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AFC West news and notes

1/6/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

  • Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett praised Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler on his way to interviewing for the Denver head coaching job. The Broncos are working on finalizing an interview for a seventh coaching candidate Thursday. Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will be the sixth candidate to interview Wednesday.

  • The expected retirement of center Tom Nalen is not catching the Broncos off guard. Nalen missed the past 27 games due to injury and the team wasn't counting on their longtime great in 2009.

  • The word around the league is that the Chiefs and New England executive are continuing talks about him taking over as general manager.

  • Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished fourth in the NFL offensive player of the year voting.