Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC West [Print without images]

Monday, March 23, 2009
Early AFC West notes from owners' meeting

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Some early afternoon thoughts from the NFL owners' meeting where team officials are currently locked inside conference rooms.

The NFL is implementing a new policy that will stop teams from going from the Eastern time zone to the West Coast more than once a year.

Thus, teams from the East Coast will not have to fly out to both San Diego and Oakland in the same season. New England and the New York Jets had to make those two long hauls last season. The Patriots lost at San Diego and beat Oakland. The Jets lost both West Coast trips.

Meanwhile, the Broncos were hoping to host the second game of the "Monday Night Football" doubleheader on opening weekend, but the team doesn't expect it will get the game. The doubleheader games are expected to be announced later Monday afternoon.

The coolest scene so far: Oakland owner Al Davis and Dallas owner Jerry Jones laughing it up. The two are known for having their own styles but it was clear they have a strong respect for one another from observing their interaction.