06 Sep NFC West Preview
Los Angeles Rams
The reigning NFC Champs look to avenge a disappointing Super Bowl performance and they sure have the roster again to do it. Sean McVay and the LA Rams will be just as strong as last season, and even stronger on the defensive side of the ball. Their biggest acquisition this offseason was signing former Baltimore safety, Eric Weddle. Weddle is an absolute hard hitting ball hawk and a massive upgrade from the often inconsistent Lamarcus Joyner. While the secondary improves, LA Rams decided to take a risk at OLB by picking up veteran Clay Matthews. If he provides any production at this position, this pass rush can be one of the scariest the NFL has ever seen, fluttered with talent like Brockers, Donald, and Fowler.
The biggest question mark for the Rams is at RB. What the hell happened to Todd Gurley last season? McVay and Gurley kept pushing the narrative that he was completely healthy and ready for game action, but simply was not used. What an odd situation. Thankfully, CJ Anderson was able to step up and become the workhorse in this backfield. But you have to think of what could have been given a healthy TGII. Fresh off a massive deal, Jared “Jeff” Goff, is ready to roll. McVay did not draft Goff, but is making the commitment that there will be no future for the Rams without Jared Goff. Ram’s receiving corps has plenty of weapons for this high scoring unit, and the return of Cooper Kupp is one of the best off season acquisitions you could make. This team has a bad taste in their mouth from a 3 point Super Bowl performance, and will be out to prove haters wrong who are expecting a down year from the Rams.
The biggest news for the Seahawks this offseason came out this past week, adding Jadeveon Clowney to this defensive line creates a monster of a Front-7. Clowney and Ziggy Ansah on the ends is an unbelievable pass rush, with Mychal Kendricks and Bobby Wagner the next level behind them. This Hawks defense is going to go back to dominating after losing signature players from a defense that won them back to back NFC Championships.
Offense will be a HUGE question for Seattle. Who is Russell Wilson going to throw the ball to? Drafting Combine Hall of Fame player DK Metcalf to run opposite of Tyler Lockett gives Russ a couple options, but expect to see Chris Carson show out this season. One of the best ball catchers out of the backfield, Carson is a legitimate threat with hands and legs, and the offense will get fancy, utilizing all three of Carson, Penny, and Wilson’s running ability. I see this team being able to make a Wild Card push this year, and if the LA Rams have a “down” year like so many people say, can easily make a case to win this division.
San Fransisco 49ers
Jimmy G SZN is back on! And they sure will need him in what looks like a weak weak offense outside of a few skill players. George Kittle leading the group is coming off a career year and one of the best receiving seasons for a TE. Marquise Goodwin continues to improve year after year and is becoming a legitimate threat down field. An unlucky start to the season find Jerrick McKinnon on IR already. The Niner’s season truly boils down to how well Jimmy Garoppolo can perform and if he can stay healthy to finish a full season. We have seen the glimpses of greatness from Jimmy but he needs to be able to put it all together for this team to have a successful season in 2019.
Picking up one of the biggest defensive names on the market, Dee Ford looks to continue the success he had in KC and bring it with him to the Bay Area. I see this as an interesting group, with a veteren leader at each level of the defense, (Kwon Alexander for the LBs and Richard Sherman in the secondary). This type of leadership is what a young defense like San Fran can rally around and set up Jimmy G and the offense to win some games. Kyle Shanahan has show he is an offensive guru, but if this defense can’t support them they can very well end up in the basement here. For now, they are stuck in NFC West purgatory, won’t match the top two by any means but better than the worst.
Well Kliff you got what you wanted. A match made in heaven for Kliff Kingsbury having the opportunity to draft Heisman Trophy winning QB Kyler Murray. I’m excited to see what Kyler can do in the NFL, yes I get that he is undersized, but the NFL may have never seen a man with this much arm talent with speed and quickness that would put him as one of the top tier players in the league. I love the offensive weapons Arizona has around Kyler, David Johnson, Christian Kirk and Old Man Fitz will all benefit from the abilities Kyler has in his arsenal to make an immediate impact for this team.
The Cardinals defense looked pathetic in the preseason, and quite frankly I do not see much improvement as the season goes on. Losing Patrick Peterson for the first few games of the year is a brutal blow to what is already a shell of an NFL defense. Terrell Suggs is a nice pickup from a leadership standpoint, but he is sure to slow down eventually. The Cardinals better have been right about Kyler… cause they are going to need POINTS POINTS POINTS to win games this year.