Around the AFC West

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson


Former Denver quarterback Jake Plummer is coaching high school football in Idaho.

My take: This makes sense. Plummer has been away from the game since his abrupt retirement two years ago. This gives him a chance to be around football and help youngsters. When covering Plummer, I found him to be a down-to-earth guy who loved playing football but wasn't always thrilled with everything that went with being an NFL quarterback. That's why he retired at the age of 32. He had enough. Now, he gets to go back to his roots. Good for you, Jake.

Kansas City

The Chiefs' new defense takes shape.

My take: The Chiefs' defense is going to take time to develop as the team tries to get the personnel to run the 3-4 defense. Do not expect overnight success and expect the tinkering to continue well into training camp.


John Madden says he will not join the Raiders.

My take: Well, there goes that idea. When Madden retired from broadcasting earlier this week, his potential return to Oakland as a consultant seemed perfect. But Madden, 73, says he does not feel up to diving into a new job. Still, don't be surprised if Oakland owner Al Davis asks for advice from his former head coach here and there.

San Diego

The San Diego Union-Tribune thinks the Chargers will tab LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson in the draft.

My take: If Denver doesn't take Jackson at No. 12, he should slide to the Chargers at No. 16. This wouldn't be a terrible pick. The Chargers need help on defense. Jackson is expected to be able to enter the league and help right away.