NFC West: Off-Season Outlook
Updated: Mar 23, 2021
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Los Angeles Rams
The Rams already made one of the biggest moves in the entire NFL this offseason when they traded away their QB Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions. In return, they got an amazing vet in Matthew Stafford. Stafford & McVay seem to be a great mix already & their offensive IQ's working together will probably lead to some beautiful football. They went from a game manager at QB to a game changer. Add that to a team who already has a great defense, solid coaching, & a solid core of weapons on the offensive end & you're now looking at a team who can potentially make a run for a Super Bowl. They were the runner-ups in the NFC West last season & should be fighting to win the division next season.
The Cardinals have also shook up the NFL off-season already. Earlier this week, Arizona signed former Houston Texan JJ Watt. They are building a pretty promising defense which now includes Watt, Buddha Baker, & Chandler Jones; to name a few. They are going to need to get a corner or defensive backs in general with the likely departure of their 8 time pro bowler (in only 10 seasons) Patrick Peterson. Is Kyler Murray the answer? If so, they better improve their offensive line & protect that man. Their biggest needs in that department are at guard & right tackle. The Cardinals definitely have the potential to make a push for the division or even a Wild Card spot in the playoffs, but they aren't quite ready for a Super Bowl run just yet.
The key with the Seahawks is obviously their star QB Russell Wilson. Up until a few weeks ago, it seemed like a stupid idea to even consider Russ leaving Seattle before next season. Now? It's 50/50, but one thing we know for certain is that the Seahawks will live or die depending on how this situation plays out. Russ hasn't asked for a trade, but he's expressed his unhappiness with the organization & their decision making. Their offensive line needs a ton of work. Honestly, if I were Wilson, I'd be begging for a trade right now. Mediocre O-Line that will have to see Aaron Donald, Nick Bosa, Chandler Jones, & now JJ Watt each TWICE a year. Get me outta there if I'm Russell Wilson. Other than that, their defense hasn't been as solid as it was in years prior. All in all, the Seahawks look like they are stabbing themselves in the back & they need to make some big time moves in order to defend their NFC West divisional Championship from last season.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are also having some QB problems as of right now. Jimmy G can do some good things on a football field, but is he going to win you a Super Bowl? He had a chance when their defense carried him to the promise land, but he didn't get the job done. He's injury prone & we don't know what his ceiling is anymore these days. They are definitely shopping for an upgrade at QB, but with Wentz off the board, Watson trapped in Houston, Stafford joining their division, & the 12th pick in the NFL Draft; finding a solid, worthwhile upgrade doesn't seem to be in the cards for them this off-season. There's other holes to fill as well. They could potentially lose 5 defensive backs to free agency if they don't resign any of them. They need more weapons for Jimmy G or whoever they bring in. Their defensive front 7 is still dominant, & can carry them to some wins next season either way, but the biggest concern is if Jimmy G produces at a high enough level to bring them over the hump.