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Monday, November 15, 2010
Inside Troy Smith's unsustainable numbers

By Mike Sando

The San Francisco 49ers are 2-0 with Troy Smith at quarterback, even though they've struggled on third down.

Smith and the 49ers failed to convert even once in 11 third-down opportunities Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. But they still won the game, 23-20.

How can this be?

The answer shines through in Smith's numbers on other downs.

Smith's first-down numbers are extraordinary. They jumped off the sheet when I was running postgame calculations based on charting.

Overall, Smith is averaging 11.7 yards per attempt with a 116.6 rating.

The second chart breaks down Smith's efficiency by down and personnel group. These yards-per-attempt numbers are unsustainable. Eventually, Smith will need to become more efficient on third down to keep drives moving.