Alex Smith on Marcus Peters: “We need him back”

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Running back Samaje Perine
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Running back Samaje Perine /

Alex Smith spoke to the media on Tuesday about the return of Marcus Peters from his one-game suspension and was very glad to have him back.

Not only are the Kansas City Chiefs preparing for the most important game of their entire regular season, but they’re also dealing with the media questions and internal dialogue about the return of one of their star defensive players after a suspension.

With the looming showdown on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs have plenty to already worry about given the fact that the winner will control the AFC West with only two games left on the schedule. However the Chiefs are also working Marcus Peters back into the locker room and game plan after he was forced to sit out the team’s win over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday.

However if you ask starting quarterback Alex Smith, he doesn’t seem too concerned about the return of Peters. In fact, he’s excited to have him back knowing the team’s secondary will have its hands full against Philip Rivers and his many weapons on Saturday. Speaking with the media on Tuesday, Smith answered media questions about Peters’ return.

"“I shot a few texts this last week and with him coming back after the game. Marcus is a heck of a competitor and he is in it. Sometimes that gets the best of him. But no question, he took his punishment, he is back and we are ready to roll. We have a big challenge and we need him back.”"

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Peters was suspended for a single game after reportedly getting into an altercation with an unnamed assistant coach. That came on the heels of Peters’ emotions getting the best of him late in a loss to the New York Jets in which he threw an official’s flag into the stands and walked off the field.

Despite the odd behavior and the fact that Chiefs Kingdom seems to be pretty divided by Peters at this point, Smith didn’t flinch when asked about his behavior. Instead, he’s ready to welcome Peters back and move on from the entire affair, knowing there are bigger things to worry about.

"“None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes. We are all trying to go, we are all trying to figure it out. We all deal with our own things, right? Like I said, we need him. We need him back and rolling.”Next: There's no reason at all to doubt Peters"

Suspension or not, Peters is by far the most talented cornerback on the Chiefs roster. Together with an improving Darrelle Revis, they should form an outside tandem that makes it tougher for Rivers to find his targets.