Grading Every San Francisco 49ers Starter's 2013 Regular Season

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Grading Every San Francisco 49ers Starter's 2013 Regular Season
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"The team, the team, the team" is how the San Francisco 49ers get wins, or at least that's what coach Jim Harbaugh would tell you. He would know, too, having led the once-desolate franchise to three straight double-digit-win seasons and playoff appearances, which is a club record.

With Harbaugh and the staff he has assembled, San Francisco has done its best to squeeze optimal performances out of this talent-laden roster.  

This season, despite the obstacles, the 49ers achieved a 12-4 record and put on several dominating displays and last-minute thrillers. A lot of the star players took their careers to new heights, while other players emerged from the depths. 

And of course, there were those who didn't quite live up to their potential. 

Now that the regular season is over and we finally have a chance to exhale and put things in perspective, it's time to take a look at who really showed up and who didn't. Here is a season-in-review for the San Francisco 49ers of 2013, complete with individual analysis and grades.  

 

Grading criteria:

  1. Expectations: Some players can look really good out there, but how much did they leave on the field?
  2. Statistics: If you were blanked, booming or something in between, this plays a significant role as to how a player is graded.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

 

Statistics provided by Pro Football Reference and the San Francisco 49ers, unless specified otherwise. (*) Denotes a Pro Bowl selection.

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