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January 21, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:01 PM)

Hi everyone, let's get rolling.

Steve (Fallbrook, Ca)

It was reported last off-season that Drew Brees had been lobbying Sean Peyton to bring LaDainian Tomlinson toNew Orleans before he reworked his contract.If the Chargers release LT after this season, do you see him playing for the Saints next year? If not there, where?

Bill Williamson
  (2:04 PM)

LT said last year, after he came back, that the teams interested in him were the Saints, Ravens and Broncos. I'm not sure if any of those teams would be intersted now. Maybe the Saints. This year, I've heard these tems floated: Indy, Pittsburgh and GB. If he goes elsewhee, expect LT to go somewhere where he could help a contender in a limited role.

lance (SD)

hey bill, when i see a team with all the talent in the world. constantly choking in the playoffs,kicking challenge flags, head-butting, and losing to a rookie quaterback I blame the coach. i have never really been a norv turner fan in the first place but I think its time he either gets let go or moves down to offensive coordinator. what do u think??

steve (san diego)

Which AFCW team improves most next season in your opinion?

Bill Williamson
  (2:10 PM)

I'd say Kansas City if it gets some decent talent to match it's strong coaching.

Craig (Kansas)

Hello Bill,I would not be surprised to see Chan Gailey try and trade for Brodie Croyle.Many believe he was having a much better spring than Matt Cassell.Croyle will not get an opportunity in Kansas City to become a starter.With that said ,what do scouts say about Cassell's arm.Can he throw the long ball?Can he throw as far as most quarterbacks in the NFL?He was not rushed as hard after Charles got going and still many of his passes were off the mark.I know the Chiefs led the league in drops but still very few if any passes hit a receiver in stride.What is the bottom line on Cassell?Is he an Elvis Grbac or a franchise quarterback?Does he have the arm strength to lead a team to the Super Bowl?

Jason (Anaheim)

Rumors are that Cromartie will be traded, cant say I hate the idea. What do you think they could get in return? A 2nd?

Ryan (Medford, OR)

Bill, I keep hearing the name Jim Harbaugh, any chance Raiders land him?

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

It looks like he turned the job down.

Marcos (Oakland, Ca)

PERSONALY I THINK OAKLAND IS MUCH MORE THE BETTER TEAM IN THE AFC WEST OTHER THAN SD, IF THEY HAD GOOD COACHES.YOUR OPINION

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

Sorry, Marcos not being that one.

Danny (LA, CA.)

Any chance that the Broncos & Cardinals exchange diva receivers, with the Broncos landing Boldin?

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

It wouldn't be the worst idea ever. It coudld work.

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

Folks, sorry for the tech difficulty, erlier. It was out of my hands.

Buzzmaster
  (2:20 PM)

We're working on solving our technical issues.

Johnny (Englewood)

The head coach for the Broncos in 2011 is ___________

Bill Williamson
  (2:21 PM)

McDaniels.

Eric (Irvine, CA)

Chargers - LT's a class act and has the full support of the fans. It's been reported he was boo-ed last week but from how I saw thinigs, the boo-ing was directed at Norv and the team as a whole. What's your best guess as to how things play out for him this off-season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:22 PM)

I was there. I thought the booing was directed at the team in general.

Ken (Redondo Bch)

Will Russell ever fulfill his expectation or will A. Davis love for Russell destroy the Raiders.

Bill Williamson
  (2:23 PM)

I think Russell is a lost cause and Al needs to recognize that.

Kent (Washington, DC)

What would you say can be the asking price for Brandon Marshall? Off/Onfield issues & all.. What about Tony Sheffler. I hear Ben Watson might be on his way out from NE. You think McDaniels is keeping an eye on that scenario?

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

Maybve a 1-2 for Marshall. I think Scheffler is gone. I bet McDaniels would love to reunite with Watson.

Tom Cable (Oakland, CA)

I thought that Al Davis and I were buddies. However, it doesn't feel like we are all buddies anymore. Do you think we will still be buddies by the end of this week, or should I be looking for new buddies?

Bill Williamson
  (2:26 PM)

Look for new buddies, Dude.

Bill Williamson
  (2:26 PM)

Look for new buddies, Dude.

