In a nutshell, his mother and her attorneys are after a payday. Their position: Jovan suffered from concussions. His mother maintains that medical professionals with the Chiefs were aware of his lack of civility due to injuries sustained while playing for the team. And that it was those injuries and pressure put upon Belcher by management – including former general manager Scott Pioli – to play well or lose his job.
Professional football is a dangerous game therefore NFL players are paid handsomely. And everybody is threatened with losing their job if they don’t play well, because it’s a business.
Many players suffer injuries, including concussions, during their careers. However Belcher’s the only one I know of who got high on alcohol and drugs and went to his girlfriend’s home and emptied his handgun into her because she was bugging him.
It’s clear the victims here are the girl Belcher murdered and their child.
I don’t think this falls into a category where Jovan’s mother should receive money because her son went crazy and killed a defenseless girl. I do think the Chiefs SHOULD (and have) contribute money to the welfare of the infant girl and let the public know exactly what that amount is and how it will be regulated so it benefits the child not her extended family of hanger-oners.
The Chiefs don’t need to go to a hearing to provide this relief. Jovan Belcher did a cowardly act, he murdered a defenseless young girl for no good reason with a firearm at point blank range. I see no defense for his action.
Okay Chiefs fans, get mad at me now, because I think a win on the road at Indy is a steep climb. I want the Chiefs to win as much as you do, but a reality check says that just isn’t likely. ESPN said this morning that the Chiefs overall defense ranks 24th, but in the last eight games it was even worse…as in dead last.
Isn’t it strange with eight Pro-Bowlers and five on the defense? I don’t get it.
Either we have a defensive coaching problem or our players are over-rated…or both. My personal opinion is the latter. I think two of the most over-rated defenders in the NFL are Eric Berry and Brandon Flowers.
I see Eric as a small linebacker, not a big-time safety. And I’m sick of hearing how great Flowers is. All I see on TV is a receiver in front of him headed towards the end-zone with the football and lots of separation between them. And I see far too many penalties, big ones, because our defenders don’t know where to be on too many plays. Either the coaching is poor or the talent is over-rated…again, I think it is a bit of both.
The best is running back Jamaal Charles, the rest are below average or just bad. Alex Smith is a good quarterback, but not a great quarterback. He’s ranked 14th in the NFL, makes him just above average. I think Smith’s better than that, but unfortunately when you think of the last 10 or so Super Bowls, the quarterback’s names were Manning, Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, and Rogers.
The bottom line being, if you don’t have an elite quarterback, the Super Bowl is likely not in your future. Alex is very good but not elite. There are some guys on the way up named Collin and Cam and Russell, but the Chiefs have too many holes to fill the next season or two to be anything more than a mere playoff team.
Yes, that’s better than being not in the playoffs and as you guys always tell me, “anything’s possible.”
Riddle me this though, how come the media in Kansas City never even mentions the Super Bowl as an option for the team? They just focus on whether we can win a playoff game.
I predicted that MU was more talented than OSU and would defeat them. I also think FSU is the nation’s most talented team, not Auburn.
MU (+2 ½) over OSU.
FSU (-7 ½) over Auburn.
Indy (+5) over KC teased with Green Bay (+9) over San Francisco.
San Diego (+13) over Cincy teased with Green Bay (+9) over San Francisco.
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