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Leadership Always Tested When Times Are Tough

The Chiefs will rely on their veteran leadership to move past Thursday’s loss


It's a motto that everyone's heard at some point in his or her lives.

"It's easy to be a leader when things are going well, but true character is defined by how someone reacts when things don't go well."

It's not difficult to see how this currently relates to the Kansas City Chiefs, and for all the discussion about the leadership on this team and the family atmosphere within the locker room, this is when that truly manifests itself.

"You don't want one game to beat you twice," Chiefs veteran defensive lineman Mike DeVito said after the stunning 31-24 loss to the Broncos on Thursday night. "Momentum builds in the NFL so we need to nip this in the bud quick and move on to Green Bay.

"You look at every position on this team and there's leaders at every position. So we'll get it right and we'll get it fixed by next week."

While fans have trouble coping with the final minute of the game and how that happened, DeVito said that once they look at the film of the entire game, they will see a number of positives.

"I think we're going to look at this film and see 98 percent of it was great stuff," DeVito explained, "and then there's things we need to fix. The great thing about it is it's Week 2. We still have a long season ahead of us and we'll get to see Denver again.

"We just need to finish. That's something we were talking about in there."

Despite 5 turnovers, no third-down conversions and 60 penalty yards, all of which contributed to the loss in their own way, the Chiefs were still in a position to win the game at the end.

Personally for DeVito, the opportunity to be back out on the Arrowhead Stadium field in a regular season game for the first time since his Week 1 injury that cost him all of last season, was something he didn't take for granted.

"It really was a blessing to be out there, I'll tell you that," DeVito said. "I love this community, I love this town, this organization and I just love the people and the players. This really is a family.

"I had to take a knee and thank God on the way out because I didn't know if I was going to get a chance to be back out there. So I'm very grateful for it."

Facts and stats following the Chiefs loss to the Broncos in week two

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