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Saturday, November 27, 2010
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Weekend mail call:

Romain from Kansas City wants to know if I think Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour would have been fined more than $25,000 by the NFL had he attacked Tom Brady or Peyton Manning rather than Ben Roethlisberger.

Bill Williamson: It’s an interesting question, Romain.  For what it’s worth, some players in Pittsburgh think it’s the case.  I’d like to say no, that the action not the target is what matters. I’m not sure that is the case. But Roethlisberger is a high-profile player, so I’m sure he’s being protected as well. I’d like to think even if it was a low-profile quarterback like Miami’s Tyler Thigpen (no offense, Tyler) the punishment would be the same. I do know this, many in the league was surprised that Seymour’s fine wasn’t bigger.


Chrissian Pierce from Pittsburgh wants to know what I think the Raiders see in Jason Campbell to keep him as the starting quarterback.

BW: I think they think is he has a better upside than Bruce Gradkowski and that he has a strong arm. This is a guy they traded for even with Gradkowski already on the roster. I think they want to give Campbell plenty of chances to succeed. But let’s face it, if he fails, Oakland will be looking for a new starter next year, anyway.


Mike from Las Vegas wants to know if I think San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers or Kyle Orton could be out of the Pro Bowl mix.

BW: There is a lot of good quarterback play in the AFC, Mike. Both Rivers and Orton are worthy candidates. But there are others including as Manning and Brady. But Rivers and Orton both have Pro Bowl-worthy numbers. Remember, players, especially at quarterback, drop from the Pro Bowl roster like flies because of injuries and the like. So, I think Rivers and Orton will both make it, one way or the other.