New BOLTHYPE blogger and current PAC-10 footballer David Seawright is more than ready for the 2010 NFL season to get underway.
ITS BEEN A LONG OFFSEASON
Make no mistake, the 24-hour news cycle, constant Twitter updates and draft gurus like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay make the offseason seem shorter for avid NFL fans, but one simple fact remains: for the first time in over seven months, NFL players will strap it up for a game with actual meaning this Thursday.
I've had enough of silly draft coverage, where draftniks spend too much time over-analyzing players in non-football situations, wearing spandex and, in some situations, not much else.
I've had enough of ESPN tour buses and news of failed conditioning tests. I've had enough of the coverage of hold-outs, as much as I think the Chargers need Marcus McNeill and don't need Vincent Jackson. I've certainly had enough of preseason predictions that mean absolutely nothing once the season starts. I'm ready for some football.
One week from today, we can cut the talk of roster moves and 53-man rosters and watch the 2010 Chargers take the field for the first time against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
We'll finally get to stop reading about whether or not Brandyn Dombrowski will be a suitable replacement for Marcus McNeill and will get to see it for ourselves first hand. We'll get to see which receivers step up in lieu of Jackson, and if Ryan Mathews was worth the steep price paid to draft him 12th overall.
Don't get me wrong; I'm thankful for the offseason coverage that makes the February-to-September stretch shrink, but it's time for some actual football. It's time to have our questions answered.
Will Nate Kaeding recover from his postseason woes? Will the defensive front seven actually apply some pressure to opposing passers this year? Will Shawne Merriman return to form? Will Ryan Mathews provide the running game the Bolts lacked last year?
Will Antoine Cason play like a first-round pick and actually make tackles in the open field, unlike his predecessor? Will Norv Turner's team continue the trend of struggling early in the year, or will it (for once) come out of the gate strong?
These issues, it seems, have been covered ad nauseum throughout the winter, spring and summer. Now it's time for some answers on the field.
And it's about time.
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