- 07/17/2011, 08:17PM ET
DJRoxalot said 07/17, 08:33 PM
In comments of OM's TD you said the 49ers will win the West. I say they will not.
The Rams are going to be a lot better in my opinion.
They added an excellent WR through the draft in Austin Pettis. He is 6-2 and 209 pounds and is a very good route runner. He is a good blocker and is not afraid to make plays across the middle of the field.
With a healthy Donnie Avery returning they should have 2 excellent WR's to go with breakout player Danny Amendola (85 catches). Amendola benefitted most from Avery's injury and he should give them a nice trio. Not to mention Brandon Gibson who caught 53 passes.
Robert Quinn was a nice pick at DE even if it was not a weakness. Chris Long and James Hall are solid but injuries occur and it is never a bad thing to have depth. on the defensive line. Spags had scary depth on the DL when he was in New York and this really was a solid addition considering they were picking 14th.
Bradford's continued development will be key and is the big reason I think they win the Wild Wild West.
More to come.
(KMac) Lame Sauce said 07/18, 07:47 AM
Wild Wild West, I think not. The winner of this division will be lucky to win 9 games, but I think the 49ers will pull it out.
Well, I know DJ loves stats, so I looked some up and found that these two teams are extremely similar.
So team stats all around are a wash so I looked at the quarterbacks. I'm sure it comes to no surprise that Bradford will be the better quarterback, but Alex Smith was no slouch last year. In fact, his stats line up pretty good with Bradford except for total yards.
Smith- 11 Games/2370 YDS/59.6 Pct/14TD's/10 Int's/215.5 YPG/25 Sacks
Bradford- 16 Games/3512 Yds/60 Pct/18 TD's/15 Int's/219.5 YPG/34 Sacks
Yes, Bradford will develop into one of the leagues better qb's, but what about Smith? If Jim Harbaugh knows anything, it's quarterbacks, and if he see's potential in Smith still, then I believe him. The work that Harbaugh has done with QB's is amazing, and I'm excited to see him work with Smith. Let's not forget that Smith still has better offensive weapons than Bradford.
Gore/Davis/Crabtree stats to come.
DJRoxalot said 07/18, 10:31 AM
Stats? That's it? I am highly disappointed. You could have done better.
The Rams made enough improvements for me to believe they can win 3 more games and go 10-6. And I think that is enough for them to win this division obviously. By a couple games since I think the 2nd best team will go 8-8.
Smith? Seriously? You missed it? San Francisco picked Colin Kaepernick after trading up in the second round of the NFL draft. And I know the 49ers made a 1 year offer to Smith but I think it only takes 6-7 games before they end uop starting the rookie.
And I do not think Kaepernick will have the type of rookie success Bradford had.
Even if they stick to a conservative gameplan of feeding the ball to Gore and have him dump the ball off to Gore a lot.
The 49ers offensive line allowed 44 sacks, 10 more than the Rams. And having a 2nd season I think Bradford can lower that to around 18-20 since he is now comfortable as a pro. He has had a season to get adjusted and I think he plays even better this year.
(KMac) Lame Sauce said 07/19, 07:02 AM
Stats stats and more stats!!!
Yes the 49ers offensive line allowed 44 sacks. Let's look a little deeper at those sacks though...
In 11 games, Alex Smith was sacked 25 times...
In 6 games, Troy Smith was sacked 18 times...
Why is that? Because Troy Smith thought he was like Big Ben and could hold on to the ball and run around trying to create plays out of nothing. Unfortunately, he wasn't Big Ben and got sacked a whopping 18 times in only 6 games.
Let's also not forget 2 key players on that line were rookies...
Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis were both first round picks in 2010 and started the season on the offensive line. They also played pretty darned good for rookies last year too. The line will be much better this year.
Ok I know I promised some more stats so here we go...
You talked about Bradford's "weapons"... Well DJ, they don't compare to the Niners weapons...
Vernon Davis- 914 yds/7 TD's
Michael Crabtree- 741 yds/6 TD's
Josh Morgan- 698/2 TD's
All better than anyone in St. Louis even if Avery stays healthy... and that's a big if.
DJRoxalot said 07/19, 02:52 PM
If the 49ers had a QB like Bradford? Those "weapons" might be a lot better off. But they don't. They have a player who has never lived up to expectations in Smith and a rookie who might be good down the road....But not in his first season.
Jackson had 1,624 yards of total offense (rushing and receiving) and is a lot healthier than Frank Gore.
Crabree, 55 catches, 741 yards, 13.5 ypc with 6 TD's
Brandon Gibson had 53 catches for 620 yards, 11.7ypc with 2 TD's.
Crabtree is overrated. I think Pettis can exceed Crabtree's stats in his rookie season with Bradford throwing him the ball.
The Rams were not exactly scrubs last season on defense.
19th in ypg allowed
Rams were 19th in passing ypg allowed
Rams were 17th in rushing ypg allowed
Most importantly? Rams were 12th in scoring defense
The Rams will win West again because they will be better offensively. A healthy Avery and rookie Pettis gives Bradford 4 nice WR's to choose from when they go to multiple WR sets.
The 49ers do not have that kind of depth. Morgan?
The Rams defense will improve with adding Quinn. They will pressure the passer much like the Lions.
Good TD and always fun.
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