SANTA CLARA — Six speeding touchdowns. All season. That’s it.
Of all of the 49ers’ dismal statistics in a season gone unsuitable, that one was has been overshadowed, with two video games to go.
And but the 49ers have a Professional Bowl fullback, the league’s 10th-best speeding assault and a possible 1,000-yard rusher in Matt Breida.
Baffling, proper? Hey, Matt, any clue what number of speeding touchdowns the 49ers have?
“Twenty?” Breida guessed. “Fifteen? Twelve?”
No, six, which might be the fewest in 49ers historical past outdoors of the strike-shortened 1982 season, once they scored six in solely 9 video games.
“We’ve acquired to pump that quantity up,” fullback Kyle Juszczyk stated.
The 49ers offense has sidestepped criticism due to respectable yard totals and the built-in excuse of September accidents to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and operating again Jerick McKinnon. It’s the 49ers protection that’s drawn probably the most hearth, particularly with simply two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
A 49ers rusher hasn’t struck pay grime the previous 4 video games. It was Breida final doing so Nov. 12 towards the New York Giants for his third speeding landing in an in any other case breakout season.
Breida and Juszczyk each supplied an analogous tip to get the lowdown on the low touchdowns: test the red-zone stats.
So, is coach Kyle Shanahan averse to calling runs inside opponents’ 20-yard line?
Is that this why the 49ers rank useless final within the league in red-zone landing effectivity (18 of 43)?
Ought to the 49ers operating backs, averaging 123.four yards per recreation, get extra motion close to the aim line?
Listed here are the findings of a statistical evaluation of 135 offensive snaps within the pink zone:
— Juszczyck felt the 49ers have handed extra, and the Harvard man is appropriate, barely: 69 go performs to 66 run performs.
— Of Breida’s 24 red-zone carries, he’s scored two touchdowns, totaled 60 yards and been stopped for 1 yard or fewer on eight runs.
— Alfred Morris has been worse, getting stopped for 1 or fewer yards on 14 of 22 carries contained in the pink zone. He’s totaled simply 23 yards with one landing and one fumble. His final 12 red-zone carries account for simply 2 yards mixed, and he’s been inactive three of the previous 4 video games.
— Of six carries from the 1-yard line, the one landing was scored by quarterback C.J. Beathard. Morris went 0-for-3, Breida 0-for-1 and Nick Mullens 0-for-1.
— Jeff Wilson, in his 4 video games, respectably has 5 carries for 27 yards, with a pricey fumble at Seattle.
— From 5 yards or nearer, Morris has eight carries for Three yards, Breida six for five yards and Juszczyk one for minus-5 yards.
— Quarterbacks are 7-of-13 with seven landing passes and one interception contained in the 5-yard line, so, if something, Shanahan’s go performs are working finest close to the aim line.
“Groups anticipate us to run it as a result of we run so effectively, so we hit them with the go and we rating,” Breida stated.
Subsequent up for Sunday’s residence finale are the Chicago Bears, who’ve allowed a league-low 5 speeding touchdowns.
Do you know: former Stanford star Ernie Nevers ran for a NFL-record six touchdowns in a 1929 recreation towards the Bears, whereas he was with the Chicago Cardinals? Six in a single recreation positive sounds higher than six in a 16-game season.