We’re almost there. Eight days until Training Camp starts and the 2013 season opens for business. If memory serves, the rookies report in first, followed a couple days later by the veterans.
The most anticipated scene of the first day the pads go on will be British discus star Christian Okoye getting his first NFL-style “hit.” Hopefully, he won’t throw down his helmet and exclaim, “Blimey! You sods are a nasty lot. Ah’ve got a boomp on my bloody bean ‘ere!”
We can almost hear Okoye in the trenches on game day, talking smack to an opposing lineman. “Ah ‘ear your wife is a munter slag, bloke, but ah’ve ‘alf a mind to give her a good shagging tonight with my stonker John Thomas, you hobnocker plonker.”
Opposing lineman scratches chin strap, farts. “Eff off, limey.”
Other camp items, less fraught with international intrigue, involve the battles for number two and three wide receiver, the one remaining backup OLB spot, free safety, the pecking order at number two and three quarterback, and whether Nnamdi Asomugha can make the team.
Last season, four young quarterbacks roared into the league (Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin, and Andrew Luck). These four, and possibly Cam Newton from the 2011 rookie class, will probably define the contending teams over the next decade as the old definition makers (Peyton Manning and Tom Brady) wobble off the stage, leaving Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan as the reigning old timers.
By my count, that’s eleven superb QB talents in the league. Has there ever been such a proliferation of excellence? The 1983 NFL draft is heralded as THE great draft for QBs, but it only brought three HOFers into the league: John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino.
Throw the old timers into the mix and nearly half the teams in the league have potential HOF talent at QB this year. Zounds! And I probably left someone off the list above, which would make it even zoundier. Or, as the Brits would say, bollocks!