KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This season the Kansas City Chiefs have displayed a nice ability to concentrate on the task at hand. They have been unimpressed with their 9-0 record or the fact they are the NFL's last remaining unbeaten team, and each week they have taken a serious approach to the upcoming opponent and their preparations.
That focus has been tested this week with the news that wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested last weekend in nearby Riverside, Mo., for possession of a controlled substance and marijuana. The media furor has died some, but still the Chiefs are being questioned about the incident.
"It's not a distraction," said cornerback Brandon Flowers, echoing a sentiment heard this week from all corners of the locker room. "We come here to play football. We're getting ready for a big game with Denver. We're focused."
That's the company line, what players were coached to say about Bowe and his arrest. But the Chiefs do appear to have the steely resolve to forget about their teammate's legal troubles and play well in Denver.
"When you get to the NFL, there are a lot of other things that come with it, a lot of other things," said quarterback Alex Smith, referring to distractions that come with the job, even if they aren't always the magnitude of what the Chiefs faced this week. "I think the good teams are able to put that stuff aside and focus on football.
"I think it starts with the environment of the building, the environment of the locker room, where the focus is and the mindset of the guys. For us, we have a bunch of guys that are focused on winning and doing things the right way. For me, that starts in preparation, that starts during the week, in practice, film room, meetings and all of that.”