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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Billy from Corona, Ca: With denver coming out and putting up a lot of points and fast you would think it would make the oppositions offence more one dimensional trying to play catch up and much easier for our defence to make some big plays and force turnovers. Why is this not happening? Is it players or learning the new system or what?
BW: In a way, it is happening. Teams have to throw to catch up with Denver and they are throwing at ease. San Diego and New Orleans combined for 798 yards passing. The Broncos have to learn to stop the pass and perhaps their big leads will be safe.
BW: The league is looking at the situation and if he is convicted, he could be disciplined further. However, the case was part of Marshall's original suspension so there is a chance he will not get any more disciplinary action sanctioned against him.
BW: Payton has a point. Jamie Winborn was offside on the play in question. Still, it had no impact on the outcome of the play, which Payton admitted. He is a coach frustrated with a loss and his reaction is understandable. Plus, the league needs to be made aware of officials' mistakes. But let's not compare this situation to the blown call the week before that went against San Diego. The impact was not even close.
BW: Philip Rivers is a flat-out stallion. Yes, he will be in the MVP conversation if he keeps this up. His play has been effortless. Rivers will always be successful because he is so bright and he is such a leader. His teammates will play hard for him. But if he continues to make the strides in his overall game, the sky is the limit. He is really fun to watch.
BW: You are right. Marcus McNeill's presence really helped at left tackle. He is a Pro Bowl player who was missed. Once the Chargers get center Nick Hardwick back in a few weeks, this offensive line should be running at a high level.
BW: The Chiefs' fishing expedition about Brady Quinn with Cleveland last week shows that this team believes it may have to look outside the organization for quarterback help. So any current, young backup could be a possibility for Kansas City.
BW: Yes, Josh, it is pretty awesome. My fortune has not been lost on me. I am thankful to be able to do this job every day.
BW: It's a legitimate question, Michael. However, it will never happen. But remember, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell got involved in the Brett Favre mess this summer. Why couldn't he go into Oakland and step in there? It's sort of the same thing, isn't it?
BW: Any time a big lead is blown in the fourth quarter, it is certainly a discouraging week. However, the Raiders played hard on the road for the second straight week despite all of the turmoil. That is encouraging. The Raiders aren't folding and that is impressive.
Thanks and keep them coming.