More Ramblings From The Old Chief

The NFL Draft is now behind us and so are the incessant interviews with Todd McShay and Mel Kiper. But before we move on to OTW’, let’s clean up some lingering issue .

First, what the heck were parents doing twenty years ago when they picked names for their children? Among my favorites in the draft were:

  • 1st Round Peria Jerry a DT for the Falcons out of Ole Miss
  • 2nd Round Sen’Derrick Marks a DT for the Titans out of Auburn
  • 3rd Round Ramses Barden a WR for the Giants out of Cal-Poly
  • 3rd Round Lardarius Webb a CB for the Ravens out of Norfolk State
  • 5th Round Jasper Brinkley a LB for the Vikings out of South Carolina
  • 6th Round Bear Pascoe a TE out of Fresno State
  • 6th Round Stryker Sulak a DE for the Raiders of Mizzou

(Editor’s note: C’mon, folks, he’s no bigot. Naming a boy Sen’Derrick is just as weird as a white celeb couple naming their kid Apple. A weird name is a weird name, regardless of color.)

By the way, my dad’s name was Beno and my mom’s name was Myrtle, so I know a thing or two about bad names.

And what’s the deal with hyphenated names? Have they been emasculated by their wives, or could their parents not decide on a surname? Like LaRod Stephen-Howling, or Rick Jean-Francis a DT out of LSU, or the immortal Raiders’ first choice Darrius Heyward-Bey.

I think it is way too early to judge this year’s draft, but it speaks volumes about the Maginot Line of Tamba Hali, Turk McBride and Tank Tyler. Without a doubt they were major busts resulting in the firing of Bill Kuharich, Chuck Cook and the rest of the scouting staff. Regardless of their credentials, they chronically underperformed in recent drafts.

It appears that Gun is getting the old gang together with the signing of No.  EricHicks (please see Zach’s post as well as Gunther’s latest trip to his shrink). The big question is will he attempt to sign Donnie Edwards? Or try to lure James Hasty away from his comfy studio gig in Bristol? What’s Marvcus Patton doing nowadays? Maybe Gun knows? I think it is interesting that with all the advances in scouting, testing video and computer categorizing coaches still rely on prior experience.

Look for the Chiefs to continue to be active in the free agent market, slowly evaluating and accumulating talent.

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