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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Around the AFC West

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver

New coach Josh McDaniels is working the quarterbacks hard.

My take: Quarterbacks are McDaniels' specialty. This is how he made his mark at such a young age. McDaniels' success in Denver depends on whether his quarterbacks are productive. Thus, expect McDaniels to keep the heat on Kyle Orton and Chris Simms.

Kansas City

Glenn Dorsey discusses Todd Haley's no-nonsense approach.

My take: Dorsey is a big key. The Chiefs may use him at end or tackle, but he is one of the team's best young talents. Forget the trade talk of the spring for now. Dorsey is staying in Kansas City and he is a raw talent. He and Haley need to grow together.

Oakland

A Hall of Fame push for Tom Flores.

My take: Flores deserves a look. He won two Super Bowls as a coach and he is a major part of the Raiders' history. But he doesn't get much of Hall of Fame buzz. With such a backlog of worthy candidates, Oakland fans shouldn't expect Flores to get the nod any time soon.

San Diego

The Chargers remember Rodney Harrison.

My take: It's good to see a rundown of Harrison's San Diego days. He spent his first nine NFL seasons with San Diego and he was a fine player there. Harrison will likely be remembered nationally for his New England days, but a large part of his legacy was built in San Diego.