Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
The same could be said for Marshawn Lynch. That's how it goes for many running backs. Gore is probably done as a running back that can CONSISTENTLY make something out of nothing. That doesn't mean he's done as a running back, which are two different things. See Kevan Barlow in 2-2005 for an idea of what it means to be done as a running back. Get us a good center where we can consistently get us a push up the middle and he can continue to be productive. What I would like to see that we have not seen yet is for his carries to be decreased. He shouldn't be getting more than 15 a game. Many people think that Kendall Hunter isn't the answer but we haven't seen him carry the ball enough to know that for certain. How many times have we seen Frank Gore (or even Marshawn Lynch for that matter) do TERRIBLE on their first 5 or so carries, only to get it going later on? Hunter needs to be given the ball 10 times a game on a regular basis and in some cases, even be the feature back (particularly where his speed can an asset).
We've seen Kendall Hunter carry the load before and it was almost
like Gore was still there. Gore is for sure a better all around football player, especially when it comes to what RB's do without the ball in their hands, but Kendall Hunter is a pro and has proven to be able to get the job done in Gore's absence.
When he gets a chance he does well. The only game he had 10+ carries this season he had a 4.5 ypc average on 11 carries, a TD, and a 9 yard reception to boot.
Last year he had two games with 10+ carries, one where he had a 7.4 ypc average on 11 carries and another where he had a 4.3 ypc on 10.
His rookie year, when he had to start in place of Gore because of the broken hip, he had three games with 10+ carries. His first one was pretty rough, a 2.5 ypc on 11 carries against AZ, a 6.1 ypc on 12 carries against Seattle, and a 4.8 ypc on 16 carries to close out the regular season.
He's also done quite well in the playoffs when given the chance.
Not sure why he barely got any snaps this year and Gore had one of his highest carries totals ever. Hunter IS NOT Frank Gore, but he's not too far off either.
[ Edited by Gavintech on Jan 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM ]