(FootballStl) - The NFL has seen four young quarterbacks explode onto the scene this year in Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. They've all played above and beyond their expectations.
Kaepernick is the only one of the four who's not a rookie, but this is just his second year in the league. It'll be fun to watch RG3 and Luck light up scoreboards for the Redskins and Colts. It won't be as much fun, for Rams fans anyway, to see what Kaepernick and Wilson do over the next few years.
The NFC West made a dramatic turn this year, from one of the worst divisions in football to arguably the best. The 49ers finished the regular season at 10-4-1. Seattle was 11-5. The Rams were in the playoff hunt until week 15 and finished at 7-8-1. The Rams showed they are a team whose arrow is pointed upwards, but it won't be easy to make the next step and become a playoff team in this division.
Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson figure to provide plenty of nightmares for the Rams in the coming years. Both are intelligent young quarterbacks, capable of winning games with their throwing ability, and driving defenses nuts with their speed in the open field.
The Rams new defensive coordinator, whether that turns out to be Rob Ryan or somebody else, is going to have his hands full in developing a defense to stop Kaepernick and Wilson. The Rams will see both of those quarterbacks twice a year in the regular season for who knows how many more years, and they represent major hurdles for the Rams to clear if they're going to become a series playoff contender.