“The Franchise” episode two notes
The Kansas City Chiefs new show, “The Franchise,” came out with its second episode on Wednesday night. If you missed the show, you can watch above, on Fox Sports Kansas City, or by using the Chiefs’ Facebook or YouTube channel.
Here are some notes from the show:
- Episode two opens with Chiefs general manager Brett Veach’s NFL Scouting Combine press conference from mid-February. The next scene shows old friend BJ Kissel (!!!) ordering coffee with director of football operations Mike Borgonzi (who I believe is an NFL general manager in waiting, but I digress).
- Borgonzi discusses a day in the life of an NFL personnel man at the combine: waking up at 5 a.m. Arrowhead Time to get a workout in then heading to the facility and interviews that run to 11 p.m. Arrowhead Time. “So it’s a full day,” he says. Borgonzi says that many NFL personnel men get into scouting after they are done playing to still feel that competitive drive.
- The cameras show NFL prospects working out in what appears to be a hotel lobby. The next scene is back in the draft room in Kansas City — a team personnel meeting on March 10.
- The Chiefs personnel staff evaluates Cortez Broughton, who landed with the Los Angeles Chargers in the seventh round of this year’s NFL Draft. The staff seems to like Broughton.
- Demarcus Christmas, who landed with the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the draft, is next. As the staff discusses Christmas, who they say is a quiet kid, the scene fades out.
- To Florida State’s Pro Day the crew goes, following Ryne Nutt, the Chiefs’ director of college scouting. Derrick Nnadi, who played football at Florida State, is also there. Nnadi says the Pro Day is much more relaxed than the Scouting Combine. Nnadi is mic’d up, and you watch as he motivates and gives advice to current Seminoles.
- Nnadi introduces the show to Odell Haggins, Florida State’s assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Haggins says he’s very proud of the fact that Nnadi got his degree as well. Haggins said one thing Nnadi had to realize is that football was more about technique than strength. He learned that over time.
- You quickly realize Nnadi is very popular in Tallahassee. Jessica Francis, Florida State’s assistant director of educational services, says she loves telling Nnadi’s story to others. “To me, he was a perfect example of what we look for at Florida State. He prioritized academics and he prioritized athletics, and he was successful in both. He walked out with that piece of paper and we couldn’t be more happier for him.”
- Nnadi says that he thought he was going to Seattle, Atlanta, New York or Minnesota at the NFL Draft. The phone rang and it was the Kansas City Chiefs. The show cuts to his draft reaction. Nnadi says he wants to keep his starting spot in 2019, improve his pass rushing and get past the AFC title game.
- Fast forward to Veach’s pre-draft press conference. News breaks, and the Chiefs have traded for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark. Clark flies into Kansas City. There are a few Chiefs fans waiting for him at the airport. The show transitions to his opening press conference. Clark signs his big contract with the Chiefs.
- Clark says that seeing Derrick Thomas and Will Shields on the walls inspires him. Former Chiefs equipment manager Mike Davidson, who I can only describe as the current keeper of Arrowhead Stadium, shows Clark the Hall of Honor. You can feel Clark is in awe. (Side note: if you’ve never went on a tour of Arrowhead with Davidson, add it to your bucket list)
- Finally, the show timeline reaches the NFL Draft. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt sits with Veach in the draft room. Veach says that the Chiefs like Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin, who ultimately went to the Indianapolis Colts at pick No. 34. Veach then discusses cornerback Byron Murphy, who went to the Arizona Cardinals with pick No. 33.
- The Chiefs didn’t pick in round one, so the show moves to Nashville starting in day two. That’s where assistant equipment managers Cale Kirby and Chris Shropshire are representing the Chiefs for the NFL Draft. While I know this is to be expected, there is no mention of Tyreek Hill during the portion that covers night one of the NFL Draft. That’s when the team suspended Hill.
- The narrator mentions that the Chiefs lost Chris Conley and De’Anthony Thomas in the offseason, making wide receiver a viable option (That’s what we’re going with, huh?).
- Regardless of how we got there, it is fun to see the call from Veach, Hunt, Andy Reid and Dave Toub to Mecole Hardman. It appears that Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy comparing Hardman to Chad Johnson has been completely cut out of the episode.
- Reid tells Hardman to keep his hamstrings loose, that the team is going to wear him out. Toub says he looks forward to seeing him. I remember Veach saying Toub had the biggest smile in the room on draft night—he wasn’t lying.
- It looks like next episode continues with the draft.
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