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July 24, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

Hi everyone. Lets' get rolling.

K Orton (Dallas)

Remind me, why did I sign up to be the Cowboys backup QB when I could have had a legitimate shot at being the starter in KC?

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

Money. Dalals paid big. Orton jumped.

Steve (New Hampshire)

Why isn't Dontari Poe signed with training camp only a couple of days away?

Bill Williamson
  (3:03 PM)

It's not panic time until he misses a practice. There is no excuse for a rookie to miss time due to his contract with the new CBA, but there is still time.

Sean (NJ)

Hi Bill, thanks for the time. I was wondering how things were looking for Carson Palmer. I am not a Raiders fan by any means but I did like Palmer in college any chance he returns to any resemblance of himself before the injury in the playoffs vs the steelers? Thanks.

Bill Williamson
  (3:04 PM)

He's healthy, but he has been in decline. He still has a big arm, but he has to work on his accuracy.

Jordan C. (Everett, WA)

What do you think the odds are of Jeff A. and Devon W. making the starting lineup and/or making a significant impact for the team?

Bill Williamson
  (3:06 PM)

I think Lilja plays one more year before Allen takes over. Wylie will be given a chance to play in multiple receiver sets and on special teams right away if he earns it.

Tim (Denver)

Aside from QBs, what AFCW player would be the biggest loss if they went down with an injury?

Bill Williamson
  (3:06 PM)

I'd say Tamba Hali. He is a superstar.

chieffletch (washington state)

We know Quinn isnt a starter, do you think we see Stanzi by the 6th game if Cassel sucks like I beleive he will?

Bill Williamson
  (3:07 PM)

Cassel would have to be really terrible to get the early hook

Steve (New Hampshire)

Bill... how likely is it that Bowe will wait until after training camp to sign his tender, and if so, how much will that hurt his early-season performance, especially with a new Offensive Coordinator?

Bill Williamson
  (3:08 PM)

Bowe needs to be in camp on time. No excuses. He is being paid well and being treated fairly. He has to be in cmap on time.

Rick (Long Island, NY)

Hi Bill, any update on Dumervil in terms of if charges will be dropped, him meeting with the commissioner, possible suspension, etc?

Bill Williamson
  (3:09 PM)

Just waiting on the legel system at this point.

Lynn (Denver)

God bless the victims and their familes of the Aurora movie theater massacre!

Bill Williamson
  (3:10 PM)

Thanks for that.

wildcats137 (Abilene, KS)

Do YOU think Bowe will be a Chief in 2013?

Bill Williamson
  (3:11 PM)

Yes ... probably.

jim (spokane)

hey Bill,, Whats holding up the signings of Brock & Hillman

Bill Williamson
  (3:15 PM)

They play premium positions, so it is a little tricky. But I'd think they will both be in by tomorrow.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Is trading Louis Murphy to the Panthers addition by subtraction for the Raiders? Who will step up as the top two receivers for Oakland and pose a legitimate threat to opposing defenses as a tandem on the outside?

Bill Williamson
  (3:17 PM)

It's addiiton by subtraciton if Criner and Streater are both ready to play. But this trade worries me just a tad because the Raiders don't have a lot of overall depth. So trading a solid player for a conditional 7th doesn't make this team better for the 2012 season. What if a starter does down and Criner isn't ready? Murphy would be very much missed.

Steve from north liberty ia [via mobile]

Is there any word on rolando McClain legal issues?

Bill Williamson
  (3:18 PM)

It's been very quiet.

Dave (Seattle)

Bill, why all the haters on your blog saying you are lazy? Anyway will Clady be a holdout if he doesnt sign a new contract?

Collin (Dallas)

over/under 700 rushing yards for Knowshon this year?

Bill Williamson
  (3:20 PM)

Isn't it funny when people who don't work or who spend their work time on a blog call someone else lazy?On Clady, no, I don;t think so. He needs to have a big year if he doesn't get extended now.

Bill Williamson
  (3:20 PM)

Under.

wildcats137 (Kansas)

What do you think the chances of Dontari Poe being a really solid NT this year are?

Bill Williamson
  (3:21 PM)

It's a difficult posiiton to come in and have instant success, so don't fret if it takes a little time.

dubbs (wv)

te position is the least stable in oak right now. what about signing visanthe shiancoe for one of the reggie mckenzie 1-year-contract specialties? i mean, what's the risk?

Bill Williamson
  (3:22 PM)

I can't disagree with you at all.

Lynn (Denver)

Bill - Sunday night home opener...they have to introduce the starting offense and let the Denver fans shake the building as they call Peyton Manning right?

Bill Williamson
  (3:22 PM)

I would imagine, yes.

Chris (SATX)

More sacks at the end of the season: Tamba Hali or Justin Houston?

Bill Williamson
  (3:22 PM)

Like Houston, love Hali.

