Originally posted by DavidWGibson:I really hate to say this, but I have the Niners dropping (on paper, and mostly because our division is so good).
3. Niners - Somewhere around 10 wins like AZ last season.
4. StL - 9-7
Injury to Bowman, Smith can't get his head right, our secondary doesn't look too good on paper... It looks like we're going to give up more points and have to rely on our offense. The problem with that is our "upgraded" receiving core isn't really upgraded... Brandon Lloyd has been out of the game and Stevie Johnson disappoints more often than people realize.
Our division is crazy strong defensively, with some of the best DLs in the game AND the best DBs to boot. Out of all the teams in our division, we're the only team to have gotten worse on defense.
Is it possible our offense ends up becoming some crazy Packers offense? Sure, and I hope it happens. But Roman better dial up some better plays in the red zone. Not to mention the disconnect between HB and the Front Office...
OK, I was with you on a few points but you're just flat out wrong to say our WR core isn't upgraded. Last year, we had freaking Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore behind Boldin to start the season. Just having a healthy, 100% Crabtree (which we didn't see last year) is already an upgrade. Then you add a guy who has consistently produced as a #1 WR nearly his entire career as your #3 WR and that's gravy.
Now with that said, I do share many of your concerns, particularly on defense - Bowman out half the season is huge, no sugar coating it. I thought he was our best defensive player last year and no doubt his presence will be missed.
Aldon's situation, I'm glad it's resolved legally but I'm still scared about what Goodell will do. Hoping it's a 4 game suspension tops
and Aldon can keep his nose out trouble. Best case scenario.
And yes, on paper, secondary looks shaky. Hoping they can surprise those of us that have doubts.
Whatever struggles we may experience (defensively) in the beginning, I expect by midseason when the gang is back we'll get back in full gear.
NFC West may be the best division in football (debatable) but all of the teams have flaws bro, we're not the only ones.
Seattle didn't get significantly worse but they didn't get better either - they loss plenty of key contributors especially on defense, they'll enter the season as the team to beat, and if the NFL's supposedly stricter stance on PI comes to fruition, they'll have to adjust what makes them so special.
AZ will definitely miss that tandem of Dansby and Washington. And outside Rams' DL, nothing else is remotely scary about that team - you're getting caught up in the offseason hype.
[ Edited by NeonNiner on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:43 PM ]