PFF tweeted out their five-most valuable San Francisco 49ers over the past decade using their “wins above replacement” stat. When I first saw it, I thought it was bologna, and they were trying to hijack Colin Kaepernick’s traffic and spin it into something PFF related. I still feel that way. Here is the tweet, if you haven’t seen it yet:
Most Valuable San Francisco 49ers over the past decade per PFF WAR— PFF (@PFF) June 5, 2020
1. Colin Kaepernick
2. Alex Smith
3. Jimmy Garoppolo
4. Joe Staley
5. Vernon Davis pic.twitter.com/JgEEDXaDZX
No link, analysis, or numbers behind each name. That’s another reason why I think this was a farce. Let’s pretend it’s not, for the moment. You have the three most productive quarterbacks on the roster in the past decade. It’d be fun to know the difference between Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith, and Jimmy Garoppolo if it’s per season or all together. If the WAR stat is overall, then that bodes well for Jimmy G.
Looking back on his time with the 49ers, do you feel like Vernon Davis was underrated? Or, better yet, under-appreciated? Davis scored 55 touchdowns as a Niner and 454 receptions from 2006-2015. It helps to have a signature moment like “The Catch III.” PFF says in their description that players who line up further away from the center of the line of scrimmage tend to score higher, which is why Joe Staley’s fourth on the list. It also helped that Staley was all-everything for the majority of his career.
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