Wednesday, January 12, 2011
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Mike from Overland Park, Kan., wants to know if Kansas City 2009 first-round pick Tyson Jackson can officially be labeled as a bust.
Bill Williamson: I think Oakland running back Darren McFadden and Kansas City defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey both showed this season that it sometimes takes time for players to develop. Both McFadden and Dorsey -- McFadden was the No. 4 overall pick and Dorsey was the No. 5 pick in 2008 -- didn’t do much in their first two NFL seasons. Both had big seasons in their third years. Next season will be Jackson’s third season. Yes, Jackson, the No. 3 pick, has not been overly productive and there is a worry that he will never live up to his draft status. But allow him some time.
Chris Merriott from Little Rock wants to know if former Oakland coach Tom Cable could be a good fit as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator.
BW: I would be surprised if that happened. I think Kansas City coach Todd Haley may look elsewhere for his coordinator and that he may be more comfortable with people he has a history with. Cable will land somewhere. He has a pretty good reputation around the league, especially as an offensive line coach.
Stephen Moyer from San Diego wants to know if San Diego backup quarterback Billy Volek leaves, could San Francisco’s Alex Smith end up in San Diego.
BW: That’s an excellent point, Stephen. Smith -- who is from San Diego -- has a strong relationship with San Diego coach Norv Turner. Smith will probably be gone from San Francisco this offseason and Volek could get a chance to start elsewhere, so this is very feasible. I don’t think Turner would hesitate to bring in Smith and continue to work with him.