These are the grades for the 49ers’ 13th loss in a row – a 41-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
QUARTERBACK: 2Q. In the first, third and fourth quarters, Colin Kaepernick’s passer rating was a dreadful 50.6. But in the second quarter, his rating was an impressive 138.8. Call him Mr. Second Quarter.
RUNNING BACKS: WFC. Who freaking cares?
WIDE RECEIVERS: WFC. Who freaking cares?
TIGHT ENDS: WFC. Who freaking cares?
OFFENSIVE LINE: WFC. Who freaking cares?
DEFENSIVE LINE: WFC. Who freaking cares?
LINEBACKERS: WFC. Who freaking cares?
DEFENSIVE BACKS: WFC. Who freaking cares?
SPECIAL TEAMS: WFC. Who freaking cares?
THE CURRENT HEAD COACH: 22, 85, 4, 3.9, 0. As in 22 plays, 85 yards, four first downs, 3.9 yards per play and zero points in the second half for the 49ers offense. Chip Kelly is a very bad coach.
THE NEXT HEAD COACH: A-plus. Falcons’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan probably saw today’s game as an audition to replace Kelly when the 49ers fire him.
The audition went well.
Shanahan’s offense gained 550 yards and 8.3 yards per play. It produced 29 first downs and 10 plays 20 yards or more – the highest amount of “chunk” plays any offense has produced in one game this season. It converted 56 percent of its third downs and 80 percent of its trips inside the red zone. And, it scored 41 points – all without its best weapon, wide receiver Julio Jones.
I think the Niners are sold on Mr. Shanahan. Aren’t you?
Here’s the only question left: When Shanahan becomes the Niners’ head coach in a few weeks, will he keep Mr. Second Quarter or find a new quarterback?
What do you think?
Grant Cohn writes sports columns and the “Inside the 49ers” blog for The Press Democrat’s website. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.