49ers vs. Browns Game Review: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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The San Francisco 49ers came out flat and as a result lost an embarrassing game at the hands of the Cleveland Browns 24-10. However, there were some good things, some bad things, and some downright ugly things. Below are my top three takeaways from each category, as I breakdown today’s game:

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The Good

  • DE Quinton Dial: The third-year player continues to be a force down in the trenches as he finished the game with four tackles, 1.0 sack, and 1 blocked field-goal. A great game by Dial as he continues to generate a pass-rush from the four-technique while setting the edge, he is looking the part of a draft day steal, as he was a bargain gem in the fifth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

  • NT Ian Williams: The once undrafted rookie free-agent from Notre Dame continues to be a bright spot along the defensive line as he finished with four tackles and one forced fumble. A two-gap nose tackle who plugs running lanes at the point of attack, Williams did a nice job as he went up against All-Pro C Alex Mack.


  • SS Jaquiski Tartt: A strong safety known for his hitting ability, Tartt drew up his first career INT as he did his homework on Browns QB Johnny Manziel. A quarterback who struggles under duress, Manziel broke the cardinal rule as he threw across his body going against the grain. Tartt finished the game with 8 tackles and one interception.


The Bad

  • OLB Corey Lemonier: The third-year player continues to struggle as he shot himself in the foot when he sacked Manziel in the end zone only to be penalized for grabbing the facemask. He provided a non-existent pass-rush in OLB Aaron Lynch’s absence and in my eyes hasn’t lived up to expectations as the team’s third-round pick.


  • QB Blaine Gabbert: I hate to say it but Gabbert had his worst day as the 49ers starter. He was unable to extend drives while routinely throwing inaccurate passes whether it was behind receivers or out of their catching radius altogether. Despite Gabbert finishing with a late garbage touchdown to WR Jerome Simpson, the game was already sealed for the Browns.


  • FS Eric Reid: He gave up the team’s lone receiving touchdown on a simple out-route as Browns TE Gary Barnidge out-leveraged him. A play in which Reid was playing inside leverage, Barnidge ran an out-route off a screen allowing Manziel to hit him in open space. However, the defensive woes for him didn’t stop there, as Reid was routinely out of position while unable to make plays on the ball, which is why he was second on the team in tackles for the day.


The Ugly

  • Offensive Line: The 49ers allowed nine sacks on Sunday. Unacceptable. A team that once proud themselves on imposing their will down in the trenches, the performance by the offensive line was awful to say the least. Not to mention, the 49ers only rushed for a measly 71 yards — they need to go back to basics as the Browns put it to them.


  • OLB Ahmad Brooks: Just one week removed from throwing his helmet on the sidelines, Brooks has found himself in the dog-house once again as he was called for an ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ penalty after the Browns scored a touchdown in the fourth-quarter. An act that was both selfish and foolish as Brooks swiped the ball away after the play was over, don’t be surprised if head coach Jim Tomsula reprimands him as the two have been butting heads dating back to last season.

  • Missed Tackles: This team used to take pride in being fundamentally sound when it came to tackling. However, that hasn’t been the case, as everyone has had their fair share of missed tackles against the Cleveland Browns. In fact, I counted 23 missed tackles total.

  • ILB Gerald Hodges (4)
  • OLB Ahmad Brooks (2)
  • CB Tramaine Brock (1)
  • CB Kenneth Acker (2)
  • ILB NaVorro Bowman (4)
  • DE Arik Armstead (2)
  • OLB Corey Lemonier (2)
  • DB Jimmie Ward (1)
  • FB Bruce Miller (1)
  • NT Ian Williams (1)
  • DE Mike Purcell (1)
  • FS Eric Reid (1)
  • SS Jaquiski Tartt (1)
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