This is a marginal division, and while I give each team respect… I will also give them some realism.
Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell could be the ‘guy’. Darren McFadden, a rookie, could make some waves… but history tells us he won’t have immediate success. Could it be different this season? Let’s just say I am not on the edge of my seat. I have an inkling that the Raiders will turn some heads. It’s a great formula. Two younger guys at prime positions. The Raiders can absolutely make some great strides.
Expect a season that will be better than the last one, but that’s not saying much. Flash and flare in the first few games, but when the season plays out the Raiders will ultimately fall short. Regardless, they won’t be the worst in the division.
Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe is promising… but who is going to get him the ball? What’s his name? (I refuse to remember the name of a Chiefs quarterback. It’s kind of like getting to know a new bartender at a really, really bad bar. They might be nice and all, but the joint is so bad, it will break their spirit soon enough and send them crying out the door.) Chiefs have nothing to look forward too. You hear me, Larry Johnson, nothing.
The front office had a dynamite draft. Plenty of picks to fill a lot of holes. I don’t see these moves coming to fruition this season. Look to next year, Kansas City.
Denver Broncos: Good running back or two guaranteed in Denver every year. Write it down. Other than that, don’t expect much. Rod Smith retired. I know this comes as a shock to many of a football fan who thought Smith retired years ago.
Jay Cutler is the guy in Denver. For now. I give the him this year and next to prove his game. At this point, there are no wide out options for him to get big numbers. Word to Cutler: try to stay on your feet and wait for a team to get built around you.