Worlds Apart, Then There’s The AFC West And The NFC West ……..

I think that it ought to be abundantly clear and plain for all to see that the NFL’s two western divisions might just be the worst that there is, in all of football. If you can categorically state to me what other divisions in the NFL are worst than that of the AFC West and NFC West. Then I’d be quite happy to listen to the arguments that you’re prepared to put forth to justify your claim or claims, as the case maybe.

Arlington, Tx,. December  13th, 2009.Chargers' offensive lineman Larry English (#52) gives  chase to Cowboys'  quarterback, Tony Romo (#9) in a  game played at   Texas Stadium  in  Arlington  , Texas.  The  San  Diego  Chargers  would  go on to  defeat  the   Dallas Cowboys  20-17 .picture appears   courtesy of Getty Images/ Ronald  Martinez .....
Arlington, Tx,. December 13th, 2009.Chargers' offensive lineman Larry English (#52) gives chase to Cowboys' quarterback, Tony Romo (#9) in a game played at Texas Stadium in Arlington , Texas. The San Diego Chargers would go on to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 .picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Ronald Martinez .....

While on the face of it, one can allude to the fact that within those divisions the standout teams are perhaps , the Arizona Cardinals (NFC West) and the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos (AFC West). One could perhaps attest to the fact also that the other teams that make up those respective divisions are essentially at best, no more than average , given the lack of quality and inconsistency of their play.

Broncos’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall seen here playing against the Indianapolis Colts , on his way to an NFL career record. The player would complete 21 receptions during the game , while attaining 200 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a losing effort against the Colts. The single game reception record had been previously held by Terrell Owens, as a San Francisco 49er. Indianapolis remained unbeaten with their 28-16 defeat of the Denver Broncos. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Andy Lyons ……

The same ‘old mantra’ is still being used that there’s ‘parity within the NFL’ and that on any given day, an extremely good team can be beaten by a bad team. That may well be the case, but based on the evidence of this season . It has been something of a rarity , albeit that we’ve also seen the likes of Pittsburgh Steelers get upended by the woefully inept Cleveland Browns. That being said , I’m of the opinion that much of the malaise we’re now seeing within the AFC West and NFC West, comes from the utterly poor coaching from within those divisions. The long suffering Oakland Raiders and their fans have had to put up with the continued ridicule of the franchise. Never mind that this time around one can’t really solely apportion blame upon their owner, Al Davis. This time around the brunt of the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of Raiders’ coach Tom Cable and that of his entire coaching staff. One could also argue that the team’s quarterback, JaMarcus Russell has led to a great many of the team’s woes from the outset. Whoever , was behind the scouting of Russell and the final decision to draft the player, clearly needs to have their head examined. And it appears that might come back down to Al Davis, again intervening and make a decision that has set the franchise back at least two three years. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Well , here the Raiders have gained one monumental headache in Russell, whose football IQ might just be slightly lower than that of Paris Hilton’s actual intelligence quotient.

The troubling thing for the Oakland Raiders now , is that with an injury to the newly installed starter at quarterback,Bruce Gradkowski. The team and Cable will now have to reinstall Russell back into the starter’s role. Gradkowski , has done everything asked of him in leading this team with due diligence and not making the mistakes that came with Russell’s nondescript and haphazard game. Cable for his part, seems to be at a loss for words in describing the franchise’s malaise. But therein, he was thrust into the position that he was ill equipped to handle from the very beginning.

The Kansas City Chiefs under coach, Todd Haley continues to struggle and much that comes down to sheer youth and inexperience on this team. And with former Patriots’ GM, Scott Pioli, now overseeing the personnel and development of recruitment for the franchise. It’d be safe to say that their future appears to be in safe hands. But for now, it is the immediacy of winning, learning how to acquire those traits and put them into practice in a competitive form. And for a team that is now 3-10 within the AFC West. Every win that they attain, is something to pin their hopes on and to the very fact that they’re learning something along the way.

San Francisco, December 14th, 2009. Running back Frank Gore (#21) of the San Francisco 49ers rushes with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.   picture appears  courtesy of Getty Images/  Ezra  Shaw  ................
San Francisco, December 14th, 2009. Running back Frank Gore (#21) of the San Francisco 49ers rushes with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Ezra Shaw ................

