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October 20, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:00 PM)

Let's get rolling.

Ethan (NC)

Bill: Any new news on VJax and how does he do vs. Jets this week? Thanks

Bill Williamson
  (2:01 PM)

He was limited in practice with a hamstirng. but the team is hopeful he is on pace to play Sunday.

Zach (Satellite Beach, FL)

What are the Raiders chances of bringing Jason Cambell back next year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:03 PM)

I think they chose Palmer over him by giving up two prime picks for him. The only way Campbell comes back may be if Palmer gets hurt this year. I think Campbell will look for a starting gig elsehwere before considering coming back to Oakland. He must be crushed by these turn of events.

Ry (Tucson)

Hey Bill-- just wanted to point out that after Coach Davis passed away I asked in your chat how you thought the defense might change-- looks like the Blitz is back in style in Oakland is the big change!

Bill Williamson
  (2:04 PM)

They've blitzed big in the past two games.

Joel (Richland WA)

The Broncos have competed in every single game except the Green Bay one, why would you rank them so low in your power rankings? If the Broncos start winning I hope you admit to having no confidence in the,.

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

If they start winning, the confidence will be there. It's all about wins and loses.

Michael (Rio Linda, CA)

Hey Bill, great work on the AFC West Blog. The recent moves by the Raiders scream Al Davis. Do you think that the ideas of trading for Aaron Curry as well as trading for Carson Palmer in the event of a Campbell injury were ever discussed with Al Davis before his passing?

Bill Williamson
  (2:07 PM)

Thanks, I think (just a guess) that Curry was tlaked about more than Palmer in recent weeks, becuase Cmapbell's health.

matt (maryland)

hey bill my question is do you think wisnewski is a better lineman than gallery?

Bill Williamson
  (2:09 PM)

I think Wiz is doing very well and he hes a big future, so, yeah, I'd take him over Gallery at the moment.

Thaddaeus (Louisville)

Bill, love your blog. Is it just me or does Carson Palmer look identical to the face of the Raiders' logo? I take this as a great sign.

Bill Williamson
  (2:14 PM)

WHat does everyone think.Brownie points to the first person to send in the name of the person's face who the logo was designed from.

Bradyn (Iowa)

Oakland going to win the west or wild card?

Bill Williamson
  (2:15 PM)

Man, you're confident.

Wes (Denver)

Who would you rather have for the rest of the year, tebow or palmer?

Bill Williamson
  (2:15 PM)

Thsi seaosn? Palmer, no doubt. He's proven.

Jim P. (Sacramento)

Who do you think will win the Chargers - Jets game, and why?

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

It will be tough on the road, but I think the Chargers are the better team. But Rivers can't make any misatkes and the Chargers are going to need to score TDs in the red zone.

Reuben (Denver, CO)

Raiders last two trades - Just Win, Baby or Just Gamble, Baby?

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

Just gamble to win, baby.

Chris (Hercules, CA)

Hi Bill, What is your opinion on Miami "Celebrating" Tebow and the Gators during a home game. Can you just imagine how that would go over in Denver if they tried something like that.

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

Going to be a lot of Tebow fans in that house.

Carlos (Gardena, Ca)

What impact do you think Ndukwe will have on the Raider secondary?

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

Just depth at this point.

Bradyn (iowa)

Raiders a contender in the AFC after 3 years?

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

How bout right now?

Jack (Boston)

Is Fox going to gear the offense towards Tebow's strengths or is does he want to see if Tebow can run his offense successfully?

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

The Broncos say the offense won't change, but if it is going to work, there has to be flexibility to bend to Tebow's strengths. I'm sure that will be the case.

Bradyn (iowa)

Who is better for the Oakland Raiders, Kevin Boss or Zach Miller?

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

I'm still a Miller guy.

AJR (OH )

Whats the Word On Damariyus Thomas?????

Bill Williamson
  (2:21 PM)

He's healthy and ready to go. He has talent. Interested to see how he he does.

Stefan (Colorado Springs)

Is Carson Palmer the greatest QB who ever lived? Methinks...yes

Bill Williamson
  (2:22 PM)

Did you think that three days ago? Tell the truth.

Bradyn (iowa)

Hue Jackson the head honcho at the Oakland facilities?

Jeremy (Charlotte NC)

Hey Bill, Do you have any word on the likelyhood of Jon Baldwin playing against the raiders on Sunday?

Bill Williamson
  (2:26 PM)

Jackson answer: I think, football-decision wise, yes. for now. Chiefs' answer: Haley hinted that Baldwin still has to get the offense and he has to get comfortable on special teams. But I think they need to get him on the field and see what he can do.

John (San Leandro, CA)

Based on the previous games, what are the San Diego Chargers biggest weaknesses?

Bill Williamson
  (2:26 PM)

I think sloppiness and the red-zone issues.

Bill (Bellingham)

Are you warming up to Heyward-Bey? I still hear experts say he's no better than the Raiders' No. 3 WR. But he's fast and he's producing.

Bill Williamson
  (2:27 PM)

He's been terrific in the past three gmae.s Impressive.

Jack (Boston)

What will Tebow have to do to impress EFX enough that he gets the job next year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:28 PM)

Show he can be effective in the pocket and win 4-6 games.

Powcsonka (Champaign, Il.)

