AFC West: Everett Brown
Brown was cut by the Panthers prior to the season and he has been out of work since. He was a second-round pick in 2009 when the Panthers gave up a first-round pick in 2010 to draft him.
The Chargers are banged up at linebacker. Shaun Phillips missed Monday’s game with a foot injury and he could miss more time. The Chargers have 13 sacks this season. The paper reported defensive end Ogemdi Nwagbuo has been cut for the second time in two months to make room for Brown, who could soon get a chance to play in the Chargers’ rotation.
Meanwhile, the paper reported that the Chargers' running back injury woes continue. Starter Ryan Mathews (groin) and backup Curtis Brinkley (concussion) could be questionable against Green Bay on Sunday. Mike Tolbert missed Monday’s game with a hamstring injury, but he could play Sunday. The Chargers will need him ... and perhaps someone else in that game.
I found it interesting to see San Diego coach Norv Turner say Tuesday that quarterback Philip Rivers is pressing. Turner said Rivers is sometimes trying to make plays where there are none.
I don’t think Turner was calling out Rivers. The two have a good relationship. I just think Turner was being honest and he wants to help Rivers get out of any issue he may be having.
The Chargers signed receiver/returner Bryan Walters to the practice squad. He was cut from the 53-man roster Monday.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
You want more evidence that the Kansas City Chiefs should take a defensive end in the first round of the draft?
They have nine sacks this season. That's awful. Actually, it is historically awful. If the Chiefs don't register four sacks Sunday at Cincinnati they will set the NFL record for fewest sacks. The 1981 Colts had 13 sacks.
The Chiefs, 2-13, will draft either second or third in the April draft. Many people believe Kansas City will draft a quarterback, perhaps either Oklahoma's Sam Bradford or Georgia's Matthew Stafford. But the team already has quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
He is just 24 and has been serviceable. The team could get by with Thigpen as the quarterback another year. If the team decides Thigpen can't be the long-term answer after 2009, then it could pursue another quarterback.
The need at defensive end is greater. Kansas City has been beaten badly on defense all season. Kansas City has allowed opponents at least 28 points a game in nine of its 15 games. The Chiefs have allowed 424 points, which is the third most in the NFL.
The lack of a pass rush is the team's biggest problem. It has affected the entire defense. The team gave up pass-rushing star Jared Allen in a trade to Minnesota this spring in an attempt to get multiple draft choices and rebuild. That's fine. But a replacement for Allen, who has 5.5 more sacks than the entire Chiefs' roster, is necessary.
There will be a major leadership change in Kansas City but that new group needs to recognize that the lack of a pass rush is their biggest problem. If the new brass doesn't believe it, they should ask team leader Tony Gonzalez. He said earlier this month that if Thigpen wasn't the quarterback in 2009, it would be a "disgrace." He said the problem isn't at quarterback but on defense. Gonzalez said he thought the team was 4-5 players way from being a playoff contender.
It has to start at defensive end.
The Chiefs will have their choice of players, but they need so start on the defensive line. Players such as Brian Orakpo of Texas, Michael Johnson of Georgia Tech, Aaron Maybin of Penn State and Everette Brown of Florida State should all be considered.
The draft landscape will change dramatically between now and April, but the Chiefs' greatest need won't change. If this team sets the record for fewest sacks, it's just another reason why the Chiefs have to find a difference-making pass-rusher.