It’s pretty remarkable what the 49ers offense has accomplished when they are healthy. When the trio of Brock Purdy, Deebo Samuel, and Christian McCaffrey are on the field, the Niners are 16-0.
Nobody will take away an undefeated record, but it’s not as if the 49ers are just squeaking by in these games. They’ve outscored their opponents by a combined 529 to 239 points. Plus, 12 of those victories have resulted in wins by at least 13 points.
So, about a 33-15 average. Not too shabby for a team with a 23-year-old quarterback.
You could tell that Sunday’s game meant everything to Deebo. And we saw an example of a head coach leaning into Samuel’s “revenge.” Kyle Shanahan used Deebo as a decoy early to get the offense going, then put the ball in Samuel’s hands late, where he took full advantage.
Is Deebo the most dangerous weapon on the team? In that video above, you get a great sense of his gravitational pull and how opposing defenses react to wherever he lines up before the ball is snapped.
CBS Analyst Jeff Kerr made the argument for Samuel:
Deebo Samuel is still the most dangerous player on offense: Samuel reminded the league how dangerous he is with the ball in his hands, having seven touches for 138 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday — averaging 19.7 yards per touch. Samuel scored touchdowns on his last three touches to break the game open, as the Eagles defense had no answer for him. With an offense that has Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk, Samuel showcased why he’s the difference-maker who gets San Francisco’s offense to become the most dangerous unit in the league when healthy. There’s a reason why San Francisco wins games when Samuel is on the field.
Samuel reached 20.4 miles per hour on his 12-yard rushing touchdown. He also surpassed 20 miles per hour on his 46-yard touchdown pass. Deebo is the third member of the 49ers to reach 20 miles per hour on a play, and only Tyreek Hill had multiple touches this past week where he reached at least 20 miles per hour.
So, from a speed and explosiveness standpoint, Samuel has a case. He’s versatile, as evidenced by Deebo’s usage. But you could make a similar argument for Christian McCaffrey, who we saw being used as a legitimate receiver in Week 13.
Then again, you can’t ignore what Brandon Aiyuk or George Kittle bring to the table. They’ve had their fair share of impact performances this season, too.
Samuel has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13. Deebo became the 4th WR since 2000 with 100+ receiving yards, plus 2 touchdown receptions and a rushing touchdown in a game.