AFC West 2009September 9th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
The good news for the Chiefs is that the AFC West is not very good. The bad news for the Chiefs is that the Chiefs aren’t very good either.
San Diego Chargers (9-7): I have said from day one that Norv Turner was a bad hire for San Diego. Maybe it’s because I’m still a Marty Schottenheimer fan. Or maybe it’s because I believe that past performance is the best indicator of future performance. And Norv’s past performance as a head coach is mediocre at best. The Chargers are too talented not to win some games. But Norv will continue to find ways to lose. The Chargers will win the AFC West because they have the most talent on the field, and the other three teams are not very good.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-10): The Chiefs will have some ugly moments this year, but I expect them to be a better team. I like the transition to the 3-4 defense, and believe the defense will have moments where they shine. The offense will struggle. Matt Cassel should be OK if the line can give him a bit of protection. Which appears to be the primary problem. Larry Johnson will rush for more than 1,200 yards, and Jamaal Charles will add another 600 yards.
Denver Broncos (5-11): It’s been an interesting comparison watching Josh McDaniels and Todd Haley. Much was written early that new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli would liked to have hired McDaniels in Kansas City. But after watching all the turmoil in Denver this year, the Broncos can have McDaniels. This team has too many distractions, and too little talent.
Oakland Raiders (3-13): As a Chiefs fan, people expect me to hate the Raiders. But as a kid growing up in the ’70s, I loved watching the Raiders. Now it’s only fun to laugh at the Raiders. Al Davis has run this organization into the ground. I fully expect quarterback JaMarcus Russell to get benched by week eight. And that first round pick wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will flop.