The NFC West is the new "Black & Blue" division. Every team has a talented defense that can beat people up.
49ers are positioned to be the front-runners for many years to come, but Seattle and St. Louis are showing signs of closing the gap. We need to be smart with our salary cap management, extending the right guys, find bargains in FA, and continue to draft well.
Seattle is a very good football team. They're better than their 7-5 record indicates IMO, especially now that Russell Wilson is in a groove. They have most of the pieces in place.
St. Louis' future success depends on how they draft the next 2 years. They are scheduled to have a ton of extra draft picks via trade. They have a chance to become very good, very quickly.
Arizona is in a state of disarray, but all hope is not lost. They still have a talented defense with many of the key guys signed long-term. They need to decide what to do with Whisenhunt and his staff. They need to solve their QB situation, and rebuild that offensive line. I'm talking 5 new starters on the line. They will probably be the bottom feeders for a while.
[ Edited by SofaKing on Dec 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM ]