Willis McGahee's Must Focus on Ball Security and Other AFC West News

Christopher Hansen@ChrisHansenNFLNFL AnalystNovember 15, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 04:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Willis McGahee has more fumbles than any other running back in the league. For a player whose primary responsibility is preserving leads that Peyton Manning and the passing game work hard to earn, that’s a serious flaw.

McGahee’s fumbles haven’t seriously hurt the Broncos in 2012, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a focus. The Broncos should consider themselves lucky that they’ve only lost one game in which McGahee has a fumble.

According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, McGahee has fumbled once every 40 carries this season, and last season he fumbled once every 83 carries. The Broncos would probably like his fumble rate to be even lower.

Per Legwold, some defensive coaches see a trend in McGahee’s fumbles. He tends to swing his arm with the ball away from his body after he gets through the first wave of traffic. The Broncos don’t really need explosive runs from McGahee, so it would make sense for the coaches to emphasis to him the need to keep two hands on the ball for an extra second through the hole.

Here's what else is being talked about around the AFC West:



D.J. Williams absorbed a big salary hit with his suspension, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

The Chargers know Sunday’s game with the Broncos is a must win, but they aren’t saying it, according to Legwold.

Peyton Manning was mic’d up for NFL.com’s SoundFX during last week’s game. It’s a must-watch.



Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times says Drew Brees and Carson Palmer are likely to light up the scoreboard.

Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt is a fan of Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for an awesome story about when Vitt first met Al Davis.


Kansas City

Steve Breaston taking team approach to lack of playing time, calls his benching "unexpected" according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star.

Gary Gibbs, the Chiefs’ new defensive coordinator, had a nice first game on Monday night, but he’s seeking no personal accolades, according to Reid Ferrin of the team’s official website.


San Diego

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego isn’t blaming all the losing on A.J. Smith and Norv Turner. Instead, he’s digging deeper and focusing a lot of the blame on the offensive line.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego notes how the Chargers and Broncos are opposites in the fourth quarter.