While that may be a catchy phrase from an old commercial it applies to football as well as it does to chicken nuggets. Football is a game of pieces as much as it is a game of inches.
The three main pieces are offense, defense and special teams. If you are missing one of those pieces chances are you won't get to the championship game.
Each piece has it's own series of integral parts. If one part is lacking or is not up to par, the entire piece does not function at optimum performance.
As an example, after releasing Allan Rossum last year the Forty Niners kick return game suffered. Various attempts to replace him with players already on the team failed. Poor starting field position affected the 49ers offense. That is one of those intangibles.
Knowing statistics can be manipulated to suit the needs of the manipulator, I did what any computer geek would do. I placed the stats for each year into a spread sheet and started clicking and clacking on column headers.
After numerous sorts, resorts, charts, graphs and comparison of the data I realized during the years Jimmy Raye's running game was at the bottom of the rankings, the quarterback was sacked more often.
This would tend to make one believe the offensive line was not up to par for those teams. Additionally there were only a couple of years where he had a defense that ranked in the top ten.
Let's examine some of the stats from Jimmy Raye's previous years as offensive coordinator.