State of the Team – State of the Mind

Looks like the team is in as good of shape as they have been in a while. Legal issues notwithstanding for Charles Omenihu, who was arrested for suspicion of domestic battery against his girlfriend. He allegedly shoved her to the ground.

The team of course is “in the process of gathering further information” and the league said “The matter will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy,” the NFL’s statement read. “There is no change to his status.”

So, by hook or by crook, he’s likely gonna play until otherwise told he can’t, whether by the team or by the league. Chances are any court appearances will be held after the season ends, so the point is moot. Though this shot usually doesn’t turn out well for the guy.

Derp. Bad timing, skippy.

Other than that, both CMC and Elijah Mitchell were banged up in the Dallas game. McCaffrey with a calf strain, and Mitchell with a groin injury. Both are expected to play however. Omenihu also had an oblique strain during the game but came back.

Philly’s main concern is CB Avonte Maddox. He’s been out since week 16 with a toe injury. Still and all, it didn’t seem to slow down their coverage against the Giants. Although Rick (Holiday Inn) James had a decent day with 7 catches for 51 yards, and Matt (Cheetah) Brieda had NY’s only TD.

So, how do we win? Well, the Washington Generals showed the way. Limit Hurts’s scrambles, stop their run game, and do some running of our own. Washington ran for 160 on them, the Bears (!) dropped 160 yards on the ground against them but they lost, the Cowboys dropped 120 on them (+ 350 in the air and 40 points), and the Saints put 140 on them in Philly’s last few losses.

So, the team we just beat put 40 on their defense. And that was Gardner Minshew that carved them up. Can we do that? It’s possible. I don’t think it’ll be that high-scoring, but I think we can attack their defense with quick passes and misdirection runs. What’s interesting to me is the Niners last week went away from passing on 1st down, and I think it slowed down the offense in the 1st half.

I would LOVE to see us be able to establish the run early, but I’m still of a mind that we do that by passing on 1st down. Shanahan has spent so much of the season running on 1st that teams play us to do it still. I think with CMC as a checkdown, we can effectively get into 2nd and short situations and run for a lot of 1st downs.

And I also have the Bengals beating the injured Chiefs. Cincy came through pretty strong beating Buffalo in Buffalo.


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34 Responses to State of the Team – State of the Mind

  1. PaulinAsia Banh Bao says:

    Not unexpected but still kinda bummed Kent missed the HOF again. His was sure a red-ass but he was our red-ass. Article also said Cain got no votes in his first ballot, not surprising as well. Still blows my mind Cain’s final W-L record after his whole career was 104-118. Sub-mediocre numbers like that belie the true importance of how Matt so instrumentally helped bring those 1st 2 championships home.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Cain got Cained a LOT early in his career. Even in 2010 he had a sub 3 ERA and went 13-11 or some shit. The next year he was like 3.10 and went 12-11. If he had ANY decent run support, he likely would have had 15-20 more wins instead of all of those low-scoring losses.

    But when he went south, he went SOUTH.

    Kent should be in. Just for the fact he’s by far the best hitting 2nd baseman who was never under the steroid cloud. Fuck the baseball HoF. It’s almost as bad as the Rock and Roll HoF.

    Rockin Rolen got in? Meh. Solid player and a good defender, but Kent, at NOT a power position that 3rd base is, had a better average, more hits, runs, better slugging %age, and home runs in the same 17 seasons than Rolen did, plus Kent has his MVP.


    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao says:

      Agree. And fuck Rolen; my final memory of him ever was when he booted a grounder late in game 3 of 2012 NLDS, facilitating G’s win and survival. Might never have won it all that year if not for Rolen’s error.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Hah! Yep. Forgot about that one. The Brooks Conrad one always remains.

  3. alleykat69 says:

    HOF can kiss my ASS they have RAILROADED Jeff Kent from his 1st year of eligibility to now being dropped off the ballot and now could only get it with the BS charity senior citizen induction committee lol.. He only led ALL SECOND Baseman’s in HR’s 377 in his career which included 8 seasons of 20 are more homers which was double more then the next player at 4.. And for me he was just so DAMM Clutch knocking in runs!! (6 straight 100 RBI seasons??)And like he said once in one of the alltime great quotes at contract time:The Money Lies With The RBI’S and he always proved it! HOF is an embarrassment that don’t recognize great talent from the past anymore,Fuck them!!

