AFC West: Kynan Forney

Late AFC West news and notes

September, 8, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

Denver coach Josh McDaniels indicated that receiver Brandon Marshall, newly reinstated from a team-imposed team suspension, could end up playing in Sunday's game at Cincinnati. When asked how Marshall, who was suspended after making a mockery of practice Aug. 26, has been practicing this week, McDaniels said: “great.”

Oakland coach Tom Cable hinted that the Raiders may be talking to Richard Seymour about a contract extension. It may be the team’s best chances to get Seymour into town.

It will be interesting to see if tackle Langston Walker, cut by Buffalo, could end up in Oakland. The Raiders could use help at right tackle. Walker left Oakland as a free agent to sign with the Bills.

The Broncos were happy with how starting quarterback Kyle Orton practiced and expect him to play Sunday. He suffered an index finger injury Aug. 30.

Guard Kynan Forney signed with Jacksonville. He was a surprise cut by San Diego.

The Chiefs’ brass promised the public the team will work hard in 2009.

Chargers: Cutdown analysis

September, 5, 2009

Posted by’s Bill Williamson

Biggest surprise: Cutting guard Kynan Forney. I’d say Forney’s release was one of the biggest surprises in the league. It’s not that Forney is a huge name, but he was expected to be a contributor. He was locked in a battle for the starting job with rookie Louis Vasquez all camp. The Chargers wanted Vasquez, a third-round pick from Texas Tech, to win the job because they think he has huge potential. But Forney, who was re-signed when the team didn’t opt to keep Mike Goff this offseason, was playing well. He suffered a neck injury and it hurt his cause. Forney’s misfortune is Vasquez’s fortune. Vasquez is now an NFL starter.

No brainers: The decision to keep running back Michael Bennett. Ever since he was claimed off waivers last year, the Chargers liked what they saw in the veteran running back. He is a playmaker and he can occupy a role behind LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles. You can never have too many game breakers.

What’s next: The Chargers may look for some help on both lines. The team could use some veteran reinforcements for depth on both the offensive and defensive line.

Chargers' cut list

September, 5, 2009
Posted by’s Bill Williamson

The San Diego Chargers just announced their final cuts.

I will follow up with an analysis post soon. But here’s the list:

The San Diego Chargers released 21 players today and placed DE Ryon Bingham on Reserve-Injured (arm) to reach the NFL’s mandatory 53-player roster limit. The following players were released:

LB Eric Bakhtiari

WR Gary Banks

LB Darry Beckwith

CB Simeon Castille

T Corey Clark

DE Andre Coleman

TE Charles Davis

G Ray Feinga

G Kynan Forney

DE Keith Grennan

LB James Holt

DT Rashaad Jackson

FB Billy Latsko

WR Charly Martin

C Ryan McDonald

RB Kestahn Moore

DT Ian Scott

T L.J. Shelton

CB Antonio Smith

P Truman Spencer

TE Kory Sperry

Breaking down the Chargers' game

August, 30, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Thoughts from the Chargers' 27-24 defeat at Atlanta:

  • The Chargers' offense was clicking. San Diego converted 7 of 8 third-down situations. Quarterback Philip Rivers was fantastic, as was receiver Vincent Jackson. This team is ready to go.
  • The Chargers allowed just one sack Saturday night. Last week against Arizona, Rivers was sacked four times.
  • The Chargers also improved in their kick coverage.
  • The Louis Vasquez-Kynan Forney battle continued at guard and may continue for a few more weeks.
  • Rookie running back Gartrell Johnson displayed his downhill running ability with a 42-yard gain.
  • Top pick Larry English made his preseason debut and displayed his famous motor. He is going to be able to help this team early.
  • Veteran running back Michael Bennett scored on a 48-yard touchdown catch. Bennett is valuable and he should make the team.

The Replacements: AFC West

June, 16, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

A look at the key loss and his replacement for each team in the division:

Denver Broncos

Who's out: Jay Cutler, quarterback, traded to Chicago.


Who's in: Kyle Orton, quarterback, acquired from Chicago.

Outlook: It would be impossible for Broncos fans to expect Orton to have the same impact that Cutler had. Orton simply isn't as talented as Cutler.

But in new Denver coach Josh McDaniels' system, the team is confident Orton, who was named Denver's starting quarterback over Chris Simms on Saturday, can manage games and help win games.

