Plummer hoping for encore

The Broncos are the team to beat, but the Chiefs should be a playoff team under Herman Edwards, writes Keith Kidd.

Originally Published: June 21, 2006
By Keith Kidd | Scouts Inc.
The AFC West should be highly competitive in 2006. This division is deep with talent and has three teams that should be in the hunt for the playoffs.

The Denver Broncos are clearly the favorite to repeat as the AFC West champions. However, the San Diego Chargers are an explosive team on offense, while the Kansas City Chiefs return a solid core of veteran players. The Raiders still are not playoff ready, but the offseason hiring of head coach Art Shell has put the organization back on track to future respectability.

The Broncos capped off their impressive offseason when they acquired Pro Bowl WR Javon Walker in a trade from the Green Bay Packers. The Broncos also did a nice job of re-signing key players Matt Lepsis and Gerard Warren who contributed to their success last season.

Let's take a team-by-team look at all of the competitors in the NFC West and analyze their offseason. Have the teams improved or taken a step back?