Jason Whitlock explains why benching Marcus Peters is not a mistake by Andy Reid

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Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock are joined by Ray Lewis and Eric Davis to talk about the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of this weekend's game.

- Cowherd, is it a mistake for Andy Reid to bench Peters with the Chiefs' season on the line?

- No, because he's not worth a point in Las Vegas, according to the odds-makers. Their defense is a disaster for the last two months, and you're sending a message. He's a young player. Sometimes you have to send a message.

Listen, the Patriots won the Super Bowl without Gronk. You can win a game Sunday without Marcus Peters. He's a tremendous talent. But I think Andy Reid-- the way this year started and the way it's developed, do you want to lose? Do you want to lose some key components?

If you allow that and don't do anything, what's the message? I always worry about, what's the message to your best players? Maybe they don't care about that stuff. Maybe they do.

But I think Andy's takeaway is, I got to-- we can't just let anything happen. And I don't have a problem with it.

- This is not a mistake. It will have an impact on Sunday. The Raiders-- Derek Carr, those two receivers-- Marcus Peters is Kansas City's most talented player. But he is a headcase that Andy Reid has needed to address for a couple of years.

I'm glad. As a Chiefs fan, I'm glad. I'm glad they're doing it.

- You are.

- Yeah. He-- he's a bad tone-setter for that team. His-- his lack of leadership is pervasive throughout that team. They needed to draw a line in the sand with him.

I wish more teams, instead of waiting for the league to discipline guys-- why couldn't Bill Belichick discipline Rob Gronkowski? I like the fact that Andy Reid and the Chiefs have-- hey, our guy's getting out of line. We don't need a Roger Goodell, anybody to do anything. We'll handle it. I wish more teams would do this.

- You know what? I actually think it's a good thing for him-- for Marcus. I really do. I don't think it's a mistake. It may affect the game. He is their most talented defender right now.

I know Marcus. I talked to Marcus. I talked to him. I literally sent Marcus a text that when he walked off the field. I sent a text that exact moment, like, what the hell are you doing?

And he called me. And he was like, I thought I got kicked out of the game. We talked for a long time after the game.

Marcus wants to be a leader. He's being asked to be a leader. He's emotional. He's so open. He's so emotional.

And he's-- he's still-- he's trying to figure out how to get guys to play at the level that he's playing at, that he-- to the standard that he puts himself to, but still understand how to not have that emotion.

Ray, you know when you're talking to a guy and you're trying to get them going, sometimes you got to take the emotion out of it.

- Mhm.

- And you got to just let a guy know, this isn't good enough. And you can't lose your mind, and scream, and everything. And that's where he is right now.

And I think, by doing this, Andy is letting him to know, I still want you to be that leader. But I expect more from you. And I think this might help him.

- Yeah. You know, this is why leadership is so important in sports. I said this earlier in the year. Losing Eric Berry changed this entire team around.

They had purpose. They had someone that overcame a life-threatening disease. And so now you look at what's not happening. You look at some of your best players that's emotional, that wants to be that leader, but just don't know how to fit into that space, right? Sometimes leaders-- sometimes leaders are just leaders by example. But one of the things that when you think what the question is-- you know, is it the right thing to do? I think he will learn more from it--

COMMENTATOR: Mhm.

- --than anything as a leader. I think he will learn, I can't-- I can't do that. You know, it's something I said on my podcast the other day. My partner asked me, you know, what is a man? What is a true man?

A man is just being the example. That's what a man is. Just be the example of what you're supposed to be.

And on the football field, losing games can frustrate anybody. I'm sending telling you, there's sometimes I'm not happy with the things I've done on the field. But when you hurt your team-- but when you walk out on your team and everybody's looking for you, that's why leadership is one of the most crucial things in sports.

- And Ray just touched on-- it's-- some guys are a by-example guys.

JASON WHITLOCK: Yeah.

- And there are other voices--

JASON WHITLOCK: Yup.

- --when you get it. When I got to the '9ers, I didn't have to say a thing.

JASON WHITLOCK: Mhm.

- Because you know what? There was Joe. There was Jerry. There was Ronnie. There was-- you didn't have to say a thing.

COLIN COWHERD: Right.

- The time comes for you as a player where now it's time for you to be that guy, and you have to step out.

JASON WHITLOCK: Mhm.

- And you have to be that voice. And that's where Marcus has developed into one of those players. So he's still trying to learn how to do that.

But this is that Vernon Davis thing. This is Vernon Davis, Mike Singletary.

- Yeah.

- You know what? I'm gonna kick you out right now, because you're better than that. You can't do that. You can't put the team in that position.

- Right, right.

- And I expect more from you, no matter how your boys feel about it. And he went on and had a great season.

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