TEMPE, Ariz. Early Doucet remembers when achieving mediocrity gave you a good chance to win the NFC West. Since the Cardinals joined the division before the 2002 season, four of the 10 division winners have had a 9-7 record or worse -- capped by Seattles 7-9 mark in 2010 -- and only three division winners over that stretch have managed more than 10 wins.
The NFC West hasnt produced two playoff teams in the same season since 2004, and the division hasnt produced a Super Bowl champ with its current alignment; the AFC West is the only other division without a Super Bowl champ over that 10-year time period.
Both of those facts may be altered this season, with the 49ers a legitimate contender for the title and the Seahawks currently sitting in the NFCs final wild-card spot.
Times have changed, said Doucet, now in his fifth season with the Cardinals. We knew that this division was only going to continue to get betterm and thats what youre seeing this season. Were not a division to ov...