Sometimes it's fun to drop a poll into an item as a corollary to certain discussions.
After a while, though, new items push those polls right off the page and out of our minds.
I've gone back through nine recent polls and put together a chart showing the results. I'll spell out the questions below in case the condensed versions in the chart aren't clear, with my own voting choices following these bullet points:
Which NFC West venue will be toughest on visitors in 2011? Qwest Field leads Candlestick Park, University of Phoenix Stadium and the Edward Jones Dome.
Which sub-.500 team in 2010 is most likely to make the playoffs in 2011? The Dallas Cowboys lead the Rams, Lions and Texans.
How much should Seattle or Arizona pay for Kevin Kolb? One second-round choice leads two seconds, one first, nothing (Kevin who?) and whatever it takes (he'll be a star).
Which 2010 playoff team will have the most significant fall-off in 2011? The Seahawks lead the Bears, Chiefs and Seahawks.
My own votes, in order: Crabtree, Qwest Field, Seahawks, Jackson, Okung, Rams, unsure, Smith and Seattle.
The first one was intriguing. I like Wells' physical potential a great deal, but he has not done much. Crabtree has done more, and should benefit from coaching changes in San Francisco. On the running backs, you could pick one and I'd be happy with the other. Jackson was my choice. I chose Okung over Crabtree for the player most likely to join Fitzgerald among the elite because I think Okung was already very good when healthy. Better luck with injuries will be key for him.
I'm torn over the price to pay for Kolb. On one side, I'm reluctant to overrate an unproven talent. On the other side, teams pay premiums for quarterbacks, and Kolb is a younger one with some promise. If you think he can win a championship, pony up and do not look back.
I'd feel better about an NFC West team paying a premium for Kolb if one of those teams had a direct, strong connection to Kolb. For example, Matt Hasselbeck was unproven when Seattle acquired him, but at least the team's coach at the time, Mike Holmgren, had been with Hasselbeck in Green Bay.