Remembering Belcher a Fine Line for the Chiefs and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystDecember 4, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 02:  Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field after player warm-ups prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs have handled the tragedy involving Jovan Belcher about as well as any organization can. Credit the Chiefs’ leadership for a thoughtful approach to the whole situation in the midst of their own grieving.

Publically, the Chiefs haven’t done anything to honor a player that allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in front of Scott Pioli, Romeo Crennel and others. Privately, the Chiefs have allowed the players to grieve in their own way and have left Belcher’s locker untouched.

The Chiefs have had to walk a fine line in remembering Belcher according to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. There is no right way to handle a situation without much precedent. Nobody is exactly sure what to do and there are no good answers.

Belcher will be viewed as a murderer who selfishly took his own life to avoid the consequences of his actions by many, but that’s not the guy that the players knew.

“We didn’t know the guy who made those last few decisions,” says linebacker Brandon Siler, who started at inside linebacker in Belcher’s place. (via Mellinger)

It’s a tough situation to navigate and the organization has done an amazing job considering the circumstances. In times like this, people should to cut the team some slack, even if every decision they make isn’t perfect.


More AFC West News…


Kansas City

Crennel spoke with reporters on Monday about the incident and the Kansas City Star put together a transcript.

Christine Vendel of the Kansas City Star has exclusive detail about the last hours for Belcher and his live-in girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Sad stuff.



The Raiders began preparation for a short week on Monday without Dennis Allen, according to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times. Allen’s father was reportedly very ill.

On Tuesday morning, the Raiders announced via their official Twitter account that Allen’s father—Grady Allen—had passed away. Grady played in the NFL for five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.



Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says the versatility of the passing game is trouble for opponents.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post is already looking ahead to a Week 15 game against the Baltimore Ravens that could impact playoff seeding.   


San Diego

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego asks if Philip Rivers was overrated when he came into 2011 considered as one of the elite quarterbacks in the league.

A smattering of offensive line injuries has the Chargers wondering who will start Sunday, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.