Hey, football is a long way off, but the Giants are doing their part in creating more excitement around the upcoming season as they lose their way to the cellar and put themselves into the 49ers position a couple years ago.
Anyhow, Marc Sessler, a writer for NFL.com gives his take on the 49er season.
Needless to say, he’s not too insanely outlandish with his prediction but he is saying 6+ wins for the Red and Gold. There are a lot of folks who simply think we stay in the 10-12 loss range, but I beg to differ. We aren’t loaded with talent, but we do have some pieces that look intriguing, and we hit the draft pretty well. There are artill moves to be made as expensive pieces get cast aside for the recently drafted, so a few more bargains may come our way. Our QB situation should be better this year, and I think the run game improves dramatically.
The defense? Well, we weren’t as bad as we played, and we did get a lot of injuries, but our failings had a lot to do with inept coaching. The D line is in great shape, and we look pretty solid in the defensive backfield. LB is a concern, as is Reuben Foster’s health, but overall I think the defense will stand tall.
I’m still wavering around 7-9 to 8-8.
I’m betting the 49ers will have some fight in them. Get young and lean and mean. I don’t want nice guys on the field……off the field okay. Bring in vets that follow sound football ways. So far it looks like these new guys know what they’re doing to change the roster. Bring in fresh blood. Reward skill and drive. Play guys who love to win and compete. The final record will be what it is. The important thing is to compete and battle and be worthy of the high-priced tickets and costly food and parking. Giving back “good value” and improving each week will be important tests.
Nip- I feel the same way. I don’t really care so much about wins this year. I want to see the way we play. I believe we play tough and will be in most of our games. If we win all the better. We have to leave some room for rookie mistakes and the fact that everything is new. I truly don’t believe this regime will have tolerance for any slackers and that they will probably not be on the team very long. I am really excited to see how we look.
Chuck- I am picking up the Niners D in everyone of my FF teams because I also think they are gonna shine. Nobody seems to want them, but there is interest in Joe Williams. I know it doesn’t mean anything but there is some real expectations for him this year, and not just with 49er fans.
Yeah I feel the same way about the defense. We have drafted so many defensive players, and with the right coaching, they should be good.
The offense is a giant question mark. It can’t get worse. I thought the same thing last year, though.
New coaches and new players will help the Niners for sure. Last season is in the rear view mirror and that makes for a lot of positives by anyone’s standards.
Well, back to the music? Apparently Flav went to school with the lead singer of Ugly Kid Joe.
Malcolm smith anyone ! what a front 7 . Smith , Foster, Bowman, Elvis, Armstead, Buckner, Thomas ! Throw in Lynch and Dial and Mitchell and you have a big time group of guys there!
Secondary anyone ? Reid , Tartt, Ward at safety !
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You’ve always been on the optimistic side, ROB! Gotta love ya for that.
As has happened a thousand times, teams can turn on a dime with the proper coaching.
Berger will appreciate this, the un-sardine can offense:
I saw the way Harby used the TEs in heavy sets and thought that was good until I realized he had no concept of in play sight adjustments and hot reads. Everything was pre snap read and other teams started setting him up for what they wanted us to call.
Shanahan doesn’t like showing tendencies and instead creates his advantages by use of personnel packages and formations that don’t allow defenses play to tendencies. Basically, instead of looking for mis-matches, he creates them.
This offense should be fun to watch once the receivers and backs learn their in play sight adjustments. That could take a little time. I’m hoping Hoyer is already ahead of the others since he played QB for Shanny already.
Harbs was all pre-snap and the league figured him out, Tomsula tried to turn Kap into a read and react QB, and worse than both was the Chipster who let the O set, read the D, have the entire O stand and look to the sideline for the call and snap the ball. I cringed everytime watching that amateur hour take place.
I have hope that Shanny Jr will create an interesting and dynamic O although like you I think it will take time to implement it and we will see growing pains along the way.
I think Lynch has done enough to quiet the doubters (me) for now, but the question I have is can Shanny Jr really run the whole show or will it be too big for him?
Either way there is excitement again and I’m really looking forward to the season.
Heh heh. What I could never take is waiting till 3rd and 12 to go play-action.
Exactly. The Niners O has been high school obvious for years. Shanny Jr is innovative and keeps the D off balance. Might take a year or so to get the team playing O effectively, complex scheme, but worth it.
I think both sides of the ball will be helped by much better coaching. I think the offense has farther to go, so we’ll see how fast they catch on.
I think we have more talent on the defense already, so they should come out of the gate playing well.
I am jazzed just to see what we are gonna look like this year. At this point wins are nor all that important. If we can gain some continuity with our OL I think the running and the passing game will follow suit. And, if we can take the beating that defenses are gonna throw at us. You know since it’s all brand new that they are gonna be coming. Can’t wait.
That was one thing I thought they would sddresse and that is the O line.
There’s time still but…..
Hey it’s the 4th! Grab that beer and chew on that burnt meat and belch away! Oh there’s baseball playing somewhere today. Giants are on a winning streak not that it matters much.