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2011 49ers Grades: Chilo Rachal

One of the most vexing characters on the 49ers roster is Chilo Rachal. A guy with a mean streak, size, power, yet he's never played consistently well. 2011 wasn't much different for Rachal, although I'd argue he did improve a little. Still, being a second round pick this far into your career and not being able to fend off Adam Snyder at the right guard spot doesn't bode well for you long-term.

That's not a slight against Snyder, who I like, but he's not a top 20 guard in this league or so...or whatever other measure you'd like to use. Rachal has been given the starting job each year to this point and yet he couldn't hang onto it, again.

I've always liked his run blocking "in a phone booth". In other words: he blocks well man-on-man straight-up, drive your guy backwards. It's when he's asked to pull or follow a pass rusher that Rachal struggles. He doesn't seem to have the perception to hit guys who are moving targets (whether he's the one moving or the other guy). I've watched a lot of games, graded more than a few, and Rachal's M.O. has always been the same.

Still, we should at least look at the stats from 2011 as they may give us some insight into what kind of season Chilo had.

Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2011 - Chilo Rachal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

As you can see, Chilo's stats back up the video evidence. He didn't get any sacks OR interceptions this year...totally inexcusible for an offensive guard. Additionally, he averaged only zero tackles per game...a paltry number.

OK, I'm not sure how to get stats other than what the "Sports Data Widget" gives me...sue me (I know a guy who's a lawyer and a 49ers fan, so go ahead). At any rate, I find myself wishing that Mike Singletary actually HAD "knocked Chilo out"...