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July 5, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:05 PM)

Major tech issues. Sorry for the delay.

Troy (Vallejo)

Who in the AFCW has the best setup for training camp?

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

Raiders. Best in the NFL. It'snot open to the public, but it is awesome.

Adam White (Des Moines, IA)

Bill, when I look at the Chiefs last year, one of the biggest areas of concern was Red Zone scoring. With the additions to the O-Line, RB (addition of Hillis and Charles being back), and our TE's, do you think the Chiefs are ready to score enough to win the close games? They lost four of their seven by seven points or less. The other three were total blowouts and can blame that on poor moral and coaching.

Bill Williamson
  (2:07 PM)

Every year is diffreent with that type of stuff, but the Hillis and Winston additions and the return of Charles and Moekai will surely help.

Sergio (Tijuana, Mexico)

Hi Bill, what are your expectations for the chargers defense under new DC John Pagano? is 20 points per game, and under 340 yards a reasonable expectation?

Bill Williamson
  (2:08 PM)

I think the key there is third-down play and sack numbers need to increase. If that happens, the Chargers will be fine.

Troy (Vallejo)

Loved the poll question with Marcus Allen beating out LT? numbers aren't to far different besides TD's...Is it because LT just finished playing that it was such a big gap?

Bill Williamson
  (2:09 PM)

I think more Raiders and Chiefs fans voted than Chargers fans.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Will the Chargers get any production out of their running game in 2012 to help balance the offense and eliminate Rivers trying to do too much?

Bill Williamson
  (2:10 PM)

They are expecting a big year out of Mathews. They need that ba;ance.

Frank Roberto (Philadelphia)

Does Peyton Manning going to the Broncos automatically give them the AFC West Title?

Bill Williamson
  (2:11 PM)

No, not at all. Defense has to show and the schedule is brutal. I don't automatically see playoffs.

Mic (Hungoveratwork)

Can Cassel get it done with the talent around him?

Bill Williamson
  (2:13 PM)

I think so. I don't think he is terirble. He has a lot around him. I think he can win.

Peter (NYC)

If KC wanted to trade D-Bowe, What could they realistically ask for in return?

Bill Williamson
  (2:13 PM)

Player comp is tricky. I'd say probably maybe two seconds.

trevor (hutchinson,ks)

with the chiefs improving all around this season could you label them as a superbowl darkhorse?

Bill Williamson
  (2:14 PM)

Sure, darkhorse, yes.

david stephens (long beach)

Are the Raiders still contemplating picking up Cedric Benson and if not are they looking at any other running backs to back up DMC ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

Thet are still considering him. They need to clear some money, though. If they don't sign him, I can see them looking at the waiver wire in early September for some more backup help.

Chris (SATX)

Heard anything on the status of Dontarie Poe's signing? It seemed like a done deal a few weeks ago but there has been nothing but silence since.

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

Been quiet. No big deal. It will get done.

Silver Bullet (Golden, CO)

Hey BW,Any word on the Broncos backup QB situation? IMO an unknown quantity in Weber is better than what we know we have in Hanie.

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

I'd be surprised if Weber is the backup. Shocked, stunned, floored. You get the picture,

Trevor (Toronto)

When is the deadline for Dbowe to sign his franchise tag?

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

July 16 for a long-term deal.

DHB (Oaktown)

BW my man, with my courtdate in 2 weeks, what do you think I could face with a suspension from football GODdell?

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

Maybe a short one if there is a conviction.

K-Derp (Derpingham, AL)

Hey man. How much do you love not having to answer so many Tebow questions?

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

It's not bad, not bad at all.

Kimo (Disco Bay, CA)

Were you at the Memorial for Al D yesterday in Las Vegas? If so, how was it and who attended that may have been a suprise?

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

No, it was a private deal as it should have been. Heard it was a real classy event.

Mayor (Doomerville)

Who you do have pegged for #2 CB for the Broncos?

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

Tracy Porter.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Rumors continue to swirl around Louis Murphy. Are his days numbered in Oakland? Does he need a huge camp and preseason to secure a spot on the 2012 roster?

Bill Williamson
  (2:27 PM)

I think he coould be late preseason trade bait (probably get a late rounder for him) if the young guys come on strong.

Sergio (Tijuana, Mexico)

Hi Bill, Ho will the chargers use Melvin Ingram this season, will he get action at DT like he did in college? Or will the chargers try to keep it simple and keep him only at OLB?

Bill Williamson
  (2:27 PM)

I think he will move around a lot, but his primary job will be as a rush OLB.

K-Derp (Derpingham, AL)

Hey there, B-Derp. If Cassel flops this year, do you see the Chiefs parting ways with him?

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

Yes. They gave him the tools and he has to ultiize it.

Scott (Carrizo Springs, TX)

I was reading your position battle blog the other day and you said the one to watch in Denver is safety. IS there any other position battles in Denver that could be intriguing to watch?

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

Dj Williams' OLB spot during his six-game suspension. Woodyard, Irivng and Trevethan will battle for it with WOodyard having the edge going to camp.

Lynn (Denver)

should we expect much from Ty Warren this year? Any chance he could even resemble the force he was in New England?

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

Well, he hasn't played in three years, so don't expect much. But I think he can be a 20-play guy if he can stay healthy.

O.co (Oakland)

Can't wait til opening MNF this year, Your coming right Bill?

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

Wouldn't miss it.

RAIDERSITH (Fremont Ca)

Hi Bill, what are the odds of the Raiders signing Cedric Benson before July 29th?

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

60 percent.

