Ramfan128 wrote:What I find so interesting about the NFC West is that any of the Niners, Seahawks or even the Cardinals could finish in 2nd place IMO.
Niners hype has been heard all offseason - I don't know as well as Niner fans, but I think they still have a few holes on the roster
Seahawks have the best QB in the division and that alone makes them a threat. I also expect their defense to resume top 10 play with a healthy Wagner.
Cardinals are a team I think people are sleeping on. If David Johnson comes back and their OL gives him some room to run, and the QB play is average - and if the defense is average - lots and lots of ifs, but it wouldn't shock me to see them win 7-9 games this year.
I like how the Rams fan ASSUMES the Rams will take the division. Not giving you a hard time as you might very well be right, but the assumption is funny to me. No worries tho.Rams:
On Paper they SHOULD take the division. They were best team in division last year and on paper only got better. Funny thing though...it often doesn't work out the way you expect. Time will tell.Niners:
I agree with you on the hype and the holes. No team in NFL history had ever done what the Niners did last year. No team ever that started 1-10 ever finished the season with more than 3 wins, let alone rip off a 5 game winning streak. Now obviously, the Watsonless Texans and Bears aren't world-beaters, the Titans were reeling, The Jags might have had a bad day, and the Rams didn't play a ton of their starters...but there IS something to be said for the fact that it had NEVER happened before.
So...heres the thing about the holes: You aren't wrong...but its more complicated than that. Some would site CB, WR, or RB as holes, but I'm not sure that's the case. While its true there aren't proven vets at those positions, there are other factors. Sherman is of course coming off injury so that's a question mark. Witherspoon on the other side is in the Sherman mold and played well at the end of the year and has one think Sherman never has...pure speed.
At WR i think the Niners are pretty well stacked actually. No, there is no Julio Jones, but Garcon is a player, Goodwin is playing like a star in his second year in the system, Pettis has shown some potential as has Bourne, and they are really two deep in the slot with Taylor and James.
As for RB? I implicitly trust any decision Kyle Shanahan makes at that position as he and his dad have a strong history of turning guys into stars. the combo of McKinnon, Breida, and now Alfred Morris (if he makes final roster) is fine for me.
Now LEGIT holes with the answer? Hands down...LEO. They have nobody who can consistently get to the passer from outside. RG...they have two former 1st rounders vying for that spot (Josh Garnett and Jonathan Cooper...which would put them in odd position of having FOUR 1st round picks on the line and a second rounder at center) but neither guy has set the world on fire and hasn't practiced much in camp due to injury.Seahawks:
Again, as I said of the Rams ON PAPER it seems they'd be up for a big decline losing half if not possibly 3/4 of the Legion of Boom (and in reality possibly the best three members of the Legion)...but again, things don't always work out the way you expect. I'd be surprised if Seattle fell off a cliff. They still have Wilson, they finally have a LT to protect him, and I really like Rashaad Penny. I was kinda shocked to see him go in round 1, but I REALLY liked him coming out and was a guy I'd hoped the Niners might take a look at. They also still have Clark up front and Wagner behind him, so I think the Seahawks remain in contention for division crown.Cardinals:
I have to be honest, with so much change I've really kinda not paid too much attention to the Cards this offseason. I'm not a fan of Bradford but he's played well when he's healthy. It will be interesting to see how Rosen develops. Alot will be on the surgically repaired knee of David Johnson.