The clock has officially started on the 2019 season, and for the first time in a long time at the start of camp, we aren’t worried about a player in trouble with the law, (Reuben, Aldon Smith, Ray Mc D, etc.), we aren’t worried about a GM who hates his coach, a coach that farts his way through his initial presser, a revolving door at the coaching position, and a plethora of shitty players without a clue on how to succeed.
For once it’s finally only about football. All our picks are signed. Including the great white hype that is Nick Bosa, and our hopefully #1 WR Deebo Samuel. Crazy thing about this season is that the possibilities are endless. In the immortal words of NoFear, I predict something between 10-6 and 6-10. All kidding aside, there are a lot of questions.
- Are all the offensive pieces going to click into place and become a top 10 offense?
- Will the all the new defensive pieces coalesce into a top 10 unit?
- Will Nick Bosa stay healthy? Jason Verrette? Jimmy G? Jerick McKinnon?
- Can this revamped defense rush the passer well enough to create turnovers?
- Will the secondary not get torched regularly, and not leave guys wide wide open?
We all know the drill. Injuries can waylay the best of plans, and last year’s team, one that had much the same expectations this one does coming off the 5-game winning streak of Garoppolo. Last started kinda shakey (Jimmy’s only win was nearly negated by a horrible pick near the end of the game), and was crippled by an ill-advised juke by Garoppolo. The season thereafter was an audition for myriad positions, and set the stage for yet another strong performance by a new QB late in the season. The unheralded Big Nick Mullens of course. CJ Beathard cemented his legacy as a guy who can take a hit, but was not getting it done on the field.
It seemed all our RB, DBs, and LBs, got hurt and we were revolving tons of different guys in and out of the lineup. Brieda was great but was in and out of the lineup. Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert played very well as 4th string replacements. the LBs and DBs however were a mixed bag of shit most of the time. However, I think a lot of that can be attributed to George Saleh. I think he did more to confuse his own players than to confuse opposing offenses. Guys were left wide open, like no one within 15 yards, waaaaay too many times early on. Things got a little better later as Selah simplified things and the breakdowns weren’t as prevalent.
Anyhow, here we go. The Giants already lost their presumptive #1 WR Sterling Shepard with a thumb injury. We need to keep the injury bug at bay.