So You Want To Compare The 49ers To the 2000 Ravens, Do You?

Niner fans, let's all stop comparing the 2011 49ers to the 2000 Baltimore Ravens right now. I get embarrassed for people when I hear that kind of lazy thinking.

First of all, the Ravens were only 12-4 in that season, and they did not get a 1st round bye. They didn't even win their division. But that's not even half the story, is it? That's just a win/loss record. The 2000 Ravens were good because the Ravens' defense was one of the greatest defenses of all time. The 49ers defense isn't even the top ranked defense this year. So lets not compare our defense with theirs...The fact is, they are only like the Ravens defense because they can stop the run. The 49ers are actually better in that they have given up only 3 rushing touchdowns all year, compared to 5 given up by the Ravens in 2000. Unfortunately, the comparison stops there. The real strength of the Ravens defense was the ability to take the ball away. The 49ers don't even come close my friends. We have to rely on our offense to help us keep our turnover ratio positive.

So that brings us to the offensive comparisons, because we all know that's where the real comparisons are being made right? What we are really saying is Alex is another Trent Dilfer, right? Let's see if the numbers add up first.

Dilfer threw for 136 yards a game, getting 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 76.6 QB rating. Compare that to Alex's 197 yards a game, racking up 17 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions for a 90.7 QB rating and the numerical comparisons don't add up.

Why don't they add up? Well, its because Alex is a better quarterback than Trent Dilfer was, that's why. It's not even close. Dilfer gave the ball away 11 times in 11 games. In 11 games where he threw for 136 yards a game, he gave up 11 interceptions. In his entire career he never had over 60% completion percentage and he never had a 3000 yard season. Alex had both this year. Alex Smith is not like Trent Dilfer, we can put that talk away right now.

If you want to say the rest of the offensive components of the two teams are similar, that's fine with me. You can compare Jamal Lewis and Priest Holmes to Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter if you wish. You can even compare Sharpe and Ismail To Davis and Crabtree. I won't nitpick the offensive line comparisons either.

And, if you want to say Alex is a game manager, that's fine as well. But let's also say that Alex is a WAY better game manager than Trent Dilfer ever was. The two things about these teams you can't compare are the defenses and the quarterbacks. The Ravens of 2000 were a turnover turnstile; they had 65 turnovers in 16 games. That's more than 4 per game. The 49ers have had 45, or less than 3 per game. Not that 45 turnovers is paltry, but its not 65. And then, of course, there is the fact that Alex Smith is way better then Trent Dilfer ever was.

Comparing these two teams is lazy, if all you mean to do is compare Alex to Trent Difler. You might not think that Alex is the greatest quarterback in the NFL right now, and he has some VERY good competition for that, but he's sure as heck a better quarterback than Trent Dilfer ever was. People have to stop making that comparison right now. They're only going to embarass themselves.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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