“Bosa better get three sacks and a forced fumble against the Raiders!” This is an actual quote from a Chargers fan on Facebook earlier this week. This fan is completely serious! Here is another good one; “Bosa doesn’t want to play. He is a bigger bust than Ryan Leaf!”

My answer to both of these quotes is the same. For God’s sake, will you just stop already! Take a breath and quit pretending you know anything about the situation. You are not in the trainers room when they are working with Bosa. You are not in the coaches office when they are deciding if Bosa should practice in pads, or continue to limit his duties. Finally, you are not inside the brain of the Chargers first round pick. You have no idea if he wants to play, or if he is just happy to get paid. If you are freaking out over this whole situation, perhaps you are in a little too deep.  Pull back on the reigns and let the situation unfold and not judge the kid on what he has not done. In other words, chill-out already!

Okay, now that is out of my system, so let us take a look at what is fair to expect from Mr. Joey Bosa.

First of all, do not expect him to play 50 snaps. He cannot be in football shape right now, so he will most likely be limited to around 20 snaps or fewer. They may be desperate enough to send him out there more often, but if they do, he will fatigue early and vanish in the box score in the second half. Something to keep in mind is that Joey Bosa has not played a complete football game since Saturday, November 28, 2015, when his Buckeyes destroyed Michigan 42-13. He was scheduled to play a bowl game in January of 2016, but he was ejected early, ending his college career. I do not think it is fair to expect much from a guy who hasn’t played football in almost a year, even if he did hold out and alienate himself from many Chargers fans.

As for sacks, who knows? It is quite possible that he will get a sack, or even two! It is also quite possible that he will end the day with zero sacks. That would be okay, as long as he managed to get pressure on the quarterback (QB) and disrupt the pocket. That kind of play will not show up in the stats, but it is a huge part of the game. Pressuring the quarterback is responsible for many of the interceptions thrown in the NFL today. The Raiders offensive line is not considered elite by any means. That tells me that Bosa could have success on obvious passing downs when he can focus on getting to the QB. But remember, if he has too much success, they will add a second blocker and most likely shut him down. If that happens, look for others to be able to find success in the sack department. That would still make it a positive start for Bosa, even if others were accumulating the statistics.

Finally, as for forced fumbles, that is not something we can predict with any certainty. Last I checked, Ryan Mathews does not play for the Raiders so fumbles are far from certain. Okay, that was a cheap shot. Moving on.

Now, all that being said, I do appreciate the level of frustration that fans feel after what was an excruciating and embarrassing contract dispute. Try to remember that he was a young man trying to trust his parents and his agent. The Chargers had plenty of blame in that situation as well.

Try to have patience. Remember, winning football games is the most important thing. Hopefully, Joey Bosa can help with that.

Oh, as for that, “..bigger bust than Leaf” comment. That isn’t even worth discussing. There will never be another draft pick that will have the negative impact on a team that Ryan Leaf had on the Chargers.

Go Bolts! #VoteYesOnC

Will McCafferty


11 Responses to Bosa watch: Keepin’ it real

    • As for being in “game shape”, I am not only talking about being physically fit. Many former football players have been quoted saying that there is something to the body getting used to being hit over and over. It takes a while for the body to develop what one player called a “shell”. It is as if they become numb and are able to play without the fear of being in pain. Not ever having played in the NFL, I’ll take their word for it.

      • richard reinhofer says:

        It’s anecdotal and it doesn’t make sense for a guy that’s been playing football all his life that his “body” doesn’t remember what being a DL means. His “body” excels at the position.

  • richard reinhofer says:

    I agree with most of your post. But….

    I don’t believe in “Game Shape” in general, the history of the term reveals that it was about players getting fat in the offseason.

    I believe that a rookie DL in his first few games will get confused easily by pro blocking schemes aimed at confusing him which confirms what you mentioned about early success being countered by double team or maybe hi low trap blocking techniques.

  • Paul R.Langton says:

    Mr. Will McCafferty, I love your whole article FROM TOP TO BOTTOM! This is why you do this professionally, and people like myself, not as negative as some, do it from home, after work on our “free time”. I love the Chargers and have for way more than 20 years. Unfortunately the only people who have figured out how to control time, EVEN SELLING IT, are the damn cell phone companies. As for us fans,we just need time on our side and to hopefully not have to pay for it in some crazy way. Time does heal all wounds,so if our Charger fans could just try to be a little more patient, I think Joey just might fit in and do well if all the bad stuff can be swept under the rug. Least we not forget, we are fans,win or lose, good or bad, our team is our team no matter what our record may indicate. Sorry for taking up so much time and space. Sincerely, A true Charger fan in Vegas

    • boltbacker says:

      Paul, I thank you for your kind words. Just so you know, if you have a passion for writing and for the Chargers, you too could join our team and write in your spare time. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll let you know the next step. Go Bolts!

  • Anonymous says:

    Well I have plenty I would like to say but…I’m not going to say it all. For one, no excuses, he hasn’t played since last November and who’s fault is that? Secondly, bigger bust than Leaf, that remains to be seen.

    • Thank you for your comment, but I would have to disagree about your Leaf response. The way the new CBA is written, there will never be another draft pick who damages his franchise as much as Ryan Leaf. There is not nearly as much money invested in rookies today as there was in Leaf’s day. Leaf was drafted in 1998. The Chargers did not have another winning season until 2004. Not only did he cost them a crap-ton of money, but his failure forced the Chargers to draft another quarterback with a second round pick (Brees) long before they would have normally needed to. If Bosa doesn’t work out, it will hurt, but not as long term as Leaf.

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