Niners Live ask the question; through the first quarter of the season, who’s the Forty-Niners Offensive MVP? The answer might surprise you; it’s field goal kicker Robbie Gould. Don’t believe the hype? Niners Live will break down why he’s the clear-cut offensive MVP.
How did Gould get here? What’s his resume?
The San Francisco 49ers and General Manager John Lynch wasted no time in signing free agent kicker Robbie Gould (35) to a two-year deal worth $4 million with one million being fully guaranteed. This deal ranked him as the 11th highest paid kicker in the NFL out of 33 kickers (overthecap.com). Gould replaces potential future Hall of Fame kicker Mr. Reliable himself/veteran and former 49ers kicker Phil Dawson who recently signed with division rival the Arizona Cardinals will be (42) to start the 2017 season. Robbie Gould (6-0, 190lbs) has spent his last 11 seasons with the Chicago Bears where he showed consistency and poise as a kicker. With Chicago, he managed to make 276 of his 333 field goal attempts with a career 85.9 field goal percentage making him the Chicago Bear’s franchise leader in field goals made. He also holds the highest field goal percentage of field goals made from 50 yards or more (23), and total points scored (1,293).
Gould’s current career of 86.3 field gold percentage ranks 7th all-time amongst all kickers. His accuracy and consistency brought him to the Pro Bowl and the 1st team All-Pro team in 2006, along with making the All-NFC Special Teams Player of the Week three times (week 4-2015, week 16-2016, and week 9-2005). He has made 402 extra points on just 410 attempts at a 98% and a career-long 58-yard field goal to definitely place him as a high ranking placekicker in the league.
What has he done for the 49ers lately?
In four games, Gould has made 11 of 11 field goals at a 100% rate, 4 for 4 on field goals between 30-39 yards, 6 for 6 on field goals between 40-49 yards and is 3 out of 4 on extra points made. Gould has scored a total of 36 points in four games.
Why Gould is the clear offensive MVP through the First Quarter
The 49ers’ offense in this young 2017 season has struggled to score points, in fact, ranking 26th in the league in scoring at 16.5 ppg (via NFL.com). Note: In 2016, under former 49ers’ head coach Chip Kelly, the 49ers averaged 19.3 ppg. The only other player to come close to Gould’s (36) points scored on offense is running back Carlos Hyde with (14). Gould also has scored points in every game he’s played in, which no other player on offense can say, and it was Gould who went 5 for 5 for 15 points scored to take the lead 15 to 12 to even give the 49ers hope and a chance to win the heartbreaking loss to Arizona 15 to 18.
Robbie Gould has been a model of consistency and stability when the offense has none other to look to or lean on. Unfortunately, on offense, the 49ers lack a true identity, and don’t look now, but placekicker Robbie Gould, who’s clearly the team’s offensive MVP through the first quarter of the season, has become the offense’s identity.
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