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Saturday, January 22, 2011
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Weekend mail call:

Chris from New York wants to know if I think former Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable could bring free agent Robert Gallery guard to Seattle.

Bill Williamson: Cable loves Gallery. Gallery loves Cable. Seattle needs a starting guard. I don’t think Gallery will be too expensive, so Seattle can afford him. Oakland will have other more pressing free-agency needs so I think this could easily happen. Gallery isn’t great, but the Raiders still need a lot of help on offense and they would miss Gallery. His departure would likely mean fourth-round pick Bruce Campbell would get a chance to make a push for playing time.


David P. from Bozeman, Mont., wants to know why I think new Denver Broncos coach John Fox kept defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely despite the team’s defensive woes in 2010.

BW: It’s pretty easy. Nunnely has a terrific reputation around the league. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of his former bosses recommended him to Fox. Yes, Denver’s defense was terrible and there will be big coaching changes on that side of the ball, but I don’t see Nunnely’s return as a negative.


Jared L. from Eugene, Ore., wants to know if the New York Jets remind me of the 1970s Oakland Raiders.

BW: It’s an interesting question, Jared. But I think we have to see Rex Ryan’s team make a long run like John Madden’s team did. Right now, the Jets are just brash. Those Raiders were more than brash. They were a near dynasty team even though they won just one Super Bowl. They were a great team for years. But again, I like the comparison. The Jets just don’t deserve it yet. Plus, I don’t think any NFL team now could have as much fun as that crew did. They were classic characters.