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MVPs , With a quarter of the season complete, not many expected for the 49ers to be sitting third in the NFC West at 1-3, losing their franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the process, yet here we are.While this season may not lead to any real trophies, it’s time for Niners Nation to hand out some awards to certain 49ers’ players that have been performing well, despite the team’s results on the field.Offensive MVP — RB Matt BreidaWith or without Garoppolo, I think the 49ers have the exact same record. With backup quarterback C.J. Beathard, San Francisco still loses to Minnesota and Kansas City, while defeating Detroit.Looking at the skill-position players, wideouts Marquise Goodwin, Pierre Gar莽on, and Dante Pettis have been too inconsistent thus far. The debate came down to running back Matt Breida and tight end George Kittle, but Breida’s single-handed dominance against the Lions pushed it over the edge.On the season, the 49ers’ leading rusher has 313 yards on 46 yards, while also catching 10 passes for 85 yards. With an off-week against the Chargers, Breida fell to third in the NFL for total rushing yards, behind Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot and Rams’ Todd Gurley II. However, Breida leads the league with 7.6 yards per rushing attempt.After starter Jerick McKinnon went down, the second-year running back has stepped in filling his shoes and exceeded head coach Kyle Shanahan’s expectations. Defensive MVP — LB Fred WarnerThe defense has been under-whelming so far, thus making it difficult to name an MVP, but there’s been a few players that have been standing out amongst the mediocrity — linebackers Fred Warner and Reuben Foster and defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. Foster missed the first two weeks and Buckner’s shown bright flashes through the first few weeks, but was certainly quiet against the Chargers. Warner has been the MIKE linebacker for the 49ers, wearing the green dot and relaying all the calls to the rest of the defense. While taking on that mighty task as a rookie, he’s also managed to make 43 tackles, which is third in the NFL, behind Colts’ Darius Leonard and Dolphins’ Kiko Alonso. Warner has been sensational , filling in for Foster during his two-game suspension and holding up the spot, with a rotating door at the WILL linebacker spot due to injuries. His athleticism, combined with his keen sense for the ball has allowed to him to make numerous tackles, including one forced fumble. Most Improved Player — TE George KittleAfter catching 43 passes for 515 yards last season, tight end George Kittle on his pace to shatter that personal best this season, on pace for 72 catches and 1,264 yards.The second-year player has been impressive through four weeks, becoming the quarterback’s security blanket and playmaker. Kittle’s averaging 17.6 yards per reception, which leads all tight ends in the NFL who have made at least 12 receptions. The ex-Iowa tight end already has 13 receiving first downs, insinuating that Kittle will move the chains on third down. Kittle was becoming to blossom as one of the better tight ends on the 49ers’ roster last season, but now he’s turning into one of the more productive tight ends in the entire league. Per Pro Football Focus, Kittle graded out with an overall grade of 90.0, including a receiving grade of 90.7, both which lead the NFL for TEs. Regardless of who the quarterback has been, Kittle has been filling out the box score equally well. Look for Kittle to only improve and grow as the season goes on.Most Exciting Play — Kittle’s 82-yard house callAgainst the Chargers in Week 4, both teams were going tit-for-tat and the 49ers’ most exciting play of the season occurred. With 3:06 left in the third quarter and San Francisco down by nine points, Beathard needed to deliver on a touchdown-scoring drive. Boom, one play later, the 49ers were down 26-24.Kittle lines up on the right side of the formation, runs free down the middle of the field, catches Beathard’s pass on the run and takes it 82 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. It was the longest play of Kittle’s short career and sent thrills through all the 49ers’ fans at the stadium in Los Angeles. Shanahan broke it down the next day.Most Disappointing Player — DL Solomon ThomasAfter being selected No. 3 overall, the expectations were sky high for defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. After a rough rookie season, where Thomas played in 14 games, only racking up 41 sacks tackles and three sacks, many expected a bounce-back season from the ex-Stanford lineman.Instead, through four weeks Cheap Solomon Thomas Jersey , Thomas has five tackles, no sacks and is seeing fewer snaps than LB Cassius Marsh — a player that was signed mid-way through last season. It’s certainly been a disappointment and Pro Football Focus ranks Thomas as their 66th best edge defender, with an overall grade of 61.9.For him to start