Gore, Coffee and running in place
September, 30, 2009
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
The 49ers' commitment to running the football has allowed opponents to gang up against Frank Gore and Glen Coffee.
I think that helps explain why Gore and Coffee have combined for 25 plays that gained no yards or lost yardage. The totals reflect rushes and receptions.
A few notes on those plays, based on information in my play-by-play spreadsheet:
- All 25 of the 49ers' plays were running plays.
- The plays were distributed fairly evenly across quarters, not just when the 49ers were trying to run time off the clock late in games.
- The plays transcended typical early-down personnel groups.
- Ten were on first down, 11 on second down and four on third down.
- The 49ers needed an average of 7.88 yards for a first down on these plays.
- Nine of these plays were against the Cardinals, six against the Seahawks and 10 against the Vikings.
There wasn't any obvious mitigating factor, in other words.
Related: This chart's original advocate, Paul Kuharsky, advances the subject on his AFC South blog. Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for providing the data.