Let's get rolling
With all of the cap room the Raiders will have in 2014, what player do you see them targeting early in free agency?
Wayu, way too early to even think about. McKenzie's MO is to keep his own people first. So expect extensions for key youngsters like IWsniewski, Vledheer, Houston, Maybe McFadden. Tehre's no reason for the top talent in Oakland to leave anymore.
What is your take on the Raiders quarterback situation as of right now?
It's Flynn's to lose. Simple as that.
Chances broncos sign Koppen @ center?
100 percent. Just happened. Makes sense. He and Ramirez will fight it out.
With the release of Willis McGahee, are there any free agent running backs that the Broncos are interested in signing? Who's still on market?
Lots of guys. But Denver seems content right now. It could look for some veteran help late in preseason.
BW, do you think Sio Moore, Stacy McGee and David Bass can be starters and solid contributors right out of the gate for the Raider defense?
Moore, yes ... the other two are seventh-round picks. Let's see how they do in the preseason before putting ANY expectations on them.
Oaklands TE quandary is a mess, no doubt. Who wins the spot?
Ausberry has early edge.
Is Denver going to be able to sign all their young talent to big contracts when the time comes?
That is the goal. Miller, Thoams and Decker are all priorities.
Haven't forgetten about the Chargers and Chiefs. Just the way it's falling so far.
BW Love what you do thanks man. Does McGahee getting cut mean Moreno is guaranteed to make the roster this year?
If he is healthy, maybe.
Do you think poe could be the force kc needs him to be this year?
I think he will make big stirdes this year and make his presence felt. Remember, 3-4 nose tackles don't get a ton of numbers, so his success will show more on film.
Which Raiders rookie do you think will have the best year this year?
JUsta feel here: Moore. Like him a lot.
How much better would the Chiefs D be with Bishop as the middle linebacker compared to Niko and or Akeem Jordan?
It would be better because he is an experienced, quality starter. Johnson will be good and I think he can be good as a rookie, but if you get a chance to add Bishop for a year or two, you do it.
If Darren McFadden goes down early in the season, who do you see taking over at running back for the Raiders?
Rookie Latavius Murray if shows he cna handle protection schems.
what's the over/under for how many games run DMC plays? he is obviously going to get hurt eventually.
I think with him you say 10.
Bill, in what areas do you think the Chiefs need to continue to improve the most to challenge for the top of the division in the future?
The key is QB. If Smith is a quality player, the CHiefs will be in business.
If the chiefs get bishop is it plossible that they will have best lbs and sec in league?
Right up there, yes.
One of the Chargers biggest issues last season was getting production from the WRs, many people are saying the Chargers WR core is much improved, but outside of Allen and getting Brown back from injury I don't see much improvement, is the WR group for the chargers actually that much better, or just deeper?
Hey a Charger question.Thank you.Well, Brown and Allen make it much improved. A forusome of Allen, Brown, Alexander and Floyd is pretty nice.
How long will it take to build back up the Talent Base in Oakland? 2 Years, 3 Year or even more. This of course assumes good draft picks.
Yeah, sounds about right.
Bill, where do the Chief's find their quarterback of the future? it seems like we're going to be middle of the pack which will keep us from having a high enough draft pick to nab one.
It could be Tyler Bray. He will get the chance to develop.
Bill any young talent standing out early that charger fans can be excited about?
Just look at the defense. It is loaded with young tlaent, especially in front seven.
Last year you picked the Chiefs to win the West. Have you ever made a worse prediction? If so please tell!
I really thought New Coke had a chance in the early 90s.
Do you think Denarius Moore takes that step forward to become the Raiders #1 WR & a possible pro bowl type player? Or do you think anothe WR takes the #1 WR title?
We are discussing that on the blog Saturday.
Any chance the Raiders try to trade McFadden to get maximum value for him now that Jennings is in the mix?
I think that ship has sailed. Would have done it before draft.
Do the broncos still have a weakness at safety? What are the biggest weaknesses?
They are pretty deep there. No one is great, but they should get by.
Over-under 4 UDRFA's make Sandiegos 53 man roster?
That is a pretty high number but they like a couple of DTs and a couple of DBs, so there's a chance.
why are you so negative when you write about the raiders, yet always show other teams in a more positive view?Are you paid to hate the raiders or is it just a "media-thing" to hate Oakland?
Really? Move on with that stuff. You'll enjoy life a lot better.
Fun fact just tweeted by the Raiders -- Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor share a B-day today.
When is Bishop expected to make a decision?
Next day or so.
Bill, I know it's early but with the mass changes on defense what are the chances Oakland actually improves on defense this year?
