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Colin Cowherd Says the 49ers Are a Mediocre Team Without Deebo Samuel

Colin Cowherd: “Deebo is up in the air for the NFC Championship.... When we view the Niners, we view them as ‘creative’, ‘unpredictable’, and ‘clever.’ They ARE with Deebo. But I’ll argue when you take Deebo OUT of the Niners, they’re actually a very traditional offense with one deep receiver, an old-school physical tight end, and a dominant running back. With Deebo, the Niners win 70% of their games. Without Deebo, they’re the Raiders... 8-9 with a star receiver, a dominant running back, a really good left tackle, a quarterback who you don’t trust, and a great edge rusher. You think I’m joking? What do the Raiders have? Maxx Crosby, Davante Adams, great left tackle, star running back... And the Raiders are arguably in a tougher division, and tougher conference. Christian McCaffrey is the best player, Deebo is the X-factor. Without Deebo, they’re 8-9. Those are the numbers in the NFC. With Deebo they average 27 a game. Without Deebo, 24. The turnover differential with Deebo since he entered the league is +25. Without Deebo it’s -8. We all know a Josh Allen, or Mahomes, or Lamar Jackson can be worth 10-11 points in Las Vegas. The numbers tell you that Deebo is worth a field goal. If you simply took Deebo off the Niners, he is a field goal. That would be the most ‘valuable’ non-quarterback in the National Football League. No other player is worth three points. No defensive player, or even a Ja’Marr Chase is worth that. The numbers tell you that Deebo is worth a field goal in a game where the line is 3-3.5 points. I will take the Lions if Deebo does not play. It’s very interesting how you view the Niners. With Deebo they're creative, clever, and unpredictable. When he leaves they are one deep threat, an old-school tight end, and dominant running back, with a great edge rusher, and a quarterback nobody truly trusts if you press him. They’re the Garoppolo Raiders.”  

Watch Colin Cowherd of FS1’s The Herd explain why he’s picking the Detroit Lions to advance to the Super Bowl if San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is unable to play in the game, saying that the no. 1 seeded 49ers are actually a pretty pedestrian team without the All-Pro playmaker on the field.

Check out the segment above as Colin says a Deebo-less 49ers team is no better than the 8-9 2023 Las Vegas Raiders team with Jimmy Garoppolo, Davante Adams, Maxx Crosby, and Josh Jacobs.  

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