View Full Version : The Carl Peterson Years.....1996

02-04-2005, 11:15 PM
8th in a semi-regular series…….

Veteran Additions: UFA’s----None; Street free agents---Sean LaChapelle, Reggie Johnson, Todd McNair, Tony Stargell; Trade---Pete Stoyanovich

Veteran Losses: UFA’s---Willie Davis, Darren Mickell; Cut---Lin Elliott, Webster Slaughter, Doug Terry, Leroy Thompson, Joe Valerio

1996 Draft:

1) Jerome Woods (#28 overall)---solid player who has made one Pro Bowl; safety Lawyer Milloy was taken 8 picks later

2) Reggie Tongue---solid three year starter who became a UFA the same year as Woods, and Chiefs apparently couldn’t afford both; safety Brian Dawkins was taken 3 picks later

3) John Browning---unspectacular but consistent starter who has beat the injury bug that plagued him early in his career; Tedy Bruschi and Terrell Owens were taken later that round

4) Donnie Edwards---solid LB who was probably misplaced in a 4-3 defense, was a pretty good 4th round pick who never made the Pro Bowl in 6 Chiefs seasons; Stephen Davis, Jon Runyan, and Earl Holmes were taken later in the round

5) Joe Horn---great 5th round pick who was totally under-utilized by Marty, Hackett, and Jimmy Raye; Zach Thomas and LaRoi Glover were taken later in the round

6) Dietrich Jells---WR who never played for the Chiefs; Orpheus Roye and Marco Rivera were taken later in the round

7a) Ben Lynch---Center never played for the Chiefs; Carlos Emmons was taken later in this round

7b) Jeff Smith---decent backup C/OG for four years here who left as a FA and ended up starting 28 games in two years for Jax; Jay Riemersma was taken 3 picks after Smith

7c) Darrell Williams---DB never played for the Chiefs; DE/Pass Rush Specialist Keith McKenzie was taken 7 picks later

1996 Starters: S. Bono, M. Allen, K. Anders, D. Walker/K. Cash, C. Penn, T. Vanover/S. LaChapelle, J. Alt, D. Szott, T. Grunhard, W. Shields, R. Siglar
N. Smith, D. Saleaumua, J. Phillips, V. Booker, D. Thomas, T. Simien, A. Davis, D. Carter, J. Hasty, B. Washington, M. Collins
P. Stoyanovich, L. Aguiar

Bottom line: Coming off a 13-3 season in 1995, the Chiefs replaced Lin Elliott by trading for Stoyanovich, but decided that Bono would remain the starter at QB in '96. That decision came back to haunt the team as he continued his poor play from the ’95 playoffs and the Chiefs missed the playoffs when Morten Andersen of the Falcons missed a 30 yard chip-shot FG, allowing Jacksonville to win the season finale and claim the tie-breaker against the Chiefs to get into the playoffs, where they upset Denver.