Friday, January 22, 2010
Around the AFC West
By Bill Williamson
Catching up on some news and notes in the division:
The Broncos have added to their coaching staff.
My take: The names Josh McDaniels has added to his staff don’t stack up to the men they are replacing -- longtime Denver assistants Rick Dennison and Bobby Turner -- however, the most important thing here is McDaniels is continuing to build his own program. While Dennison and Turner have skins on the wall, they were part of Mike Shanahan’s staff. It’s time for McDaniels to have his own influence on his staff. This is a good development in Denver.
The Oakland Tribune has an update on the Tom Cable situation.
My take: The Hue Jackson talks are interesting. I would not be surprised at all if Jackson -- who is known for helping young quarterbacks -- is hired as offensive coordinator and he ends up calling the plays on a staff led by Cable. A Cable-Jackson combination could be a good solution in Oakland. Cable would be kept, which would help continuity, and Jackson would give quarterback JaMarcus Russell a chance to improve.
The San Diego Union Tribune pokes holes into the rampant talk that the Chargers lost to the Jets because too many players were partying Friday night.
My take: I agree with this column. The Chargers lost because of mistakes made on the field against the Jets not because a handful of players may or may not have been hanging out 36 hours prior to the game.