49ers vs. Cardinals: Report Cards and Game Grades For Ahmad Brooks, Gerald Hodges, Eli Harold, and Nick Bellore



OLB Ahmad Brooks

Analysis: Brooks has been the team’s most consistent player from the outside linebacker spot this year. A player who was once considered expendable and on rumored to be on the trading block, just a couple seasons ago, Brooks has been a rock in a bleak 49ers season. During yesterday’s loss, Brooks set the edge consistently while making plays at or near the line of scrimmage. In all, Brooks recorded four tackles of three yards or less while also doubling up the pass-rush, with one quarterback hit/hurry. 

Run Grade: +8.0 

Pass Grade: +2.0

Overall: +5.0/10

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OLB Eli Harold

Analysis: Last year’s third-round pick, OLB Eli Harold finally showed up in the stat sheet with a nice strip/sack on QB Carson Palmer during third-quarter of play. A player who some Forever Faithful would be a bust just like 2013 third-round pick OLB Corey Lemonier, I don’t think that’s a fair assessment as Harold has way more potential. 

Run Grade: 7.0

Pass Grade: 9.0

Overall: 8.0/10 

Harold set the edge nicely in run support and didn’t miss one single assignment. On the flip side, Harold added a strip/sack and one additional quarterback hit/hurry. However, he was called for a neutral zone infraction penalty which resulted in a five-yard loss. 

San Fran(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

San Fran(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

ILB Gerald Hodges

Analysis: No. 51 was all over the place and I’m not talking about LB Takeo Spikes. Instead, it was Hodges who was making sound plays at or near the line of scrimmage while recording a crucial interception in the process. In the past, Hodges would have numerous missed tackles during the course of the game but he had zero by my count in Week 10.

Run Grade: 10.0

Pass Grade: 9.0   

Overall: 9.5/10

In all, Hodges made four tackles of three yards or less while proving his worth in open-space, as he was targeted twice while yielding just one catch for 7 yards. 

ILB Nick Bellore

Analysis: Bellore has proven to be nothing more than a special-teams ace. Not all his fault, as he was flushed into the starting role due to numerous injuries to ILB NaVorro Bowman and ILB Ray-Ray Armstrong, it’s no wonder he continues to be a liability in the run game.

Run Grade: 10.0

Pass Grade: 5.0

Overall: 7.5/10

However, Bellore came to life in the run game Week 10. From maintaining proper leverage in run-fits to shooting the proper gaps, Bellore was a pleasant surprise, as he helped hold Cardinals RB David Johnson to 19 carries for 55 rushing yards (2.9 average). 

But that success was short-lived due to the passing game. Bellore was targeted five times while allowing four catches for 32 yards and 1 touchdown. He did have a quarterback hurry which resulted in a loss of down, so this category for him received mixed reviews and an average grade at best. 

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