SANTA CLARA – Here are the 49ers’ grades after their 40-10 loss to the Cowboys. I put as much effort into these grades as the 49ers put into this game.
QUARTERBACK: C. The Cowboys sacked C.J. Beathard five times and hit him six times. He had no chance. He was not the solution and Hoyer was not the problem. Most quarterbacks struggle when they get beat up.
RUNNING BACKS: B. Carlos Hyde ran angry and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. But he also gave up a sack.
WIDE RECEIVERS: C. No one dropped a pass! Wow!! Kendrick Bourne just fell over his own feet. I guess that’s progress.
TIGHT ENDS: D. George Kittle didn’t commit a drop. Success! But he caught just one pass. And Garrett Celek gave up a sack.
OFFENSIVE LINE: F. These guys almost got the rookie quarterback killed during his first start. That wasn’t nice. And Joe Staley seemed old. He gave up two sacks and both times the defensive end easily ran past him.
DEFENSIVE LINE: F. Did Solomon Thomas play? The score sheet says he recorded one tackle so I guess he did, but I didn’t notice him. He’s not an impact player. The 49ers probably should have drafted one of those with the No. 3 pick.
LINEBACKERS: F. Reuben Foster got injured again. This time he injured his rib. He still hasn’t made it through an entire NFL game without getting hurt. He seems brittle. Maybe that’s why the rest of the NFL passed on him during the first round of the draft.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: F. They broke up zero passes, Rashard Robinson committed his weekly pass-interference penalty and Jaquiski Tartt took some of the worst angles you will ever see in run support. Otherwise, this group was terrific.
SPECIAL TEAMS: F. Trent Taylor fumbled the first punt of the game. But, he didn’t fumble the second punt!
COACHES: Z-plus. The Niners committed only two penalties. They deserve a parade. But, Kyle Shanahan can’t be on the float. He got exposed against the Cowboys. His team is totally lacking leadership. It’s worse than Chip Kelly’s 49ers, Jim Tomsula’s 49ers, Mike Singletary’s 49ers and Dennis Erickson’s 49ers.
Robert Saleh can’t be on the float, either. He might be worse than Jim O’Neil, who is the worst defensive coordinator in franchise history. Saleh’s defense was facing one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and a great running back, and he decided to play a safety, Eric Reid, at linebacker. Gee, how did that not work???