This is a good read for all NFL fans, but I decided I'd use the information to focus on the 49ers. I recommend you read the entire explanation on the stats from the post, but if not, here are a few main points:
- DYAR is the stat used. It stands for Defense-Adjusted Yards Above Replacement. Basically, how good you are, combined with how good the defenses you've faced are.
- DYAR for the o-line is for run blocking only.
- DYAR includes rushing and receiving for both RB's and WR's, and includes passing and rushing for QB's. Minimum targets for a WR is 5 (why no WR's beyond K. Williams show up)
Average NFL Offense
A few (obvious) observations:
- This offense has been basically average or below-average at every spot except TE.
- The o-line hasn't been it's usual self (#1 run blocking o-line last year)
- The WR core has been the 7th worst in the league, and once again, that's only because of Boldin. Of all the WR's listed (ones with significant playing time), only Greg Little has been worse than Kyle Williams.
- Kaepernick has been slightly above-average (16 QB's worse) despite all the issues with the WR core.
- I'm going to really miss Frank Gore. I've said that before, but these stats just made that feeling stronger.
Not much else to take from this, but I thought it was nice to see some statistics to confirm the things that many of us had already believed, and to see it presented with infographics. For those trying to knock Kaepernick (who hasn't even made 16 starts in his career), just realize it can be A LOT worse.