AFC West mailbag

September, 18, 2010
9/18/10
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Weekend mail call:

Derek from Oceanside, Calif., wants to know what I thought of the Chargers’ special teams in their loss at Kansas City on Monday.

Bill Williamson: It was shaky. It was clear San Diego missed Kassim Osgood, who signed with Jacksonville in the offseason. Osgood will try to work his special teams magic against the Chargers on Sunday. Osgood departed because he wanted a chance to play receiver, but there was no room for him in San Diego. You’d have to think Osgood could have done something to prevent Dexter McCluster’s 94-yard punt return for a touchdown.


Pat from Lancaster, Pa., wants to know if I think Bruce Gradkowski could replace Jason Campbell as Oakland’s quarterback soon.

BW: It’s way too soon. Campbell needs to have a chance to perform and he needs better protection. Sure, Gradkowski has had success in a limited experience with a weak line in Oakland, but Campbell deserves a chance. The team believes Campbell is a more talented player than Gradkowski.


Dan from Topeka wants to know what I think about the Chiefs’ goal-line offense.

BW: We saw that it was effective in the season opener. I really like tight end Tony Moeaki. Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel hit the third-round pick for a short touchdown on Monday night. It’s clear that Cassel trusts the kid. Defenses get confused when facing a package where linebacker Mike Vrabel, Moeaki and big back Thomas Jones line up behind Cassel. I think it's a formidable alignment for the Chiefs and it's just another reason to be excited about this team.

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