In the preseason Fox said Tebow was not close to starting. In an interview on the Broncos website talking about Wednesdays practice, Fox said Tebow looked good, and that he continues to improve every day. Please try to explain the contradiction.

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

He's a coach. Information changes often when it comes to coaches.

Ed (San Diego)

What is the word on Jackson and Mathews injuries? Good to go against the Jets?

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

Mathews is going to play if there isn't a setback and Jackson has a real chance.

Justin (North Dakota)

Assuming your Oakland bound again this week?

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

All three games involving the AFC West this weekend are interesting.

Al (Wausau, WI)

Bill, do you have any updates on the condition of Antonio Gates? When (if at all) may he return to play (if he has not done so already)?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

He pracited on a limited basis Wednesday. The team is hopeful he can play Sunday.

Austin (CA)

Hey Bill, don't you think its time for the Chiefs to give Dwayne Bowe a new contract? Or do you think they will wait until the off season and franchise tag him?

Bill Williamson
  (2:33 PM)

Pioli has been very aggressive when it comes re-signign players. I'm sure Bowe is the next target.

AJ (Oakland)

If Tebow stinks up the joint, will Fox give Quinn a shot?

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

At some point. But Tebow will get some time.

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

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Vince (Atlantic City)

How big of a loss is Shaunessy to the Raider defense?

Bill Williamson
  (2:38 PM)

He is a stout, versatile player. It hurts. He is going to have a fine career, though.

AJ (Oakland)

Bill, why isn't Hue utilizing Moore more? It has all been DHB.

Bill Williamson
  (2:41 PM)

He's a rookie he is getting into the groove. If DHB is hot, they should stay with him.

Reuben (Denver, CO)

Over/Under on Rex Ryan and Norv Turner having an end-of-the-game fight this week a la the two Jim's?

Bill Williamson
  (2:43 PM)

An amusing thought, but I don't see it. Two pretty nice guys. Thye'll be pros. But I'm sure the cameras will be on them after the game because of Rex's rings comments Wednesday.

Padraig (Boston)

Are you surprised by how well Oakland's offensive line has played this year, Veldheer and Wiz in particular?

Bill Williamson
  (2:46 PM)

They have been terrific. Really underrated this year They a e tied with allowing the fewest amount of sacks in the NFL at seven.

Reuben (Denver, CO)

What are your thoughts on Curry's performance last week at LB for the raiders? Weak side seems to be a better fit for him, doesn't it?

Bill Williamson
  (2:48 PM)

He's a work in progress there.

Tarek (NYC)

First play of the game, Palmer throws a bomb for Moore. Doesn't that sound like Hue's/Raiders style.

Bill Williamson
  (2:48 PM)

You may be onto something.

Steven (OP, KS)

Do you consider this week a must win game for the Chiefs?

Bill Williamson
  (2:50 PM)

If they win and the Chargers lose, they are right bakc in it. So, yeah, they better win.

Lawrence (KCMO)

Jackie Battle is no Jamaal Charles, but do you think he is a fluke, or could be a legitimate option for the rest of the season for KC?

Bill Williamson
  (2:53 PM)

I think he has a chance to be a decent lead back for the rest of this season. The Chiefs have a good scheme and good run blockers, so he has a chance. He was nice in Week 5.

RJ (Melbourne Florida)

If Tebow wins 5 or 6 games do you think Elway will offer him as a trade to move up in the draft for one of the top QB's?

Bill Williamson
  (2:54 PM)

Good question. If Tebow wins 5-6 games and he looks good doing it, I think he is the starter in Denver in 2012.

Jeremy (San Diego)

Do you think if Jon Baldwin gets into a scuffle with the Raiders, Thomas Jones will jump in on the Raiders side?

Bill Williamson
  (2:54 PM)

Pretty funny, dude.

mike (Fallbrook CA)

Do you expect Rivera and Malcolm Floyd to exploit Cromartie more this weekend and stay clear of Revis Island

Bill Williamson
  (2:54 PM)

Makes sense to me.

Jeremy (Madison)

Norv speaking out against Rex was a bit out of character for him. Do you think Rex's comments struck too close to home?

Bill Williamson
  (2:55 PM)

Good for Norv. Way to fight back.

Randy (Grove, OK)

Can the Chiefs salvage this season???

Bill Williamson
  (2:56 PM)

Winning this week would be a good start.

AJ (Oakland)

It's a moot point now, but what did you think of Hue not kicking the fg late against the Browns. It could have cost the Raiders the game and made no sense. There's a difference between living on the edge and being foolish.

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

Justa rookie coach finding his way. They all make mistakes.

Patrick (Pittsburgh)

I guess KC is not playing this weekend. Don't really see a lot of questions about them.

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

Ask one.

Randy (Grove, OK)

Does Matt Cassel have the ability to carry the Chiefs offense with the loss of Charles and Moeaki?

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Like this guy ... Well, Cassel has really come on the past 10 quarters. He really deserves credit for it.

Tommy (Oak Town)

Do you think Rex Ryan was right? The Chargers should at least have one Superbowl ring or at least an appearance.

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

I'm not sure. He hasn't won one with the Jets, has he?

Rick (Long Island, NY)

Hi Bill, any update on Julius Thomas for Denver? What is the coaching staff's opinion on his potential?

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

He's been injured, but the Broncos love him.

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

Greta hour, folks, enjoy Week 7.