Around the NFC West: Change in the air

Around the NFC West: Aug. 20, 2013

Good morning, NFC West.

Some of you have asked about recent changes to the blog and what it means for the future. ESPN provided answers Monday with a news release announcing plans for a 32-team network to replace the current divisional structure.

"For the past five seasons, ESPN.com’s NFL Nation has utilized a network of eight divisional blogs with one writer covering four teams per division with additional contributions from NFL writers at ESPN’s major market sites in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and New York," the news release stated. "The new NFL Nation will combine these resources with 21 new reporters to be brought on board for the 2013-14 NFL season."

The news release announced three of the four reporters named to cover NFC West teams: Nick Wagoner, who has already been posting on the St. Louis Rams; Bill Williamson, who will shift from the AFC West blog to covering the San Francisco 49ers; and Terry Blount, who will cover the Seattle Seahawks. I'll be shifting to a newly created role as ESPN Insider NFL columnist.

I'll continue posting to the NFC West blog until the changes are in place. It's been a great run and our future coverage should only improve. Back in a bit with our regularly scheduled NFC West programming.