One could say that the AFC West was almost completely average last year. In total, the division had a record of 31-33.
That collective record was better than the AFC South, the NFC West, and the Super Bowl champion producing NFC East. The problem is that no single AFC West team rose above 8-8, and it really seemed at times like none of them should have even gotten to the .500 mark.
The eventual division winning Broncos started 1-4 with Kyle Orton at the helm. They then experienced arguably the luckiest 8 game stretch in sports history.
Tim Tebow sat quietly in the corner and watched as team after team inexplicably imploded in front of his eyes. I lost count of how many dropped passes, missed field goals, fumbles and bonehead mistakes that their opponents made. It really was unbelievable.
The Broncos played one legitimately good game, and that was in the playoffs against an injury-ridden Pittsburgh team. That does not make them good. Process of elimination won the AFC West last year. No one wanted it. You would have thought it was cholera.
The Chargers posted a 4-1 record in both their first five and final five games. But something went haywire, as it always seems to for San Diego, in the middle part of their schedule.
A horrendous six game slide that dropped them to 4-7, and effectively destroyed their season. Philip Rivers did not have a great year, by his standards, and the entire offensive line was decimated by injuries.
Again, silly special teams mistakes cost the Chargers a seat in the playoffs, as Rivers fumbled a snap on a kneel down (which I have never seen before and doubt I will ever see again) and Nick Novak missed multiple game winning field goals.
The Raiders looked on pace to make a playoff run last year, as they sat atop the division at 7-4 with five games remaining. But replacements Carson Palmer and Michael Bush were unable to hold the lead, dropping four of their last five, culminating in a loss to a Chargers team in week 17 that had absolutely nothing to play for.
I'm not exactly sure how the Chiefs got to seven wins without Jamaal Charles (another player you could have found on my fantasy team at the start of last season).
They started three different quarterbacks throughout the year (with newly ex-Bronco Kyle Orton having the most success) and failed to find a steady run game to replace Charles (Thomas Jones, Jackie Battle and Dexter McCluster all took turns being mediocre).
The team seems to be in a rebuilding position, but doesn't seem very interested in any kind of forward progress.