Every summer, in training camps across the landscape of pro, college, high school and even Pee Wee football, there comes a point when players get tired of smacking their teammates around and restlessly anticipate popping pads with somebody else.
But for the NFL players patiently waiting for the league's labor dispute to iron out, unleashing that competitiveness on their teammates sounds great right now compared to the alternatives of informal workouts and Madden tournaments. The longer this lockout lasts, in-house competition takes precedence over mastering game plans to beat the other guys.
The story of the Seattle Seahawks this offseason has been—seemingly 90 percent of the time—the quarterback position. Last season's second-stringer, Charlie Whitehurst, currently has the job by default while starter Matt Hasselbeck hangs in free-agency limbo.
Meanwhile, rumors persist about which QBs the defending NFC West champs will try to sign or trade for once they're allowed to resume business, with everybody from Kyle Orton to Kevin Kolb surfacing on the radar.
But there is more to these Seahawks than just a quarterback competition. Here are seven position battles besides QB that aren't getting enough attention.