NFC West Expectations
San Francisco 49ers - I personally think the 49ers will be representing the NFC in the Super Bowl this year. The 49ers have a great defense led by Patrick Willis. Their defense will only get better because of the development of outside linebacker Aldon Smith. Aldon should become one of the best defensive players in the next couple of years. On offense the 49ers will be much improved in the passing game because they signed Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. However, the wild card on their offense is back up quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jim Harbaugh was recently quoted saying “Colin was nearly perfect today.” This is referring to a minicamp practice. If Colin starts this year at quarterback, the potential is there for a potent quarterback.
Seattle Seahawks – I don’t expect too much out of the Seahawks this year. They signed free agent quarterback Matt Flynn who should be the starter this year. Matt should be a solid starter, but I doubt he will be able to put a team on his back and lead them to the playoffs. Also, the Seahawks have a solid running game this year with Marshawn Lynch. On defense they have a solid secondary led by Earl Thomas. This offseason they drafted Bruce Irvin in the first round to help there much maligned pass rush. Overall I think the Seahawks have some solid players, but for them to make the playoffs they must win the division. Unfortunately, I think San Francisco is one of the best teams in the NFL.
Saint Louis Rams - The Rams are an up and coming team that should be in Super Bowl contention in a couple of years. The Rams are lead by quarterback Sam Bradford who is looking to have a bounce back year after his subpar season. My biggest concern on offense for the Rams is their offensive line. Sam Bradford was beat up and injured last year do to subpar line play. On defense they have added an infusion of young talent. Most of there young players are high risk high reward so if they gambled right and most of these players pan out their defense will be one of the best in the NFL probably led by Robert Quinn, Jenoris Jenkins, and Trumaine Johnson. Another reason I like this team so much is the number of draft pick they have over the next two years. They will have 4 first round picks over the next 2 years. If the Rams draft well these next two years they have the potential to be a force in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals - This team is by far the worst team in the division. They have Kevin Kolb as there starting quarterback who is a game manager at best. They have a plethora of good running backs in Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams. Also, they have 2 good wide receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The offense weak link is their offensive line. On defense they some good players, but as a whole they are a subpar unit. At defensive end they have pro bowl defensive end Calais Campbell and at linebacker they have future star Dayrl Washington. Overall the Cardinals will be competitive this year, but won’t be able to win many games