NFC West links: 49ers really contenders?

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are still waiting for a quarterback to emerge, writes Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic.

Michael Floyd was the No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft. But will being a high draft pick mean immediate playing time for the receiver?

San Francisco 49ers

After their 2011 season, many believe that the 49ers should be a title contender. But in a blog post by Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, a statistical analysis by Football Outsiders shows that the team won't come close to the Super Bowl this season. In fact, the 49ers won't even be at .500. And more on the topic from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Oh, forget those stats. A certain legendary San Francisco quarterback says he believes in the team's Super Bowl hopes.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that you shouldn't be expecting much from the 49ers' rookies early on this season.

Seattle Seahawks

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that with Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks will always fear the unknown.

Skipping the Seahawks' minicamp in June cost defensive end Chris Clemons -- gulp -- $1 million.

St. Louis Rams

The Florissant, Mo., police department confirmed to NFL.com and NFL Network that Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was involved in a single-car accident on an exit ramp on Interstate 270 at 5:38 a.m. on July 10. Quinn was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested. He cooperated fully with police. The Rams released a statement about the arrest.

Following the Quinn ordeal, Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wonders why athletes don't learn from others' arrests.