The post-lockout NFL offseason has been like a six-year-old's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese.
Going in, you knew it was going to be wild and crazy and impossible to slow down. So you mentally prepared yourself for it. You had your game face on. Then it started, and it was still wilder and crazier and louder than you imagined, leaving your head spinning while trying to keep up with everything.
Usual big-market suspects like the Patriots and Eagles have dominated the headlines so far by adding a few superstars here and there, but no division has experienced a bigger facelift than the NFC West.
The Cardinals and Seahawks have new starting quarterbacks. The Rams upgraded their defense and gave franchise QB Sam Bradford some new weapons. The 49ers took swings at some of the biggest available names on the market, and while they missed making a major splash, are still actively looking for that one big move.
The division that was the joke of the NFL last season is again shaping up to be one of the most competitive next season, only this time at least a couple of its teams have 10-win potential. In fact, the NFC West standings could be completely turned around—defending division champ Seattle finishing in last place, and 2010 doormat Arizona winning the 2011 division title—and it wouldn't be a big surprise.
After an opening round of player movement that resembled Hagler vs. Hearns, how does the NFC West look today?