It did not take long for these Super Bowl hopefuls to receive a bitter dose of reality. They have suffered several injuries to marquee players, missed departed free agents and been placed under the media microscope—all while watching their most heated division rival steal the NFL spotlight.
On top of which, the 49ers have had a severe identity crisis, which has handicapped the full ability of this team.
Given this talent-laden roster, which vaunts numerous Pro Bowlers and top-five or 10 players at their respective positions, it is common knowledge that this team is capable of much more than its .500 record.
Fortunately for Jim Harbaugh’s boys, it is a long road ahead.
With an uninspiring first four weeks in the books, here are your official positional grades for San Francisco in the first quarter of 2013.
Statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference and ESPN, unless specified otherwise. Contract information provided by Spotrac.