Chris (Fargo)

Do you think the Raiders are really that bad at LB? I know they lost Wimbley but Burris and Wheeler did a good job at getting to the QB in college. Wheeler wasn't asked to rush in Indy. Do you think they can provide some pass rush for Oakland?

Bill Williamson
  (3:24 PM)

It's not terrible, but Wheeler has to show he can get to the QB and McClain has to be better.

Malik (Tucson, AZ)

Bill, I AM a Raider fan and I was wondering about the cornerback situation. I know it leaves a lot to be desired, but do you think the Raiders will sign anyone before the season starts, or will they simply hope for the best?

Bill Williamson
  (3:26 PM)

I'm sure they will bring in someone at some point atthe posiiton, probably after the late cuts.

Zac (New York)

If Norv Turner and AJ Smith fail yet again this year, and they are let go. Are there really any bright contenders for the positions or has San Diego missed out on a great opportunity by not letting them go last year and making a run for someone like Fisher?

Bill Williamson
  (3:27 PM)

There are always surprise coaches who become available. I wouldn't worry about that if a change is neccesary in San Diego.

Jeff (KCMO)

I've heard alot this offseason about what would happen to the Chiefs defense if Dontari Poe is a bust, but I haven't heard anyone discuss how it would affect the front seven if he is a beast. Hypothetically, if Poe is Ngata, how does that affect the defense?

Bill Williamson
  (3:29 PM)

It's the defense's last hole, so if Poe is a stud, the sky is the limit for that defense and that's exactly why he was the pick. The potential is off the charts.

Tim (NJ)

any chance of aaron berry ending up in the AFCW

Bill Williamson
  (3:32 PM)

We will find out if he is claimed in less than an hour. I'd be surprised if he ends up in the division.

Steve from north liberty ia [via mobile]

Chances miles burris is the pass rush Oakland needs?

Bill Williamson
  (3:33 PM)

That's a lot to ask for from a fourth-round pick. Good prospect, but I'm not sure if he can be counted on being a superstar right off the bat.

Steve from north liberty ia [via mobile]

Any chance Van Dyke s a starter by the end of the season?

Bill Williamson
  (3:34 PM)

Sure, if he imrpoves from an uneven rookie season.

Derek (Springfield)

Hey Bill, do you think the odds are good for Junior Hemingway to make the 53 man roster?

Bill Williamson
  (3:35 PM)

Yes, he has to have a storng camp, but he has a shot as does UFA WR Josh Bellamy.

Beau (Kansas)

Manning is a big time signing, but if McGahee doesn't have another 1,000 yd season in those legs does Denver repeat (do they even if he does given what KC has coming back)?

Bill Williamson
  (3:37 PM)

I think the defense is a bigger factor than McGahee in Denver.

Ben (KC)

Bill-my relationship of 6 months needs a spark. any romantical lady lovin advice would help. we all know youre the ladies man.

Bill Williamson
  (3:38 PM)

If it's gettign stale after six months, move on, brother.

Jeff (KCMO)

Bill,Considering the Chiefs apparent unwillingness to draft a franchise QB and the inevitable release of Mark Sanchez from the Jets, what do you think the chances are that Sanchez could end up in Chiefs red?

Bill Williamson
  (3:39 PM)

He's no franchise QB, either. Not liking that pairing.

Malik (Tucson, AZ)

After reading the details of the trade between the Raiders and the Panthers involving Lous Murphy, do you see Murphy regaining his stride in a new environment, or is he destined to be an afterthought?

Bill Williamson
  (3:39 PM)

When healthy, he is a good, solid player. He'll help the Panthers.

James (KC)

Is Arrowhead still one of the best gameday experiences in the NFL?

Trent (Denver)

Is there any concern of Miller hand injury being a problem going forward? His play dropped of significantly afterwards last season.

Bill Williamson
  (3:41 PM)

Are far as I'm concerned.On Miller: He was good in the playoffs when his injury healed. He was basically playing with one hand after the thumb injury. He is fine now.

Jeff (KCMO)

Bill,How much do you think Cyrus Gray contribute to the Chiefs offense this year?

Bill Williamson
  (3:42 PM)

Probably on special teams as a rookie.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Are you surprised the Raiders haven't signed Cedric Benson yet?

Bill Williamson
  (3:42 PM)

Yes, a little bit. Now that the Raaders have the cap room, I wonder what the hold up is. Maybe they aren't sure about Benson.

Taylor (Omaha)

Hey Bill, why are so many national analysts so down on the Chiefs this year? Besides Cassel at QB, I would say they have one of the better teams in the league.

Bill Williamson
  (3:43 PM)

You hit it. It's Cassel. Few believe in him?

Coaches like me... (PA)

Bill, it seems like we have a difficult job grading coaches (only if they make the playoffs). Which is more important a great coach, a great QB, or a great rest of the team?

