Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Around the AFC West
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
A local columnist warns not to get too excited about Denver’s 2-0 start.
My take: I agree. Remember, Denver was 3-0 last season before finishing the season 5-8. But this is a new era in Denver and the 2-0 start is significant, even if beating Cincinnati and Cleveland doesn’t necessarily make them a Super Bowl contender.
Jamaal Charles doesn’t know why he was deactivated against Oakland.
My take: It was a little curious. But Charles needs to worry about getting better and not worry about why didn’t play. The best players play. Charles clearly needs to impress his coaches more.
The Raiders plan life without Robert Gallery for 4-6 weeks.
My take: One of the options is to move center Chris Morris to Gallery’s left guard spot and insert Samson Satele at center. This is a chance for Satele to make an impact. The Raiders traded for him this offseason and he has been a disappointment.
Norv Turner is being questioned already.
My take: This is no surprise. It may be somewhat unfair, but it’s not shocking. Many people are just waiting for Turner to make mistakes. So, every San Diego loss will be pinned on him. Yes, there were a couple questionable decisions, but there are couple of questionable decisions made by every coach in the NFL. Turner didn’t lose the game to Baltimore, but he’s being blamed for it. That’s just the way it is with Turner.