QB upgrade increases competition in an already tough division.
After the trade which saw Carson Palmer move from Oakland to Arizona, the NFC West once again got stronger, which will only improve the chances of a future Super Bowl champion coming from this quartet.
The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are the closest. Both have an offence led by trailblazing Quarterbacks in Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick respectively. They also boast the number one and two defences from 2012, something that will only enhance their chances of making another deep run into the post-season.
The St Louis Rams are building piece by piece. They have a talented QB in Sam Bradford and interesting prospect at running back in Daryl Richardson. The task for head coach Jeff Fisher now is to give him a set of receivers who can help the 25 year old out.
The Rams too have a defence that is hugely under-rated, and is expected to have a breakout season in 2013, and could be the difference in the fourth quarter of a close game.
Finally the Arizona Cardinals immediately upgrade their team that went 4-12 last year with the addition of Carson Palmer. Now that the team have a legitimate starting QB, the pressure is lifted off a defence that seriously flattered the overall ability of the team.
Palmer will look to keep the team more competitive, and will be able to get the ball into the hands of Larry Fitzgerald on a more frequent basis, which will bring points and production for a re-building team.
This division is growing at a fast pace and with well run organisations looking to develop teams to be competitive over a long period of time.
The divisional match-ups between these four teams will be the most anticipated in the league. As competition breeds success, the chances of the Super Bowl winner coming from this division for the next five years are very high.