Less Is More

Thanks to the number one rated defense, a mistake free offense, good special teams, and punter Andy Lee, the 49ers have won the field position battle in almost every game this year. Usually by a whopping margin.

This helps the team win games, but it deflates the offensive stats, making it seem less potent than it really is. A thirty yard drive for the opposition team results in a punt from the fifty yard line. A thirty yard drive by the 49ers results in a David Akers field goal.

It’s easier to gain yards on your own side of the fifty. Once your team enters opposition territory, the yards are much harder to come by. In a normal 49er game, the other team is going to gain 300 of its yards just getting to the fifty yard line (10 offensive possessions * 30 yards). QBs love these stat padding gimme yards.

The 49ers, on the other hand, routinely get the ball at or around the fifty. From this spot, a mere twenty yard drive is excellent and usually results in points acquired off the toe of Akers. But the 49er offensive yards stats are lower than the opponent. Quality yards vs pre-punt big deal Tony Romo yards.

Now, this treatise could just be a pile of horseshit, or it could help explain why the 49ers are 11-3 and possess a far better offense than people give them credit for. 330 yards from Ben Roethlisberger fetched 3 points. 187 well placed yards from Alex Smith reeled in 20. I rest my case, horseshit or not.

This is not to say the 49er offense is a juggernaut. Ho ho ho and a no no no. It would be better if Braylon Edwards was Braylon Edwards, and not some guy deactivated in favor of Brett Swain. It would be better if Alex Smith could figure out how to complete those long sideline passes instead of chucking them ten yards out of bounds. It would be better if the offensive line played as well on the road as it does at home. It would be better if Delanie Walker, Frank Gore, and Ted Ginn stopped dropping every other pass heaved their way.

But it’s tough to complain when your team is 11-3 and has just pancaked the Steelers on Monday Night football. This is one stellar flight’s distance from last year’s game 14, which was a 34-7 butt tromping by the San Diego Chargers that left the team with a 5-9 record. Which led to Troy Smith vs the Rams, which led to Get Out of Town, Mr. Mike Singletary.

Last year’s game 15 against the Rams was a must win game to sneak into the playoffs with a 7-9 record. This year’s game 15 against Seattle is a must win contest to achieve the number two seed in the playoffs and a first round bye. However this game turns out, one thing is for sure. We will not being saying Good Bye, Mr. Jim Harbaugh anytime soon. Coach of the Year. Nobody’s even close. Nooooooobody.

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46 comments on “Less Is More
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I actually wanted to lose to the Rams in game 15 last year to get Singletary and his calvous head out of town. Starting Troy Smith instead of Alex Smith was a great decision to help assure Sing’s departure.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I went to Boot Hill Cemetary in Tombstone AZ and saw this written on a tombstone: Here lies Lester More. Four slugs from a 44. No Les, no More!

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Almost worth getting killed for a great epitaph like that. Almost.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like AZ’s Whisenhunt has got a Shaun Hill/Alex Smith situation on his hands with Kolb and Skelton. Ha ha.

  5. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Seeing as Kolb gets like 5x the money Skelton is, you see the dilemma. dillema? dillemma? dilemma. None of those look right . . .

  6. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That quote is in Ripley’s believe it or not . . .

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula didn’t the Pitt head coaching job. It went to Paul Chryst the Niner QB Coach’s (Jeep)brother

  8. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    His other brother has a birthday coming up . . .
    Hyuk . . .

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Quality yards vs pre-punt big deal Tony Romo yards.”

    OK, “big deal” yards aside…29/16 TDs in favor of Romo. 65.6%/61.4% completion rate in favor of Romo. 8.06/7.08 yards per attempt in favor of Romo. 102.6/91.1 QB Rating IN FAVOR OF ROMO.
    This shit isn’t even close, it’s all IN FAVOR OF ROMO.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When I look at 2011, who has more interceptions and who has more wins? Who has the better receivers? Hmmmmm! Who leads the league in bonehead losses? Romo leads the world in the last catagory. He’s all yours Mr Del. I’d take Alex over Romo any day.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When Tony Romo gets a lead the Cowboys should swaddle him so he can’t bone head them out of a win.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the esteemed Dan Orlovsky has beaten out Curtis Painter for placeholder in Indy. Say, wasn’t Painter another one of Del’s heartthrobs?

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Painter always looked out of shape and chunky to me.
    Not as much as Jamarcus or Jared Lorenzen “The Hefty Lefty” who actually won a Super Bowl Ring as a backup on the NY Giants.
    Lorenzen weighed 315 lbs.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Orlovsky looked terrible in his first starting gig. He looks much better this 2nd time around. This was Painter’s first starting gig. I wouldn’t close the book on him but Orlovsky is definitely the better choice for now.
    Painter had major problems with accuracy. He had terrible mechanics in college and cleaned them up after getting benched his senior year. Some of his bad mechanics resurfaced at times this year. He’ll need some good coaching and he might get another chance somewhere.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If the Colts win again and lose out on Luck, the Irsays might have to sneak out of a second town in the middle of the night, just to avoid the torches and pitchforks…

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Caldwell could be the first coach ever fired for winning too many games.

