There was no shortage of impressive performances at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Carolina Panthers, 27-21. In the wake of the Jovan Belcher tragedy, the Chiefs players and coaches came together in front of a supporting crowd.
In his Monday Morning QB column, SI’s Peter King provided new details on just what happened at the Chiefs practice facility on Saturday morning. He also singled out three Chiefs that stood out in a game full of fantastic efforts.
Offensive Players of the Week – Brady Quinn
Nice guys finish first. At least on a day they should have. Quinn at one point was 14-of-16 on his way to a 19-of-23 day with two touchdowns and no picks in Kansas City’s heavy-hearted 27-21 win over the Panthers.
Dr. Z Unsung Man in the Trenches of the Week – Donald Stephenson
With regular left tackle Brandon Albert missing his second straight game with back issues, Stephenson played his second straight solid game. He kept the Chief backfield clean, holding right end Charles Johnson of the Panthers to one tackle and one quarterback pressure. Stephenson, a third-round pick from Oklahoma, gives the Chiefs the kind of swing tackle (for now) that all lines need, and his play the last two weeks gives the Chiefs reason to hope he’ll be a good prospect to replace Albert should he leave in free agency after the season.
Coach of the Week – Romeo Crennel
Anyone who can witness one of his favorite players shooting himself in the head from a few yards away, then prepare his team to play a football game, and then coach that game 28 hours after the suicide — he doesn’t deserve Coach of the Week, he deserves to go give advice to Army Rangers about the focus it takes to excel.