This was one of 49ers fans' primary concerns before the team lost half its defense. Tomusla seems to have the players' respect, but he had a hard time recruiting a solid coaching staff. It will be up to Tomsula to put together a strong gam plan and play to the 49ers' strengths week in and week out. If he is unable to get off to a fast start, it could turn ugly quickly in San Francisco. Tomsula is now the man in charge whether fans like it or not, and it remains to be seen how he will lead a professional football team.
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Will the Rams go WR or OL in the first round?
If you look at the Rams' needs, this question is a no brainer. They have committed a lot of money to their defense and only have two starters returning on the offensive line. With the No. 10 overall pick, there are likely to be some receivers on the board too hard to pass up. Amari Cooper, Kevin Whit, and DeVante Parker may all be staring the Rams in face. St. Louis did re-sign Kenny Britt, but it's still looking for a No. 1 receiver.
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Do the Cardinals need Adrian Peterson to win the division?
Will Adrian Peterson come to the desert? While there's no doubt Peterson is a great player and would make the Cardinals better, he may not be necessary to win the division. The Cardinals have made some great free agent signings this offseason and will undoubtedly pick up some key pieces in the draft as well. The Cardinals could save a lot of money by not trading for Peterson and picking up Melvin Gordon or Todd Gurley in the draft. The pieces are there for Arizona to compete in the NFC West; we'll see if management thinks it's essential to bring the star 30-year-old RB out west.
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Will Jimmy Graham break every tight end record in Seahawks history?
The Seahawks have not had the greatest track record with tight ends. If Graham keeps up his current pace, he has a good shot to go down as one of the greatest Seahawks tight ends of all time.
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Will Kaepernick finally show some improvement in his third full season as a starter?
Kaepernick’s offseason workouts with Kurt Warner have been well documented. While some Cardinals fans aren’t thrilled with this development, Niners fans are overjoyed. Nothing but rave reviews have come from these workouts. Warner is teaching him about pocket presence, looking off the defense and how to harness some of that athleticism. Whether all this translates into the season remains to be seen, but it is definitely an encouraging sight for 49ers fans in what has been a tough offseason so far.
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Do the Rams have the best defense in the NFC West?
This may sound like a crazy question since the NFC West is stacked with great defenses. Everyone knows about Seattle, while Arizona’s is extremely strong and San Francisco has had a top-five defense the last three years. Last year, the Rams pitched two shutouts and consistently shut opposing offenses down. This offseason, they have already upgraded their defense in signing Nick Fairley and Akeem Ayers. And Fisher will likely target defense early in the draft as well. In what may be the strongest division in football, the Rams may have the best defense.
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Can Parson Palmer stay healthy?
This is the big one. Many believe if Palmer had stayed healthy last year, they would have played in the Super Bowl and certainly won a division title. The reports from the offseason have been very encouraging: Palmer is ahead of schedule and should be ready to go by training camp. Palmer, 35, is coming off a second ACL injury, so no one knows for sure how his body will react during the course of a whole season. For now, the Cardinals are optimistic that their signal caller can give them a good year and lead them to a division title and possibly a championship.
Will the Seahawks draft a center to replace Max Unger?
In acquiring Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks traded away their All-Pro center Max Unger. There have been talks with veteran center Chris Myers, but nothing is official yet. Seattle does not have a first-round pick this year so if they draft a center, it will be in the second or third round.
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Will anyone overtake the Seahawks in the NFC West?
The Seahawks were favorites to win the division before they even acquired Jimmy Graham, but the NFC West has a case as the toughest division in football. The Cardinals and Rams have both improved this offseason already. The draft could sway any team's fortunes. And while the Seahawks will likely start the year as favorites to repeat, this division is much more wide open than people may think.