49ers by the Numbers: 2013 Stats San Francisco Must Improve in 2014

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49ers by the Numbers: 2013 Stats San Francisco Must Improve in 2014
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It all boils down to Colin Kaepernick's ascendance for the 49ers in 2014.

Embrace your inner stat-crazed geek, 49ers fans—it’s analysis time for the 2013 numbers that San Francisco must improve upon in 2014.

In news unrelated to the ongoing free-agent feeding frenzy, this Jim Harbaugh-coached bunch was a statistically flawed group last year.

Winning 12 games and being four inches worth of aerial trajectory away from a second-consecutive Super Bowl appearance aside, things weren’t all sunshine and roses.

A 49ers offense that ranked two spots above the league cellar in yards passing and defense that generated the eighth-fewest sacks just can’t avoid the accusatory spotlight.

Another year of nonexistent game-changing returns on special teams didn’t help either.

That said, let’s first begin on an optimistic note and detail a few positive statistics produced by the Red and Gold in 2013.

We wouldn’t want you running for the proverbial hills, now would we?

 

Note: Team and player statistics come courtesy of Pro Football Reference, Team Rankings, ESPN and NFL.com. The fine stat brains at Pro Football Focus (subscription required) provide all advanced metrics.

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