The Cardinals and Seahawks have owned the NFC West in recent years, but they both look ready to eat some humble pie this coming year.
I don’t have any particular beef with the Cardinals, who are led by one of the classiest guys to ever play the game — Larry Fitzgerald. The only boasting behavior from that team came from their HC, Bruce Arians, and it was almost solely directed at the Seahawks, who deserve any uncomplimentary remarks anyone in the league throws their way.
But injuries, age, inflated salaries and egos, and bad luck in the draft have finally conspired to knock the swagger out of Seattle. They’ve acquired a rep as poor winners and poor losers. They missed the playoffs last year and won’t come close this year, either. Welcome to the bottom feeder club, assholes.
The Rams made themselves the team to beat this year by winning the division last year and conducting a Super Bowl or Bust offseason. Their DC, Wade Phillips, has a chance to create the kind of stifling defense that he put together in Denver and rode to an SB title in 2015. Beating them will be a stiff challenge for the Niners.
Poor old Detroit. They haven’t done anything right since they took down the 10-0 Packers on Thanksgiving Day in 1962, beating them 26-14 in an NFL stunner. Now they hire a squeaky clean fellow from the Patriots to run their team and it turns out he has a 22 year old skeleton in his closet. Tough to see Matt Patricia surviving this one. The Lions may have to take the unprecedented step of firing an HC before he even coaches one game.
Being famous sure isn’t the public image cakewalk it used to be. Be thankful you’re a nobody, Outsiders!