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November 1, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:00 PM)

Hi everyone. Le'ts gret rolling.We need to close down at 11:45 today. But we will get plenty done.

Jason (KC)

How about a trade? Bowe to Washington for Cousins ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:00 PM)

Plus a litlte something from Washington. Not bad. I like it.

Jacob Clark (Iowa)

Norv turner is on the hot seat, as is Crennel IMO. Is there any way that Chiefs can demote Crennel back to D Coord. and Hire Norv Turner as Off. Coord. and the Chiefs hire a new HC. Would that work?

Bill Williamson
  (2:01 PM)

Umm, no. I don't see that happening.

Jake (Phoenix)

As a bronco fan I used to dread playing the chargers for fear of Phillip Rivers. As much as I hated to say it he was a top 5 NFL qb and the chargers were always the clear favorite to win the division up until a few years ago. Do you see Rivers ever returning to his dominance in his earlier years or is he just washed up.

Bill Williamson
  (2:02 PM)

He's far from washed up. He needs more around him, but he also needs to try to do too much to make up for a lack of talent because it causes him to forece mistakes.

Jack (San Diego)

Player wise, who do you attribute the offensive failings in SD?

Bill Williamson
  (2:03 PM)

Every last one of them.

Jack (San Diego)

If Norv is fired, who on staff would you see taking the reigns for the rest of the year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:05 PM)

Special teams coach Rich Bisacia or defensive coordinator John Pagano. Probably Bisaccia. The Chargers really like him. He's hard nosed and he has a lot of influence on that team.

Tracy P (Denver)

Am I still the starter in Denver?

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

We will see. Harris can play.

Sam (Denver)

What are the Broncos going to do with Knowshon Moreno

Bill Williamson
  (2:09 PM)

He's out of their plans, it seems. He can't get on the field. Unless there is a dramatic change, he doesn't have a future in Denver.

Seth A (QC)

Is there a reason that Ricky Stanzi is not getting a chance in Kansas City? I'm not saying he's a superstar, but they have no idea what they have with this kid, and going back and forth between Brady Quinn and Matt Cassell is clearly not the answer. At this point, why wouldn't you just start Stanzi, see if he can improve and see what you have, and then move on next year in the draft? Who knows, what if he ends up gaining confidence, and turns into a good QB?

Bill Williamson
  (2:11 PM)

I think we cna see Stanzi get a chance in December or so if Cassel and Quiinn don't make strides. Why not? It wouldn't hurt to see if Stanzi has anything,

Jason (KC)

All the talk has been about Norv getting the ax if the Chiefs win. But what about Romeo? Any chance Pioli fires him in a last ditch effort to save his own job? I'm sure 99% of KC would cheer for Both of them getting run out of town!

Bill Williamson
  (2:11 PM)

I don't think that would work. Crennel is Pioli's second coaching hire. They are connected.

Jack (Boston)

Bill-Great work as always. What were some of your biggest missteps in looking at the AFC West coming into season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:12 PM)

Thanks ... Well, picking a 1-6 team to win the divison for starters.

Ian (SF)

Still feel the Broncos finish 9-7?

Bill Williamson
  (2:12 PM)

9-11 wins prob.

Ed (Denver, CO)

Even though it's really only been 6 quarters that the Broncos have dominated, and against sub-par teams, do you see anything that would indicate the Broncos reverting back to getting down double digits by halftime and having to dig out of deep holes against the teams slated in the second half of the season? Thanks.

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

I don't think they are out of the woods. The New Orleans effort was a good sign, but they still have to prove they can play complete games.

Moose (london ontario)

Does Aaron Curry coming back potentially mess up a linebacking core that has been hot lately or just bring added depth?Thanks Bill

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

He will be a starter when the rust comes off. It will be interesitng to see if how much Burris and McClain play.

Greg Knapp (Oakland)

If I can't get DMC running the way he should be running, do I get fired at season's end?

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

Decent chance of it.

Jason Tarver (Oakland)

If I can't fix this defense by the end of the season, do I still have a job next year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

You're a different story. You unit is more of a work in progress and you need some time.

Alan (Denver CO)

What can you pinpoint on the Chief's main issues? Pre-season they were hyped by a lot of analysts as having the best roster in the AFC West (even without a franchise QB)

Bill Williamson
  (2:21 PM)

There are a lot of injuires, but this team has no identity. It hasn't meshed, Defense is a big dissapointment.

Rico (Fresno)

With Reggie Mac as GM, think the Raiders could trade down to accumulate draft picks?

Bill Williamson
  (2:22 PM)

In the first round? Yeah, maybe. They have multiple needs, so it makes soem sense.

Torrence (San Diego)

What do the Chargers need to get over this hump

Bill Williamson
  (2:23 PM)

It starts on offense. it has to stop self destructing.

Ryan (Los Lunas NM)

Hey,BW is it possible that Denver's defense actually helps the Broncos go deep in the playoffs? We know what we got on offense, but defense is the question mark atm imo.

Bill Williamson
  (2:24 PM)

Well, Denver won't go deep into the playoffs unless its defense plays well. it's not a perfect group, but Jack Del Rio is doing a master job and there is some abiilty on this unit. Let's see if it can take the next step in the second half of the season.

