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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Mid-week mail call:

Jesse from San Antonio wants to know if I think the Chargers will go after an offensive-minded coach if Norv Turner is fired.

Bill Williamson: Often, teams usually move away from the type of coach they had just fired. When Turner was hired by San Diego in 2007, the Chargers went for an offensive coach after departing ways with a defensive-minded coach in Marty Schottenheimer. But I think this situation is different. I think the Chargers will look for the best possible fit regardless of what side of the ball a coach specializes on.

Jim from Rock Port, Mo. wants to know if the fact at Ricky Stanzi has not been in the mix is a sign that the Chiefs are not happy with him.

BW: You must remember, Stanzi was a fifth-round pick. He is a project. The Chiefs don’t expect anything from him this year. He is a long-term prospect, who may or may not have a future in Kansas City. The fact that he isn’t playing now means little.

Raider Will from Miami wants to know if I think Oakland cornerback Stanford Routt is having a Pro Bowl season.

BW: Routt has been good. He has done a nice job this season as the Raiders’ No. 1 cornerback after the departure of Nnamdi Asomugha. I think Routt is a good player, whose cover skills are underrated. He may not be a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback, but he’s not far off.