Andy Reid Praises Ron Parker's Leadership After Sunday's Win

Parker is in his seventh NFL season

The standout performances of Kansas City Chiefs' defensive lineman Chris Jones and linebacker Justin Houston last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles have been well documented.

Jones had three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception, while Houston picked up his third sack in two games and was a force against the run as well as deflecting the pass that led to Jones' interception.

Even safety Daniel Sorensen's (successful) attempt at flying has made the rounds.

But one of the guys who should be given more credit for what he provided is veteran safety Ron Parker, who has been as steady as they come since coming to the Chiefs four years ago. He also currently leads the Chiefs with 12 tackles.

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During his time with the Chiefs, Parker has played all over the defensive backfield, and with the season-ending injury to All-Pro safety Eric Berry during the Week 1 win over the New England Patriots, there was going to be more on Parker's plate from a leadership perspective.

After all, he's the veteran back there and a guy who has already established a role as a leader, although a different variety than Berry.

On Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid spoke about the defenses first game without Berry this year.

"I thought we missed him early," Reid explained. "It was just a matter of the new guys settling down and playing, but I thought (Ron) Parker did a nice job. He's a quiet guy, but he just kind of said, 'Relax, we're going to be OK right here,' and took over and kind of filled that role that [Berry] does with the defense.

"Then you end up seeing (Eric) Murray and (Daniel) Sorensen end up being the leading tacklers on the defense, and with the exception of the one holding call early, Murray came back and had some big plays for us. Sorensen had some big plays, too."

There's so much more that goes into what happens on the field that can't be shown in a box score or on a stat sheet, and Parker's influence and leadership is one of those things.

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