Originally posted by BobS:
Originally posted by NCommand:
136 carries 513 yards 3.77 ypc. Actually lower than the whole season average, why? NFL running backs have an expiration date tattooed on them, like a cartoon of eggs, Frank is past his. Sometimes the eggs will still be good a little past the expiration date, but they will spoil soon. Like I said before everybody loves Frank, so do I. I would like to see him come back at a reduced salary and be a third down back, that might squeeze another useful 2 years out of him. That 50 yard run against Seattle where he severely ran out of gas was father time catching Frank. I didn't like seeing it, but I cannot be in denial like most of you. You cannot pay guys on sentiment, he is worth what someone else would pay him. You need to start giving reps to his replacement, now!
Originally posted by BobS:
Selected viewing of stats, you must be talking total rushing yards. His ypc went from 4.7 (2012) to 4.1 (2013) if history with 30+ year old top level running backs is any example that number will fall to 3.8 or lower in 2014. Last I checked Frank is human and not a robot, NFL running backs do not out run father time. Even the 30+ crowd that did ok in their later years fell off quite a bit from their late 20's. Pull up Football Reference and look at the numbers on running backs Frank's age. You have to ask yourself if Frank Gore was a free agent how much would somebody pay him? The salary cap forces the business side of the game, you can't over pay players on sentiment.
I want to know what his YPC was once Crabtree came in through the playoffs. B/c THAT is our real offense. Prior to that Gore WAS our offense. We need to account for the fact that he was probably pretty worn down the last quarter of the season and through the playoffs and the play calling could not be more predictable BUT this stat could give us a better gauge of real production and expectations going forward.
This is about what I expeced. Partially b/c he was worn down, partially b/c play calling sucks and is predictable, partially b/c we were playing great defenses the final quarter of the season and throughout the playoffs and partially b/c Gore has slowed down and is always battling little nagging injuries. And what I've seen, in bigger games, HaRoMan don't lean on Gore like a Seattle does with Lynch. We lean more on CK's legs and arm. Period. This says a lot b/c there is nothing more this coaching staff would love but to run it down a defenses throat...it how they are hard-wired. And for them to instead, lean on CK and the intermediate (and risky passing game) esp. during the critical moments of games (Superbowl and NFCCG), says something. Again, people ignore this, but Harbaugh's own comments after the NFCCG was by design...to usher in Lattimore and mentally prepare our fan base for a transition away from Gore being the bell cow.
Ideally, if we need him too, I'd love for him to restructure his contract for another year, save us some cap space (again, only if needed
) and split carries with Lattimore, Hampton, Hunter, James, etc. and coach them along into a FT transition. The running game is absolutely critical to our entire offensive foundation and it needs to be hitting on all cyclinders esp. come playoff time.