SANTA CLARA – Here are the San Francisco 49ers’ grades after their 17-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
KAEPERNICK: F. Someone needs to tell this guy he has to throw the ball between the white lines to complete a pass.
RUNNING BACKS: F. Carlos Hyde rushed eight times for 20 yards, and his longest run was seven yards. He has been subpar since he got knocked out of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2.
WIDE RECEIVERS: D. Anquan Boldin caught three passes for 12 yards. He seems done – he’s slower than ever. Torrey Smith caught two passes for 47 yards and, through the first quarter of the season, has made just nine catches. Which means he’s on pace to make just 36 catches this season. If the Niners aren’t going to use him, why’d they give him all that money?
TIGHT ENDS: D. Garrett Celek, the 49ers’ best tight end, caught three passes for 26 yards. Vance McDonald, a former second-round pick, caught one pass for seven yards. He also dropped a pass when he was wide open. He’s horrendous.
OFFENSIVE LINE: F. Gave up six sacks and seven hits on the quarterback. This group is one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Even Joe Staley is playing poorly.
DEFENSIVE LINE: D. Pushed around by the Packers’ offensive line on running plays. Gave up 162 rushing yards on 33 carries – 4.9 yards per attempt. The Packers were supposed to have the worst run defense in the NFL, but the Niners’ run defense played much worse today.
LINEBACKERS: B. Aaron Lynch was outstanding – two sacks, three hits on the quarterback, four tackles for loss. Ahmad Brooks also played well and registered a sack. But the inside linebackers – NaVorro Bowman in particular – played poorly. Bowman missed a couple tackles and struggled stopping the run.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: B. The 49ers mostly double-covered slot receiver Randall Cobb, who finished the game with only 44 receiving yards. On the outside, Kenneth Acker and Tramaine Brock both played well, and Rodgers frequently had nowhere to throw.
SPECIAL TEAMS: F. Bruce Ellington fielded a kickoff nine yards deep in the end zone and returned it to the Niners’ 11-yard line. If he let the ball bounce through the end zone, the Niners would have had the ball at their 20. Special teams coach Thomas McGaughey Jr. is a big downgrade from previous special teams coach Brad Seely.
COACHES: D. Last week, Geep Chryst called a running play from the pistol formation when the 49ers were on their 1-yard line. Safety. This week, Chryst called a run up the middle for a 205-pound running back on third-and-11. No gain. Chryst makes Greg Roman seem like Bill Walsh.