San Francisco 49ers: 5 key offensive stats to watch in 2017

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Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers hope to get a boost in offensive production, thanks to head coach Kyle Shanahan. If so, these five stats will be the ones to watch in 2017.


San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is tasked with overhauling an offense that largely underperformed under former head coach Chip Kelly a year ago.

Shanahan’s offense is vastly more complicated than what Kelly operated in 2016.

But one of the ways Kelly’s offense managed to be “somewhat” effective was to operate at a speed where opposing defenses couldn’t keep up.

The 49ers won’t operate this way this season, but we’ll incorporate one of those stats related to the Niners’ average time between snaps a year ago.

There will be four more of these offensive stats to pay attention to this season as well.

No, these aren’t going to be your regular stats. Sure, we’d like to see the 49ers finish high in the standard numbers like rushing yards, points scored and completion percentages. But those are easy and generic.

Instead, let’s look at other offensive stat lines to watch this upcoming season — ones that will be a better indication how Shanahan’s offense is working his first year in San Francisco.

We’ll kick things off with a direct comparison to the Kelly-led offense of a year ago and why it will be important.

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