Bill Williamson
  (3:44 PM)

Coaches are vital in the NFL. But an elite QB changes everything.

Derek (Springfield)

Best AFC West pass rush tandem? Hali and Houston or Miller and Dumervil?

Angelo (San Antonio)

Does the Murphy trade open up more cap space for the Raiders?

Bill Williamson
  (3:45 PM)

Right now, probably Miller and Dumervil.On Raiders: Yes,a little more than a million.

Don (Berkeley, CA)

Do we see the Jacoby Ford of two years ago this season in Oakland?

Bill Williamson
  (3:46 PM)

If he is healthy, yes. I'm a big fan.

wildcats137 (Kansas)

What's holding up the signing of the Kung Fu Panda (Dontari Poe)?

Bill Williamson
  (3:47 PM)

There's one Kung Fun Panda and he is a San Francisco Giant.

Steve (KCMO)

Hey Bill, Do you think that having the Cardinals in training camp will help the youngsters on this team? I mean we will be going against different competition. I think it might also have Bowe come back because he can compete against Fitzgerald in training camp.

Bill Williamson
  (3:48 PM)

Any extra work with another team is always helpful for everyone.

James (KC)

The Chiefs have exactly 0 players over the age of 30. How crazy is that?

Bill Williamson
  (3:49 PM)

It's one of the reasons why this team will be dangerous for a long time.

Bill Williamson
  (3:50 PM)

If you're complaining about the lack of San Diego questions it's because I just haven't gotten many.

angel_2win (West Coast Pacific Time)

Any word on if the Raiders will open their camp to the public? Good to have you back, BTW.

Bill Williamson
  (3:50 PM)

I believe they will be private again for the whole camp. And thanks for the nice words.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Who will be the most productive WR in SD?

Bill Williamson
  (3:51 PM)

Floyd if healthy. Watch out for Vincent Brown.

Drew (SD)

AFC West leader in interceptions this year?

Bill Williamson
  (3:52 PM)

Weddle is a nice ball hawk.

Norv Turner (The Hot seat)

If we start off slow is there any chance that I could be let go before the end of the season?

Bill Williamson
  (3:52 PM)

If it gets really bad, yes.

James (KC)

If Matt Cassel has another Pro Bowl-type year, can the Chiefs make it to the AFC Championship?

Bill Williamson
  (3:53 PM)

If he is a Pro Bowler? Yes, no doubt.

James (KC)

Will Romeo be an upgrade over Haley?

Bill Williamson
  (3:54 PM)

In the players' minds and that is a big deal.

John (Galt)

Whats your thoughts on the Castillo cut and Franklin sign? Can Garay realy play DE and have either Franklin/Cam start the NT?

Bill Williamson
  (3:55 PM)

I think Franklin gives them a lot of options and deepeens the line. Castillo just fell out of the team's palns.

One-Piece Puzzle (SF)

Why are you trying to call out all your fans, BW? I'm sure most of us are working - many of us are on your blog during lunch. When you have a Live Chat at noon during the work week, what do you expect? Love the way you basically call 95% of your followers lazy. Real classy.

Bill Williamson
  (3:57 PM)

Didn't call out anyone, Kubs.

Ferguson1015 (Boise, ID)

Word out of SD is that SD will have 4 possible DL packages, Ingram will be the player most likely to play multiple positions.. OLB, DE. You think Pagano takes a leaf out of his brother's book and uses a hybrid 3-4/4-3 look?

Bill Williamson
  (3:58 PM)

I expect this to be a very varied defense. Many, many packages.

James (KC)

If the Chargers fail to make the playoffs, does Norv Turner retire or does he get fired?

Bill Williamson
  (3:59 PM)

He could retire if he likes, but I'd doubt it. He'd resurface as an OC somewhere if he gets fired.

Joan (Flagstaff, AZ)

Charger's Receiver(s) you see most likely to make the roster: Roscoe Parrish, Michael Spulock, Richard Goodman?

Bill Williamson
  (4:00 PM)

My guess: Goodman.

Brian (Portland, OR)

I read that Peyton is big on the idea of the Broncos holding training camp away from Dove Valley. Have you gotten any sense from Elway and Fox if they'd be open to moving training camp away from Denver to help player bonding? Do you see it as a good idea?

Bill Williamson
  (4:01 PM)

I could see it, but camping at home is a trend in the league. It's much cheaper than cmaping away from home.

Bill Williamson
  (4:01 PM)

I could see it, but camping at home is a trend in the league. It's much cheaper than cmaping away from home.

Bill Williamson
  (4:01 PM)

I could see it, but camping at home is a trend in the league. It's much cheaper than cmaping away from home.

Bill Williamson
  (4:01 PM)

Great hour. Talk to you next week.