Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Snyder to Cardinals: Some perspective
By Mike Sando
The San Francisco 49ers' running game perked up considerably when Adam Snyder replaced Chilo Rachal at right guard last season.
That did not necessarily mean the 49ers wanted to proceed with Snyder as their long-term starter. They valued him initially as a backup at center, guard and right tackle.
Snyder has nonetheless started 69 of 107 career games since the 49ers drafted him in 2005. He'll get a chance to start in Arizona after agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with the Cardinals, a deal announced by the team Wednesday afternoon.
Rachal is also a free agent.
The 49ers are visiting with former Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys guard Leonard Davis. It's clear they're interested in changing up their personnel at right guard.
The chart shows the 49ers' regular-season offensive stats when Snyder and Rachal were at right guard, according to ESPN Stats & Information. There were other factors affecting the stats. In general, however, the offense was better off when Snyder was on the field.