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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Mid-week mail call:

Carlos from Chicago wants to know if I think former San Diego coach Don Coryell will ever be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bill Williamson: I think it might be tough. I know there was a push to get Coryell into the Hall of Fame when he was still alive. He was a finalist last year. Coryell died at the age of 85 in July and was not a finalist this year. I have a feeling that Coryell may not get in for some time and his best bet may be as a Senior Committee nominee.


Phil Smith from Kansas City wants to know if I think there is a chance for greater punishments to Denver stemming from its SpyGate incident last season.

BW: The NFL has reserved the right to further punish Denver if more information came out. The team and former coach Josh McDaniels were fined heavily for the incident in which the team video director filmed a San Francisco walk-through practice the day before the two teams played in London. The video director was fired. I have a feeling that no further punishment will be levied. I think the entire subject was put to rest when Denver fired McDaniels nine days after news broke of the scandal.


Tony from St. Louis wants to know if I think Todd Haley will end up calling the plays in Kansas City.

BW: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Haley hasn’t made up his mind on whether he will call plays. Even though Haley promoted offensive line coach Bill Muir to offensive coordinator, I still expect Haley to end up calling the plays. He was offensive coordinator in 2009 after he fired Chan Gailey. This situation will be different because Muir will run the offense during the week, allowing Haley to spend more time with the overall team. But I think on game days, Haley will end up being the primary play caller.