NFC West: Ranking the Teams by Their Quarterbacks
4. Kyler Murray
The Arizona Cardinals have a brand new start with their number one overall draft pick Kyler Murray. He is very mobile and will be hard for defenders to bring down, which will get the crowd in the city of Glendale excited. It will be interesting to see their offense under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was good with quarterbacks at Texas Tech, including Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. Kingsbury hopes to develop Murray, just as former Arizona head coach Bruce Arians was able to do with a younger Ben Roethlisberger as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff. The Cardinals as a whole will have their share of setbacks as they try to duplicate of success that they experienced earlier this decade.
The San Francisco 49ers will have Jimmy Garoppolo back this season. It remains to be seen whether or not he and his team get the form back that they had at the tail end of the 2017 season. The former Eastern Illinois quarterback got hurt last year by not running out of bounds soon enough in the team’s third game against Kansas City last season. San Francisco needs his leadership if they want to challenge for an NFC wild-card spot as their season went south without him. Their matchups against the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams will give an indication of their status in the pecking order.
Russell Wilson got a big contract with the Seahawks after leading them to the playoffs for the fifth time in the six years. The Super Bowl XLVIII Champion has been able to stay healthy. Even when it seems he needs to use his legs quite frequently to help extend drives. He is mentally resilient and always has a positive attitude. That is a great trait to have. They went toe to toe in both games against the Rams last year, so count him out at your own risk. The question is can their offensive line stay healthy and get back to playing at an elite level defensively. If so, they can be a playoff team once again, perhaps challenge Los Angeles for division supremacy.
1. Jared Goff
Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams were one win away from winning the Super Bowl. He had a difficult evening last September, but another season with Sean McVay will be beneficial. The fourth-year starter has two NFC West titles and two playoff victories, so he is off to a good start. If Todd Gurley is at full strength, the Rams will continue to stack a lot of wins together. This team is really is not lacking in talent, so it will be a challenge to unseat them. I think Los Angeles will win the division. However, the odds are, unlike Russell Wilson a few years ago, the Rams will find getting back to the Super Bowl to be a bridge too far. The road through the NFC is very tough, and so many teams end up not getting back the following year.
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