AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders



Broncos president Joe Ellis said Thursday that he’s “not concerned about spiraling downhill” and is hoping the coaching staff can gets things turned around in the coming weeks.

“They know the deal,” Ellis said, via the Denver Post. “They experienced last year and they know what needs to be done to fix it, move forward, try and improve and get better and play some good football for the remaining 11 games. We’re all pulling for [Joseph] and supporting him and we’ll see where this goes.”


  • Chiefs G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif suffered torn ligaments in his ankle along with a broken leg. Chiefs HC Andy Reid said there was still a chance Duvernay-Tardif could return this season, despite being placed on injured reserve. (Adam Teicher)
  • Reid said it was “a stretch” that OLB Justin Houston would be available against the Patriots.
  • Regarding S Eric Berry (Achilles), Reid says he’s “getting closer.


Raiders OC Greg Olson said that he wants QB Derek Carr to “calm down and play in a more relaxed mode” and believes Carr is “pressing” to make plays.

“First year in the system. He’s on his fourth coordinator now in his time in the league and I think it’s a comfort level in the system,” Olson said, via Jerry McDonald of the Mercury News. “It’s a matter of sometimes pressing. For us right now, trying to get him to calm down and play in a more relaxed mode so that he doesn’t feel like he has to press to make plays.”

  • Raiders HC Jon Gruden mentioned that Daryl Worley could end up replacing Gareon Conley as one of their starting cornerbacks: “Worley is a good player,” Gruden said, via “Gareon had a couple of struggles … (and we’re) trying to find a right mix, trying to find a right mix at a lot of positions. Daryl Worley is a good player. I think he was second on our team in tackles. He earned a right to be out there.”

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Joe Ellis is saying what he is supposed to say. I truly don’t believe that he even thinks they have a chance against the Rams. I only see 3 or maybe 4 wins the rest of the season and if they are smart they will fire Vance Joseph and trade Demaryius Thomas if any one wants him. They should also let defensive coordinator Joe Woods go it was a huge mistake letting Wade Phillips go. And of course they made a mistake with bringing in Case Keenum he had one great year and Elway lost his mind. It blows me… Read more »