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INDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers' competition in the NFC West appeared to get stronger when the St. Louis Rams hired former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher this offseason.It was not long ago that the NFC West was universally viewed as the worst division in the NFL.Fisher enters a division that saw the 49ers (13-3) tie for the second-best record in the NFL, while Arizona (8-8) and Seattle (7-9) remained competitive throughout the season."Obviously, the success the 49ers had was extraordinary, especially considering the circumstances where you have a lockout and no time to install and a first-year coach (Jim Harbaugh) who comes in and does that kind of job," Fisher said. "It was outstanding.
"Seattle is very, very competitive. Arizona is a few years (removed) from being in a Super Bowl. So I think this division will stand on its own for a number of years now."Fisher, who sat out from coaching last season, replaces former coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired after the Rams finished 2-14. The Rams own the No. 2 pick in the draft.