BIG PLANS & SMALL DREAMS
The NFC West appears to be a two team race again between Los Angeles and Seattle. The Rams are officially the hunted after back to back division titles and a trip to the Super Bowl, while Seattle has gotten back in contention after a losing season in 2017. As for the Cardinals and 49ers, a close eye will be kept on their starting Quarterbacks who are expected to turn the franchise around.
2019 NFC WEST PRESEASON VIEW
LOS ANGELES RAMS
The Rams come into the season with one goal in mind and that's getting back to the Super Bowl. After breaking through in 2017 and a great follow up season last year, there's only one thing left to do and that's win it all.
Seattle begins this season in a much better place than they were last year. Franchise Quarterback Russell Wilson and All Pro Linebacker Bobby Wagner are locked up for the long term. The offense has an established identity and a new look defense is looking to make a name for themselves, as the Seahawks have plans on making another Super Bowl push.
With a new Head Coach and rookie Quarterback, I'm not sure what the expectations are in Arizona. The team as a whole doesn't look too bad, with some good talent on defense but the offense really doesn't have any explosive play makers, besides Running Back David Johnson, who hopes the offensive line is much better than a year ago.
2019 OFF SEASON GRADES
Grant Cohn, @grantcohn
Columnist, Santa Rosa Press
Los Angeles 13-3
San Francisco 4-12
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The 49ers find themselves at a crossroads with question marks looming large, as the regular season nears. Is Jimmy Garrapollo indeed the Franchise Quarterback and worth all the money he was paid? Did the 49ers choose the right players by using 4 lottery picks on lineman in the last 4 drafts? Was Kyle Shanahan the right for Head Coach and was John Lynch the right choice for GM? By seasons end, most of these questions will be answered.