Road back to playoffs getting shorter for Rams - KMOV.com

Road back to playoffs getting shorter for Rams

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

When you are a fan of a team holding the first pick overall in the NFL Draft and coming off of a 1-15 season, you have to believe that things will be getting better soon.

During this offseason the Rams have been trying to improve the roster.  Whether or not their signings have given the Rams a chance to be better in 2010 remains to be seen, but what has to be an encouraging sign to Rams fans is what has been going on elsewhere in the NFC West.  What is the worst division in football for the past few seasons is actually getting worse and, in a perverse way, is speeding up the Rams chances of getting back to the playoffs.

As we all know, the NFL is a quarterback league.  If you don't have one the odds of you being a playoff team are long.

With the loss of Kurt Warner from the Arizona Cardinals, the NFC West has automatically become wide open.  It is clear that the Cardinals coaching staff is not secure in knowing that Matt Leinart is going to be the quarterback of the future.  If they were then they would not have acquired Derek Anderson, the former Cleveland Browns starter.  While all signs point towards Leinart being the starter they are certainly hedging their bets and at the very least the Cardinals won't be nearly as potent on offense.  This is not to mention what has happened to the rest of the Cardinals roster, including the departure of Anquan Boldin.

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