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Friday, October 14, 2011
Early AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

A Kansas City radio station reported that Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was prepared to fire coach Todd Haley had he not led his team back from a 17-0 deficit at Indianapolis last week. The team has denied the report. The Chiefs are 2-3 after starting 0-3. I think if Pioli really wanted to axe Haley he would have done it when his team was winless. Haley’s future could be re-assessed after the season or if they go on another long losing streak. But right now, Haley should be lauded for having his team play so hard in a difficult season.

NFL.com is reporting one of the people the Raiders are exploring for their potential general manager job is Baltimore executive Eric DeCosta. He is considered one of the brightest young executives in the game. Any wish list of general managers usually does – and should -- include his name. It is considered unlikely he’d leave the Ravens.

ESPN’s Rick Reilly offers a must-read on the late Al Davis.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers had a humorous response when asked about the Chargers’ less-than-impressive performances while compiling a 4-1 record.

San Diego general manager A.J. Smith talks about the importance of overcoming injuries.

Kansas City rookie pass-rusher Justin Houston is starting to turn it on. If Houston can produce a constant pass-rush, it will immensely help star pass-rusher Tamba Hali.

The Chiefs are denying a report that there is a naming-rights deal in place for Arrowhead Stadium. I know the current world makes name rights a necessary evil in the sports world. But Arrowhead Stadium is such a great, tradition-rich name. The only way I could accept a change is if Arrowhead Water bought the naming rights. Too perfect, right? Yeah, It’d probably never happen.

In a radio interview, Raider’s CEO Amy Trask talks about this emotional week.

Here is an Insider look at the top half of a shaky first round of the 2009 draft. There is a strong AFC West presence, although it is not pretty.