Offensive Player of the Year: Joe Staley
Position: Offensive Tackle
Games Started: 16
Penalty Yards: 20
Sacks Allowed: 4
“Staley started every game for the 49ers this season, and the dependable tackle has not missed a game since 2010. Staley has been and continues to be a sturdy, consistent player for this rebuilding 49ers team. He is a team leader and is always ready to go to bat for his teammates, like when he defended quarterback Colin Kaepernick amid Vernon Davis’s alleged criticism of the signal caller back in Week 4 of the regular season. His consistent play at tackle plus his dedication to the 49ers make him a very valuable asset."
---Ken Kosirowski (@KenKosirowski)
Defensive Player of the Year: Navorro Bowman
Position: Inside Linebacker
Solo Tackles: 116
Assisted Tackles: 38
Forced Fumbles: 1
Passes Defended: 2
“A comeback that took nearly a year and a half was worth the wait. After a knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, Navorro Bowman missed the entire 2014 season to fully heal a torn ACL and MCL. At the start of the year, it took a few games for Bowman to re-adjust to the speed of the NFL. By the final game, it looked like the Bowman of old was patrolling the middle of the field. Bowman was able to sniff out run plays and shut them down with great effectiveness. This led to teams exploiting the weak San Francisco secondary. Bowman’s best game of the year was the season finale against the then-St. Louis Rams, where he recorded nine tackles and three stuffs for 5 yards. It remains to be seen how Bowman will respond in his second year after a major injury. It will be critical for Bowman to avoid the slow start that he had in 2015. As long as Bowman is patrolling the middle of the field for San Francisco, opponents will be game planning on how to shut him down”
---Jonathan Stolan (@JStolanPFS)
The San Francisco 49ers finished the regular season with a 5-11 record and will have the 7th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.