KANSAS CITY, Mo. Romeo Crennel is a good man. This is as close as we get to a consensus on Arrowhead Drive, other than the general agreement that the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs were are a raging dumpster fire of bad.
Crennel is a good enough man that one of his players, Jovan Belcher, made a point, in one of his last acts on this Earth, gun in hand, to go out of his way to thank him.
Then, as Crennel and others watched, Belcher shot himself in the head.
So, yes, Romeo Crennel is a strong man. There is consensus on that, too, especially after the coach and his Chiefs decided to play the day after Belcher's horrific murder-suicide on December 1. How anyone could keep their mind on football, let alone the Carolina Panthers, was equal parts admirable and remarkable, given the circumstances. Yet Kansas City, toting an unseemly 1-10 record, went out played its cleanest game no turnovers, one penalty of the season, en route to an emotional, cathartic 27-21 victory.
Then, last Sunday...