NFC West: 2013 NFC West offseason glance

A look at the San Francisco 49ers' offseason to this point ...

What went right: The 49ers kept together their coaching staff, a major victory following a two-year run of success. ... General manager Trent Baalke continued to maximize trade value in ways that should benefit the team for years to come. That included getting a 2013 second-round choice and another early 2014 selection from Kansas City for Alex Smith even though the 49ers might have released Smith in the absence of a trade. ... The 49ers added to their haul of 2014 draft choices, which stands at 10, while still maneuvering around the 2013 board to select the players they had targeted, including safety Eric Reid. ... Management secured a naming-rights deal for the team's new stadium, improving the longer-term debt situation. ... Anquan Boldin and Glenn Dorsey filled immediate needs in free agency without compromising the longer term. ... The 49ers reached a contract extension with 23-year-old right tackle Anthony Davis, who owns 53 regular-season and postseason starts in three NFL seasons. ... The 49ers re-signed guard Adam Snyder on the cheap after receiving a compensatory pick for losing him a year earlier -- not a great move from a personnel standpoint, but one that showed, again, the 49ers' flair for working the system.

What went wrong: Every one of the 49ers' division rivals appeared to get better, reducing the team's margin for error. ... The 49ers lost director of player personnel Tom Gamble to the Philadelphia Eagles. Gamble, Baalke and the personnel staff had worked productively for years. ... Cornerback Chris Culliver, reprimanded for anti-gay remarks made during Super Bowl week, invited further criticism with remarks demeaning women. ... The 49ers were in on the Percy Harvin trade talks, but they weren't willing to pay the price Minnesota commanded ultimately. They could have lived with Harvin landing outside the NFC West instead of with a primary rival. ... Strong markets for Dashon Goldson and Delanie Walker made those players' departures all but certain, whereas the team had re-signed Goldson on the relative cheap previously.

The bottom line: The 49ers are still the team to beat the NFC West. They are still good enough to win the division and compete for the Super Bowl. It's just that the road out of the division is more treacherous these days.

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A look at the Seattle Seahawks' offseason to this point ...

What went right: A soft free-agent market allowed Seattle to add Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on short-term deals, strengthening the team's pass rush, its No. 1 need area while Chris Clemons recovers from knee surgery. ... Signing strong safety Kam Chancellor to a contract extension showed the Seahawks could take care of their own players even after splurging to acquire Percy Harvin from Minnesota. ... Acquiring Harvin fits into this category as well. We can debate the price Seattle paid. We can all agree Seattle added a supremely talented 24-year-old recent MVP candidate. Teams don't acquire such players very often. ... Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell signed a new contract to remain with the team after interviewing for head coaching positions. ... Dan Quinn, who had worked under coach Pete Carroll in 2010, was available to fill the void at defensive coordinator. ... Antoine Winfield was eager to sign with Seattle at a reasonable price, providing a welcome option at slot corner.

What went wrong: The Seahawks lost defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bradley had been one of the most valued assistant coaches on staff. ... The Seahawks got little from Oakland in the Matt Flynn trade. Perhaps teams simply aren't that excited about Flynn, whose options in free agency appeared limited last offseason. Perhaps the trade market for unproven quarterbacks died too soon for the Seahawks to leverage a better deal. A combination of both could have affected the situation. ... Defensive lineman Greg Scruggs required reconstructive surgery after suffering a knee injury during a training drill.

The bottom line: The Seahawks appear better on paper for the moves they made this offseason, and they were already pretty good.

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A look at the Arizona Cardinals' offseason to this point ...

What went right: Carson Palmer became available by trade and the Cardinals were able to acquire him for late-round draft considerations, instantly upgrading the one area where Arizona had to upgrade the most. ... Arizona had its choice of offensive guards in the draft after the teams selecting ahead of the Cardinals focused on offensive tackles and pass-rushers. Guard was the team's primary need on the offensive line. ... General manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians won larger coaching and scouting staffs while also firming up plans to build an indoor practice facility. ... The Cardinals emerged from the draft with nine selections, their highest total since 2001. ... Keim and Arians gained long-term roster flexibility by clearing out unwieldy contracts and adding younger veteran players on short-term, cap-friendly deals. ... Karlos Dansby remained available at a reasonable price when the Cardinals needed options at linebacker.

What went wrong: Andy Reid accepted the Kansas City Chiefs' coaching offer without visiting Arizona after Cardinals president Michael Bidwill had expressed interest in Reid as a candidate to succeed Ken Whisenhunt ... The NFL has levied a four-game suspension against linebacker Daryl Washington. Authorities subsequently filed assault charges against Washington for his role in a domestic dispute. ... Rules preventing coaches and players from discussing football early in the offseason prevented Arians from getting a feel for Kevin Kolb in time for the sides to work out a new contract. The team might have released Kolb anyway, but Arians would have liked an opportunity to consider the Kolb option in greater depth. ... The team could not get trade value for Brian Hoyer.

The bottom line: The Cardinals are better at quarterback. They are younger throughout their roster. They are in position to improve.

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A look at the St. Louis Rams' offseason to this point ...

What went right: The team was able to sign left tackle Jake Long without much apparent competition from other teams, keeping the price more reasonable. ... The first round of the draft went to script for the Rams. They wanted Tavon Austin and traded up to select him before any other team selected a skill-position player. The team then snagged its other first-round target, Alec Ogletree, after trading back to recoup picks. ... The Rams kept together their offensive staff, allowing quarterback Sam Bradford to remain in the same system. Bradford had played under a different coordinator in each of his first three NFL seasons. ... The Gregg Williams saga went away when the NFL reinstated the Rams' would-be defensive coordinator, allowing Williams to take a job with Tennessee. ... Steven Jackson left the team without any evidence of hard feelings. ... The NFL scheduled the Rams for "Monday Night Football" in the Edwards Jones Dome, a first since 2006. ... The Rams were "pleased" with an arbitrator's decision regarding stadium upgrades. ... The Bradford-has-no-weapons storyline took a hit with Austin, Stedman Bailey and Jared Cook arriving. ... Defensive end William Hayes, a key to the pass rush in coach Jeff Fisher's eyes, re-signed for what seemed like a reasonable price. That kept together a strength of the team.

What went wrong: Authorities in Montana arrested cornerback Trumaine Johnson on suspicion of drunk driving, not his first brush with the law. ... Strong safety Quintin Mikell refused to accepted a pay reduction. Releasing Mikell absolved the Rams from paying his $9 million salary for 2013, but the team still must account for $6 million in cap charges. ... The price for keeping receiver Danny Amendola was higher than the Rams were willing to pay, removing from the offense one of Bradford's preferred targets. ... Versatile offensive lineman Robert Turner left in free agency.

The bottom line: What went right outweighs what went wrong. I was reaching to find items in the latter category and resisted adding a note about the team being unable to keep Jackson at a reduced salary. My feeling was that the Rams valued Jackson, but they were also ready to move forward with younger players. The Rams have made the NFL's youngest roster even younger, so there are some short-term uncertainties surrounding this team. However, the longer-range plan is proceeding on schedule.

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