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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Mid-week mail call:

Jeff from Boulder, Co wants to know why Kansas City coach Todd Haley is not using his running backs more.

Bill Williamson: Haley needs to need to find his comfort zone as the Chiefs’ play caller. He was a terrific play caller as the offensive coordinator in Arizona. But it seems like he is having trouble adjusting to playing with lesser talent. But after the Chiefs had fourth quarter success in Jacksonville Sunday passing the ball, I think he will be more of a passing offense. The Chiefs finally showed a spark and they have to continue to do so.


Tom from San Diego wants to know why Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips doesn’t get more credit for being a good player.

BW: In NFL circles, Phillips is known as a fine player. He is a team leader and he is a smart, passionate player. When Phillips plays well, so does the entire San Diego defense. That’s what is happening now. Phillips has five sacks in San Diego’s last three games, all victories.


Paul Camelo from Albany, NY wants to know if the rumors of Brian Billick becoming the Raiders’ next coach could happen.

BW: There has been rumors, but I don’t think it’s a perfect fit. I think Billick will look at other possibilities. There could be 8-10 openings this year. I don’t think Billick would show interest in Oakland if he had other opportunities. If so, though, it would be a great move by the Raiders, if they do end up moving away from Tom Cable.