Honest Hansen: The AFC West Mailbag, July 6 Edition

Christopher Hansen@ChrisHansenNFLNFL AnalystJuly 6, 2012

A penny for your questions.
A penny for your questions.

Every Friday I'll answer questions submitted via Twitter, Facebook and email. Have a question about the Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers or Raiders? Drop me a line.

This is the first mailbag, so it's understandable there weren't that many questions, but you have a full week to think about questions you'd like answered next week. 


Who will win the AFC West? -Jacob Escobedo (@dark_light_1)

It's far too early to tell. The AFC West is wide open. ESPN's Adam Schefter recently chose the Raiders, for now, but any prediction this early is subject to change. Every team has questions that must be answered; some will have to wait until training camp. Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles and the defenses in San Diego and Oakland are of particular interest to me.


Will Stanford Routt become the top cornerback Al Davis envisioned him to be in Kansas City? -@DashMan18

I don't think the Chiefs need him to be a top cornerback. The Chiefs need Routt to be a solid No. 2 cornerback and be a suitable replacement for Brandon Carr. Getting away from Oakland will benefit Routt; little contact with a receiver in a Chiefs jersey will not draw as many penalty flags.


Why didn't Kansas City do more to solidify the quarterback position? -@DashMan18

Brady Quinn? I'm not sure what quarterback was available that would have been clearly better than Matt Cassel, so the Chiefs went and signed a quarterback Romeo Crennel is comfortable with. If Cassel goes down, the Chiefs will be in bad shape.


Are the Chargers better with Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem or Vincent Jackson? -@DashMan18

I believe Royal and Meachem fit Norv Turner's schemes better than Jackson did. Will the passing game be any better? Tough to know, but I'd predict a bounce-back year for Philip Rivers.


Are the Raiders set at tight end and cornerback? -@raiderz37

There aren't many options out there, and the Raiders have youth at both positions. At the very least, the Raiders will get a look at what they have during the first part of training camp and evaluate them at that time. David Ausberry should push Brandon Myers at tight end, and Chimdi Chekwa could push Shawntae Spencer for the starting spot opposite Ron Bartell.


Your thoughts on Cedric Benson? -Everyone

If the Raiders don't trust Mike Goodson or Taiwan Jones, they could bring Benson in. There's really no reason to bring in a player like Benson until you know the two younger players can't get the job done.


Why should we believe Darren McFadden will fair better in the zone-blocking scheme? -Alex James (@lx_james)

Not only was McFadden drafted to be in the zone-blocking scheme, but his attributes fit it perfectly. McFadden doesn't like to dance or juke, and he wants to get running north and south quickly. That's exactly what the zone scheme asks the running back to do. His burst and speed will make him dangerous once he's past the first level and physical enough to run through tackles in the secondary.


Do the Broncos have enough running game to go with Peyton Manning? -Brian Majors (@Bmaj3)

If Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning, the Broncos don't need much running game. The running game in Indianapolis became an afterthought when Edgerrin James left. That said, Willis McGahee is a good back when healthy and injuries have kept his mileage low, and the Broncos drafted Ronnie Hillman, a good offensive fit. The running game will not carry the offense, but as a compliment to Manning, it should be more than capable.


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