2009 NFL Training Camp Questions – AFC West

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2009 NFL Training Camp Questions – AFC West
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Denver Broncos

How will the Broncos many offseason pick-ups including 14 unrestricted free agents fit together?

Is young 32-year old head coach Josh McDaniels already on the hot seat for his flare-up and trade of former franchise quarterback Jay Cutler?

Are there enough backfield carries to go around in the Broncos’ crowded backfield (Correll Buckhalter, LaMont Jordan, first round pick Knowshon Moreno, and RB/FB Peyton Hillis?)

Will the Broncos be able to workout a new contract for malcontent Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall and if he doesn’t get his new contract how much of a distraction will he be this season?

Will the addition of Pro Bowl S Brian Dawkins and four defensive draft picks helps a defense that allowed 448 points during the 2008 season?

Kansas City Chiefs

Is new head coach Todd Haley ready to lead a Chiefs team that only won two games during the 2008 season?

Will high-priced running back Larry Johnson continue being a good soldier or is there a flare-up waiting to happen when he doesn’t get his carries?

Was new Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell a one-year wonder for the Patriots or is he ready to make the leap to the Pro Bowl after being traded to the Chiefs?

Is there a tight end on the Chiefs current roster that can replace future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez?

Will the addition of LB Mike Vrabel and first round pick DE Tyson Jackson help a defense that allowed 440 points during the 2008 season?

Oakland Raiders

How secure is head coach Tom Cable’s job even though Al Davis removed the “interim” from his title this offseason and can he turn around a Raiders team that has gone 24-72 since the 2003 season?

How will the addition of veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia affect developing former first overall pick QB JaMarcus Russell and is the 3rd year pro mature enough to lead the Raiders?

Are there enough backfield carries to go around in the Raiders’ crowded backfield (Justin Fargas, Michael Bush, Darren McFadden and Gary Russell)?

Did the Raiders reach for rookies WR Darius Heyward-Bey and SS Mike Mitchell and how will the youngsters reach to the high expectations placed on them?

Will new Raiders defensive coordinator John Marshall be able to replace fiery departed DC Rob Ryan (Cleveland Browns) and will the Raiders defense be better than the 388 points they allowed in 2008?

San Diego Chargers

After a great run at the end of the 2008 season where the Chargers won a playoff game can head coach Norv Turner now relax about losing his job?

How healthy is now 30-year old RB LaDanian Tomlinson and does he have a rebound season left in him after barely getting 1,000 rushing yards in 2008?

Will the return of Pro Bowl LB Shawn Merriman from injury and the drafting of first round pick LB Larry English help to bring the Chargers defense back to their high standards of 2006?

Is Pro Bowl Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers ready to take his career to the next and get his team to the AFC Championship game and beyond?

Will there be enough balls to go around for an offense that features L.T, Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates, emerging WR Vincent Jackson, WR Chris Chambers, and newly franchised RB Darren Sproles? 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

Posted in AFC West, AFC West Questions, JaMarcus Russell, Josh McDaniels, Larry Johnson Tagged: 2009 NFL Season, 2009 NFL Training Camp, 2009 Training Camp Questions, AFC West, AFC West Questions, Football, JaMarcus Russell, Josh McDaniels, Larry Johnson, NFL, Sports
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