First things first: What happened in the AFC West? The San Diego (not so Super) Chargers finished the 2010 season with a 9-7 record. The Chargers led the entire NFL in offense and defense, but missed the playoffs. San Diego finished 2nd in the division to the Kansas City Chiefs. If that wasn’t strange enough, the Oakland Raiders beat every team in the AFC West twice this season, but finished in third place with an 8-8 record. Today, they wrapped up Week 17 with a resounding road win at the new Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Raiders won 31-10 and completed their sweep of the playoff bound Chiefs.
The Raiders were the ONLY team in the NFL to sweep all division games this season. Oakland became the first team since the merger to sweep a division and miss the post-season. The Chargers could not have been better statistically on either side of the ball. Oakland and San Diego will have a lot to think about in the off-season. The Raiders’ focus, according to reports, is replacing Coach Tom Cable and establishing consistency at the quarterback position:
Perhaps part of the problem has been Cable’s wavering on the Raiders’ starting quarterback. After starting the season with Jason Campbell at the helm, Cable switched to Bruce Gradkowski when Campbell struggled. After Gradkowski separated his shoulder, Cable turned back to Campbell but insisted Gradkowski was still the starter. While Campbell was under center during the Raiders’ three-game midseason win streak, Cable fluctuated between both quarterbacks throughout the second half of the year until Gradkowski reinjured his shoulder and was placed on injured reserve.
Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is rumored to be taking the same job down in Gainesville at the University of Florida. What does this for next week’s contest vs. the Baltimore Ravens? (more…)