Predicting the Long Term Future of the NFC West

So I'm sure you guys have noticed, but I am into football thought exercises. Last week I had one inspired by the Peyton Manning news, in which we gave our gut instinct about who would be the long term QB of the 49ers. While it wasn't a Peyton post per se, it came about because I was thinking about the whole Peyton situation.

You guys and gals seemed to have a good time with it and I had fun reading all ya'll's (yeah, that's a word) responses, so I thought I would share another one today. Again, this isn't a Rams trade post per se, but if you want to hijack it and make it one, then do it.

So, the big news yesterday evening was that the Rams traded their 2nd pick in the draft to the Redskins for three first rounders and a second rounder. First off, can we all point at the Redskins and just lololololololololol in their face for like a minute straight?

Cool, now that that's done, let's play our thought exercise: going again purely on gut instinct, what team besides the 49ers (so, don't be a homer basically) has the best shot of ruling the NFC West for the next five years or so. I know that the NFL is super tricky to predict and that right now the 49ers probably do have the advantage, but just go with your gut. Then, explain your gut.

Alight, I'll go: I think that the Seahawks have the best chance of dominating the NFC West for the next five or so years.

Yes, the Rams just got like zillions of draft picks and they have Sam Bradford, but I still feel like they are in a bit of a rebuilding phase right now. You could double their first round picks and they would still not have enough to fix all their problems.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks have done an excellent job of stockpiling young and cheap talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to argue that they are a good to great QB away from being an elite team. Sure, maybe their offense has a couple of problem spots, and no matter how much they wash the sideline they will never get the Pete Carroll stench out, but this team has the potential to be very good.

Alright, your turn.

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