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you're crazy if you think Frank Gore is better than Maurice Jones-Drew

It's highly unlikely that Maurice Jones-Drew signs with the 49ers, but for the sake of argument I wanted to demonstrate how much clearly better MJD is than Frank Gore. I know that hurts, but its something that needs to be out there. .390 winning percentage for Jags over MJD's career. .506 winning percentage for Niners over Gore's career.

so I went to FootballOutsiders.com, which tracks DVOA and DYAR -- that controls for defense, situation, etc. you see results that I expected, but maybe not that many of you.

Career total DYAR for MJD? 1668 DYAR. Gore, 1316 DYAR. So, almost 25% more total DYAR. On a DYAR/touch basis, MJD is 50% better. (does not include targets, but DYAR takes incompletions into account)

In rushing, its, 921 rushDYAR for MJD, 924 rushDYAR for Gore. A wash with Gore having a second season and a lot more carries. BUT on a per carry basis, MJD is 20% better!

In receiving...wow. 747 recDYAR for MJD, 392 recDYAR for Gore. on a per catch basis, MJD is about 90% better. (does not include targets, but DYAR takes incompletions into account)



Its not really that close. If we signed MJD for cheap, dumped LMJ, then kept a MJD-Lattimore combo for 2015 and 2016, I wouldn't be mad. 2014 would be a ridiculous, historic backfield.

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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