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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Mid-week mail call:

Dustin T. from San Diego wants to know which team in the playoffs do I think could give San Diego the most trouble?

Bill Williamson: Well, Dustin, I think Indianapolis has to be considered the biggest challenge. But the Chargers wouldn’t see the Colts until the AFC championship game. In the divisional playoff round, I think the Chargers have to beware most of New England. The other two teams San Diego could meet in the divisional round are Cincinnati and the Jets. The Patriots would be the most challenging. The Patriots aren’t the same team as they have been in the past, still slaying Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in the postseason is never an easy task.

Drew Schmit from Arizona wants to know if I think Richard Seymour will re-sign with Oakland.

BW: He better be, right, Drew? Oakland doesn’t have a choice to re-sign Seymour or to give him the franchise tag. Oakland surrendered its 2011 first-round pick to New England for Seymour in September. If Seymour, 30, doesn’t come back to Oakland, the Raiders will look very silly. So, the Raiders have to do everything in their power to keep Seymour and ideally sign him to a long-term deal.

Jason from Houston wants to know if the Chiefs will hire former Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel will end up the defensive coordinator in Kansas City.

BW: It makes sense because Crennel worked with Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli in New England. The Chiefs tried to talk Crennel into taking the job last year but he had hip surgery. The word from Crennel’s camps in that he has not decided if he wants to coach in 2010. If he does, Kansas City could be a potential option. But there will likely be other suitors for Crennel if he decides to come back. Also, the Chiefs could decide to keep current defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.