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Andy Reid is finally taking a hard and fast stance on the issue of cornerback Marcus Peters’ discipline.
After Peters threw an official’s flag into the stands, was flagged himself for unsportsmanlike conduct, and pranced off the field without actually being ejected late in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ loss to the Jets, Reid announced Peters would be suspended for one game.
Mike Freeman from Bleacher Report wrote today, citing unnamed league assistants and team officials, who explained that at least part of the motivation for Peters’ suspension was that they believe his lack of discipline has been a significant factor in the Chiefs long streak of losses.
Because the Chiefs were previously “refusing to seriously discipline” Peters for “a variety of offenses and lack of control,” it was sending the message to other players that they could get away with a similar lack of discipline in attitude, preparation, and performance.
The decisive action by Reid on Wednesday expresses a clear message of exactly the opposite.
The head coach explained to reporters that it wasn’t an easy decision considering Peters’ contribution to the Kansas City secondary but that he knew it was the right thing to do.
It’s definitely an impactful decision for Peters given that he won’t have a chance to play against the team from his hometown as well as his good friend Marshawn lynch.
On Monday, Reid declared that he would put full responsibility of the team’s discipline on his own shoulders, saying “I am always going to take that responsibility. I know I have a good locker room. You can put that one on me.”