‘ postseason dreams: You have to feel bad for Spikes. The San Diego linebacker
has been one of the NFL’s great competitors in his 15-year career. Yet it has
been a career that has never seen postseason play. When the Chargers were
officially eliminated from the playoff chase in Week 15, Spikes saw his mark go
to 15-for-15 in playoff-less seasons. It is an NFL record. He deserves better.
‘s status: McClain is back on the ’ active roster after a two-game suspension
for conduct detrimental to the team. But the middle linebacker is far from
active. The No. 8 pick of the 2010 draft was relegated to being a scout-team
running back in practice and he was not active for the Raiders’ victory over
the Chiefs on Sunday. His days in the Silver and Black appear numbered.
Job security of Kansas City offensive coordinator Brian Daboll: It hasn’t been
a banner year for Daboll’s offense sans for the running of ,Brian Orakpo Red
But Daboll’s unit hit a new low Sunday when it managed just 119 total yards and
was shut out by an Oakland’s defense that entered the game allowing more points
than any in the NFL. If head coach Romeo Crennel is somehow kept, Daboll likely
won’t be. Either way, Kansas City looks likely to see another offensive
coordinator in 2013.
‘ reputation: The Broncos earned themselves some respect in Week 15 with their
smashing victory at Baltimore. Had the Broncos lost to the Ravens,Chris Neild
they would have gone into the playoffs with people thinking they can’t beat a
good team. Winning convincingly in a tough place like Baltimore answers those
questions. I think the league views Denver as a legitimate Super Bowl contender
with two weeks left in the regular season.
AFC West speculation: There will likely be wholesale changes in both San Diego
and Kansas City in the next few weeks, with an outside chance of a coaching
change in Oakland. So naturally, speculation is high. We’ve heard about interim
Indianapolis coach Bruce Arians as a candidate in San Diego and about former
Indianapolis general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian potentially
being a candidate to run the Chiefs. My reaction? I think everything is on the
table, and I expect plenty more names to emerge in the coming weeks.
Chances of defensive coordinator Jason Tarver staying in Oakland: There have
been a lot of rumblings that the first-year defensive coordinator could be in
trouble. The Raiders’ defense has been abysmal this season. But the shutout
victory over Kansas City coupled with major personnel issues could help Tarver