NFL: NFC West 2010 in Review, 2011 Team Needs and 2011 Preview

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NFL: NFC West 2010 in Review, 2011 Team Needs and 2011 Preview

The NFC West has been pretty detestable and easy to pick on for most of the pundits that cover the NFL over the recent years.

Although it was just a couple years ago that a team out of the NFC West (Arizona) was represented in the Superbowl, it seems as though the teams in the west have been used as everyone else's punching bag. Not one team out of the West last year had an above .500 record. Outside of the division in the regular season, it didn't look too pretty for any of them.

Although things have looked glum cutting in close to a decade now, it appeared that last season the tide could possibly be turning in small flashes of some of the games each week. However, consistency was the largest obstacle for these teams.

Cycles of winning for certain teams have been evident as history has shown us while some other teams just continue to lose giving their fans not much to cheer about or hope for.

Three out of the four teams have been in a building process but just have not been able to put it together. While the other team (Arizona) has hungover after a loss in the Superbowl in 2009 and lost their franchise quarterback Kurt Warner to retirement, the lack of motivation just has not been there.

The 49ers, Rams, and Seahawks, despite their records, have enough talent on their respective rosters to really push each other and the rest of the league next season and on.

New head coach, Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers, third year coach, Steve Spagnuolo of the Rams, and second year coach of the Seahawks, Pete Carroll are all reasons to give each one of those team's fans a bit of hope. Although it doesn't look too promising for Arizona on paper at the moment, they should not be discounted from the equation either. Ken Whisenhunt has proved that he has what it takes to motivate his players.

The talent is there on the rosters for the most part. There may be a hole or two here and there for each team. Two of them (The 49ers and Cardinals) are in search of a franchise quarterback which would be the cornerstone to build the teams on. But if they can find them, and find them soon, there is little doubt that the tables would turn and the West would find themselves on the other side of the proverbial punching bag.

Each year is a clean slate for every team and with that in mind, the NFC West may be on its way to rivaling its counterparts in the East, North, and South very soon in competitiveness in 2011.

Breaking down each team in the next four slides, the focus will be on reviewing the past season for each team, their team needs, and the up and coming season for each of them. 

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