AFC West: Knownshon Moreno

Here are some highlights from our AFC West chat, which was held earlier Thursday:

Denver

Scott from Northglenn, CO.: Seen reports that McGahee is way ahead of Moreno. Could he be the starter, and Moreno the 3rd down back?

BW: They brought him as a complementary guy, but if McGahee gets it done more that Moreno, I can see roles switching. The word is McGahee has looked good.

Kansas City

DeShawn from N.C.: Do you think the Chiefs have a shot at winning the division?

BW: Why not? They did last year before we knew they were any good. Now we know they are good and they got better. Sure, they have a chance.

Oakland

Donnie from Daytona Beach: Hey Bill, I was wondering if the Raiders were after any vet WR and if there is any update about Lofa or Hayden? Or if they are after someone else.

BW: It was reported last week that Oakland was considering both Tatupa and Hayden. They are both coming off injuries and teams seem to be weary of signing them at this point.

ESPN’s John Clayton tweets that the Raiders are still talking to Tatupa, although no deal is imminent. I’d guess the Raiders want to see their linebackers play against Arizona on Thursday night before they decide to pursue a veteran at the spot.

San Diego

Chris from Santa Barbara: In baseball, the big preseason move was A. Gonzales and the best under the radar move was Russell Martin. In Football this year I say Haynesworth is the big move and Bob Sanders will be the under-rated move. What do you think of that comparison?

BW: I love baseball, so kudos for the comparison. I think Asomugha was the A. Gonzalez move. But I like the Sanders call. The Chargers are fired up about this guy. He didn't look rusty to me. If he stays healthy, he's a boon addition.

AFC West mailbag

June, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Weekend mail call:

Derron from Campbell River wants to know if Denver could trade for Brady Quinn this year if he loses the Cleveland quarterback battle to Derek Anderson.

BW: If so, I 'm not sure how effective Quinn would be in 2009, coming into a new system during the preseason. A quarterback needs an entire offseason to prepare, get to know the system and his new teammates and coaches. But if Quinn is the odd man out in Cleveland and neither Kyle Orton nor Chris Simms lights it up this season, perhaps a deal could be in place next year.

Michael from Iowa wants to know who is responsible for the Chiefs' transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

BW: It's the Scott Pioli show in Kansas City. Pioli came from New England and the Patriots use a 3-4. Understandably, Pioli is going to build a team around a system he is most comfortable with it. Joining him in Kansas City is head coach Todd Haley and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. They were with Arizona last year where Pendergast used a form of the 3-4 at times. So, there is comfortably in the leadership with the scheme.


Mike from Los Angeles wants to know if Peyton Hillis will be lost in Denver's running back shuffle.

BW: He could with the team adding Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan this offseason. But Hillis is the type of player that makes coaches fall in love with him by his practice play. None of these jobs, other than Moreno's, are etched in stone. Hillis has time to show he can be a valuable player for Denver.


J from Seattle wants to know if Darren McFadden can put up LaDainian Tomlinson-like numbers now that he has former Tomlinson lead blocker Lorenzo Neal and some new offensive linemen.

BW: Tomlinson put up special numbers. I'm not sure McFadden is going to have the chance or if he is built to have that type of an impact. McFadden will likely be more of a situational player. Oakland has other backs and McFadden is not known as a pounder. So, I don't think Tomlinson-like numbers are in the future for McFadden.

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