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San Fran to run at Mario?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2012 – 10:31 am

At 6’6″ 290 pounds, most offenses choose not to run at Mario Williams. Such was the case last week as New England ran more over the left side of their offensive line with good success. Looking at the success of the 49ers ground game however, they might not care who is lined up at left defensive end.

San Francisco has had success running the ball in just about any direction thus far this season, but Mario Williams may want to expect to see the likes of Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Brandon Jacobs coming right at him.

That’s because when the 49ers run off right end this season (left side of defensive formation) they gain almost 11 yards per carry (10.88). Granted the 17 plays they’ve run to that side is a small sample size over four games, but it carries weight nonetheless.

Here’s a rundown of their run play direction success thus far this season.
Left end – 6.21 (12th in NFL)
Left tackle – 5.29 (8th in NFL)
Left guard – 2.79 (24th in NFL)
Up middle – 6.31 (5th in NFL)
Right guard – 2.75 (23rd in NFL)
Right tackle – 4.0 (12th in NFL)
Right end – 10.88 (2nd in NFL)

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