Originally posted by bigwads:
OFFICIAL: FRANK GORE NEEDS TO GO
I really don't care about the backlash anymore, but Frank's time as a 49er needs to just end already. Frankly, if he were trying out as an undrafted FA, he would not even make an NFL roster. He would also run a 40 time over 5 seconds, seriously.
A big part of the problem with our running game is Frank simply does not threaten the edges of a defense at all and it is killing our running game. After reviewing the Seattle game again, there are a number of runs that Gore could have easily broken to the outside for huge gains, but he so damn slow he doesn't even try-and rightly so.
I know this topic is simply taboo for a lot of fans, but it is reality. The irony is I think that Gore is so good at squeezing through tight holes that it masks a lot of the deficiencies in our running game too, so this is a double edge sword. The fact is our interior line play $ucking sucks and has all year. They get no push at all...none of them. Goodwin is downright horrible. Snyder never could run block and he still can't. Iupati was horrible all year. The advanced stats on ProFootball Talk validate all of this too, so this is just factual. Kap artificially inflates our running numbers every game also masking the realities of our dire running game.
I'm sorry gents but our running game is horrible. Against playoff caliber teams our running game is not going to work at all. It didn't work last year, but the new read option saved us in the playoffs...that won't happen again. This problem is bigger than Gore, but Gore is a part of the problem. His lack of speed is simply embarrassing.
Why is Frank's lack of home run speed a problem now? He's been that way for several years. Did you want him gone when he was 26 years old too? He's still averaging 4.2 yards per carry. A very healthy number, and one that has been negatively impacted by poor run blocking, which you mentioned via PFF stats.
I certainly get your point, Gore is not going to bounce runs to the outside and beat people to the corner. But he's never really been able to do that. For years we've heard Frank's style is to keep grinding, and eventually he's going to break off a big run. He's also the best blocking, blitz pick-up back in the league.
He's still the same guy. He's a between the tackles runner. His vision, patience, and quick feet are extraordinary. There is a reason why he's averaging 4+ ypc when most 30 year old backs with his mileage fall off a cliff.
[ Edited by SofaKing on Dec 9, 2013 at 8:38 PM ]