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Sunday, November 29, 2009
AFC West notes: Thoughts on McDaniels-Phillips

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Too bad the Broncos and the Chargers don’t play each other again this season. One of the nastiest rivalries in the NFL took another turn.

Denver coach Josh McDaniels took the time to defend himself and told his side of the story to ESPN regarding a dispute with San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips.

McDaniels said Phillips approach him with a vulgar message prior to the Chargers’ 32-3 win at Denver, which gave them sole possession of first place in the AFC West. After the game, Phillips told reporters that McDaniels told some Chargers linebackers the Broncos “owned” the Chargers.

McDaniels told ESPN that he was referring to his New England days about the ownership of the Chargers when he responded to Phillips. Phillips has a reputation around the league for talking a lot on the field. It will be interesting to see if he has anything to say Sunday about McDaniels’ side of the story after the Chargers’ game with Kansas City. The Chargers have already declined comment, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Phillips is coy about McDaniels’ claim.

What does this all mean? Not much. It’s just trash talk. But its clear McDaniels felt that he needed to get his side of the story out after taking heat during the week. He was criticized by some people around the league after Phillips had his say.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting if Charlie Weis is fired by Notre Dame, as expected, he could resurface as an NFL offensive coordinator. The Chiefs have to be considered a natural possibility. Weis has history with general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley. Plus, the Chiefs have an opening at offensive coordinator.