Why the NFC West is a perfect example for change

Right now, the New York Jets are 10-4. Same with the Baltimore Ravens. Yet, they aren’t in first in their division. Switch over to the measly NFC West. The St. Louis Rams are in first. Yes, those St. Louis Rams, the ones who were the worst in the NFL last year and got the number one pick in the draft, selecting Sam Bradford. Sounds like a good revival story, right? Consider this. The Rams are 6-8, 2 games under .500. Still, they are in first in a division with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals. The NFC West was supposed to be a relatively bad division, but not this bad. This is an urgent SOS message to Roger Goodell: Change the divisional format. Please! We should not have a team 4 games better in a certain division in second place while there is a team under .500 in first place with 2 games remaining. Still not convinced? How about this fact: There has never been a division where all teams were under .500 in a season. You want another? How about this one: There has never been an under .500 team to make the playoffs. To quote Jim Mora, “Playoffs? You talking about the Playoffs?” Yeah, we’re talking about the playoffs. And it’s not looking good for some other teams, like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who really are a comeback story. Last year, Raheem Morris led the team to a 3-13 season, prompting fans and media to demand his firing, despite being hired that year. What did Morris do? He proved that the Buccaneers could play- in a very tough division, no less. Because of that tough division, the Bucs are stuck at 8-6, 3rd place in the NFC South behind Atlanta and New Orleans. Right now, they’re not going to be in the playoffs (Yes, Jim Mora, I said playoffs). If you’re scoring at home, Tampa Bay is still 2 games better than St. Louis. Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson had a postgame tirade after he was caught on camera laughing on the sideline during a loss. He should have been laughing about how bad his division is. It’s quite sad, and I really don’t think that anyone wants to see the Rams get steamrolled in the playoffs by Philly. Do you? I hope not, and maybe Roger Goodell will get the message soon.

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2 Responses to Why the NFC West is a perfect example for change

  1. Mr. Coyle says:

    Nice job Nik! This is a terrific example of the type of commentary pieces that give you blog a unique voice. Keep up the good work!

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