San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde has proven his worth to team plenty this season, especially in recent games. His worth was ... slightly less evident against the Seattle Seahawks, however. A lot was going on for that game, so I’m going to be somewhat reactionary here: Hyde was pretty bad.
Hyde rushed for 47 yards on 16 carries, and caught seven passes for just 21 yards, while being targeted 13 times. He caught a couple passes late that basically went for nothing, somewhat inflating his receptions number. His per-carry average was just 2.9 yards, and his longest rush was 14 yards. His longest reception was just 7 yards.
There are a few things that went wrong, and it starts with the offensive line. They were abysmal in pass protection, and that always trickles down into the running game. Individually, most of the players on the 49ers’ offensive line is decent at blocking for the run, but everyone was haggard and beaten in the passing game, and it definitely showed.
There were many campaigning to see Hyde traded before the deadline hit this season, thanks to his contract coming to an end this offseason. I understand those people, but don’t think they’re correct — Hyde is hugely important to the future success of the 49ers. Games like the one on Sunday against the Seahawks are not a good indicator of Hyde’s skillset.
On the season, Hyde has 157 carries for 639 yards and four touchdowns. He has also caught 49 passes for 295 yards. You can certainly make the argument that Hyde would be better off with a better team, and it’s not something I’m going to argue against. But he is also very important to these 49ers, bad game on Sunday notwithstanding.