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December 27, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:02 PM)

Hi everyone, let's get rolling.

Tarek (NYC)

If Dennis Allen stays in Oakland for another year, do Tarver and Knapp comeback as well? Hopefully we have seen the end of Knapp in Oakland.

Bill Williamson
  (2:03 PM)

I'd think Knapp may be in some trouble. I could see Tarver getting more time. But it may be above Allen. If Mark Davis wants anybody gone, they'll be fone.

Travis (Colorado)

Chances of Chris Kuper playing in January?

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

I think he would be OK by the second round of the playoffs. But it is taking longer than the team thought.

Greg B. (Denver)

Last I heard, Willis McGahee could be ready for the AFC Championship. Have you learned anything new regarding McGahee's status?

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

Yes, he is eligible to return for the AFC title game if the Broncos get there.

ibetonart (Oakland)

Am I crazy or is Palmer just not the guy to lead Oakland to winning seasons? Does anyone else not notice his horrendous play in close games and INTs, pick sixes and how he gives up on plays and throws short of 1st downs on 3rd and 4th downs? Knapp is a terrible OC but the QB especially a 10 year vet can make changes on the field after reading the D and Palmer just sucks at it when the game is on the line....he crumbles

Bill Williamson
  (2:09 PM)

You be a tad harsh, but I think Palmer is just a stop-gap guy at this point. He's 33. He is what he i. He makes a lot of mistakes.

Andrew (KC)

In the past week, talk around town has gone from "It will take 2-3 years to turn this around, there are just too many holes," to "Holy crap, this team has 5 pro bowlers? Get a qb and a coach who knows what to do and we can win the division next year." Which side do you fall on?

Bill Williamson
  (2:12 PM)

This whole five Pro Bowl thiong is what it is. Yes, the CHiefs have talent. We knew that. But they won two games. That's the only number that counts. They need to get better. But if they do get a good QB and better leadership they will be on their way. That was the case before the Por Bowl team was announced.

Thomas 43 (Loveland)

What are the chances McCoy and or Del Rio are back in Denver next year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

I think the chances are more likely that McCoy goes. I think he will get some looks. He was considered a potential favorite in Carolina, but the Panthers are playing better, so maybe Rivera stays. But I think McCoy will get looks elsewhere. I think Del Rio may stuck around another year.

Brian (Pcola )

Do you think Palmer stays in Oakland or do they move on?

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

WHo would be better next year? I'd keep him one more season. There are too many other needs to address and no obvious better answers.

Marco Esquandolas (Crested Butte, CO)

Hillman played his best game of the season last week. Should we expected him to assume a larger role in the playoffs?

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

I think we will see Hillman continue to be part of the offense as he improves.

Coast Guard Guy (Seattle, Wa)

If you had to pick one guy who could realistically be the replacement for Norv next season who would you think it would be?

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

I think there are a few guys out there, but I can see Bruce Arains being at the top of the list.

John (Neb.)

With the way he's played, do you see Knowshon Moreno back in Denver next season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

WHy not. Now that he is finally producing, you have to keep him, right?

Andy (Chicago)

Besides Pryor, anyone else lower on the depth chart get some playing time for the final week?

Bill Williamson
  (2:21 PM)

Probably see more of the young kids on defense.

Kooley (KC)

Do you think Eric Berry deserved to be chosen for the Pro Bowl?

Bill Williamson
  (2:23 PM)

I do not thiok Berry should have made the Pro Bowl. He started to come on late because of the injury. He did not have a Pro Bowl year. I really like him. I think he will earn many, many more trips to the Pro Bowl. But this one wasn't earned.

hugh (milwaukee)

What is your take on Meacham in SD----just a bad fit or is there a silver lining here?

Bill Williamson
  (2:23 PM)

My take: He's not a very god player and he was a bad signing.

Vijay (NYC)

3 keys for the Broncos to beat the Chiefs' Sunday are: ?

Bill Williamson
  (2:24 PM)

1. Show up.2. Keep Peyton Manning upright.3. Don't do anything stupid.

Don (Salem, OR)

Hard to believe but as a lifelong Raider fan I find myself rooting for my most hated rival the Broncos just to bring some respect back to the division. I feel so pathetic.

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

Dang it. Hang in there.

Richard (Denver)

How long do you think the window is for Denver with Peyton Manning? Do you think they could get any better next year with FA and the draft, I'm not sure what their cap looks like.

Bill Williamson
  (2:26 PM)

At least two more years.

Vijay (NYC)

Bigger Pro Bowl snub: DeMariyus Thomas or Wesley Woodyard?

Bill Williamson
  (2:27 PM)

Hard to say. Just my opinion, probbaly Thomas.

Paul (Joliet, IL)

Hey BW. Bronco fan here. Things are going great this season and I'm very excited for the playoffs. My questions relates to next year. Do you see any big free agents coming to the Mile High City? I would love to see Wes Welker spite the Pats and join us as a much needed slot guy! (Assuming we win the SB and Stokes rides off in the sunset)

Bill Williamson
  (2:28 PM)

Welker and Manning. Hmm, I can see it.

Max (England)

How you rate the Broncos chances of advancing all the way to the superbowl this year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

Alogn with New England and Houston, the Broncos have a real shot. They are playing very balanced. They will be hard to beat, especially at home.

robb (south dak)

What was a bigger win for Elway, landing the talent of peyton manning, or landing peyton manning so there was an excuse to get rid of the tebow circus....kidding......kinda

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

No joke. They were a combo deal.

