San Francisco 49ers

Based on report cards, 49ers headed to summer school

San Francisco 49ers guard Andrew Tiller (61) looks at the scoreboard in the final minutes of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The 49ers lost 30-17 for their ninth loss in a row. Their current losing streak reached 11 with Sunday’s road loss to the Chicago Bears.
San Francisco 49ers guard Andrew Tiller (61) looks at the scoreboard in the final minutes of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The 49ers lost 30-17 for their ninth loss in a row. Their current losing streak reached 11 with Sunday’s road loss to the Chicago Bears. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

An NFL season is a little like a school year in that lessons will be taught, tests will be given, and there will be successes and failures.

The current season is three-quarters complete. Matt Barrows has been covering the 49ers since 2003, and creating a report card has been part of his game-day coverage for some 10 seasons.

The report card below lists the 49ers’ grades for offense, defense and special teams for their 12 games so far. Based on traditional grade-point average values (A equals four points, B equals 3, C equals 2, D equals one and F equals zero), a “grid-point average” has been compiled for the three units.

The grades here are not pretty – Barrows has assigned Fs or Ds in a dozen instances. While the 49ers’ overall 1.4 GPA easily outdistances the legendary 0.0 achieved by Delta House’s John Blutarsky at Faber College, it’s not much better than the anemic, pledge-class best of 1.2 of Larry Kroger.

Can double-secret probation – or at least summer school – be far behind?

Check out Barrows’ original game-day report cards by clicking on the scores.

W-L

Score

Opponent

Offense

Defense

Special teams

Overall

W

28-0

Rams

B

A

B

B+

L

46-27

@Panthers

C+

C-

B+

C+

L

37-18

@Seahawks

D-

D-

C-

D-

L

24-17

Cowboys

C-

D

C

D-

L

33-21

Cardinals

C-

D+

D

D-

L

45-16

@Bills

C-

F

C+

D-

L

34-17

Buccaneers

D+

F+

D+

D-

L

41-23

Saints

C+

F

A-

D+

L

23-20

@Cardinals

B+

C-

C

C+

L

30-17

Patriots

C-

C-

B+

C-

L

31-24

@Dolphins

C+

C-

C

C-

L

26-6

@Bears

F-

D-

A-

F

1-11

PF: 234 PA: 370

22 grid points

16 grid points

29 grid points

17 grid points

1.8 grid-point avg. C-

1.3 grid-point avg. D+

2.4 grid-point avg. C+

1.4 grid-point avg. D+

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