The 49ers defeated the Jaguars 42-10 on Sunday in a laugher. Here are the grades for the defense and special teams:
Defensive Line: B-
While the 49ers were getting stops against the Jaguars' ground attack, they had trouble with pass rushing. Chad Henne had time to throw the ball, which could have made this game interesting but it didn't. Justin Smith had a good game, but I didn't like what I saw from Glenn Dorsey or Ray McDonald up front.
The linebackers were dropping back into coverage for the most part with only Corey Lemonier going after the quarterback at times. Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were outstanding in making sure nothing went past them as they covered Marcedes Lewis. Dan Skuta recovered a forced fumble by Willis and returned it for a touchdown the other way. Ahmad Brooks did well at containing the run, even though he wasn't credited with tackles. The only negative with this unit was Lemonier unable to get to the quarterback with pressure for most of the game.
Donte Whitner and Eric Reid played great on Sunday breaking up passes and covering their receivers if they were in press coverage. Tarell Brown also had a good game when covering, but Carlos Rogers and Tramaine Brock gave up a few plays. The Jaguars were able to pick on Brock the most and this grade is lowered when he inexcusably left Mike Brown open for a touchdown in the second half.
Special Teams: B+
Kyle Williams had a 22-yard punt return, but it can't be ignored when he muffed a few kickoffs and was ineffective on special teams. Anthony Dixon made up for this when he returned a kickoff for 47 yards. Coverage units were good for the most part with the exception of one 40-yard kickoff return allowed. Andy Lee's only punt of the game went for 61 yards and Kevin McDermott was perfect on all seven long snaps.
Vic Fangio didn't have to go aggressive with blitzing, dropping players back in coverage for the most part and it worked. Chad Henne is not a great quarterback and lacked the ability to make throws, which is what the staff knew and took advantage of it. The defense gave up their share of plays, but still stopped the run and limited the pass as much as possible.
For grades on the offense, click here.