The Replacements
Tuesday: AFC North | West
Wednesday: AFC South | East
Thursday: NFC South | East
Friday: NFC North | NFC West

Orton was a decent player in Chicago. Cutler was becoming a great player in Denver before he butted heads with McDaniels. Orton probably never will make the highlight-film plays that Cutler does and he never will amass the passing yardage Cutler does. But McDaniels believes Orton will work well in the system. Denver wants the run to set up the pass and Orton has the best receiving weapons of his career. He may not be fancy and he won't make people forget about Cutler's arm, but Orton has a chance to succeed in Denver because of the system that helped Matt Cassel enjoy fast success in New England last year.

Kansas City Chiefs


Who's out: Tony Gonzalez, tight end, traded to Atlanta.

Who's in: Brad Cottam, tight end.

Outlook: Cottam will have some competition, including journeymen Sean Ryan and Tony Curtis. But the team likes Cottam, who was a third-round pick last year. The thing is, Cottam is more of a blocking tight end and will not remind anyone of Gonzalez, who is the greatest receiving tight end of all time.

But Cottam will get dirty and help in the running game. New Kansas City coach Todd Haley used the tight end sparingly as the offensive coordinator in Arizona. So, Cottam won't have that much pressure on him to make an impact in the receiving game.

Oakland Raiders


Who's out: Kwame Harris, left tackle, cut.

Who's in: Mario Henderson, left tackle.

Outlook: Khalif Barnes was signed as a free agent to replace Harris, who flopped in one season in Oakland. However, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Henderson is beating out Barnes heading to training camp.

Oakland coach Tom Cable likes Henderson, a third-year player. Still, Barnes was brought in to start. So, Henderson will have to earn the job. This has long been a problem position for Oakland. Perhaps it will be the young Henderson who offers stability.

San Diego Chargers


Who's out: Mike Goff, guard, signed with Kansas City as a free agent.

Who's in: Louis Vasquez, guard.

Outlook: Vasquez will battle with veteran Kynan Forney, who was originally expected to replace Goff, whom the team did not pursue in free agency.

However, Vasquez, a third-round pick, has been outstanding in the spring. If Vasquez has a strong training camp and preseason, expect him to win the job. The Chargers are looking for a long-term answer at the position and they believe it could be Vasquez.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

DANA POINT, Calif. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have made an addition to their starting offensive line and a subtraction from the San Diego Chargers' roster in one move.

According to a source close to the deal, the Chiefs and Mike Goff agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract. The Kansas City Star first reported the story. He will start at either center or guard for the Chiefs who are looking to make upgrades on the offensive line.

The presence of Goff could allow the Chiefs to pursue a trade of Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters. The Kansas City Star reported several weeks ago that Waters wants to be traded. The Chiefs begin their offseason workout program Monday. The team is hopeful Waters shows up.

The Chargers had no plans to re-sign Goff, 33. He has a somewhat shaky 2008 season. The team will likely give Kynan Forney, who re-signed this offseason, a chance to start with Goff now in Kansas City.

A.J. Smith presser news and notes

February, 26, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

San Diego general manager A.J. Smith held a 45-minute press conference to address the team's status heading into free agency. There were several interesting developments. Of course, the most important part of the press conference centered around a situation that is still unresolved.

Smith said talks on restructuring LaDainian Tomlinson's contract were ongoing, but he wouldn't go into specifics about the situation. If Tomlinson, who is due more than $6.7 million this season, doesn't take a restructured deal to reduce his 2009 pay, he will likely be cut.

The talks could last several days. There is no hard deadline. The fact that the talks, which began in earnest Sunday, are taking this long could be a sign of difficulty. However, both sides want Tomlinson to remain in San Diego so the talks will continue.

Meanwhile, San Diego cut linebacker Anthony Waters, who was a third-round pick in 2007. The team had high hopes for Waters last season but he was injured and never made an impact when he was healthy. Still, it is a bit surprising the team gave up on him so early in his career.

Smith said the team will not pursue any of its four remaining unrestricted free agents: defensive lineman Igor Olshansky, guard Mike Goff, linebacker Marques Harris and center Jeremy Newberry. That proclamation is not surprising.

The team wasn't pleased with Olshansky's and Goff's play last season and Harris and Newberry are role players. The Chargers re-signed guard Kynan Forney on Wednesday and he could take Goff's place. Smith said the team would monitor movement in free agency but wouldn't say how much of a player the team would be. The Chargers will likely sign one or two players but not be particularly busy.

