What a difference a couple of seasons make. The NFC West went from sending a sub-.500 Seattle Seahawks team to the playoffs in 2010 (7-9), to a few years later boasting arguably the two most talented rosters in the NFC, the aforementioned Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.
Phenomenal drafting and the insertion of head coaches who have seized the locker room and molded their teams in their image have played an extraordinary role in the resurrection of the NFC West.
The fact that there is no love lost between the teams makes a juicy new story even juicier.
At the end of the day, however, this is the NFL, and the NFL is all about the quarterbacks. As ferocious as these defenses play, as powerful as the running games may be and as brilliant as the coaching staffs are, the insertion of quality signal-callers has rejuvenated these two teams for the foreseeable future.
Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks crashed the party last season, turning the two-man race for the future face of the NFL between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III into a four-horse affair.
Here comes the fun part, though. For teams as evenly matched as these two, it will likely be the play of their newly minted starting quarterbacks that will decide who takes the division crown.
A great team makes the playoffs. A great team with a great quarterback excels in the playoffs.
Who, then, will build on last year’s success and guide their team to the status of best in the west? It’s time for a little player comparison, the Kaepernick vs. Wilson edition.