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Article in the Chron regarding Purdy and Hurts facing off 3 years ago in Norman Oklahoma. Crazy. A near-win by a very outgunned program. And Purdy was a dropped 2 pt conversion from winnning.

  5. Winder says:

    I agree I feel we have to come our slinging to open everything up. Even if we start out doing little dinks and dunks it should keep some defenders home. Philly D line is impressive and I think this game is mostly bout our O line. Our D line has to limit Philly field time by any means they can. Looking forward to seeing how Ryans plays this one.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Hurts does his a lot of his damage on scrambles. We may play underneath zone to combat that.

    Ryans really has to be on top of his game for this one. It is imperative we don’t get into a shootout. As much faith as I have in Purdy, I don’t think we can withstand a game like that. We need to control the clock and score TDs to win this.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    One thing that gives me some comfort is Dallas put 40 on these guys not too long ago and they could only put 12 on us.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    You could call Philly a . . .

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Damn. Just saw Van Connor died. He and singer Mark Lanegan are both gone,

  10. Winder says:

    Just looking at MLB’s current top 100 prospects the Giants only have 2 players on that list. Harrison is #18 and Luciano is #22. That really doesn’t sound very good to me. I was hoping for at least one outfielder and some more pitching. Anyway maybe we aren’t as close to being competitive as we thought or at least hoping that the team would be a lot younger.

    • Locojuan says:

      It’s been like that for a couple of years now. A few years ago, Ramos was also on it, but he’s dropped off. Bart was also on it a few years back, maybe for a couple of years. I don’t remember if Webb ever cracked the top 100.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Their guys are likely gonna come up in 2024. Harrison looks to have some shots this year, and the same goes for Luciano. Ratings are worth the air they are printed on. The draft picks just need to produce and come up through the ranks. I have no idea how it will go, but the team looks better than last year’s. It ain’t hugely younger but we should be in the mix for a WC spot.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, I just hope we can be competitive this year. It’s gonna be pretty hard to crack the Dogs and Pads line up. I also agree about the ranking system for minor league players it definitely is a whole different ballgame at the pro level. The Dbacks have quite a few players on that list.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    We don’t need to beat the dodgers or Pads. We need to grab one of the WC spots.

    • willedav says:

      Don’t have to play them as often with balanced sched either. Fangraphs guy Dr. Z thought they were 85-90 W team…hope he’s right. Pitching should be good, just wonder if Z’s ultimate goal is to make them more of pitching/D team with less reliance on power bats from 2021 group. Casey Schmitt and maybe another IF could show up by end of this year too. OF help, idk.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Yeah, there’s that too. I mean, we ended up at .500 last year as the team rolled through all the crap and finally settled on some decent guys.

      The team should be 8-9 wins better which would put them at 89-90. That should be good enough for the playoffs.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    This guy was bad -ass…

    • Berger says:

      They gave this guy a TD on a Hail Mary at the end of a game vs the Falcons. His knee was down and he was a yard or two short of the end zone. Obviously, it was before replay. Atlanta won the game on that play. Maybe one day, I’ll get over it. Probably not, since I am still mad at Fred Merkle.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Yep. He was down on the 2. Remember that game. Forgot his stint with the Falcons. Pisser. Woulda been overturned with replay. But so would have Rice’s fumble that wasn’t called in a Packers playoff game iirc.

  14. PaulinAsia Banh Bao says:

    I think over the years I’ve paid only brief attention to reports of Giants prospects who may or may not make it; sometimes they’re accurate but seemingly often not. Stix often had long analyses of guys I’d never even heard of. Obviously there’s not going to be this sudden influx of amazing youth carrying the team into the future, and what names we have heard seem like they’re taking longer to get to Oracle than we’d thought. I fondly remember when it all started coming together for the Giants, but it took awhile: first remember hearing Sabean calling Cain the only untouchable player for trades back in ’04, then came up in ’05; similar kind of things 2 years later for Timmy, then he’d mention this guy Pablo starting around ’08; and of course finally the big arrivals of Buster and Bum in ’09, more truly 2010. Great drafts those years. We have to keep hoping for more of that, while Z does his best to keep the team relevant for awhile on the field.

  15. Winder says:

    I think pitchers and catchers show up around the 16th and the 1st game around the 25th. I love ST makes me feel like a kid again. Even if the Giants suck ST is always special.

    I really want to beat Philly. I hope Purdy can pull some Montana out of his pocket.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Never done ST and its on the bucket list.

    New thread is up.

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