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Friday, January 23, 2009
Around the AFC West


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver

A look at Josh McDaniels' coaching staff.

My take: McDaniels looks to have done a pretty nice job compiling his first NFL staff. The key to the staff, I believe, is the addition of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and the fact that McDaniels kept holdovers Bobby Turner and Rick Dennison who mastered Shanahan's running attack. The offense can still work as it did with McDaniels touch and the defense has a legitimate force leading it.

Kansas City

It's not a great year to address the Chiefs' biggest draft need.

My take: Kansas City can't force the issue. It has the No. 3 overall pick. If there is no pass rusher who thrills the Chiefs, they shouldn't take him that high. They hold all the cards. They should draft the best available player or trade the pick rather than reaching at a position where the bust possibilities are high, anyway.

Oakland

Al Saunders lost his competition for the Raiders' offensive coordinator job.

My take: Scott Linehan is now in Detroit, so Al Saunders, who has danced with the Raiders before, could be on his way to working in Oakland. But for who?

San Diego

A.J. Smith thinks it's all about the quarterback.

My take: How can you argue with him? Smith is right on the money. Any team that has an elite quarterback has a chance. That's why the San Diego Chargers will be relevant for years to come. Philip Rivers is an elite quarterback.