"You like to think as a coach you bring that intensity every week but I think guys that you're playing twice a year and you know a little bit better, there's a little bit of natural tenancy to ratchet it up", Del Rio said. The ensuing skirmish featured a unusual turn of events when Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch ran in from the sidelines to "defend Peters". Reid announced that Peters has been suspended for this Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Reid said he discussed the suspension with the team's leadership after he made the decision. "I'm going to leave it at that". That's not the way I roll with these things. I did have the opportunity to talk to Marcus and some of the players, and I've got a good locker room. His only public comment since Sunday's game came on Twitter Tuesday morning: "Lol".
On one hand, Peters' suspension couldn't have come at a worse time.
The Chiefs might have to lean on Steven Nelson (who was flagged for the penalty that incensed Peters), Terrance Mitchell, Revis, Phillip Gaines and Kenneth Acker at corner against the Raiders, who get back wide receiver Michael Crabtree from suspension for this Week 14 game.
At 6-6 overall, their games don't get any more critical than the next two, both at home against AFC West opponents.
Peters earned the fourth unsportsmanlike conduct of his career and third of the season Sunday versus the Jets. Peters was flagged for throwing the flag (how about that for poetic justice?), and while he was not ejected, he took it upon himself to walk off of the field.
Reid said he was evaluating how to handle the incident. He did not re-enter the game.
Smith said he believe the team's leadership stands prepared to move on this week without Peters. He received only a single delay of game penalty for those transgressions. However, the Chiefs felt it was the right choice to make given how things festered on that play. "That's where I'm at".
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith agrees.
"Nobody likes to lose and when you have a lost a few in a row, sometimes amusing things happen", Smith said. "It gets to people and it's a tough situation". "The stakes are too big right now with what we have in front of us".
Smith suggested the team's recent losing skid may have affected Peters.
"You got to come out, you got to play well, you got to do the things where you come out", Reid said. They get where we sit. "That's the positive. That's how I feel, and you bank on that".