to earn the love and respect of 49ers’ fans, it’s time for Thomas to become more than just a decent run defender who’s always around the quarterback. It’s time to show up in the box score and finish some sacks. Most Unexpected Storyline — “Struggles in the 49ers’ secondary”After promising rookie seasons from CB Ahkello Witherspoon and FS Adrian Colbert, the 49ers thought they had the future locked down at the positions, but four weeks into the season, it’s a giant question mark.Witherspoon has been bothered by injuries and dealt with a benching against the Lions. He recovered his starting spot with the injury to Richard Sherman, but continues to struggle. Colbert was in the starting lineup the first three weeks, but only played special teams against the Chargers after a limited practice week. His status for Week 5 is up in the air.Rookie D.J. Reed took over for Colbert and Shanahan said he was impressive. Cornerback Greg Mabin eventually replaced Jimmie Ward in Week 4, leaving more questions than answers in the secondary. If I knew that four weeks into the season, the 49ers would be contemplating multiple changes in their secondary, I would’ve been shocked — but here we are.Least Surprising Storyline — “Where’s the Pass Rush?”Through four weeks, the 49ers’ defense has an eye-popping eight sacks — tied for 22nd in the NFL. Of those eight, Buckner has 3.5 sacks, meaning the rest of the pass rush has been pathetic after a quarter of the season.With mostly journeyman edge rushers on the roster, there weren’t very high expectations of the pass rush coming into the season. Just as many fans expected, it’s been the interior defensive line generated quarterback pressures, not the edge defenders. It was a position that was not address in the offseason by general manager John Lynch and it’s now coming back to bite the defense. Any dominant defense has a productive pass rush and the 49ers aren’t even close right now. This isn’t surprising, considering many 49ers’ fans knew that the team wasn’t going to be sacking the opposing quarterback very often.10 takeaways from 49ers vs. Lions The 49ers eked out the win at Levi’s Stadium this past Sunday against the Lions, but it felt and looked far more disconcerting than reassuring. The early, developing theme of 2018 reinforces the old Bill Parcells adage, “you are what your records says you are.” Despite a win streak to close 2017, San Francisco still finished 6-10, after beginning 0-9. Expectations were wildly inflated as a result of that streak and the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo. After two games in 2018, the 49ers look far more like a team that finished 6-10 than one that won its last five games.Here’s what stood out to me against Detroit1.Tackling the worst in recent memory — maybe everDid anyone go down on first contact? Harbaugh would have made these guys walk back to their respective homes after a game like that. This one is on defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. He needs to put his foot down this week in practice because it’s clear he’s yet to do that. The technique, effort 49ers Jaquiski Tartt Jersey , and discipline against Detroit on Sunday was downright embarrassing. 2. Offensive line play still needs work Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked SIX times. On more than a few occasions, these were coverage sacks. Still, the offensive line continues to get pushed around in the middle. They made an Ezekiel Ansah-less Lions defense look like the Vikings at times. To their credit, they did a good job of opening up things in the run game.3.Wide receivers not getting openI’m sure many of you were screaming at Garoppolo to throw the ball until the replay angles showed why he didn’t. The tight ends and wide receivers didn’t do many favors for the franchise quarterback in this one. The result was Garoppolo standing in the pocket for far too long, waiting for someone to get separation, and ultimately taking the sack. Marquise Goodwin’s eventual return to the lineup should provide a boost; however, this unit has to step up.4.Abysmal red-zone play continuesThe red zone has become a haunted house for Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers. As soon as they enter, they get nervous, they get scared, and they sheepishly run out before they get to the end. After marching down the field in the first quarter, San Francisco once again came to a dead-stop when it mattered most, forcing the field goal unit to come onto the field. For the life of them, the Niners just can’t seem to put the ball into the end zone inside the 20. They were 2-5 in the red zone against Detroit. One of those touchdowns was the result of D.J. Reed’s 101-yard touchdown called back to the Detroit 26 for a face mask penalty. The other touchdown—a 4-yard pass to Kendrick Bourne—was the only true drive the 49ers had all game. I don’t have an answer for the utter lack of red-zone competence. And despite having a whole offseason to figure it out, neither does the coaching staff. 