Mid-week mail call:
Jared L. from Eugene, Ore., wants to know what I think Oakland will do at quarterback for the long term.
Bill Williamson: I think its a start over phase again. Clearly, the team doesn’t trust Jason Campbell. He wouldn’t be benched twice if they did like him for the future or even for the short term. Same goes for Bruce Gradkowski. He is a classic backup. He can help for the short term, but he’s not the long-term answer. That’s why Campbell was brought over in the first place. But this is where giving up that first-round pick to the New England Patriots for Richard Seymour will hurt the Raiders.
Brandon from Kansas wants to know if I think the Chiefs could draft Alabama receiver Julio Jones in April.
BW: It’s very early, but I think Jones could be a candidate to land in Kansas City. But a lot would have to happen. Kansas City will have to decide it wants a receiver instead of a tackle or linebacker. The Chiefs will also need to have a high enough draft pick in order to land Jones.
Richie from Boise wants to know what type of job San Diego receivers coach Charlie Joiner is doing.
BW: You make a good point, Richie. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is getting a lot of credit for working with a depleted receiving crew and he should. But Joiner should get credit for coaching up No. 4 and No. 5 receivers into becoming contributors. San Diego has a strong class of receivers and you have to think Joiner is a big reason why. He was a Hall of Fame player so it’s no surprise he is an effective coach.