Originally posted by socal1632:
No, not better than Craig.Sorry. Not even close as both a power running and pass catching disruption out of the backfield. (Of course Craig had Montana) Gore does have a quarterback with horseblinders on back there most of the time by comparison. You hit his age and it's just the way it is. He looks like he belongs in a wheelchair now compaired to any other current best in the game.Can still take a several step burst through initial holes and seams here and there. Safety's don't need to play shallow with him out there. If we had Lynch back there on last play, Crab's is prob open by several more yards at least. Gore has been a beast for us. We need a backfield that Seattle and other good teams will have to pay much more attention to by safety's, etc. With HarRoman's apparent lack of game day offensive flexibility and adjusting foresight. God, I am starting to really miss having a Walsh or a Belechik type mind on the sidelines. Obvious now that Harb's is a good to maybe very good head choach who was able to ride a titlewave of momentum into the NFL by Andrew Luck. I hope we get over the hump here with him as head coach, but getting out coached/gameplanned by most of the good teams we have faced for 3 years now is getting old
Oh, yeah, sure he is a more creative and gifted runner than Roger (and of course many others).
I love Roger, he was a fabulous workaholic performer. But Frank has a gift. That's all. No other running back really quite does what he does. None of the greats like Sanders, Peterson, Dickerson, Brown, even the GOAT Payton, really did what Frank does with regard to vision and the quickness and speed responding to his vision.
This has all been hashed out in other threads, or earlier in this thread. Nothing has really changed since that discussion.
He is underutilized, and getting older. Everyone dumps on him because he gets gassed after a 40 yard run.
Well, sure, but he is making a 40 yard run, isn't he? He's smart enough to stay in bounds when he needs to, to switch hands with the ball when needed; to hold it with 2 hands at a critical juncture. People don't talk about that.
I am a very critical person, really. You can tell by what I say about Kap and the coaching staff and so on. But I honestly have nothing really bad to say about Frank. At all. When i watch him play, I look at the plusses and minuses, and I think the balance comes out way in our favor. No remarks at all about Frank. Not from me.