Originally posted by kap2crab:
This is such a dumb argument. You can say that about any back. If you take the best runs away from any back they will average a lot less yards per carry. If you take Lynch's 40 yard run away, he only would have averaged 3.3 yards per carry tonight.
True, but Gore's numbers are down this year. The 49ers rushing attack, which he is the main component of, was not as dynamic as it was last year and much less consistent. There are some other factors, the OL was not as good or as healthy and teams stacked the box a lot, but it looked at various times throughout the season and especially last night that Gore has lost a half a step so he is getting caught in the hole or what used to be an 6 yard run is now a 3 yard run, etc. Yes, he can still occasionally pop a big run but the consistent runs putting the 49ers in 2nd and 3rd and shorts just are not there as often as they were in prior years.
He will be back next year but it will be a transition year and my guess is that by the end of the year, it is much more of a RB by committee approach with Latimore getting the most carries on a game by game basis.