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Les Snead not overlooking Seahawks, won’t call NFC West ‘two-team race’

As strange as it may seem, the NFC West is no longer dominated by the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. Prior to 2017, they had been the premier teams in the division, winning the West 11 of the previous 13 years.

There was a changing of the guard last season, however, with the Los Angeles Rams breaking through to win their first division title since 2003. The San Francisco 49ers finished last, but they won five games in a row to close out the season, heading into 2018 with a great deal of potential.

So much so that they have the second-best Super Bowl odds of any team in the NFC West, trailing only the Rams. As likely as it seems that the division will come down to the Rams or 49ers, Les Snead isn’t willing to say it’s a two-team race. Seattle is still very much in the mix.

“I do want to say that the team that’s the most the north of us, Seattle, they still have that home-field (advantage), and they still have Russell Wilson,” Snead said on the Talk of Fame podcast. “So, guess what? For us to truly become, if you want to call it, the ‘kings of the West,’ we want to do that. And we want to repeat, and we want to do it consistently. You still gotta go up there and take care of those guys. They’re still gonna be a good team.”

Snead complimented the job Jed York and John Lynch have done in San Francisco, from adding Jimmy Garoppolo to their other moves this offseason. The 49ers have quickly gone from laughing stock of the NFC West to Super Bowl contenders, which probably doesn’t make Snead very happy.

“You can tell they’re making a run,” he added. “They’re doing things the right way. They’re being aggressive. They’re trying to improve their team … and maybe quicker than a rival GM would like.”

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Seattle and San Francisco are the Rams’ biggest threats in the division, but Snead isn’t overlooking the Cardinals, either. He said they “hired a really good head coach” in Steve Wilks and are in the midst of repairing the roster. Their quarterback situation is unclear with just Sam Bradford in the mix, but a potential draft pick could supplant him as the starter.

“I don’t want to make it a two-team race just yet. We’ve definitely got some formidable foes,” Snead said.


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