Yeah, Seattle is our nemesis of all nemesises, and winning three times against the same team can be problematic but holy shit, Big Cock Brock and Roll Over Beethoven is Rookie of the Month (?), Christian McSavior-caffrey is Offensive Player of the month, Big Dick Nick Bosa was Defensive Player of the Month, and even Pete Carroll is getting into the act saying the 49ers are unbeatable.
I hate this feeling of the world singing your praises while getting ready for the playoffs. As we all know, anything can happen, and everything usually does.
I will say that I have a much better feeling around the way Shanahan has handled the play calling this season. Well at least after the early season mess that was the Trey Lance debacle and the early shit-show of Jimmy G. I think the biggest change is the can’t-be-understated acquisition of Christian McCaffrey.
CMC is as equally adept at ripping off tough runs up the middle as he is at taking swing passes and checkdowns up the field for 1st downs. Incorporating him into the offense takes the pressure off of Kittle to be the checkdown and he can be used in the intermediate passing game. This forces defenses, mainly linebackers, to account for Kittle and opens up routes for Aiyuk, Deebo, and Jennings. Even McCloud.
So, the point here is, this leads to any given pass play has someone open to hit. And since Purdy seems to be very capable of reading the field quickly, he is getting good passes off and hitting his marks. It isn’t super-flashy, but with the field spread out with our weapons, any 8-12 yard pass can easily turn into a 30-40 yard chunk play.
Defensively we are better than we have been in our recent successful seasons. The pass rush with Bosa is doing fine, AA is back, we are getting Greenlaw back, and I think we will look to cover DK Metcalf with Mooney Ward exclusively. I’d think Seattle will try to move Metcalf into the slot to get different matchups, but we will see about that. I just really with we didn’t lose Emanuel Moseley to injury. One thing I would like to see is Ryans go to the blitz earlier to try and force mistakes from Geno Pizza Roll.
The big equalizer? The weather. Today it isn’t raining, but Saturday looks like rain all day, and some wind. This means the run game looks to be something the 49ers can exploit, and yeah, this usually means shorter passes are easier to hit than long ones, but turnovers in wet weather are a huge issue. Punts and kickoff returns become scary and dangerous.
No matter how well we are supposed to do, ball control is paramount. Still raining, still dreaming of a Super Bowl.
I just hope our guys aren’t buying into all the hype. Just hold on to the ball and all should be well.
Weather Saturday afternoon is light rain, 17 mph winds.
Well at least they won’t be tormented by Wilson again. Geno I think they can deal with; at least Ryans can.
Hope he gets better gig than Saleh did if (when?) he leaves.
Btw thanks Unc for that awesome Howlin Wolf clip from last thread.
Yeah, if you haven’t read it, read Life by Keith Richards.
It really gets into how deep into the blues they got early on. How on the first US tour they went in to the deep south and found honky tonks out in the middle of nowhere and would jam with whoever was around.
Yeah that was good read.
Not the Stones though Keith and Mick wrote it. Ry Cooder on the slide is great.
Not to worry Unca, we got dis. I’m just hoping they put em away early because I’ll be watching the game up in Virginia before going to see the Dirty Dozen.
Being an old dude, I guess it’s ok that I’ve stopped by the Flap a few times since Flav closed it up. Old habits..
Enjoy. Hey I picked up the new Sonny Rollins bio. Tolstoy size, but photos in middle are awesome, including one of him on that bridge in NYC. Cheers!
I got to see him do an interview in NOLA one time. He told stories, answered questions and play some solo stuff. To me, it was almost better than his set. I was sitting next to that guy that played Red on that 70s Show, I didn’t bug him, just nodded as I sat down. He also seemed too really be into it.
I’m still open for business!! I’ll even throw in the odd baseball post here and there.
I hope we got this.
Speaking of old age, I’m not nearly as optimistic about things in general as I used to be!! But if it goes according to plan, we should win going away. Just got to get on them quick. These slow starts recently were the opposite of the early season quick starts and long fades.