5. Injuries, injuries, injuriesThey’re a part of the game for every team; for the 49ers, they continue to be far too big a part of it. When was the last time you heard of a Week 1 game in which a team had no other offensive linemen to dress?! Kudos to Mike Person for gritting out Week 2 on a bum foot that saw him carted off the field against Minnesota. The Niners desperately miss the likes of Goodwin and Jerick McKinnon so far this season. And just when it looked like they’d escape from Week 2 unscathed, Jaquiski Tartt hit the turf with a shoulder injury. San Francisco can’t afford to lose him for an extended period of time, let alone next week against Patrick Mahomes and the touchdown-machine that is the Kansas City Chiefs. Side note: Will Malcolm Smith ever play a down in red and gold? 6.Missing-in-ActionIf you have seen Solomon Thomas or Trent Taylor (or have any information regarding their whereabouts) please contact local authorities and the San Francisco 49ers organization immediately. 7.Lions offense charged with aggravated assault against Ahkello WitherspoonThe word on Monday is that Witherspoon was playing with a bum ankle. It’s still no excuse. If you’re on the field, you’re saying you can compete. The second-year corner was continually targeted and absolutely abused by the Lions’ passing attack on Sunday. He gave up three touchdowns, he got duped by double moves, and he got burned by Marvin Jones Jr. Richard Sherman’s advice to the embattled corner? “You’ve got 24 hours to move on.” Tyreek Hill is licking his chops for next week’s match-up. 8.Special teams saves the dayBradley Pinion booted some big punts to allow the coverage unit time to get down the field and pin Detroit back deep. Robbie Gould was a perfect 3 for 3 including a 45 yarder—if he misses one of those, we could be talking about a loss today. Last but certainly not least, rookie D.J Reed takes the halftime kickoff all the way down the field and into the end zone. Despite being called back for a face mask, this sets up the TD pass to Garrett Celek. 9.Matt BreidaAlong with special teams and the Lions’ mistakes, the 49ers can thank Breida for escaping with a win. The second-year undrafted running back out of Georgia Southern currently leads the league in rushing yards 49ers Mike Person Jersey , due in large part to a 66-yard scamper into the end zone. He’s made some huge strides in his sophomore season. While he may not have the stature to be the focal point of the 49ers rushing attack, he’s making a strong case for it in every other category. 10. Back to Earth after Garoppolo maniaThe 49ers appear humbled and self-conscious to start 2018. During last seasons’ five-game win streak, San Francisco was playing with some serious confidence. They were riding high; they were over-achieving; they were playing well above their talent level. That simply wasn’t realistic or sustainable for this year. Now, they’ve leveled out. The holes in the roster and the team’s deficiencies are rising to the surface. The 49ers were playing tentatively at several points against Detroit. There’s a feeling of insecurity; they look like they’re no longer buying into their own hype and, instead, realizing, “hey, maybe we’re really not good yet.” Despite a completely different staff and group of players, some of what I saw on Sunday harked back to the days of Mike Nolan. A large part of this is youth. Even I have to remind myself of the top-to-bottom lack of experience within the organization: from a first-time general manager and head coach, right down to the starting lineup. Apologies for the doom-and-gloom here but Detroit was traveling halfway across the country, on a short week, after getting absolutely battered by the New York Jets. The Lions were playing without their best pass rusher, Ezekiel Ansah. And with a 30-13 lead in the fourth quarter, the 49ers still nearly squandered what should have been a surefire win. They couldn’t deliver the knockout blow. When there was an opportunity to snuff Detroit out, the 49ers let them hang around and gave them every chance to win. What’s more disheartening is that the win came courtesy of crucial penalties, some overthrows by Matthew Stafford, and a couple key drops by the Lions—not from the 49ers’ own volition. Richard Sherman’s post-game quote sums it up perfectly: “A win is a win but it feels like a loss.”It looked like one for a while too.At the end of the season, it doesn’t matter how you got the victory; however, for the here-and-now, Sunday’s performance doesn’t instill confidence as the team heads into a veritable buzzsaw in Arrowhead against the Chiefs next weekend. At the same time, this is the NFL — where the Browns are a couple missed field goals away from beating the Steelers and the Saints to start the season 2-0. So if the 49ers—somehow, some way—pull out an absolutely miraculous win against the red-hot Chiefs, no one will be talking about this Detroit game, including me.

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