Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Putting this report card on NFC West fridge
By Mike Sando
The paragraphs accompanying Matt Williamson's effusive offseason report card affirm the NFC West's status as a division on the rise.
Two "A" grades, one B-plus and a B forced me to find a spot on the NFC West fridge for his report card between the Little League team picture and the list of chores for the week.
"I love what Arizona has done this offseason," Williamson wrote at one point.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Rams' roster "has improved immensely" under coach Jeff Fisher, leading Williamson to suggest "three teams out of the NFC West might end up going to the playoffs" following the 2013 regular season.
"Along with Seattle," Williamson writes of the San Francisco 49ers, "this might be the best team in the league -- and this offseason only reinforces that notion for me."
Williamson uses the word "stacked" to describe both the Seahawks' and 49ers' rosters.
So, what could have gone better for NFC West teams to this point in the offseason? We covered that ground a few weeks ago. Since then, the 49ers' Michael Crabtree and the Seahawks' Anthony McCoy suffered torn Achilles' tendons. Seattle learned it would lose defensive end Bruce Irvin to a four-game suspension. The Rams lost Isaiah Pead and Rokevious Watkins to one-game bans.