Smalls (KC)

How many wins would it take Romeo to keep his job?How many wins would it take for Pioli to keep his job?

Bill Williamson
  (2:28 PM)

I'm not sure if this is case of wins and losses. It's just whether the Hunt family has the guts to keep them with such loud calls for their removal. I don't think the Hunts fire these guys, but the fan uproar may be too loud.

Zach (Spokane)

Whats the deal with Andre Caldwell never seeing the field? I know Stokely has been doing great, but Caldwell was supposedly suppose to be a great off season signing and help this offense grow...

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

I expected more from Caldwell, too. But he has not been impressive dating back to cmap. Stokley has been so good, Caldwell just an injury insurnace for Stokley.

Chris (North Carolina)

If Matt Cassel miraculously has a great game tonight against the Chargers, do you see there being a QB battle moving forward or is a healthy Brady Quinn still the #1 QB in KC?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

If Cassel is great, I think he has to stay the QB. But can do be great?

Tim (Boulder, CO)

If the Broncos can make it to the playoffs, do you see them having the makeup of a team that could make things difficult for other playoff teams and possibly go deep?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

If the defense can play well, I think Denver would be a tough out in the playoffs.

Rico (Fresno)

What do you see Oakland with Rolando McClain beyond this season? Keep, trade, or cut?

Bill Williamson
  (2:33 PM)

I thimk it could depend on Burris. But Oakland is still building its roster. I think McClain could be kept around another year.

Mike (Mision Viejo, CA)

Is it possible that at this point the Raiders are the second best team in the West?

Bill Williamson
  (2:33 PM)

Why not. San Diego is floundering.

Andy (Chicago)

What is the CB situation in Oakland? IMO Huff is playing really well. When do the injured guys get back and what does that look like?

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

Huff has benen solid. But I think the unit, as a whole would be stornger with Bartell and Spencer at CB and Huff at safety.

Jack (Boston)

What did you and others see in the Chiefs that you miss on? I have never thought much of Romeo as a hc

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

There is a lot of talent there. Injuries have hurt. But the direction has been bad. Romoe's success as an interim coach hasn't carried over.

Rico (Fresno)

At this point, what is Oakland's biggest need being for the offseason?

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

Still cornerback I think.

Jason (KC)

My plan for the Chiefs......Romeo out now! Emmitt Thomas to DC, Dream would be Marty back for the rest of '12. Reality would be Zorn to run out 12 as IHC. Then bring in new blood. Maybe Andy Reid? Former Mizzou guy!

Bill Williamson
  (2:38 PM)

Are you listening, Hunts?

Thaddaeus H from Louisville [via mobile]

What pick do the Raiders need to get Mango T'eo? I know we need help in our secondary but this is our guy.

Bill Williamson
  (2:38 PM)

I'd stay top 5-7.

Andy (Chicago)

J. Charles gets more then 5 carries tonight?

Bill Williamson
  (2:40 PM)

He better or the Chiefs have no chance. He needs to run it at least 15 times. The passing game is a mess and it kills the clock. The game plan must revolve around Charles.

Tyler (Hamilton, ON)

With Woodyard playing so well this year, is MLB still a top priority in the offseason next year for the Broncos? If not, what is other than DT?

Bill Williamson
  (2:42 PM)

Those are the top needs, I think yes.

Steve (NY)

Seymour seems vastly overpaid for what the Raiders are getting from him. Is this likely to be his last year in Oakland? How about Kelly and Lechler?

Bill Williamson
  (2:43 PM)

It just might be for all three. I think Seymour is the msot likely of the three to go.

Kyle (Wichita)

Will Norv Turner or Romeo Crennel be fired after this game?

Bill Williamson
  (2:44 PM)

I'd expect Tutner to be fired if the Chargers lose. I don't expect Crennel to be fired if they Chiefs lose.

Leland (Denver City, TX)

Do you think if Chargers are still a float for a playoff spot when Vincent Brown comes back, they go into their old offensive ways and start racking up points again?

Bill Williamson
  (2:45 PM)

He is needed badly. Rivers and Brown really built a nice relationship last year andin cmap. He is missed.

Bill Williamson
  (2:45 PM)

Three more. Got to cut out a tad early.

Leland (Denver City, TX)

IF the season doesn't turn around and Turner and Smith are gone which I believe if one goes the other goes, What about Bill Polian for GM? then let him do what he did at Indy!! Run the baby to the top!!

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

Polian would be an option He is a brilliant guy. He'd do what it takes to make Rivers right.

58_VonDoom_92 (Wyoming)

When DJ comes back from suspension..you see him getting any playing time? If so at what position? WLB and SLB are taken and he doesnt like to play MLB...

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

He is going to be rusty. He hasn't practice in months. He'd slowly be brought along.

Zach (WA)

Julius Thomas is never on the field and Virgil Green had a productive game even after a 4 game suspension... Is this cause for concern with Thomas?

Bill Williamson
  (2:48 PM)

I think he is still a ways away. He barely played college football. Green is much further along.

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

Gotta to go. We will aheva live chat during tonight's game. I hope to talk to you then.