Lynch: Browns' debate at No. 1 with Garrett, Trubisky makes sense

Lynch: Browns' debate at No. 1 with Garrett, Trubisky makes sense

SANTA CLARA – The latest pre-draft buzz is the Cleveland Browns are considering North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick.

With the NFL draft looming two weeks away, 49ers general manager John Lynch said the debate of Trubisky for Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, makes sense to him. But he also realizes it’s that time of the year when it it difficult to separate information from misinformation.

“We’ve worked Mitch out and there’s a lot to like about him,” Lynch said on Wednesday at the team’s practice facility. “I also know it’s that time of the year.

“A lot can happen in those days. I know it’s fluid for us -- the process. And I’m sure it’s fluid for them and everyone else.”

Lynch has watched each of the consensus top-five quarterback prospects in person. On Tuesday, Lynch said the 49ers worked out Cal quarterback Davis Webb on the team’s practice field. Cal receiver Chad Hanson took part in the workout.

“We had a nice workout with him,” Lynch said.

Lynch attended the pro days of Trubisky, Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. He also traveled for workouts of Trubisky and Watson.

“We’ve looked at it from every angle, and from the beginning, I thought that maybe the perception that this isn’t areal strong quarterback class, I think that’s in the eyes of the beholder,” Lynch said. “We have our own feelings. There’s a lot that we like.

“We’ve put in the work. I do think that’s a position where seeing it live and in person is helpful for me. (Coach) Kyle (Shanahan) feels the same way.”

The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick. Lynch said the team has enough information on Garrett and will not bring him in for one of the team's 30 pre-draft visits.

49ers report card: Grading offense, defense in 39-10 loss to Rams

49ers report card: Grading offense, defense in 39-10 loss to Rams

SANTA CLARA – OK, it is difficult to argue with the NFL’s decision to demote the 49ers from the prime-time TV after watching this performance.

The 49ers were expected to be one of the up-and-coming teams in the NFL after finishing last season on a five-game win streak.

On Sunday, the 49ers’ losing streak reached five games with a 39-10 loss to the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium.

The game was originally scheduled to air on Sunday night on NBC. But the 49ers were bumped from that time slot in favor of the Kansas City-Cincinnati game.

It was not pretty, folks. It certainly was not an impressive performance in front of nearly 70 former 49ers who showed up for the alumni weekend festivities, including the unveiling of Dwight Clark and Joe Montana statues to commemorate “The Catch.”

Here are the 49ers’ grades from the unsightly loss to the Rams:

Rushing offense

Running back Raheem Mostert had is second impressive showing in a row. He rushed for 59 yards on seven rushing attempts. But the team’s other two backs struggled. Matt Breida started and aggravated a left ankle injury on his first carry of the game. When he returned, he lost a fumble. Breida gained just 15 yards on five attempts. Alfred Morris average just 2.8 yards, gaining 25 yards on nine tries.
Grade: D

Passing offense

Quarterback C.J. Beathard was sacked seven times. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. The 49ers’ wide receivers were non-existent. The 49ers managed just four receptions on nine targets from their wide receivers. Tight end George Kittle had a good game with five catches for 98 yards, but the 49ers were awful in every other area of their passing game. The pass protection was not good, and Beathard struggled accordingly.
Grade: F

Rushing Defense

Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley, who entered as the NFL’s leading rusher, scored two touchdowns. But he was not a huge factor in the game. He gained 63 yards on 15 attempts. The 49ers’ run defense did a commendable job. The Rams led for most of the game and were able to stick with the run game. L.A. gained 146 yards rushing on 35 attempts
Grade: C

Passing Defense

Jared Goff was very efficient. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers did not get much pressure on him, and they did not take advantage of some opportunities to generate turnovers. Safety Jaquiski Tartt failed to hold onto what could have been a big interception early in the game. The 49ers were playing without injured starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Jimmie Ward.
Grade: D-plus

Special Teams

The 49ers had a punt blocked for the first time since the 2014 season. The ball rolled out the back of the end zone for a safety. The Rams capitalized with a field goal on the ensuing free kick, making it a five-point play. Kicker Robbie Gould made a 51-yard field goal, and Mark Nzeocha got his hands on a Rams punt late in the game.
Grade: D


Once again, it was a story of turnovers. The 49ers committed four turnovers and did not generate any takeaways. But there was a lot more than just turnovers that led to this 29-point drubbing. The offense was disjointed after looking sharp just six days earlier against Green Bay. The 49ers have now lost five consecutive games, but this game was different. The 49ers were not in this game. The Rams, right now, are the best team in football. But this was an ugly 49ers performance.
Grade: F

49ers don't blame short week, Packers letdown after embarrassing loss to Rams

49ers don't blame short week, Packers letdown after embarrassing loss to Rams

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers shot themselves in the foot again Sunday and lost in embarrassing fashion to the Los Angeles Rams. 

Losing the turnover battle has been the 49ers' theme for the past few games. But their 39-10 loss Sunday to the Rams at Levi's Stadium was the first time this season that a defeat could be described as humiliating.

“It’s always embarrassing when you lose like that,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “You know, we got pride and we’re confident in what we do. We’re not proud of our record right now. We’re definitely not proud of today. When we play better, we still feel the same way. We’re not into any moral victories here, and we’re as far away from one as we could have been today.” 

Quarterback C.J. Beathard was sacked seven times by the Rams' defense and hit 11 times. He had been sacked seven times in the previous three games as the starter.

“We didn’t come prepared, and we got to do a better job next time,” 49ers center Weston Richburg said. “Obviously, it didn’t work today, so we got to go back to the drawing board and make sure we’re better next time." 

It could be argued that it was a short week for the 49ers, after their long trip back from a loss in Green Bay on Monday, but no one used that as an excuse. Nobody admitted a letdown from an emotional loss, either. 

“I don’t know,” Shanahan said. “Those are definitely the things people will say when something like that happens. I don’t think emotions had to do with our turnovers. When you turn the ball over like that, you can expect those results.”

Richburg said the emotions of a hard-fought loss and a short week weren't factors in the 49ers' ragged performance.

“No,” Richburg said. “It’s part of the league, it’s part of what we got to do, it’s part of our job, so we gotta do it.” 

Left tackle Joe Staley added there were no excuses for how the 49ers played Sunday.

“That doesn’t have any bearing on it," Staley said. "Each week is a new week. We’re professionals, and we know how to handle that stuff. We’ve been doing this for a while now. You play short weeks in college and short weeks in the NFL. No excuse there.”

The 49ers will head to Arizona next Sunday to face the Cardinals for the second time this season.