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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The weekend mail call:
P.S. There were no questions from Chargers fans, who have been very helpful in filling the mailbag all preseason. I would love to hear from you soon.
Nicole from Eugene: If the Broncos don't make the playoffs again, do you think that Pat Bowlen will at least consider getting rid of Shanahan. I know he brought us 2 superbowls, but he seems to have gotten flat lately.
Bill Williamson: Nicole, Bowlen maintains that he will never fire Mike Shanahan. Bowlen says over and over that Shanahan will be his coach for life if he wants to be. So at this point you have to believe him. He thinks Shanahan is the best coach in the league, and he can't trust anybody as much as he trusts Shanahan.
Bill Williamson: Jackson worked out for Oakland earlier this week. But he left town without a contract. Jackson has since had workouts in Cincinnati and Miami. Jackson's agent, David Canter, said that Oakland was interested in his client and it could sign him at a later date.
Bill Williamson: Interesting question. To be honest, I never really put much stock into the preseason until last year, my last season covering the Broncos. Denver's run defense was awful in the preseason, and it stayed awful all regular season. The offense had trouble in the red zone during the preseason and it continued into the regular season. For the first time, I saw a correlation from the preseason to the regular season. As for what I look for in the preseason, it is strong quarterback play on offense and fundamentals on defense. If there are major problems in these two areas, it could be a long season.
Bill Williamson: I think he can be decent. He's a smart guy and seems to be a good leader. I don't know if we'll learn much from him this year because the Chiefs may struggle. Croyle's biggest problem may be his slight stature. It may be tough for him to stay healthy.
Bill Williamson: I think those "rumors" may have sprouted from a question I posed in a recent blog entry. I thought since Kansas City looked at Foxworth, perhaps it could make a run at Lito as well. Like you, I think it makes sense, but we'll have to wait and see.
Bill Williamson: Because of the Chiefs youth, I see them struggling early but showing improvement later in the season. I can see Kansas City winning five or six games. If this team were to win six games and show improvement in December, I think it will be a productive year.
Thanks and keeping them coming.