Alright, 'Niner faithfuls.
It’s time for the First Annual DannyBoy SportsTalk End of Season Grades for the San Francisco 49ers, or as I like to call it for short, FADBSTEOSGFTSF4. OK, the name might need some work.
The 49ers ended the season on an AWESOME note, having won five of the last seven games. Mike Singletary did an incredible job of motivating the team, and this author is thankful to have him aboard for the next few seasons.
In case you haven’t read these grades before (and considering it’s the First Annual, you haven’t), here is how it works: Each individual player will receive a grade for the season followed by a brief synopsis of how they performed. Names in italics are injured.
This week, the offense is up. Stay tuned, because next week, the defensive grades may surprise you.
Hill led the resurgence, while amassing a passer Rating of 87.0, best for a starting QB in SF since Jeff Garcia in 2001.
O'Sullivan possesses a great arm, but his penchant for holding on to it too long forced too many turnovers.
Martin didn't play a snap; what do you expect from a 38-year-old emergency quarterback?
Smith's season ended early, and it is 50/50 whether he returns, based on how much of a pay cut he is willing to take on his almost $10 million salary for 2009.
Gore managed a record third straight 1,000-yard season, despite some fumbling issues and missing two games with a bum ankle.
Foster had very little impact, and in his two starts, really didn't do much to impress.
Robinson is rated this highly not because of his offense, but for his prowess on Special Teams. The man was a maniac out there.
Clayton did not see any time on offense, though if preseason were any measure, he could start on at least 15 teams.
Keasey's season ended early in October. Too bad; he was shaping up to be a great bruiser for Gore.
Bruce did what he does best: make it look easy. At age 36, he still led an improving receiving corps in almost every category.
The $2 million pick-up was strictly a rental; After struggling with hamstring injuries all season, he still was No. 2 in receptions.
What more would you like from this year's Marques Colston? He'll be a star in this league, hopefully not after the T.O. kind.
Hill emerged late in his second season, catching a pass in the final eight games. Sleeper waiting to happen!
Battle always seems to do just enough; his season was cut short but still managed 24 receptions for 318 yards.
Zeigler was held back by Nolan's penchant for veterans; not so with Singletary. The first year player may surprise in his second season.
VD is a blocking machine; just ask Joey Porter. The only thing stopping an A here is the lack of offensive production from the sixth overall pick.
YAC (Yards After Catch) being his specialty, Walker returned more kicks than he caught passes. A generous grade for minimal impact.
Known for his blocking capabilities, his impact on the passing game was minimal.
Ryan receives a grade this low only because he was brought in to fill more of an H-Back role, rather than TE.
Staley looked a whole lot better when his quarterback started getting rid of it sooner (see: switch from O'Sullivan to Hill)
Sims surrendered the sack at Miami that ended the comeback. The rest of his season wasn't much better.
Bender really didn't get too much of a look on the field.
Jennings receives an F because he played in 29 out of a possible 64 games. That's a measly 45 percent, folks.
Duckett was stashed on IR before the season began. The former DT turned offensive two years back and needs some more seasoning.
B for Baas. He overcame a major chest injury to help anchor the line.
The jack of all offensive line positions did well when called upon. Of course, a quick release makes any lineman look better (see: switch from O'Sullivan to Hill).
Wragge played exactly like he was asked; fill the gap until Rachal is ready. He did so admirably.
Another of the young bucks to impress when given playing time, Rachal will only get better with time.
Heitmann was gushed about by former OC Mike Martz. Snubbed comes to mind regarding the Pro Bowl for the man who made Kris Jenkins look like Chris Rock.
Wallace didn't play enough to merit a grade. The future is learning from a great present (see: Martz's man crush on Heitmann).
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