Monday, January 18, 2010
Late AFC West news and notes
By Bill Williamson
Wrapping up a wild day (and evening) in the AFC West:
For those San Diego fans who are looking for a consolation prize, here’s one: Chargers coach Norv Turner will guide the AFC team in the Pro Bowl.
Turner was selected as the coach because the Chargers were the highest seed in the AFC divisional playoffs to lose. The Chargers were the No. 2 seed and they lost to the Jets on Sunday. The NFC will be coached by Dallas coach Wade Phillips. The Cowboys were the No. 3 seed.
In previous years, the coach who lost in the conference title game coached in the Pro Bowl. But this year, the game is being played before the Super Bowl, so an adjustment was needed.
In other AFC West news:
- The Chargers will draft at No. 28 in the first round.
- The Denver Post is reporting the Broncos will interview Buffalo running backs coach Eric Studesville for the same position. The Broncos have an opening because longtime position coach Bobby Turner went to Washington to reunite with Mike Shanahan. The pair worked 14 years together in Denver.
- San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson had some legal issues Sunday morning before the Chargers’ loss to the Jets. Turner had this to say about the situation Monday: “It wouldn’t have been good if he hadn’t played. He’s a big part of what we do. Vincent, as I understand, was pulled over. He did come to the game with Philip [Rivers]. Philip was here. At 9:30 in the morning, I was driving down Murphy Canyon Road. You know this hill, it’s easy if you’re not paying attention to go faster than you need to. There was a woman pulled over at 9:30, the radar and all that. I thought at that point, ‘That’s an interesting place to have a radar gun out on a Sunday morning at 9:30.’ Vincent was pulled over later and was at the stadium. I made a point Saturday night of telling our guys that there would be a lot of traffic and leave early. We had no problems. When I walked in the locker room after walking the field like I do, Vincent was dressed and getting ready and it was well over two hours before the game, which is normal. I didn’t find out about it until later.”