AFC West: Oakland Radiers

AFC West mailbag

May, 18, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Special Monday edition:

Tad asks if the Raiders should go after free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress:

BW: Like you Tad, I've heard his agent say there are two teams interested in the former Giants star. The Jets are one of the teams but the other team is a mystery. I wonder if it is Oakland. I don't know if the Raiders should go that route because they are trying to add players without issues. Burress comes with a load of issues. Yes, he'd help on the field, but the Raiders should resist the temptation.

Thom from Las Vegas wants to know if there is any news on a possible league suspension for Denver star receiver Brandon Marshall:

BW: Not yet. A decision could come at any time. Marshall, who had a one-game suspension last year, was arrested earlier this offseason after a dispute with his fiancée. However, charges were quickly dropped. At this point, whether Marshall is suspended is a guessing game.

Ryan from New Jersey wonders if Jarvis Moss will be a factor in Denver as a 3-4 linebacker.

BW: I have my doubts. He ran with the third-string linebacking crew in a minicamp this year. I just don't think Moss is in the team's plans. I know there was, at least, one team that Denver called in both the sixth and seventh rounds of the April draft offering Moss. At this point, the No. 17 overall pick of the 2007 draft looks like a colossal bust.

Around the AFC West

January, 29, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Denver: The Broncos will slowly adjust to the 3-4 defense.

My take: Denver has no choice but to take it slow. It doesn't have the personnel to run the 3-4 right now. It will try to get those players quickly, but this is not an overnight process. It will take time to get the players the team wants.

Kansas City: What if Troy Polamalu was taken by the Chiefs?

My take: The Chiefs could have had Polamalu and they clearly would be better off if they took him. This is a defense-changing player. Polamalu is a major reason why Pittsburgh has the dominant defense it has.

Oakland: Another report that Tom Cable is the guy in Oakland.

My take: Unless Al Davis stuns us all, Cable will be the coach. But the truth is, Davis has stunned us all in the past. So let's not take anything for granted.

San Diego: Rob Chudzinski is officially on the Chargers' coaching staff.

My take: This hiring is being lauded around the league. The former Cleveland offensive coordinator will be the assistant head coach and tight ends coach in San Diego. He will be a good right-hand man for Chargers coach Norv Turner and give the Chargers another solid offensive mind.

A few more notes from Oakland

September, 29, 2008
Posted by's Bill Williamson

OAKLAND -- Leftover thoughts from the Chargers' 28-18 win over Oakland:
  • Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said both running back Darren McFadden (turf toe) and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (elbow) were limited severely because of their injuries. Kiffin said both players likely would not have played if the team had other options. McFadden had just 20 yards on seven carries.
The team hopes he and Justin Fargas will be healthy when Oakland returns from the bye Oct. 12 at New Orleans. Fargas has missed the past two games with a groin injury.
  • Sebastian Janikowski attempted a 76-yard field goal at the end of the first half. He was about 10 yards short. Kiffin said Janikowski has hit field goals of 70-73 yards in practice.
  • The Raiders came onto the field for pre-game introductions as units. The linebackers were introduced tighter the running backs were introduced together and so on. Kiffin said he came up with the idea Saturday night because his team had to play together.
  • The Chargers broke the 18-18 tie after Darren Sproles broke a 69-yard kickoff return. Sproles said he told teammates he had a "special" return in him. He was right.
  • The Chargers offensive line, healthy for the first time this season, gave up four sacks. That has to improve. Philip Rivers didn't seem comfortable until late in the game.
  • Sure, the Raiders have allowed 42 points in the past two fourth quarters. That, is indeed, bad, really bad. But give Oakland credit. It has played well the past three weeks during the Kiffin Fire Watch. Will it be enough to save his job? Maybe not, but this team has not laid down.