AFC West mailbag

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Mid-week mail call:

Jared from Oregon wonders if the Raiders would be better off with Michael Crabtree than Darrius Heyward-Bey:

Bill Williamson: I think you have to say yes on this one. Crabtree has been fantastic in two games and Heyward-Bey had struggled in eight games. Heyward-Bey has made no impact in Oakland, while Crabtree has already made an impact in San Francisco. Crabtree looks like a special player and he’d be Oakland’s best offensive player if he was wearing the Silver and Black.

Jason from Oceanside, CA wants to know why Chris Chambers was cut by San Diego.

BW: I think the Chargers thought he was done and they wanted to part ways now because the team thinks he can’t help anymore. Chambers has lost a lot of speed. San Diego is excited about young receivers Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee. San Diego thinks Floyd and Naanee are ready to produce at a high level.

Joel Schaefer from Rosarito, Mexico wants to know why the Chargers are trying to force the run instead of letting the pass set it up.

BW: I’m not sure, if they are, Joel. San Diego has become a pass-first offense. So, I think it is relying on the pass. If the run doesn’t work, San Diego is quick to go back to the pass. Ideally, the run sets up every offense, but San Diego may have to realize it‘s best chances is to win is thorough the ball and sprinkle in the run game when it can. The run just can’t carry that offense anymore.