  17. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey guys …check out the comment from McCloughan bet Harbaugh lets the team hear about it… When they come to our place Christmas Eve, and we’re going to beat the hell out of ‘em,” McCloughan said of the 49ers to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Someone needs to explain to Alcoholic Scotty that it is not so easy to beat the hell out of us anymore, as we have gotten rid of most of his shitty draft picks.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I read that if the Colts lose next week they still get the #1 pick.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Scott the Red Nosed GM couldn’t lead our sleigh!

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On paper we should be the Seagawks. They are missing bothe their starting #1 draft choice OTs
    as well as their starting WRs
    Sidney Rice and Mike Williams.
    They are oppurtunistic on defense scoring 5 times in the last 4 games. They might be susceptable to jumping routes and the double moves ala Nate Clements.
    Don’t give the ball away as an offense.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Another famous American turns Muslim. Buckweat of “Our Gang” fame is now a Muslim. His new name is Kareem of Wheat!

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That number 2 seed is mighty tempting right now. Hope our boys are up for it today.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    24-17 Seahawks. Scot McCloughan told me they were gonna beat the hell out of us. Degenerate alcoholics never lie. I should know.
    Merry Christmas!

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Losing by 7 at the half.
    These Fox announcers are the absolute worst. In fact the production is horrible not showing replays of critical plays.
    It’s like the broadcast is a Seattle production.
    Pitts and Davis are the worst two announcers bar none. Not only are they biased but very stupid.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Whew!! Won that game by the hair on their chins.
    Terrible Fox production of the game. Not sure why when Lynch scored the TD there were no replays. Unbelievable. Just showed guys celebrating and then old pix of George Halas. This was a clusterph*ck and I hope to never see these two clowns or their crew again.
    Why the hell have a sideline reporter when they don’t report?
    No update on Delanie Walker or Kyle Williams.
    How do you call Tarell Brown for interfernece when the WER throws him to the ground?
    Oh well I’ll shut up beciase we won and most likely clinched home field over NOLA.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Great, great win. I didn’t expect them to pull this one off, but they just keep surprising us. Really clutch effort.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent 49er win. Alex Smth again showed why he is a clutch QB. 5th 4th Q comeback this season. Thank God we don’t have Romo. Alex is the superior QB.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I expected Alex to win this one. I’m starting to get used to his comebacks.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The tale of two QBs. Alex wins games, Romo gives them away.

  31. JimmyBuffetNo Gravatar says:



  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A dissenting view roars forth from the crowd.

  33. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, Jimmy. 12-3 got ya down?

    Must be a Vick fan . . .

  34. JimmyBuffetNo Gravatar says:

    No. Good season. But “one and done” in the playoffs because of Alex Smith has me down.



  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Really. What did you think was going to happen bofore the season started, Skippy? 5-11?

  36. JimmyBuffetNo Gravatar says:

    Skippy? How many different ways can you say “One and done?” The only way the 49ers beat the Saints at Candlestick with Alex Smith is if Drew Brees gets injured or it rains during the game. And if you say, “It’s a team game,” yes, yes it is. Unfortunately for Smith, all other components of this team are good enough to win a Super Bowl. We don’t win, it’s on Alex.



  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Spitblood has found the outsiders.

  38. JimmyBuffetNo Gravatar says:

    LMAO!!! Berger is the Spitblood police. Berger – I like how you claimed you ran me off Unca’s blog by posting about Tony Romo to set a trap. I fessed up before taking the bait, but you sure didn’t set the record straight, did you? In addition, I like how you are now jumping on the Mohamed Sanu bandwagon that yours truly created and is at the head of. If it wasn’t for me, you’d never know who the guy was. Berger – you phonny (which is a cross between funny and phony).

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never ran you off of anywhere. You seem to have the touch of doing that all by yourself. If you stay civil here Skeebers will probably tolerate you. Can’t say for sure. Your specialty is burning bridges.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, Alex Smith is an excellent QB. What say you?

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitblood is the Christmas gift.
    He has fulfilled our Christmas wish as he makes the perfect pinata shaped like a horse’s behind.

  42. JimmyBuffetNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t worry, Berger. I’m not going to ruin your good thing and post here. I’ve known about this blog since its inception. Your secret is safe. I just wanted to say….
    I’m making T shirts with my new slogan – with the famous dejected Spitblood picture in the middle as he crawls off the blogs, hanging his head.
    I’m gonna make a lot of pennies.

  43. JimmyBuffetNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. Well played.

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Merry Christmas, Spit. You could be fun, but it just doesn’t seem to interest you.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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