AFC West mailbag

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Weekend mail call:

Derron from Campbell River wants to know if Denver could trade for Brady Quinn this year if he loses the Cleveland quarterback battle to Derek Anderson.

BW: If so, I 'm not sure how effective Quinn would be in 2009, coming into a new system during the preseason. A quarterback needs an entire offseason to prepare, get to know the system and his new teammates and coaches. But if Quinn is the odd man out in Cleveland and neither Kyle Orton nor Chris Simms lights it up this season, perhaps a deal could be in place next year.

Michael from Iowa wants to know who is responsible for the Chiefs' transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

BW: It's the Scott Pioli show in Kansas City. Pioli came from New England and the Patriots use a 3-4. Understandably, Pioli is going to build a team around a system he is most comfortable with it. Joining him in Kansas City is head coach Todd Haley and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. They were with Arizona last year where Pendergast used a form of the 3-4 at times. So, there is comfortably in the leadership with the scheme.

Mike from Los Angeles wants to know if Peyton Hillis will be lost in Denver's running back shuffle.

BW: He could with the team adding Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan this offseason. But Hillis is the type of player that makes coaches fall in love with him by his practice play. None of these jobs, other than Moreno's, are etched in stone. Hillis has time to show he can be a valuable player for Denver.

J from Seattle wants to know if Darren McFadden can put up LaDainian Tomlinson-like numbers now that he has former Tomlinson lead blocker Lorenzo Neal and some new offensive linemen.

BW: Tomlinson put up special numbers. I'm not sure McFadden is going to have the chance or if he is built to have that type of an impact. McFadden will likely be more of a situational player. Oakland has other backs and McFadden is not known as a pounder. So, I don't think Tomlinson-like numbers are in the future for McFadden.