AFC West: Kansas City

Last week during our AFC West chat, I got a great question from Adam in Sacramento.

He asked which AFC West quarterback, Kansas City’s Alex Smith, Oakland’s Matt Flynn or San Diego’s Philip Rivers is facing the most pressure in 2013.


Which of these AFC West quarterbacks is facing the most pressure in 2013


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I thought it was a fascinating question. All three are facing their own brand of pressure this season. I responded by saying I think Flynn has the most pressure.

Flynn was my answer because I think he is the one of the three quarterbacks who is in the most immediate danger of being replaced. But I can see a case being made for all three quarterbacks being under the most pressure.

So, via Adam from Sacramento, I am asking our AFC West readers the same question. Please take our pool and explain your reason for your vote in the comment section. We will review the poll results Wednesday. Thanks to Adam for supplying a great topic.

Preparing for Week 13

November, 29, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

I am headed to San Diego for the second straight week to cover the Chargers' game against the Atlanta Falcons.

This one won't be easy for San Diego. Again, like its 23-20 loss to Indianapolis last Sunday night, this is a must win. The only reason why the Chargers still have a chance is because Denver lost at home to Oakland.

The 4-7 Chargers need to start winning if they have any chance of staying alive in the division. I will also keep tabs on Denver as it tries to rebound at the New York Jets, one of the hottest teams in the NFL. I will also give updates on the Raiders' home game against Kansas City.

Please check in Sunday for pre, in and postgame analysis and news from around the AFC West.

Posted by's Bill Williamson


It wouldn't be a surprise if half the AFC West is scurrying for tape of kicker Jay Feely this afternoon. Feely was cut by Miami Tuesday.

Both Denver and Kansas City are currently working with inexperienced kickers. The Broncos, which lost Jason Elam through free agency to Atlanta this offseason after 15 seasons in Denver, have Matt Prater as their kicker. Prater made 3 of 4 field goals in Denver's preseason opener Saturday night but he missed his first kick, a 30-yarder.

Kansas City has Connor Barth and Nick Novak in camp. The team likes both players but would likely show interest in an experienced kicker.

Denver seems at peace with Prater. While Feely would have to be intriguing to the Broncos because of his experience, it could be a situation where the Broncos want to see more of Prater before making a move. If Feely were pursued, there could be a competition in Denver. In that case, Feely would likely first look at a situation where he'd be the clear kicker. That could potentially be in Kansas City.

Will Feely end up in the AFC West? Who knows. But you know the idea is being considered.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

It may seem strange that the only unsigned draft pick in the AFC West, now that Kansas City has signed top pick Glenn Dorsey, is a seventh rounder. Chiefs seventh rounder Michael Merritt remains unsigned.

However, there is a reason for it. The tight end suffered a recent leg injury. He is working out near the Chiefs' training camp and will sign his deal when he is recovered. There's no funny business. A seventh rounder is not playing hardball. The reason why Merritt isn't signed is merely a formality.