Originally posted by kidash:
Originally posted by Furlow:
I don't get the man love on the WZ for Gore, I really don't. Yes the guy is a great talent and he's been an amazing player for us, but teams that build their offense around a RB rarely win Super Bowls. Plus these days it's becoming even increasingly more uncommon to have a "feature" back because of injuries. With Gore's unwillingness to share time with other RB's, he is really only effective when he's the offensive focus.
If our goal is to return to the WCO and a philosophy similar to Walsh's, then we should expect and want our RB to be similar to RB's of that era. The Niners' best teams always had multiple RB's who found success in the offense, and that was mainly out of the backfield. It was pretty rare to have one break 1,000 yards; Roger Craig being the exception. And Frank Gore is no Roger Craig...
That was all SING by design!
Sing wasn't the coach all of the years that Gore was here. It's been documented numerous times (quotes from players and coaches) that Gore "never wants to leave the field." I suppose one could speculate that is a good thing (ie a guy is a warrior and wants to contribute) but I don't see it that way. I'll stand by my OPINION that I THINK Gore is selfish and wants his stats. I don't have the time to find the links, again just stating an opinion.
Setting all that aside, he is getting older and the injuries are catching up. We all know if Walsh was the coach that he'd be gone, as Walsh was notorious for letting players go a year or two early as that would allow him to get some value back. If we trade Gore now we might get a late 2nd or 3rd round pick. If we wait any longer we probably won't get anything. If we do keep him I certainly hope that Harbaugh can convince him that a reduced role is in his and the team's best interests.