we’ve got some guys on the team right now that they’ve worked pretty good and we feel decent about them, and then we’ll have to kind of look at it and see.”

So you’re saying there’s a chance? Or, at least that’s the fans’ take on the situation as the public recruitment of Smith has already begun via Twitter.

The Chiefs are already dealing with a numbers crunch on the defensive line thanks to the rise of Anthony Toribio and the arrival of first-round draft pick Dontari Poe. It’s left veterans like Jerrell Powe, Ropati Pitoitua, Brandon Bair and Amon Gordon – who was very valuable to the Chiefs as a reserve last season – fighting to round out the reserve positions on the defensive front.

Smith is coming off a self-described disappointing 2011 season where he ballooned to 362 pounds. Of course, Smith hasn’t hidden from any of his critics and has vowed to return to his 2010 form. Still, the Titans released him.

Would a reunion with the Chiefs make sense?

Romeo Crennel would certainly know best.

“I have not talked to Shaun yet, but Shaun might give me a call here shortly,” Crennel said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “Shaun is a good guy and I like Shaun a lot. I’ve had him on two different teams, so we’ll see how that plays out as well.”

Chiefs fans like Shaun a lot too.

Curly Culp nominated to Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that former Chiefs defensive tackle Curley Culp is one of two senior finalists for the Hall’s Class of 2013. He is joined by former Packers and Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson.

Culp was the anchor of the Chiefs defensive line for seven seasons (1968-74) and heralded as one of the quickest defensive linemen in the league. His was virtually unblockable in Super Bowl IV and is a member of the Chiefs 25-year all-time team.

Named an AFL All-Star following the ’69 season and to the Pro Bowl after the ’71 campaign, Culp appeared in 82 games for the Chiefs after joining the club in a trade with Denver. He originally entered pro football as a second-round pick of the Broncos in ’68 and was traded to Houston in ’74.

Culp played eight more seasons with Houston (’74-80) and Detroit (’80-81), earning four Pro Bowl berths during his tenure with the Oilers.

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