After the tragic events of Saturday morning, the Chiefs were faced with a challenging decision, and it had to be made quickly.
The team’s choice to proceed with Sunday’s game came, according to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, after the team’s six captains informed coach Romeo Crennel that they wanted to play the game.
Quarterback Matt Cassel, linebacker Derrick Johnson, punter Dustin Colquitt, guard Ryan Lilja, receiver Terrance Copper, and safety Eric Berry were, according to Bell, unanimous in their position that the game should proceed as scheduled.
It’s unclear what the other options were. Moving the game to Monday or Tuesday night would have been the most obvious possibilities. Given that neither team has a realistic shot at a playoff berth, cancellation may have at least been discussed, even if it would have been quickly dismissed as impractical.
There’s no right or wrong answer in matters of this nature. The Chiefs made the best decision they could under difficult circumstances and without the benefit of an opportunity to fully deliberate, debate, and reflect. We respect the choice they have made, and we continue to extend our prayers and condolences to the entire organization.