Originally posted by Tombo:
Originally posted by Sabrason:
MS never said "run first", he said run when we want to. Gore gets taken down by the first tackler? Did you watch him play in any games? Our o-line will be better due to coaching changes and subtle personnel changes. With the addition of Norris, and what seems to be a great workout program this offseason, he could have a great year. Better than '06? Who knows. Go get'em, Gore.
Um, I'm not sure where all the optimism is coming from considering that the problematic OL that's partially responsible for Gore's downhill slide since 2006 has not improved much nevermind the fact that he gets taken down by the first tackler that hits him and is now good for at least one fumble or other major mistake per game.
Couple that with the fact tht he will now share the load instead of being the featured back and it doesn't bode well for a 1700+ yd season. Not saying Gore won't do well just not 1700 yds-well. I think the only remote chance of those kind of numbers is if MS follows through on his promise of a run-first game plan and gives Gore most of and a ton of carries per game.
If so, you can expect the niners to find themselves playing catch-up a lot since Gore does not score many TD's anymore and therefore they will have no answer for a quick-striking passing attack of opponents.
You're completely wrong. Not only did MS announce it to the entire football world when he was first hired but in fact said he wants a "run-first mentality" and that's a direct quote. Member "Singfan" recently dug up the link to that statement so feel free to search for it or ask him. He wants a more "conventional" offense that's focused on the run.
Yes, I watched Gore in games as I don't normally make things up out of thin air. I routinely witnessed Gore getting stopped for short or no gains (esp at critical times), getting easily tackled, tripping over his own shoe laces and grass and now being good for at least one fumble or other costly mistake per game. Until or unless proven otherwise, Gore is no longer an elite back but is the best RB in the league to be a non-factor in most games.
[ Edited by Sabrason on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:32 AM ]