Before the season, I said on multiple occasions that I thought the 49ers would struggle on O early and that they would be progressing each and every week.
I think its safe to say that is correct. Moreover, the first 3 weeks of the season were BRUTAL. 209 yards, 206 yards, and 226 yards.
After that tho, they seemed to come alive in Philly. All season we have seen stats that ranked us low in all total yards and Passing yards catagories.
I decided to take out the first 3 game sof the season to find out exactly where the Niners stood over the past 8 compared to the averages per game of the rest of the league.
Where the Niners stand right now:
Total O: 308.6 Yards Per Game (26th)
Rushing O: 128.7 Yards Per Game (7th)
Passing O: 179.9 Yards per game (29th)
Adjusted stats taking the first three games out:
Total O: 344.25 Yards Per Game (15th)
Rushing O: 150.87 Yards Per Game (4th)
Passing O: 193.37 Yards Per Game (26th)
The jump from 26th in total yards to 15th is the one that really struck me. I think thats a bit more accurate barometer of where this offense stands right now.
The best part tho is that they are STILL getting a bit better every single week. The hope is that they are alot better in January than they are right now and I think thats why we've seen the Niners put the ball in the air much more lately.
Even with the Niners being 9-2, the lockout still hurt them badly. They can get SOOOOOOOO much better. They haven't been beaten physically. They have been beaten schematically and with players making mistakes.
I still have high hopes for the remainder of the season, but NEXT year....woah. A full offseason? The second year in the O?
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:37 PM ]