In the NFC West where the Arizona Cardinals seemingly now have the division to themselves. The likes of the San Francisco 49ers , Seattle Seahawks and St Louis Rams, while eager to put up something of a challenge. They have either been all too inconsistent in their overall play or just exceptionally mediocre to begin with.

Last year’s NFC representative in the Superbowl , has played with a great sense of urgency. But more often than not, there have been slip ups made by Ken Whisenhunt’s Arizona Cardinals’ team. Monday night’s 24-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, leads us to believe that the margin between the top team within the division and that of its other domiciled teams might not be as large, as first thought. Somehow, the Cardinals were inexplicably outplayed by a resurgent and resilient team, coached by Mike Singletary. You’d have been hard pressed to guess which was the team had an 8-5 record and a 6-7 record. Such may have been the disparity in terms of their overall play on the night.

Houston , December 13th, 2009.  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (#8) of the Seattle Seahawks is sacked by linebacker Brian Cushing (#56) of the Houston Texans in the third quarter at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 34-7.   picture appears  courtesy  of  Getty Images/ Bob Levey .......
Houston , December 13th, 2009. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (#8) of the Seattle Seahawks is sacked by linebacker Brian Cushing (#56) of the Houston Texans in the third quarter at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 34-7. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Bob Levey .......

Make of it what you will but I’m of the opinion that Mike Holmgren should not have been allowed to name his successor in waiting while he was the coach of the Seattle Seahawks. As great as a coach, as he has been over the years. Over the latter part his career with the Seahawks , the game essentially had begun to pass him by and personnel choices with regard to the Seahawks’ roster hadn’t paid any real dividends. Upon his retirement from the team, the reins were handed over to Jim Mora Jr.. To my mind they might as well have handed the reins over to Attila The Hun , for all of the good that it has done. Jim Mora Jr, is no more an NFL coach than Britney Spears can be considered to be a great singer. But yet somehow Mora has been entrusted with coaching this team ? Far be it for me to suggest but in Mora’s foray as an NFL coach , once he met with real adversity there in Atlanta with the Michael Vick saga. His apportioned blame elsewhere faster than a typhoon hits land. And when it was all said and done he still saw fit to denigrate the organization for the apparent way that he’d been treated. But then again, this was the same individual who when asked by Falcons’ owner , Arthur Blank, whether or not he’d been looking elsewhere for another coaching vacancy, he had the temerity to lie to the owner’s face.

Seattle Seahawks' coach, Jim Mora reacts to a play during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Houston. picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/  David J. Phillip .........
Seattle Seahawks' coach, Jim Mora reacts to a play during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Houston. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ David J. Phillip .........

Mora , now in position as the Seahawk’s coach. He has shown about as much perception and keenness for the position as a blind man being requested to play hop-scotch in a minefield. He has brought absolutely nothing at all to the table. And the Seahawks have fallen faster from grace than a meteor falling from the sky. No excuses ought to be made about the team being replete with injuries and the apparent loss of Pro Bowl quarterback , Matt Hasselbeck , due to prolonged injuries. Had Holmgren to begin with and then Mora seen fit to attain a backup for the aging quarterback. Then in some ways their problems would not be as acute as they now are.

Steven Jackson (#39) of the St. Louis Rams looks for room while running with the football against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Rams 47-7.  picture appears  courtesy of Getty Images/ Joe Robbins  ............
Steven Jackson (#39) of the St. Louis Rams looks for room while running with the football against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Rams 47-7. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Joe Robbins ............

From being anointed ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’, to now being bogged down in quicksand and their own mediocrity. The St Louis Rams have become a team that is about as welcoming to watch as catching a strain of the H1N1 virus. Let’s just say that the scary thought is that, there’s still no cure for the virus or what ails the Rams as an organization. In spite of it all Rams’ coach, Steve Spagnuolo tries his level best to coach this team to some level of competency and competitiveness. He’d better of coaching ‘Pop Warner’ football at this juncture. This is a team that has no real guidance or any semblance of leadership on the field of play. And the talents of the team’s running back , Steven Jackson, are being sadly wasted on a franchise that has no apparent guts for a fight or the will to win.

