49ers midseason awards: Offensive honorable mention – Joe Staley

The 49ers are halfway through their season. Today, I’ll give midseason awards for the best offensive and defensive players.

Best offensive player: Honorable mention – LT Joe Staley.

The strength of the 49ers offense this season is their offensive line, and Staley is the best run-blocking tackle in the NFL by far. He’s cleared the way for two of Frank Gore’s four touchdown runs.

Staley struggled in pass protection early in the season, surrendering five sacks in the first four games. But over the last four, he’s given up no sacks, 1 hit and 4 hurries – very good numbers.

Staley is the best left tackle in the NFC right now. He’s on track to make his second-straight Pro Bowl appearance, and he has a shot to make his first All Pro team.