K-Derp (Derpingham, AL)

Over/under: DMC playing 10 games...realistically

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

Over. Yes, he misses games every year, but last year was the only year he miss several.

Any (Chicago)

Is the Branch deal holding up the Raiders from making a deal with Benson

Bill Williamson
  (2:36 PM)

A Branch deak would help open cap room, yes,

Austin (Miami)

Will the Charles/Hillis tandem in KC be powerful, or will it be a struggle for carries between the 2 different backs?

Bill Williamson
  (2:36 PM)

No, I think it will be a real nice combo.

Aaron (KC, MO)

Who is the better duo.. Charles and Hillis or Charles and Jones?

Bill Williamson
  (2:36 PM)

Hillis. Much younger.

Crabtree (SF)

DHB better than me? I don't think so Big Bill.

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

OK.

LynchMob (Atlanta)

Bill, the Raiders have to face the NFC South this season How do you think the Raiders will do against a division that is so good?

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

It won't be easy. Tough, tough division.

Kimo (Disco Bay, CA)

Hello Bill, hope you had a great 4th of July! Where do you see Plaxico going this year? It seems the Raiders could use a Veteran Player at that positon and they have never been ones to shy away from troubled past.. With McKenzie in play does that change or you think he may see him in a Raiders Uni?

Bill Williamson
  (2:38 PM)

Ye,s I hope you and everybody in here had a great day, Go have another one today.As for Plax in Oakland. No, I hate the idea. Go see what the youngsters can do.

Stephen Mancuso (Denver, CO)

Bill, Love your blog, by the way. Can you see johnathen Baldwin coming a good #1 WR, especially if Bowe decides to hold out?

Bill Williamson
  (2:42 PM)

Yes, but he has to show it. I think if Baldwin has a big year, the Chiefs could decide to move away from Bowe after 2012.

dan (milwaukee)

bill:who do you like in the battle between ronnie brown, curtis brinkley and edwin baker? I am assuming one of them makes the team.

Bill Williamson
  (2:44 PM)

All three could amke the team. I like Brinkley. Keep an eye on him.

Andrew (Vernon Hills, IL)

What do you think are the chances of Moreno being in Denver next year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

He'd have to stay healthy and have a terrific season. I'm not so suire he can do it.

Callen (NJ)

Hey Bill, How many wins will it take to win the AFC West this year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

I'd say 10.

Kevin (Mile High)

What is the one training camp story line from each AFC west team are you most looking forward to seeing twith your own eyes?

Bill Williamson
  (2:51 PM)

Denver: Manning. KC: The health of Charles, Berry and Moeaki.Oakland: Allen's influence on the defense.San Diego: The reciver rotaiton?Anby other suggestions?

troy (kansas city)

if bowe doesnt get a long term deal this season do you see the chiefs dropping another franchise tag on him or lettin him go?

Bill Williamson
  (2:52 PM)

It all depends on how this seoasn goes.

Michelle (Oklahoma)

I know this is an AFC WEST blog, but as you are the only blogger who watched Cutler and Marshall together. Do you think they will start up where they left off?

Bill Williamson
  (2:54 PM)

They like playing with each other, so it will be fun to watch from afar.

Matt (San Jose)

True or false: Chekwa and Van Dyke will be the starting corners by week 10 with Bartell and Spencer injured/benched?

Bill Williamson
  (2:54 PM)

I'd say Chewka over Spencer at some point.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Who leads teh Chargers in receptions? Meach, Gates, Floyd?

Bill Williamson
  (2:55 PM)

Gates.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Now that Tolbert is gone, do you think Mathews gets 50 receptions?

Bill Williamson
  (2:55 PM)

He has a shot. Rivers loves to loss to his backs.

Mic (Hungoveratwork, Tx)

I know Benson would add some depth to RB for Oak, but for me I think we need to add to LB and Cb. Do you think Reece could be the guy to lighten DMC's load? Maybe DMC 15-20 carries,Reece 5-8, TJ-5? What do you think?

Bill Williamson
  (2:57 PM)

Reece will get some carries, but I don't think eh can carry the load if McFadden goes down.

Eliab (Quebec, Canda)

Bill, I think the Chiefs will have a top 5 defense this year. What do you think of their Dline? Are Dorsey and Jackson done developing?

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

Top five may be a bit high. Go for top 10. Yes, I think Dorsey and Jackson are what they are at this point.

Daniel (Great Falls Montana)

IF DMC stays healthy will he take home the rushing title ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

He'd be a cotndder no doubt.

mark (colorado)

If cassel and the chiefs get to the playoffs and get blown out in the first round does that solidify cassel staying in KC?

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

It depends on the seaosn as a whole.

Daniel (Great Falls Montana)

How good will the raiders defense be this year ?

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

They key is taking advantage of the great D line and cutting down on explosive plays allowed.

Mic (Hungoveratwork, Tx)

Over/Under Oakland's offense scoring 450 pts this year IF DMC is healthy.

Bill Williamson
  (3:02 PM)

450 is a pretty big load, bro.

Callen (NJ)

Bill, Do you consider Phillip Rivers to be an elite QB?

rick,tx [via mobile]

Did banks get a invite to camp...maybe seattle

Bill Williamson
  (3:03 PM)

Yes, I do. Big fan.On Banks; Nothing yet. It's been quiet.

Deryc (New Hampshire)

What's your take on Palmer this year? Do you think he will make it work with what he has?

Bill Williamson
  (3:04 PM)

The key is cutting down on the picks and taking advantage of agood group of WRs.

Bill Williamson
  (3:05 PM)

Great hour folks.