AFC West Notes: Carr, Sparano, Broncos

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has no concerns about Philip Rivers heading into this week’s contest against the 49ers, writes Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “Philip had an outstanding day,” McCoy said. “A ball did not hit the ground in all the throws he made today. Philip was Philip, so he’ll be ready to roll.” The QB missed his first official practice in several years one day earlier, but all indications are he still start Saturday night against the 49ers. More out of the AFC West..

  • There has been speculation for months about who will be the next coach of the Raiders but if he had it his way, rookie quarterback would like to have Tony Sparano stay in the position, writes Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. “Yeah, we love him,” Carr said. “He’s our leader. Absolutely. We love him. Obviously, those decisions are going to happen, and we have no control in that. Those decisions will be made, and whoever is here is who we’ll play for.”
  • Mike Klis of The Denver Post looked at the Broncos that could depart in free agency, including Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas. “I don’t want to leave,” said the 335-pound athlete lovingly referred to as Pot Roast. “I want to be here. But I’ve been in the position before, and I know how it works.” Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is also set to hit the open market and while he’s not as integral as the two offensive superstars, he badly wants to stay in Denver.
  • Bill Williamson of discussed the University of Michigan’s rumored offer to 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and how it impacts the Raiders. Williamson feels that if Raiders owner Mark Davis really wants Harbaugh, he knows that he’ll have to pay big, so matching or exceeding the Wolverines’ offer is not out of the question.
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