The box score will tell you that Eric Berry had five tackles in the Kansas City Chiefs win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Unlike his pick-six a couple weeks ago, the box score does not tell the entire story in this game.
Berry was a man possessed against the Broncos. I’m not sure I ever remember seeing him as ... I’m not sure what the word is, motivated? Determined? Andy Reid described it as a sense of purpose.
“Yeah, he is a tough kid, number one,” Andy Reid said on Monday via quotes from the Chiefs. “He came in with a purpose. Not that he doesn’t every game, but I thought he really came in with a strong purpose in this game. He’s been our leader all the way through, so it’s just a matter of stepping up in this game here. It was one of those kind of games, and he clearly had something in mind there that he was going to bring to the table, and he did that.”
Now, if we’re being honest, that aggression got the best of him on a couple of hits which might cost him a few bucks but it was more than that. He looked like a man on a mission. He finished every play. When the Chiefs huddled in the locker room, it was Berry who was standing in the middle.
This is one of those games that tells you a lot more than just this game. Berry is a free agent after this season and after this game I go back to what I said earlier: I can’t imagine Berry playing elsewhere. He is the heartbeat of this team.