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Examiner
  • Stephen Brown: Maybe Chiefs can build chemistry out of tragedy

  • Jovan Belcher has been analyzed, scrutinized and explored for the past week. Fans are getting tired of the specifics, the gory details of how his murder-suicide happened.

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  • Jovan Belcher has been analyzed, scrutinized and explored for the past week. Fans are getting tired of the specifics, the gory details of how his murder-suicide happened.
    Fans that listened to the 911 tapes released this past week of Jovan Belcher's mother begging Kasandra Perkins to stay alive have regretted it.
    “I listened to it,” said a Chiefs fan on Chief Concerns Facebook fan page. “I wish I hadn’t. Some things can’t be unheard, or unseen. I don’t even watch horror movies because of that. I don’t know what I was thinking. I wish they hadn’t been released as well. What’s done is done. It’s time to move on.”
    As far as fans are concerned, the constant newsfeed needs to stop, but I have something to say.
    Scott Pioli, Romeo Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs were brave, especially approaching an armed player in the parking lot not knowing for sure what state of mind he was in. Knowing what Belcher had done prior to arriving to Arrowhead, Pioli and Crennel still tried to convince Belcher to put down the gun.
    That’s fearless. That’s something many wouldn’t do.
    Tragedy put a human face to several on the Chiefs; suddenly they weren't just stats, wins or losses. Fans saw Pioli as a person, not a name on a banner. What Pioli, Crennel and Gibbs did was heroic; they put it out there to help a player on the edge before taking his own life in front of them.
    New England didn’t prepare Scott Pioli for this; Pioli never experienced such a thing. As many seasons as Romeo Crennel has coaching (30-plus years), he’s never faced an armed player.
    I remember thinking; this is thought up in Hollywood, not at Arrowhead. Happenings you see on the big screen provided by a script.
    What needs spotlighted, though, is the courage of Pioli, Crennel and Gibbs. Would I have done that? Would I have taken the risk to face an upset person with an uncertain mind that’s holding a gun?
    Ryan Lilja said Pioli emphasized relationships when he first came to Kansas City and he says Pioli hasn't changed. When Pioli and Crennel approached Belcher, he was family.
    Still, questions would have sounded in my head. What if? Pioli has a wife and daughter, Crennel a wife and children. What if Belcher wasn’t there to say thank you?
    It took guts to do what Pioli and those coaches did. That’s true leadership; they all deserve credit for that, including Pioli.
    Fans chant, cheer and get critical, but we aren’t as close to the players as the men at One Arrowhead Drive. They see each other every day. From this point on, I’ll do better at remembering that.
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    What did Kansas City accomplish against the Carolina Panthers?
    Let’s see?
    The end of an eight-game losing streak, the Chiefs’ first home win in seven tries, a nearly perfect game by Brady Quinn and a touchdown on the Chiefs’ opening drive. The Chiefs first touchdown in an opening drive since Dec. 26, 2010; the 28 weeks without one had been the NFL’s longest active streak.
    That’s the numbers, but was it more? Did something click for the players, inside?
    There was a lot of talk, speech you don’t hear from grown men, especially football players. Things like feelings, emotions and getting to know each other on a more personal level. That wasn’t happening before. Maybe it was to a certain extent – but not like the tone we’ve heard this past week.
    Every fan has a theory on why the effort wasn’t there in previous weeks. Everyone has an idea or a player as the cause of the Chiefs’ one win prior to the Panthers. But what changed besides win No.2 for the Chiefs?
    I hope chemistry happened. I hope leadership happens. I hope maturity for players that hadn’t yet figured it out takes place.
    Sometimes – life can work this way – good things come out of bad situations. Hard times cause a person to think, change and rededicate their life. Correct their stripes and ways to become a better person, husband/wife or professional.
    Sure, it’s a deep concept, but this week hasn’t been your normal NFL week. It’s OK once in a season for even a fan to rethink his or her steps and how they support their team. Fans still have expectations of Clark Hunt and who he puts in charge, but with what happened to the Kansas City Chiefs I think it’s reasonable for fans to let the players grow from this.
    Some expect the big letdown in Cleveland, a calming from an emotional game, but chemistry happens when people honestly lean on each other. If there’s chemistry, then a win is just as probable.
    Like I said, good things can happen from bad things. Out of tragedy the fans and Chiefs might have found the glue they’ve been searching for.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
     
     
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