Ken (Redondo Bch)

Any cchance the Raiders draft a QB

Bill Williamson
  (2:28 PM)

If they do I think it should be a middle rounder. Oakland needs other help in the early rounds.

Bill Williamson
  (2:28 PM)

If they do I think it should be a middle rounder. Oakland needs other help in the early rounds.

Oral Roberts (San Diego)

It appears you are having textbook problems with your Live Chat - not answering questions. Perhaps if you set aside the chili dog for a moment...

Bill Williamson
  (2:28 PM)

Classy move, JK. You are all class.

joel (clairemont)

Does LT have any trade value at this point

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

I highly doubt it.

Jason (San Diego)

Do you think Merriman comes back for one more year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

It is touch and go. I have a feeling he could be gone.

Jeremy (North Carolina)

Hello Bill,With all of the speculation and rumors floating around Oakland about coaching changes and possible hires. What is the most likely senario? Who will be the head coach, and or assistant coaches brought in?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

Jeremy, it is tough to try to read Al's mind, but I'm guessing that Cable stays. Just a guess.

Ryan (Boston)

Even though it's irrelevent at this point do you still believe the Chargers would have beaten the Colts?

Bill Williamson
  (2:32 PM)

Yes, but they couldn't take care of business against the Jets.That's their fault.

Erik (Reno)

Do you think that the Bronco's red zone woes can be attributed primarily to McDaniel's play calling?

Bill Williamson
  (2:32 PM)

Kind of has to be, right, Erik?

Steven (Erie, PA)

I think Oakland should sign Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator. They also should bring in Jim Fassel and Marc Trestman as assistant head coaches the three of them put together should be able to get something out of JaMarcus Russell. What do you think? Thanks

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

If Jackson is hired, Cable may stay.

Tom (Simi Valley, CA)

Hi Bill - do you know why the 2010 sked shows Denver home vs Seattle and at AZ? They did that in 2006. I thought the interconference games were supposed to rotate every 4 years.

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

They don't necesarily rotate, Tom.

Charlie (Pacific Beach)

Bill,With the Bolts officially (and unfortunately) out of the playoff race, do you think LT's pullin for his old pal Drew Brees to win the Super Bowl?

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

He said he would be.

Chris (Salt Lake, UT)

Norv Turner for Coach of the Year?? Dont make me laugh, BILL! They UNDERachieved this year from what was expected of them.

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

13-3 is underachieving? Now, I'm laughing, Chris.

Marcos (Oakland, Ca)

what about jon gruden in oakland?

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

I think that ship has sailed for Gruden.

Erik (Reno)

Who'd be a good fit for the Broncos at Nose Tackle?

JK (Missouri)

Ok, you can apologize now since I didn't write that comment from Oral Roberts.

Joe (Ca)

Who will start at safety for oakland next year?all of a sudden they have 3 safties with upside, TYVON BRANCH, HUFF WHO FINALY DID SOME THING GOOD, AND MITCHELL....WHO STARTS NEXT YEAR?

Scott (huntington beach, ca)

if i have to watch any more WR screens and slants next season as a Bronco fan I'm gonna go crazy. Am i doomed, or will McDaniels open it up?

Steve (San Francisco)

Is Cason ready to start for SD next year, or do the Bolts need another CB in the draft? I think Cromartie is gone next year.

Bill Williamson
  (2:43 PM)

I think Cason is ready ... Folks, we'e having big problems today. Thanks for hanging in there.

Marcos (oakland, CA)

if tom cable was to get fired AL DAVIS WOULD HAVE FIRED HIM ALREADY, COME ON BASIC CABLE IS STAYING!

Bill Williamson
  (2:43 PM)

You might be onto something.

Tammy (San Jose, CA)

Appreciate all you do for us AFC West Followes, Bill. You're awesome. I don't think McDaniels would break his habit & draft a QB in the 1st round, but with McCoy

Bill Williamson
  (2:44 PM)

Thanks, I don't think so. Not this year.

Marcos (oakland, CA)

PLEASE ANSWER THIS: chances of oakland getting vick on'or rolando mcclain in the draft

Bill Williamson
  (2:44 PM)

Maybe McClain.

Zorbando (NorCal)

Bill, with LT leaving Sandiego, should the Chargers draft high for a running back or wait until later rounds to find a good fit.