Espevially in the back seven.
Bill, do you envision me getting back to the level play I displayed as a rookie? If so, what could that mean for the potential of my KC defense this season, and moving forward??
You were getting there late last season. Youll be fine.
Do you think Charles will have less running yards this year due to Reid's pass happy offensive system?
Perhaps but his receiving numbers will increase. Charles is a key.
Bw, do you think Royal will make the team? if not, is it at all possible to trade him or no?
It may be tough for him to make in in San Dieog. He has no trade value.
Hey Bill, What do you make of Chao stepping down in SD? Do you see it as a positive? I know a lot of us Chargers fans have been calling for his firing for a long time.
It seems like a new start was needed for everyone.
What do you make of Chris Ault (architect of Pistol offense) brought in to KC as an offensive consultant? Ault is a legendary offensive coach, for sure, but Alex Smith is not a Pistol type QB...
Actually, Smith can move around a bit. He isn't a bad fit. But it won't be the temam's main offense. Just a wrinkle.
You mentioned Latavius Murray (huge fan of his here)...if he does pick up the blocking schemes well, is he the clear #2 ahead of Jennings?
Not yet, but I think is just a mattter of time.
If Mathews proves to be unreliable again this season and is cut/traded, would MJD make sense to SD?
Big year for Mathews. Make or break. We will see on MJD. There's some red flags.
Who will lead the chargers in sacks this season, Corey Luiget, Kendal Reyes or Dwight Freeney?
Guess: Reyes. Love him.
Bill, do you foresee a bounce-back year in 2013 for Philip Rivers?
If he gets the proteciton, yes.
What are your thoughts on Menelik Watson, and D.J. Hayden?
Two real nice prospects. Hayden needs to show he can be healthy and Watson is a bit raw. But both have huge ceilings.
Is this the year...FINALLY...that we see Orange Julius catch more than one pass for 5 yards?
Thoams has looked good in OTAs. He will get a chance. But health is the key.
If Peyton Manning was to miss significant time due to injury do you think it opens up the divsion for another team to win it?
Yes, certainly. Just look at the AFC SOuth in 2011.
Where does Kuper fit in with Broncos this year,if at all?
It doesn't look like it.
Kind of confused by our MLB situation in Denver. Irving/Johnson? Really? Why not sign another MLB? Those guys have proven nothing.
They like Irving. he wil get a shot in camp. If he stinks, a vet could be signed.
HI Bill enjoy the chats...how far away is Brock Osweiler do you think from being the "next man up" in Denver and having success?
Thanks ... Maybe two years.
I know it isnt an AFC West question, but what is your take on the Aaron Hernandez situation? Report are coming out now that he intentionally destroyed his own video surveillance system, and his cell phone. I wont state the obvious here...
My take ... is things are getting serious in New England.
Where you think chargers d will rank this year?
Relaly depends on how the secondary develops and if Freeney can bring the heat.
Do you think Baldwin will be no 2 receiver in kc?
It's really up to him. he needs to develop now.
At what point do you think the Chargers HAVE to start looking towards replacing Philip Rivers?
Depends on how he plays this season.
The previous regime that drafter Brandon Taylor had high expectation before an ACL injury, how does the new regime feel about him? If the cornerback group struggles, which is very possible, could we see Gilchrist moved back to corner and Taylor fill in at safety?
Taylor will get a chance to play as soon as he gets healthy.
will DJ Fluker have an impact this year?
He will start at RT. So, yes.
Last year the chargers were in almost every game. With a new head coach and offensive coordinator and all the new additions don't you think people are over looking them?
Perhaps. Odfensive line and pass rush are keys.
What are your expectations of the Chiefs defense this year? Top 10 or somewhere in the middle?
Top 10 wouldn't shock me,
This year I get ten sacks you heard it here first
Will Welker have an impact with the Broncos, or are his best days behind him?
He will certainly make an impact this season.
Is McFadden a Raider next year?
Depends on if he is healthy and prodcutive this season.
What do you expect from Montee Ball?
Him to be the starter ealry in the season and be productive.
If Ryan Matthews stays healthy all year, what is a reasonable expectation for his production?
Kid cna play. If he is healthy, he he can be very good.
over/under on the number of times BW uses the word "depends" in next week's chat?
Well, that depends on the questions.
Do you think there is a free agent defensive lineman that the Raiders could pick up that will really improve the front 4? John Abraham possibly? Or should they just sit tight and ride out what they have?
If his price goes down, and he waits a while, perhpas. But not a great chance as of right now.
Great hour folks. Talk to you next week.