Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians agrees that the West deserves its reputation as one of the NFL's most physical outfits, but he isn't willing to bow down to the division's presumed front-runners, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers and Seahawks possess two of the league's strongest rosters, but Arians oversees a Cardinals team with sneaky talent. Two gaping voids -- at quarterback and along the offensive line -- were addressed in the offseason, and Arizona has the making of a nasty young secondary led by Patrick Peterson.
It wasn't long ago that San Francisco and Seattle were adrift in a division ripe for taunting. Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll revived those respective franchises, and Jeff Fisher is doing the same with the St. Louis Rams. It's easy to treat the Cardinals as a footnote, but Arians won't let his players think that way.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.