GB-SF Grades: Rodgers impressive, Kaepernick struggles

The top takeaways from Sunday’s Green Bay-San Francisco game, including the highest-graded players for each team.

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(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

GB-SF Grades: Rodgers impressive, Kaepernick struggles


Here are the top takeaways from Sunday’s Green Bay-San Francisco game, including the highest-graded players for each team:

Green Bay Packers

– With the grade everyone wants to check this week, QB Aaron Rodgers (+4.9) made a series of big time throws and kept the errors to a minimum. Only downgraded on two of his 32 attempts, Rodgers pushed his game grade well above the average with a handful of jaw-dropping throws. His TD was one of those—on the move, and threaded to an adjusted route in the back of the end zone—as was his perfectly placed, but dropped, stutter-go to open the game.

– OLB Nick Perry (+1.1) has posted significant positives as a pass rusher in back-to-back games. He hasn’t shown consistency, so keep an eye out to see if he can carry this momentum through next week. Highlighting his day’s work was a second-quarter sack in which he swatted Joe Staley’s hands and burst around the edge to reach Colin Kaepernick.

— The struggles of RT Don Barclay (-2.2) have been well documented, but after a Week 2 performance that saw him equally bad in the pass and run games, and a Week 3 showing that magnified his run game troubles, it was back to the pass protection issues in Week 4. Barclay entered the game with 15 hurries allowed, but hadn’t let anyone get to the QB. That changed this week as he was charged with three sacks and a hit to go along with one more hurry to add to his pile.

Top Performers:

QB Aaron Rodgers (+4.9)

RG T.J. Lang (+3.3)

HB Eddie Lacy (+2.5)

CB Sam Shields (+2.1)

WR James Jones (+2.5)

San Francisco 49ers:

– Sunday brought a mixed bag for LT Joe Staley (+1.5), who picked up the highest grade on the San Francisco O-line, despite surrendering a sack for the third straight game. That alone isn’t particularly noteworthy, but the fact that he hasn’t given up sacks in three consecutive games since the start of the 2008 season might be. The team’s list of issues is not a short one, so they certainly don’t need their remaining cornerstones showing signs of wear.

– At the top of that list of problems is the recent play of QB Colin Kaepernick (-5.2). On the heels of his wild four-pick performance last week, Kaepernick literally bounced balls short, sailed them far over heads or bulleted them behind his receivers throughout this game. Multiple receivers looked frustrated by the misfires and this game, which was never more than two scores out of reach, felt like it was in garbage time for much of the second half.

– LB Aaron Lynch (+1.7) leads the SF defense in total pressures generated (12) after collecting a pair of sacks, a hit, and a hurry on Sunday. Currently the team leader in each of those categories, the second-year edge rusher wore the team’s total pressures crown as a rookie (41), as well. After seeing his production slow late last season, it’s a good jump out of the gate for this key piece in a defense that lost much of its identity in the offseason.

Top Performers:

OLB Aaron Lynch (+1.7)

LG Alex Boone (+1.7)

LT Joe Staley (+1.5)

CB Tramaine Brock (+1.3)

OLB Corey Lemonier (+1.1)

  • MCHAWKING

    I sure hope all the people who were complaining that Rodgers got a negative grade for a throw that “should have been intercepted but wasn’t” are also going to complain about him getting a positive grade for a throw that “should have been caught but wasn’t”. I mean its only logically consistent.

    • Lee Wickman

      It talked about that very thing above

    • crosseyedlemon

      Reminds me of the story of a kicker who tried to explain to his coach that he missed a crucial field goal at the end of the game because the wind changed direction at the last second. It all sounded logically consistent but there was just one wee problem….the game was played indoors and there was no wind.

    • MosesZD

      lol. Fans be consistent? That’ll be the day.

    • yep

      the negative grade rodgers got for a 5 td performance proves this grading system isn’t perfect. They say his receivers did more work? well maybe it was his quick release that allowed those receivers to get blocks downfield and the grade penalized him for those throws.

  • Joe Doe

    Let’s keep in mind that a -2.2 grade for Barclay is about as good as it gets for him. Usually he is closer to double-digit negatives.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      lol, very true

  • ZD

    2 negative plays week 3, -0.8, 2 negative plays in week 4 +4.9. Sure…We can trust PFF’s grading.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      if u don’t like it don’t read it

  • Arthur Jackson

    I never bitched about the grading of that throw as bad, it was. The play that was called back on a defensive holding that was a strip sack was the bad grade that shouldn’t have happened. They can’t grade the QB drawing them offsides/twelve men on the field so they shouldn’t count that play either. Of course there are subjective judgements all over the place so I don’t understand why PFF can’t grade those plays. They can do whatever they want. The negative grade did get them a lot of free publicity.

  • Arthur Jackson

    I never bitched about the grading of that throw as bad, it was. The play that was called back on a defensive holding that was a strip sack was the bad grade that shouldn’t have happened. They can’t grade the QB drawing them offsides/twelve men on the field so they shouldn’t count that play either. Of course there are subjective judgements all over the place so I don’t understand why PFF can’t grade those plays. They can do whatever they want. The negative grade did get them a lot of free publicity.

  • LeBronc

    “With the grade everyone wants to check this week”?…most of the “everyone” have left the building (unless you thought their comments were boastful lies)…for them PFFs QB rating grades has jumped the shark.

    I’m here to stay but here is my analysis. Last game you mentioned all the short passes and that the receivers had more to do with the score since the passes were not into the end zone. Which appears to be a conflict with Mike Clay’s excellent oTD stats. Mike states in his introduction to oTD “What’s slightly interesting to me is that the conversion rate on a ball thrown into the end zone (36.9 percent) isn’t much higher than the conversation rate on a ball directed to a player standing on the one-yard line (36.0 percent). That’s something to keep in mind next time you trash Tom Brady for throwing a pass short of the endzone on third down”.

    This week (via ESPN) Rodgers drives went TOUCHDOWN-12 plays 80 yds., PUNT 5 plays 22 yds., PUNT 3 plays 8 yds., Missed F.G. 14 plays 54 yds., TOUCHDOWN 9 plays 61 yds., FIELDGOAL 8 plays 35 yds., PUNT 5 plays 17 yds., PUNT 3 plays 0 yds., PUNT 8 plays 26 yds.

    Impressive is not a word I would use. Let’s look at one of the TDs.

    “Jaw dropping…threaded”? it’s clear from the video link provided below that this is clearly overstated as R. Rodgers was wide open. I’ll assume another one of his jaw dropping throws was to James Jones, but you have to give Jones much credit for concentration and keeping both feet in bounds. To what extent PFF did just that no one knows…again see video link below.
    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:13811673
    So the QB grading needs tweaking, big deal, it’s not like Mike Clay hasn’t tweak the metrics in the past. The real question is why is it so hard now?

    • Al

      Their QB rating system hasn’t jumped the shark, it was never on the shark to begin with.

      There are many great QB performances that have garnered bad grades from them for absolutely no good reason.

      • ChickenHunter

        You mean like Tom Brady’s crappy Super Bowl performance?

  • Low Bounty Contact

    Interesting comments.