NFC WEST Preview: One Year Wonders In The Desert?

Garry VoltaireContributor IAugust 28, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 22:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals waits for introductions prior to the preseason NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 17-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cardinals: 10-6 Best Off-season pick up: Chris Wells

The Cardinals should be back on top of this division again this year. In my opinion there defense is still suspect, with some issues in the front 7. In the secondary they should be fine with 1 possible pro bowlers in Adrian Wilson. On offense their fine with drafting Chris Wells that running game should be step up from last year's. The only question you can say is, Will age affect Kurt Warner? No this year, Kurt will be fine and will be even better with a maturing Steven Breaston as a 3rd threat in the passing game. The Cards should be as good as last year; the only problem is will last year get to their heads?

49ers: 8-8 Best Off-season pick up: Marvel Smith

With Hill has the starter, the niners have a bright path ahead of them, but youth is in their way. On D this team has the linebacker in the NFC in Patrick Willis, but not much proven talent around him. Which has proven to be costly for this niners team, they tried to get him help by signing veteran Takeo Spikes. It’s a start. On offense it rest on the shoulder of Frank Gore. Can he maintain a consistent level of high play to lead this team? He has the ability and the will power, but can this O-line keep up? In my opinion the O-line is a bit shaky but they will be fine. The niners downfall will be that D, and not that offense who I think can put up some points if you sleep on them.

Seahawks: 7-9 Best Off-season pick up: T.J Houshmandzadeh

Just like the niners the Seahawks downfall will be on D. With drafting Aaron Curry, that gives them depth with Lofa at linebacker. You take a look at the whole defense especially that secondary that can stop me from passing for 300 yards (LOL); they really didn't do anything to help that. This team will struggle a lot on D. On offense they got a dual running back tandem with Edge and Julius. Matt Hasselbeck will be back to his old passing numbers with a cast of pretty good receivers. That O-line will be fine. The Seahawks will regret now looking more into that passing D.

Rams: 1-15 Best Off-season pick up: N/A

What? What is going on with this team?! This team has lost its entire mystic on offense. With Holt and Bruce gone. Bulger will show he true colors. Now before you say he has no receivers, take a look at McNabb's receivers from (00-07). Now they have no stand out receiver, there O-line is a mess, they have only two bright spots, or players. In Steven Jackson and Chris Long. This D will struggle while it’s in its youth and new system transition. I'm done the Rams are going be terrible, but hey at least you can get Sam Bradford. 2012 here comes the Rams.