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Ranking the Top 5 MVPs for the San Francisco 49ers so Far in 2013
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

It's hard to believe we are knee-deep in the 2013 NFL season, currently staring Week 7 straight in the face. For the San Francisco 49ers, it has been an up-and-down roller coaster filled with twists and turns, really making it seem like they've had a lot longer season than anyone else.

Transactions, injuries, an identity crisis, surprise performers, team lows and career highs have all been peppered into this year. It has really been a mixed bag, which has slowed everyone’s roll on the Super Bowl talk. Right now the reigning NFC champions are set on taking it one week at a time.

During this quirky beginning, in what is officially Jim Harbaugh’s third NFL season as a head coach (2013), the 49ers have had a different look to them. A lot of the fresh personalities brought in by the new regime have really settled into their roles, while other returning players have broken ground.

With six games in the books, it seems like a good opportunity to assess the talent on the roster and look at who has been most pivotal to the team’s success so far. In this piece, we will rank the top five MVPs for the 2013 49ers.

The ranking system is predicated on: 

  1. Consistency: Always a mark of a player deserving of recognition. Which players are showing up every week?
  2. Impact: With the way this season has gone, the 49ers have needed players to rise up. Which guys have answered the call to duty, affecting games in a big way?
  3. Importance: The Niners' roster continues to wear thin. Which of the following players could San Francisco not afford to lose?
  4. Aura: The intangibles of an athlete always affect the perception of them. Which player is stealing hearts with his play? 

 

Statistics are courtesy of Pro Football Reference and ESPN.com, unless specified otherwise.

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