Travis ((SW CO))

What do you think the chances are of the colts knocking off the texans so the road to the super bowl runs through the thin air of mile high??

Bill Williamson
  (2:33 PM)

I expect the Colts to play very hard for Chuck Pagano in his return to the sideline Sunday.

Shane (Nebraska). [via mobile]

Will the raiders ever be good again?

Bill Williamson
  (2:33 PM)

Sure, ever is a long time,

Kevin (colorado springs) [via mobile]

What do you feel is more important for broncos to improve for a long playoff run. Red zone efficiency from the offense or being able to stop opposing teams tight ends, especially with patriots in mind

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

Prob the TE deal with against the Pats. They have bene eaten alive by those guys.

Paul (Joliet)

BW-What are your thoughts on DJ Williams? Our D in Denver has improved tremendously, mostly w/o contributions from DJ. Could he be a cap casualty this offseason?

Bill Williamson
  (2:38 PM)

Yes, I can see Williams being elsewhere next season.

trevor hutchinson ks [via mobile]

Do you think peyton hillis will be a chief next year

Bill Williamson
  (2:41 PM)

It depends on who is leading the CHiefs. His star has fallen, so I don't think he will get big money elshwere So if he likes working with Charles and the Chiefs want him back, I could see him returning at a modest piece.

Nick (Florida)

In your opinion do you think Mathews is done for in SD? If so, which direction would they go to fill the need? FA or Draft?

Bill Williamson
  (2:42 PM)

I think Mathews will be given one more season to see if he can stay healthy and live up to his potential.

Tom.Will.21 (Trolling Denver Country)

I'm with ibetonart. Palmer's no good. But Brach over Berry? Please explain.

Bill Williamson
  (2:43 PM)

Berry didn't have a good year because of his injury. So he was not in my thoughts. Perhaps I should have gone with Rahim Moore over Branch. There is no question,a healthy Berry is the better player and we have sense that in the past few weeks.

Chris (San Antonio)

Given the success Peyton Manning and the Broncos have had - what impact will it have on the free agency? will the Broncos have the upper hand with any free agent they are pursuing?

Nick (Florida)

If you had to choose who was the most disappointing player in the AFCW this year aside from Cassel?

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

On Manning: It won't hurt at all.On Cassel: Good question. Maybe Mathews. Maybe Rivers. Maybe McFadden. Maybe DHB. Maybe Meachem. Maybe Hhillis. Maybe Baldwin. Maybe Routt.Who do you guys think?

Tim (Bryce Canyon Utah)

Do the Chiefs have to take a QB #1? I will as a fan be mad to say the least if they don't.

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

No, don't force it. That's how team continue to stay down. If a grtea QB is there, do get a greta player at another posiiton.Just think if the Raiders would have taken Calvin johnson instead of JaMarcus Russel the last time the No. 1 pick came out of this division.

player (san diego finest)

do u see q.jammer coming back next year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:50 PM)

That might end up being a tough decision. Depends on finances.

Paul (Joliet, IL)

Do you see Champ moving to safety ala Ronde Barber in TB next season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:51 PM)

That's not on Champ's radar. Maybe in 2014, but not next year.

ibetonart (Oakland)

Bill would you have started Pryor earlier just to see what he has? I would have started him the moment Oakland was eliminated from the playoff race. Why not? If he was not ready what would the difference had made, they lost every game regardless.

Bill Williamson
  (2:54 PM)

Well, as soon as Palmer went down, i think Pryor should have been put in. What good did Leinart do?I get Proyor isn't ready. But who cares. See what he can do or get rid of him.

Nick (Florida)

If Warmack falls to the chargers in the draft do you think they take him or go for the best tackle available?

Bill Williamson
  (2:56 PM)

Warmack, a guard, is special. If he is rated way higher than the tackles when the Chargers pick, they should take him. He could help.

ibetonart (Oakland)

Do think DMAC will even want to resign with Oakland? If Knapp is brought back with his amazing ZBS running scheme.

Bill Williamson
  (2:57 PM)

McFadden is already signed for next season. Not his call.

Ryan (Lake Tahoe)

What are your thoughts about Ray Anderson possibly joining the Raiders front office?

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

I've heard it. He's a business guy. Not a football guy. It wouldn't change much on the football side.

Scott (Carrizo Springs TX)

With the way Moreno is running the ball now, what will McGahee's role be if he is healthy if the Broncos make the AFE Championship game?

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

Good question. I think they'd find a way to suee both at that point.

Greg (Denver)

Do the Broncos truly want the #1 Seed? That would mean the Pats would get a bye too...

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

It doesn't matter. Can't run away from the Patriots. The key is playing them at home.

Travis ((SW CO))

Can Von get 5+ sacks against a terrible chiefs team to tie or break the record? If it's unrealistic, I'd rather see watt get it than aldon smith...

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

It's not out of the question.

player (san diego finest)

name to look out for if the chargers decided to bring an outsider in for GM?

Bill Williamson
  (3:02 PM)

It may start and end with Jimmy Raye.

Bill Williamson
  (3:03 PM)

Greta hour, folks. Enjoy Week 17. Happy new Year and talk to you soon.