Around the AFC West

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


Kyle Orton likes being known as a “game manager.”

My take: Orton likely doesn’t care what he is being called. He is having the time of his NFL life. After bouncing from the bench to the field in Chicago, Orton is thriving under offensive-minded coach Josh McDaniels, who hand-picked Orton to be his quarterback in Denver. Orton is doing well under McDaniels. He is one of three quarterbacks without an interception and his team is 3-0.

Kansas City

Coach Todd Haley is saying his roster is not complete.

My take: It is clear the Chiefs are not satisfied with their roster. The truth is that there aren’t any magic answers available at this point of the year. Then Chiefs are a work in progress, but don’t expect miracles.


Darren McFadden isn’t happy with his three fumbles against Denver.

My take: McFadden should feel badly. This is a good sign. The fact that he is beating himself up over his fumbling problems means McFadden cares and he doesn’t want it to happen again. McFadden is a young player and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to this adversity.

San Diego

The Chargers’ defense is starting slowly.

My take: The Chargers need to start faster. In each game this season, they have stumbled out of the blocks. The defense has played fairly well, but it seems it needs time to warm up. That eventually is going to catch up to San Diego unless the issue is addressed.