NFC West Predictions
San Francisco 49ers (10-6)
The 49ers are a decent team that will benefit from a schedule heavy on the NFC West and AFC West. Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis should continue to improve their running-centered offense, leaving Coach Singletary to find a QB that can effectively manage the game. With the addition of Taylor Mays and Navorro Bowman, the Niners 4th-ranked defense should continue to be their biggest weapon.
Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
Kurt Warner will be missed. The Cardinals anemic rush offense (28th in the league) will be put to the test this year, as Derek Anderson and Matt Leinart still have a lot to prove. Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, and newcomer Andre Roberts will try and make it easier on their quarterback. A middling defense in 2009 will be challenged in 2010 with the subtractions of Antrel Rolle and Karlos Dansby. Dan Williams and Daryl Washington may blunt the effect somewhat, but there are still question marks in the defensive backfield.
Seattle Seahawks (5-11)
Fun Fact: My wife has thrown as many NFL passes as Charlie Whitehurst. The multi-colored team from Seattle finished in the bottom quartile in offense and defense in 2009, then hired a college coach in Pete Carroll and lost their best player in Walter Jones. The Seahawks made some splashy draft picks with the likes of Russel Okung, Earl Thomas, and Golden Tate, but the lack of a good quarterbacking option might doom them to another year ending with a top ten draft pick.
St. Louis Rams (4-12)
The Rams are having a very good off-season. They believe they have their QB of the future with Sam Bradford, and re-signed their highest profile free-agent, safety Oshi Atogwe, to a 5-year deal. Combine that with a slew of other good draft picks, including offensive lineman Roger Saffold and NEPD favorite Mardy Gilyard, and you get a 100% improvement in 2010. Going from two wins in 2009 to four wins in 2010 might not seem like a huge improvement to most fans, but for the first time since Dick Vermeil was in town the Rams look like they are pointing in the right direction.