The Arizona Cardinals are the two-time defending champions in the NFC West, but they also lost several key components from their climb to success – including quarterback Kurt Warner (retired), wide receiver Anquan Boldin (traded) and linebacker Karlos Dansby (free agency).
The San Francisco 49ers are the trendy pick to replace the Cardinals as the division’s best team, but is Alex Smith really ready to step in and lead this team to its first winning record since it won the West in 2002?
The Seahawks are emerging from an offseason of change. Rampant change. Top-to-bottom change. From-head-coach-to-long-snapper change. It started with the hiring of coach Pete Carroll, continued with the addition of general manager John Schneider and has continued as they’ve made a staggering 95 roster moves. But will all this change alter the fortunes of a team that has followed capturing four consecutive NFC West titles by winning a combined nine games the past two seasons?
The St. Louis Rams, well, they remain the St. Louis Rams. Since dominating the division before it was realigned in 2002 and then going 12-4 in 2003, the Rams have not posted a winning season – and they’ve combined for six wins the past three seasons. Now they’re hitching their hopes to rookie QB Sam Bradford, the first pick overall in April’s NFL draft.
Pro Football Weekly takes a longer look at each club in its training camp preview. Check it out here.