Midseason madness

It‘s a busy day, especially with all the ESPN.com midseason madness. There’s plenty of links to check out:

John Clayton’s coach of the year is none other than Kansas City’s Todd Haley. Good choice. The Chiefs are one of the best stories of the NFL.

The AFC West is well represented on Clayton’s mid-season All-Pro team.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is skyrocketing up Mike Sando’s MVP Watch. All due respect, but Peyton Manning is not doing more individually than Rivers this season.

As usual, the Chiefs are well represented on Matt Williamson’s Rookie Watch.

Speaking of rookies, Mel Kiper likes what Kansas City's and Oakland’s rookies are doing. Denver’s rookies? Not so much.

Bill Barnwell of the Football Outsiders calls the Chiefs the team to beat in the division. The Chiefs (5-3) lead Oakland (5-4) by a half-game.

Todd McShay made his midseason mock draft projection. Thus far, Denver has the top pick in the division at No. 5. McShay envisions a replacement for prospective free agent Champ Bailey.

Meanwhile, in non-ESPN.com-related content, the Denver Post is reporting that right tackle Ryan Harris will back in the lineup at right tackle. He had been replaced by Zane Beadles in recent games. Beadles is now at left guard, which is considered his natural position. Perhaps that will finally spark the NFL’s worst rushing offense.

Does this sound familiar? Former San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman limped of the practice field shortly after starting his first practice in Buffalo. A primary reason why San Diego cut the former All-Pro player was he couldn’t stay healthy. Buffalo claimed Merriman, 26, last week.