With seven games remaining on the schedule, the San Francisco 49ers are on track to lose more games than they did in 2011 and 2012, having dropped three of their first nine. The division has slipped away from the reigning conference and back-to-back NFC West champs, which truly validates this as a Super Bowl hangover.
The week-to-week confidence in this team is no longer there, as it has progressively earned the label of "inconsistent." Last season, like clockwork, the team was served up a non-win every third game. This year, the 49ers have not beaten a single opponent above .500 since the Week 1 victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers.
Meanwhile, the three teams they've lost to have a combined record of 21-7.
Following this past loss to the Carolina Panthers, there must be substantial in-house concern regarding the team's ability to get to the postseason, as well as how effective it can be if and when it arrives. Touting the NFL's worst passing offense is certainly not doing it any favors.
There are questions surrounding the quarterback, the play-calling and whether or not this team can stay healthy.
All things considered, the 49ers need to see increased productivity from several spots across the roster. After reviewing the Week 10 matchup, we were able to evaluate and grade each player's individual performance with a brief commentary on how they played and what level they're playing at in 2013.
- Expectations: Some players can look really good out there, but how much did they leave on the field?
- Statistics: If you were blanked, booming or something in between, this plays a significant role as to how a player is graded.
- Impact: Stats are great and all, but did those yards come in garbage time or on a 3rd-and-long? The clutch value factors in here.
- Consistency: One big play can change a game, but consistency down-to-down can make sure you win it. Who was bringing it on every play?