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AFC West mailbag

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Mid-week mail call:

Michael Hardwicke from Colorado Springs, Co. wants to know what I think of Denver coach Josh McDaniels’ wild celebration after Denver beat New England. Hardwicke said he is a high school coach and he isn’t a fan of McDaniels’ reaction.

Bill Williamson: Michael, I didn’t have a big problem with it. The guy is 33 and he just beat his mentor, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots. The win gave McDaniels a 5-0 record and it came in overtime. It was emotional for him. I saw McDaniels went near the stands and started pumping his fists wildly and thought it was a special connection between the new coach and the city. It was harmless. If McDaniels celebrates every win like that, I may think differently. But I didn’t find it offensive or over the top.


Ryan from Oside, Ca. wants to know if the Chargers could pursue a big name coach such as Bill Cowher or Mike Shanahan if the team fires Norv Turner after this season and he wants to know what role general manager A.J. Smith would have in that scenario.

BW: Interesting one, Ryan. If the Chargers do pursue a high profile coach, then ownership would have decided to part ways with both coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J Smith. A coach like Shanahan or Cowher very likely wouldn’t come in and work with an existing general manager. They’d want to run their own show. I think we are getting way ahead of ourselves here, but if a big-name coach heads to San Diego, it will be because the team is making wholesale leadership changes.


Heath from Lakeside, AZ wants to know if the Chiefs should pursue a nose tackle in the first round of next year’s draft.

BW: I guess it may be time to talk about next year’s draft in Kansas City as the Chiefs sit 0-5.The Chiefs drafted two defensive linemen -- Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson -- in the top five of the past two drafts. There are plenty of other holes on the team. I think the Chiefs, who look like they are on their way to getting another top-five pick, have several other needs. It starts with the offensive line. The Chiefs should try to find a top tackle to give protection to quarterback Matt Cassel. The Chiefs’ weak line is hurting both the passing and running game. I think that’s where they should start.