Bill Williamson
  (2:45 PM)

I think they should take a RB in the first or second round.

Tarek (nyc)

Tell Chris the coach of the year award was before the Playoffs, like all awards in all sports are!

Bill Williamson
  (2:46 PM)

True enough.

Steven (Erie, PA)

what do you think is more affective zone blocking or power blocking

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

These days, probably power blocking. The smaller zone-blocking guys wear down at the end of the season.

Tarek (NYC)

Bill whose is the Best QB you've every seen? Or can you run down a quick top 5 QB's ever?

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

How about in my football lifetime: 35 years or so.Montana, Elway, Manning, Favre, Brady.Am I'm missing anybody. Don't say Marino, I'm not buying that one.

mike (denver)

was knowhsown moreno's lack of big play ability a result of a worn down o line, or is he just not the answer at RB?

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

Too elary to telll -- I know McDaniels is hoping it was because of a down-down line.

Marcos (Oakland, Ca)

believe it or not gruden wants to be in oakland, he went to an oakland sports bar when they came to the bay for th SAN FRANSICO MNF GAME and took espn buddies made them wear oakland hats and he bought a bo jackson jersy.they asked him do u wanna come back to oakland, he said yes!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Williamson
  (2:50 PM)

If he wanted to be the Raiders' coach, he'd be the Raiders coach.

victor (raider nation)

Cable is kept, Hue Jackson comes in at OC....draft Mclain at #8...Gradkowski is kept and the QB position is open for the taking in training camp......Chances of this happening?

Bill Williamson
  (2:51 PM)

I could see it all, bro.

Joe (Ca)

as a cal fan and a raider fan i would hate to see jahvid best goin to SD...WILLL THEY DRAFT HIM????????????

Bill Williamson
  (2:53 PM)

If he's threw at No. 28, maybe, Joe, maybe.

Bryan (Atlanta)

Do you think Michael Vick will be a starting QB for a new team

Bill Williamson
  (2:53 PM)

Maybe in St. Louis.

josh (denver, colorado)

hey bill, would you consider alphonso smith's rookie campaign a bust? Denver did trade a middle pick in the first round of this years draft for the chance to get him.

Bill Williamson
  (2:53 PM)

He was not good as a rookie.

Steve (Fallbrook, Ca)

Hey Bill,Thanks for your work on AFCW.With so many teams transitioning to the 3 4, nose tackles are in huge demand.Will SD be able to draft one, will Jamal Williams be back next year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:56 PM)

I think Williams will be back .. yes, it is very hard to find 3-4 nose tackles. Not many college oprograms teach it.

Daniel (Sacramento)

Bill,Who gives the Chargers the stiffest competition in the division next year? For some reason, I get the sense that it's wide open...

Bill Williamson
  (2:56 PM)

It's wide open again, but the Chargers are still the class of the division.

Tarek (NYC)

Does Zach Miller and S. Bass play well enough in 2010 to get some pro bowl love? Also how high is Louis Murphy celling?

Bill Williamson
  (2:57 PM)

if they keep playing well. Miller is almost there .. Murphy can very very good if he becomes more consistent with his hands.

mbsportsfan (Michigan)

Do you think the Jets need to win to restore the integrity of the game ? after all, teams that tank games should not be rewarded with a Super Bowl trip.

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

It would be a nasty dose of karma for the Colts, wouldn't it?

Tim Graham (AFC East)

Admit it. You're really only unhappy the Chargers lost because it means no trip to Miami for you. Miami here comes Graham!

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

Let me shake your hand.

NORA COOLEY (LOUISIANA)

Is it just me or was Allen(vikings)protecting B.Favre after the guy from Dallas came after Brett!!!

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Do you blame them?

Tarek (NYC)

Wow, Favre better than Marino (Im 36) and i would disagree with that one but I respect your knowledge of football. Thanks Bill!

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Just an opinion ... I think Favre had a much bigger impact on the game than Marino.

Evan (Aurora)

Is there any chance that the Broncos trade Marshall and their 1st round pick and move up and grab Suh?

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

Sure ... if the Rams would do it.

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

Hey, thanks for sticking with me through the tech. problems. Enjoy the conference weekend.