Originally posted by dtg_9er:
All true! I was mocking myself as I've been posting for a couple of years that they need to find a replacement...guy just keeps proving me wrong! They keep running Hunter as if he were Gore...same type of runs and they just don't work with Hunter as he is a different type runner. He is so much more effective when running outside or with short passes. Perhaps his injury has slowed him down a tad? I think James is more similar to Gore as he can disappear into the line and pop out on the other side. Hunter runs more upright in the middle.
Well, you weren't the only one. It's been discussed for the past five seasons or so. While I never agreed that Gore should be traded or any of the other nonsense that was suggested, I have always been in favor of being prepared. Nothing wrong with thinking about the future while also adding depth for today.
I don't think anybody runs quite like Gore does. I think Hunter looked better running between the tackles his rookie year. I would attribute that to it being the first year the NFL saw the offense. Teams are crashing inside on defense and leaving single defenders to stop Kap on the option a lot this year. The line isn't creating the holes it did the last two seasons. Gore has been stuffed on many inside runs. Can't really expect the other backs to do much better.
The positive the team gets out of that is it's opened up the sidelines on some big outside runs. Kap and Hunter took advantage of that on Sunday. It also opens up the middle of the field on play action.
It just all centers around Gore being able to skate his way through the big uglies in the middle. Even if he's only getting a few yards, it keeps defenses honest. The second they relax, Gore slips through for 10-20 yards. I don't think we have another running back that can do that. IMO, Hunter doesn't have the vision and James doesn't have the patience. Lattimore actually seems the most likely to have the right qualities, but we have to wait and see if he can return to form.
I will miss Gore when he's gone.