It hasn’t been all bad for the 49ers in 2020.
Though it has seemed at times, including right now, as a season from hell, the 49ers have had some impressive moments, and impressive performances in this so-far disappointing campaign.
Three players in particular have been some of the best in the league at their respective positions according to Pro Football Focus, who named linebacker Fred Warner, cornerback Jason Verrett and left tackle Trent Williams to their midseason NFL All-Pro team. Both Warner and Verrett were named to the first team at their respective positions.
Fred Warner has become a coverage superstar for the San Francisco 49ers at linebacker. Throw on the tape, and you see him make incredible coverage plays that few players at the position have any hope of matching.
It shows up in his numbers — he has allowed just a 60.5 passer rating when targeted, more than 40 points lower than the average linebacker. Warner has two interceptions and a pass breakup to his name, and he hasn’t been beaten for a catch longer than 21 yards all season.
Jason Verrett is one of the comeback stories of the season. He had played just four snaps on defense since the beginning of the 2018 season, and 327 since the start of 2016, but he has surpassed that total this year alone while establishing himself as one of the best cover guys in the league.
Verrett boasts an interception and three pass breakups from only 20 targets into his coverage and has four games of allowing fewer than 10 receiving yards.