AFC West: Deacon Jones

The glove talk in the AFC West is clearly not complete.

Late last season, it was all about Peyton Manning wearing a glove in the Denver cold. Now, the attention is turning to San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers wore a glove on his throwing hand late last season and he experienced success and he stopped turning the ball over. Now, Rivers says he may wear a glove early in the season.

It is it significant?

Well, it all comes down to whether Rivers is comfortable with it. If his 2012 results are any indication, it appears the glove is a good fit for Rivers, who has committed too many turnovers the past two years. His Chargers are 3-0 in games Rivers wore the glove. He threw seven touchdowns and was not intercepted. In the 13 glove-less games? The Chargers were 4-9, Rivers threw 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

So it’s no surprise Rivers is considering using the glove regardless of weather. CBS Sports points out Rivers’ new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt saw Kurt Warner bounce back from turnover troubles by wearing a glove in Arizona.

The glove love in the AFC West may just be starting.

In other AFC West notes:

Denver running back Willis McGahee, who is still recovering from a knee injury, is continuing to stay away from volunteer OTAs. He is expected back next week for the team’s mandatory minicamp. Because of his advance age and his health, there is no guarantee McGahee will be part of the mix in Denver this year. The team is expected to lean heavily on second-round pick Montee Ball in the ground game.

Former San Diego returner/receiver Micheal Spurlock signed with Detroit.

Condolences go out to the family of the great Deacon Jones, who died Monday night. Remembered as a Ram, the great sack master played for the Chargers in 1972-73.

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