Nashville, Tn,  December 13th, 2009.  Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams looks on against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Rams 47-7.   picture  appears courtesy of  Getty Images/  Joe Robbins   ............
Nashville, Tn, December 13th, 2009. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams looks on against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Rams 47-7. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Joe Robbins ............

With each passing effort of an NFL game , one can slowly see how moribund that the Rams’ organization and the team has become. And there appears to be no end in sight as to the malaise that the team is now within. They, alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fighting for the record in futility for this NFL season. Both teams have a record of 1-12 as they both seek to at least attain one more win before the regular season reaches its climax. But that might allude to the fact that both teams don’t want to eschew the fact of missing out on taking the number one overall pick in next year’s NFL draft. The choices are a quarterback or a defensive player ? The Buccaneers have their needs, as do the St Louis Rams. But it’s safe to say that at this juncture none of us really knows what either of the two franchises will do in terms of a choice.

AFC West Divisional Standings

Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Road Div Conf Streak
San Diego Chargers 10 3 0 .769 362 259 4-2-0 6-1-0 5-1-0 7-3-0 Won 8
Denver Broncos 8 5 0 .615 256 230 4-2-0 4-3-0 3-1-0 6-4-0 Lost 1
Oakland Raiders 4 9 0 .308 155 316 2-5-0 2-4-0 1-4-0 3-6-0 Lost 1
Kansas City Chiefs 3 10 0 .231 206 342 1-6-0 2-4-0 1-4-0 2-7-0 Lost 3

NFC West Divisional Standings

Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Road Div Conf Streak
Arizona Cardinals 8 5 0 .615 306 258 3-3-0 5-2-0 3-2-0 6-3-0 Lost 1
San Francisco 49ers 6 7 0 .462 269 242 5-2-0 1-5-0 4-1-0 5-4-0 Won 1
Seattle Seahawks 5 8 0 .385 250 301 4-2-0 1-6-0 3-3-0 4-6-0 Lost 1
St. Louis Rams 1 12 0 .077 146 361 0-6-0 1-6-0 0-4-0 1-9-0 Lost 5

Author: tophatal ...........

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15 thoughts on “Worlds Apart, Then There’s The AFC West And The NFC West ……..”

  1. The 49ers played with heart and took it to the Cardinals. The Cards played like the crappy team of old. This was a typical Bidwell type of team. Seattle shehawks have been bad for a few years. The doncos are overrated. They had a good run. They may not make the playoffs. They are only two class team in the west the Cards and Chargers. That is it. Cards stunk the joint but they will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. The AFC better watch out for the Chargers. They are for real. San Diego is on a mission.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      I think we’re liable to see the Broncos make it to the playoffs. And as luck would have it , they’ll either make their own or just fold like a deck of cards once they’re actually been found out. I think much of their success will be dependent upon how Kyle Orton is able to withstand pressure when it’s brought to bear down on his shoulders.

      The Cards and Chargers as you so rightfully put it are the ‘class teams’ in the respective western divisions. But I do believe that the Cards can ill afford to have another mishap as witnessed last night. Another like that and their postseason ambitions could end up in heartache.

      Alan Parkins

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  2. chappy 81

    Pretty bad ? It’s akin to having a choice between having sex with Rosie O’Donnell and having sex Phyllis Diller. You actually want no part of either .

    The AFC West and NFC West has become a god-damn eyesore in terms of the lack of overall quality football and coaching within each of the divisions in question.

    That’s why come the postseason as hard and as allegedly battle tested as the Chargers are. They always tend to fall at that final obstacle. They’re not tested within their own division at all. So once they go outside the division and conference , they’ll either stumble or play a great game. The vast majority of the time during the regular season they look good. But come the postseason the wheels on the bus suddenly falls off and both Rivers and LT start to pout , bitch and then whine. What’s up with that ?

    LDT-Philip

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  3. Good morning Al.
    There is no doubt in my mind that the Bucs should draft Suh or Cody with their first round pick. It is true they have many needs, but in my opinion a dominant force in the middle of their defensive line is what is needed the most.
    What is your opinion on that matter?

