AFC West: Rocky Boiman

Postgame notes from Denver

December, 7, 2008
12/07/08
10:43
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- Postgame thoughts after the Broncos' 24-17 win over the Chiefs:

  • The Chiefs did not register a sack Sunday. They have six sacks on the season which is a league low.
  • Derrick Johnson had six tackles in his first game at middle linebacker for the Chiefs. Rocky Boiman, who took over for Johnson, at outside linebacker also had six tackles. The Chiefs are trying to breathe life into their defense with the move.
  • Denver cornerback Dre' Bly deserves credit for playing well in the six games Denver played without star left cornerback Champ Bailey. Bly has elevated his game with Bailey out with a groin injury. The team hopes Bailey will be back next week at Carolina.
  • Chiefs running back Larry Johnson was held to 36 yards on 11 carries.
  • Denver rookie safety Josh Barrett, who was promoted from the practice squad three weeks ago, faced Tony Gonzalez all game. The seventh-round pick from Arizona State held Gonzalez to five catches for 73 yards. He broke up several passes. If Barrett can give Denver a spark down the stretch, it could be huge. The Broncos have lacked quality safety play all season.

Pre-game notes from Denver

December, 7, 2008
12/07/08
4:02
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him.Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- Here are some pre-game notes prior to the Chiefs'-Broncos game:

Denver star left cornerback Champ Bailey is inactive for his sixth straight game. Bailey tore his hamstring Oct. 20 against New England. Undrafted rookie Josh Bell will start for Bailey.

Linebacker D.J. Williams is out for a fifth game with a knee injury. Undrafted rookie Wesley Woodyard will start for Williams.

Middle linebacker Nate Webster is back after missing three games with a knee injury.

Rookie Spencer Larsen will start at fullback. He was playing for Webster at middle linebacker.

Kansas City receiver Mark Bradley is out. Devard Darling is starting.

This will be Kansas City's Derrick Johnson's first game at middle linebacker since being moved from outside linebacker. Rocky Boiman takes Johnson's place on the outside.

Denver is wearing its orange jerseys for the second time this season and second time since 2004.

Here is an interesting quote from Tom Jackson on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown: "The Broncos are doing a pretty good Jekyll and Hyde act this season, but the tip is to watch Peyton Hillis. ... If they can find a guy who can run the ball downhill, this team has a chance to go deep in the playoffs with the passing of Jay Cutler - Elway-like if you will."

Around the AFC West

December, 4, 2008
12/04/08
3:15
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver

Tight end Tony Scheffler is a big part of the Broncos' offense.

My take: Scheffler is a key. He gives Denver a special element. The Broncos have a great blocking tight end in Daniel Graham. He is capable of making catches. But Scheffler can move the chains on a regular basis. He and quarterback Jay Cutler are close off the field and they have a special chemistry. Scheffler is a game-changing headache for defensive coordinators who have plenty of other things to worry about when dealing with Denver's offense. Scheffler makes Denver's offense special.

Kansas City

This is an important time for the Chiefs' linebackers.

My take: Things are changing. Derrick Johnson is moving from outside to middle linebacker. Rocky Boiman is taking his spot. The Chiefs are looking to remake their linebacker crew next season. It will likely have two openings and the team would like to see Johnson make the transition to the middle to take care of that spot. The Chiefs will have many positions to address in the offseason. Linebacker will definitely be one of the priority positions along with the offensive and defensive lines. This is just the beginning of the change.

Oakland

The Raiders are entering a house of doom Thursday night.

My take: The Raiders have lost 10 straight games to San Diego. It is tied for the longest current streak of dominance in the NFL. The Raiders don't have much to play for the rest of the season. But if they can beat the Chargers and erase the streak it will be another step for Oakland as it tries to escape the harsh grip of six seasons of misery.

San Diego

A.J. Smith said it will be a busy offseason in San Diego.

My take: We didn't expect major changes, but we didn't expect a 4-8 record, either. At this point, expect the changes to revolve around players. Areas where there could be change include the offensive line, linebacker and perhaps at safety. It's early but changes are coming in San Diego -- it has to. Teams that go from the AFC Championship Game to a 4-8 start just can't stand pat.

Pregame notes from San Diego

November, 9, 2008
11/09/08
3:42
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Here are some pre-game notes from the Chiefs-Chargers game:

It is 63 degrees, cloudy and very windy in San Diego. Kicking and punting could be an issue.

The Chiefs are playing without three defensive starters because of injuries. Defensive end Turk McBride, outside linebacker Derrick Johnson and cornerback Brandon Flowers are all inactive.

Alfonso Boone will start for McBride, Rocky Boiman for start for Johnson and Maurice Leggett will play for Flowers.

San Diego's Cletis Gordon will start in place of Antonio Cromartie at cornerback. Cromartie, who has not played well this season, has been dealing with a hip injury and is active. If Gordon plays well in the first game under new defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, perhaps he will play more.

Receiver Malcolm Floyd will start for Chris Chambers, who is dealing with a nagging ankle injury. Chambers is active.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs replaced Napoleon Harris, cut Tuesday, with another veteran linebacker.

The Chiefs signed Rocky Boiman on Wednesday morning. Boiman has 19 career starts in his six-year NFL career. He spent his first four seasons with Tennessee and his last two in Indianapolis. Boiman played for Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham in Tennessee.

Boiman was released by Philadelphia in training camp this summer.

He is expected to add depth and potentially play special teams in Kansas City.

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