Also, Smith said left tackle Marcus McNeill had knee surgery three weeks ago but he is expected to be ready for training camp. McNeill was hampered by a neck problem last season.

Around the AFC West

February, 25, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson


The Broncos' free agents wonder where they will end up.

My take: The Broncos have a very underwhelming group of free agents and many are unlikely to be retained by the new regime. Perhaps only defensive lineman Kenny Peterson will be kept but only as a role player. The housecleaning is on in Denver.

Kansas City

The Chiefs took another step toward moving their training camp to Missouri.

My take: Unless there is a breakdown, the Chiefs will likely move their camp from Western Wisconsin to Missouri in 2010. While the Chiefs have nice camp digs in River Falls, Wis., most teams now train closer to their headquarters and this is likely the easiest thing for the team as it moves forward.


The pros and cons of cutting receiver Javon Walker.

My take: Walker will eventually be shown the door. The Raiders should do it sooner than later and move on. Yes, there have been talks of Walker taking a pay cut. There has also been talk that he could retire. The Raiders need to do their part by cutting him and moving on from a bad decision.

San Diego

John Clayton reports the Chargers signed pending free agent Kynan Forney to a two-year deal.

My take: This was a smart move. Forney can play and the Chargers may need a new guard with Mike Goff probably leaving through free agency. This was the right call.

Showdown in San Diego: inactives

December, 28, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Here are the inactive players for tonight's showdown in the AFC West in the winner-takes-the-division game between the Broncos and the Chargers:

Denver Broncos Inactives

20 FS Marlon McCree
26 CB Jack Williams
37 RB Alex Haynes
38 FB Andrew Pinnock
53 LB Niko Koutouvides
72 G Pat Murray
85 TE Chad Mustard
94 DE Jarvis Moss

San Diego Chargers Inactives

6 QB Charlie Whitehurst (third quarterback)
29 RB Michael Bennett
34 FB Billy Latsko
59 LB Brandon Siler
67 G Kynan Forney
75 T Corey Clark
80 WR Malcom Floyd
98 DT Ian Scott

Colts-Chargers inactives

November, 23, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Here are the inactives for tonight's game:

San Diego Chargers

QB Charlie Whitehurst (third quarterback)
CB Cletis Gordon
RB Michael Bennett
G Kynan Forney
T Corey Clark
TE Kris Wilson
DE Luis Castillo
DT Ian Scott

Indianapolis Colts

SS Bob Sanders
DB Brandon Foster
LB Buster Davis
C Steve Justice
TE James Petrowski
WR Roy Hall
DT Daniel Muir
DE Curtis Johnson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- The injury-barraged San Diego Chargers may have gotten a break.

Both running back LaDainian Tomlinson and cornerback Antonio Cromartie are active for today's game between the Chargers and the Broncos. Both players were listed as questionable on the injury report heading into the game.

Both players did practice fully Friday, though. Tomlinson has a turf toe problem and Cromartie had a hip issue. Both players were hurt in last week's loss to Carolina.

If Tomlinson is affected by the injury, Darren Sproles and rookie Jacob Hester will run the ball for the Chargers in what is a crucial game against the 1-0 Broncos. First-round pick Antoine Cason will spell Cromartie if he can't go.

The Chargers continue to play without standout offensive linemen Nick Hardwick (foot) and left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck). Both players missed last week as well. Jeremy Newberry starts for Hardwick at center and L.J. Shelton plays for McNeill at left tackle.

San Diego's other inactive players are cornerback DeJuan Tribble, linebacker Anthony Waters, guard Kynan Forney, tight end Kris Wilson, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and Charlie Whitehurst is the emergency quarterback.

For Denver, its inactive players are safety Hamza Abdullah, running back Ryan Torain. linebacker Louis Green, tackle Erik Pears, center Tom Nalen, receiver Darrell Jackson, defensive tackle Nic Clemons and defensive end Jarvis Moss.

This is the second straight healthy scratch for Moss, Denver's first-round pick last year. The Broncos have plans for Moss but Denver doesn't think Oakland and San Diego were good match-ups for the slender pass rusher. However, if you are a first-round pick, match-ups shouldn't play a part on whether you are active or not.

Jackson was added to the injury report Saturday with a calf injury.