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    1. aero

      Any addition by the Bucs that isn’t viewed as being redundant would be welcomed. But knowing Dominik and Raheem Morris , they’re quite liable to possibly screw things up. Freeman’s progress will be gradual as the learning curve him it’d appear at this juncture is extremely vast. He’s no Matt Ryan but he certainly is a great deal better than the Raiders’ JaMarcus Russell , that’s for damn sure !

      Alan Parkins

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  4. aero

    There’s no doubt in my mind that the Bucs need a dominant force in the center of the defense. That’s where their most urgent need is. And then they need a real playmaker up front and not a sometimes wannabe in the guise of Antonio Bryant. Both he Clayton and Kellen Winslow couldn’t catch a cold if their lives depended on it. And as far as the running attack goes . Well, the Bucs hasn’t one , not in any shape of form. All that Raheem and Dominik have given the fans this season is a number of platitudes and asinine sound bytes.

    Furthermore if those idiots at the Pewter Report would ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ instead of the ass kissing they give to the Bucs. The fans in general, would be far more appreciative of them as credence bearing informative outlet. Instead we’ve got to put up with their crap on almost nightly basis in the Tampa Bay market during the regular season.

    What the Bucs need also is an informative insightful person to oversee their personnel division. Dominik’s inexperience has been a blight to the organization. What they ought to have done was to go out and hire Mike Holmgren or someone like Gil Brandt.

    Instead in the offseason and prior to the draft the fans will be left wondering what the team will actually be doing in terms of the draft. And once again the speculation will be rife.

    Obviously the Rams will more likely than not go with a qb or they’ll quite possibly look at obtaining either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson from the Browns. But I think that they’ll go via the draft and pick up either Bradford, McCoy or Pike. Tebow will go in the first two rounds that’s for sure !

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  5. Alright, man. You know where I’m going with this. I’ll say the NFC South is worse than both those divisions.

    I know we have the Saints at the top but the bottom three of our division is far worse than the bottom three of those other two.

    The Bucs are as bad as the Rams and Chiefs.

    For a second, we thought the Panthers might be able to do something but we now know that to not be true.

    And the Falcons without their starting quarterback and running back are also woeful.

    I would dare to venture than both Denver and San Francisco are better than the second best team of the NFC South.

    Between them, the Falcons, Panthers and Bucs have a combined three road wins this season. The point differential for three three teams is also all negative.

    How’s that for an argument?

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      I can’t find fault with any parts of your argument at all. It’s become sublime to the ridiculous in watching the woeful ineptitude across the NFL. Not just within the AFC West and NFC West alone. Both divisions have become pitiful. And with the exception of the Cards, Chargers and Broncos. The rest of the occupants within those divisions just aren’t worth the time of day.

      While the purists and pundits tend to use ‘parity’ as their constant argument within the NFL. I now say it’s no longer become about that but the very fact the coaches and players just aren’t all they’re cracked up to be .

      It’s no use crying over spilled milk as far as the Bucs and the NFC South is concerned. Apart from the Saints being there , there’s not that much that catches the fans’ attention to begin with.

      Do you see Aisha Tyler crying over the Bucs ? Hell no , so stop it ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Alan Parkins

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    2. Chris Humpherys

      So what direction do you think that the Bucs will go in when it comes to the upcoming NFL Draft ? Offense or defense ? Bear in mind that their needs are indeed great on both sides of the ball ?

      I’m no ordinary girl s_ut , I’m you kinda ‘high class s_lut ! I go all the way !

      Alan Parkins

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  6. I think the fact that the Broncos busted out of the gate like that in 09 just goes to show you how weak the AFC West is.

    I have this theory that the reason San Diego chokes in the playoffs every year is that they just aren’t used to playing a hard core team like New England that plays in hell at home in Dec and January.

    Then you can make the arguement as well that some of the west coast cities tend to attract softer players who are basically out there for the scenery (take for example, Oakland’s entire offensive line) as opposed to a quest for football immortality.

    I find myself guilty of this bias When they’re showing Chiefs highlights on NFL Primetime, I couldn’t possibly be less intersted.

    Meehan

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