One day after the shocking murder-suicide involving linebacker Jovan Belcher, the Kansas Chiefs played their finest game of the season and beat Carolina 27-21.
No turnovers. Just one penalty. And almost to a man Sunday, they praised the leadership of their embattled coach, Romeo Crennel.
The previous day, Crennel had stood alongside general manager Scott Pioli in the Chiefs parking lot and saw Belcher put a gun to his head and pull the trigger.
''It was tough, hard on him,'' said defensive lineman Shaun Smith. ''I told him after the game I love him, because he's like my father. I could feel the pain and emotion that he was dealing with.''
Linebacker Andy Studebaker, his voice choking, said a team ''couldn't ask for a better way to lead.''
''He provided us with a ton of perspective about leaning on each other, bracing each other,'' Studebaker said. ''He provided great leadership, great perspective in the circumstances we dealt with yesterday. I don't think you could have asked h...