The NFC East has long been considered the division that all others should be measured by, but the east coast bias has gone too far.
The New York Giants still are one of the most feared teams in the NFL (depending on whether or not you catch them on a good week), but beyond that, this division is just as mediocre as the AFC West.
The NFC North and NFC West have overtaken the NFC East in terms of national power structure, and I only expect one team from this division to make it into the playoffs in 2012.
Besides the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC East is full of defenses that rate mediocre at best.
The Philadelphia Eagles are ranked No. 17 in the NFL, the Giants are ranked No. 23 and the Washington Redskins are ranked near the bottom at No. 29.
Furthermore, besides the Giants, there isn't another winning team in this division.
The Eagles have a quarterback who can't hang on to the football and a head coach who constantly forgets he has an All-Pro running back.
The Cowboys have a quarterback who can look like a king one week and a joker the next. They also have a wide receiver who has turned dropped passes at the worst possible time into an art form.
The Washington Redskins are so bad against the pass that John David Booty is thinking about coming out of retirement to challenge Tony Romo for the starting quarterback spot.
The real issue I have with the NFC East, though, is that all four teams are about as consistent as a 13-year-old girl with raging hormones. You never know if you're going to get a beauty or a beast.
It's about time that the national media came to grips with the fact that there are other, better divisions in this league. The NFC East has had its time in the national spotlight, but now it's time to recognize the NFC North and NFC West as the princes of the NFL.