See? I talk myself out onto the ledge!
Yeah, Seattle can be a bitch, but with Greenlaw coming back and the O firing on all cylinders, we should be good to go.
If we can stay healthy for the whole game we should come away on top. I don’t take Seattle for granted at all. And I don’t think the Niner team mindset does either. These guys have been a thorn in our side for way to long.
Love both the Memo from Turner and Jimi’s Rainy day. They are mainstays in my library. So is most of Howlin Wolf too.
Yep. I was the youngest kid so when my brothers and sisters moved out, I got a room that I moved my stereo into with a huge assortment of black light posters and street signs I’d stolen over the years on the walls. I was on the other side of the house so I could get the volume up pretty good.
They also left a bunch of records. Very cool. Days like today of constant rain, I’d listen to tunes for hours.
If this doesn’t get you psyched for the game, nothing will.
This is the soundtrack to my childhood.
Great background music.
I know it is Football but here is something interesting
GIANTS NOTES: SANCHEZ, MARSHALL, CONFORTO
By Darragh McDonald | January 11, 2023 at 12:46pm CDT
The Giants didn’t succeed in landing the marquee free agent they sought when the offseason began, but they have added to their roster in a different way. They’ve spread their money around and given eight-figure guarantees to six different players in Michael Conforto, Mitch Haniger, Sean Manaea, Joc Pederson, Ross Stripling, Taylor Rogers and Luke Jackson. But they still have their sights set on further upgrades, with Héctor Gómez of Z101 Digital reporting they have shown interest in catcher Gary Sánchez.
The level of interest the club has is not known, but it makes plenty of logical sense. The Giants only have a pair of catchers on their 40-man roster at the moment, as Austin Wynns was designated for assignment last week. The two remaining backstops are Blake Sabol, a Rule 5 draftee with no major league experience, and Joey Bart.
The latter was a second overall pick in 2018 who has been ranked as one of the better prospects in the game, but he’s yet to fully cement himself in the big leagues. Through 408 plate appearances over the past three seasons, he’s hit 11 home runs but struck out at a 38% rate. His batting line currently sits at .222/.294/.351 for a wRC+ of 84. He was also considered a subpar defender and framer last year, according to Defensive Runs Saved and FanGraphs. Even if the Giants still believe in Bart as their long-term solution behind the plate, it makes sense that they would consider a veteran alternative as a safety net for the short-term.
Pitchers and catchers report in a little over a month. It’s almost time.
Hah! Yeah, the Giants didn’t go huge but they did improve the team. The pen was a real disaster last year and they got some pieces. And the hope is the starters come around. We should be able to build a decent staff from the parts we have. Hitting? I guess we will see.
It’s not like we have to make a big jump to reach the playoffs. What were we, 6 games out? 8-9 more wins and we are in.
Bozo/Loco, too funny, me too, automatically going to the Flap every morning. Oops!
Paul, just routine I guess, oh, and the fact that we’re a couple of old farts may play into it. Hah.
On a Giants note, gotta send a happy birthday shoutout to Kevin Mitchell. Loved watching that guy destroy a baseball.
Long live Boogie Bear!!! Totally fun player to watch.
It sure would be nice to get an outfield that can hit again. Those teams Mitchell was on were some fun teams to watch.
Happy Birthday Kevin Mitchell loved that guy!!I I believe he hit 2HR’s in his 1st game against the Cubs at Wrigley??
Trivia…Keith Comstock who I was a teammate of and former pitcher with in HS was part of the swindle of the Giants receiving Mitchell along with DravekyLefferts for Mark Grant,Comstock( who was bummed growing up a Giants fan) and other players I can’t remember in the lopsided trade..
Trivia 2…Kevin Mitchell is the only player in MLB history who won a MVP Award and played on 5 different teams all by the age of 32..
I’m sure he and San Dawg have some stories to tell!