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Monday, January 26, 2009
AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Welcome to the AFC West where the rest of the league is wondering where all the head coaches are:

• San Diego is bringing back Rob Chudzinski. He will be the tight ends coach and assistant head coach. He was San Diego's tight ends coach in 2005 and '06 before he was hired as Cleveland's offensive coordinator.

He comes back to San Diego with more responsibility as coach Norv Turner's assistant head coach. Chudzinski is highly respected in San Diego and is expected to be a valued assistant to Turner. He replaces the fired Clancy Barone who takes over as tight ends coach in Denver.

• Former Kansas City quarterback coach Dick Curl was hired as quarterbacks coach in St. Louis. He is the fourth assistant on Herm Edwards' fired staff to get a job elsewhere.

• Traditionally, Denver would raise their ticket prices for the next season during the Super Bowl week. That is not going to happen. The Rocky Mountain News is reporting that the team will not raise ticket prices for 2009. Point to a sagging national economy plus the fact that Denver hasn't earned a ticket hike with its play on the field the past three seasons as reasons why the team will not increase its prices.

Denver hasn't been to the playoffs since 2005 and has a combined 24-24 record in the past three seasons. Who'd jump to pay more money for that type of performance?