Thank goodness for the SF Giants!

The Giants recent exploits have taken virtually all the Bay Area athletic spotlights off everyone else, including of course, the Niners.  Mike Singletary should send them flowers. Despite the win in London over a foundering Denver team, the Niners still are not inspiring any confidence in this observers opinion that they have turned any corners or have become a team that can consistently execute ……………and win.  Hopefully the Troy Smith experiment will prove to be more that a one game wonder.  Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has ostensibly opened up more of the playbook to T. Smith, and it will be interesting to see what becomes of that. It would sure be nice to see the Niners stretch the field more and keep opposing defenses more honest.  With Vernon Davis and Ted Ginn, the Niners should indeed to able to come up with some balls that travel more than 20 yards.  One very positive thing that I think we all saw with Troy Smith in the Denver game is that he kept his head and eyes downfield when he was being chased or pressured.  This resulted in him being able to see if there were indeed reasonable opportunities to throw the ball, or run it himself.  When the the “other” Smith got pressured, all too often his first instinct was to just get rid of the ball. On way too many occasions that strategy resulted in a very poor throw or an interception.  The second half of the season has so many implications for the Niners.  Troy Smith could become a starting NFL quarterback going into next year. Mike Singletary and Mike Johnson could retain their employment.  Hell……….the Niners could even win the NFC West.  Or……all of those things could go in the complete other direction. If nothing else, the next eight weeks should be pretty interesting to observe on any number of fronts.

MN

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One Response to “Thank goodness for the SF Giants!”

  1. Erich Says:

    Completely agree with you on this, specially on how you also noticed that when Troy Smith was getting pressured, he kept the play alive and was always looking for a play or open room to run, as for the “other” Smith, i think his first instinct was: “run to the right” something that is so dumb because you automatically eliminate half of the field away from the play and plus every defense knew he would do that and nothing ever came out of it.

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