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You pick it: AFC West storylines

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

The candidates are:

Smith’s calls his team soft: San Diego general manager A.J. Smith criticized his team last week. In a response, San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman said he didn’t appreciate the comments.

McDaniels tops mentor: The Broncos improved to a surprising 5-0 as they beat New England in overtime, giving first-year head coach Josh McDaniels a win over mentor Bill Belichick.

Dungy says he advised Vick against Oakland: Tony Dungy said he told Michael Vick that he didn’t think Oakland would be a good spot for him during the summer before he signed with the Eagles.

Pick your story of the week and hit my mailbag with your reason why. I will post some of your responses later in the week.