Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
When you can have the yards per carry average that he has had throughout his career when everyone in the civilized free world KNOWS the 49ers are going to run the ball, yes I'd say you can make an argument that Gore is better than Roger Craig. When your team had no real offensive threats, meaning teams didn't have to gameplan for ANYONE else until Vernon Davis broke out in 2009, then yes, I'd say you can make an argument that Gore is better than Roger Craig (when teams had to gameplan for Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Montana, etc).
No disrespect intended to Roger Craig, but I think because we have been terrible for so long, people are looking for someone to blame, dump, or minimize a particular players value value (Manny Lawson comes to mind).
These posts about trading gore are insane. I've heard reports that he doesn't want to come off of the field, but it's because the guy is passionate about the game. I have a hard time believing that he will have a problem coming off the field (which he did do when he was at Miami) once this team begins winning, IF the sharing of carries actually leads to us winning (which it will with better coaching and game planning).
Originally posted by Rizo:
I never claimed that he was better then Craig. and yes I have seen Roger Craig play. I do understand you wanting a RB that fits the WCO and I really do think Gore will do a awesome job in it. That's all I'm saying. He has awesome HANDS! He can catch anything. I actuallly think Gore fits the WCO way more then the spread or even a HARD NOISE RUNNING OFFENSE.
You guys saying he won't come off the field because "the guy is passionate about the game" is just as speculative as me saying it's because he wants his stats, correct? So it's unfair to call me or any other poster "insane" because we have an opinion. The OP asked what popular veteran might be gone, and I agree with his suggestion of Gore. I like Gore and his game, I just have my doubts about his willingness to fit into a "role," which is absolutely necessary in the WCO.
Now, does he have the skill set for the WCO? No doubt! I hope Harbaugh can get him to buy into it and be okay with not being the focus of the offense. If he can do that then we're set.
Originally posted by kidash:
Originally posted by susweel:
He still is a good player no doubt. Just not sure if he will be on board with the new sheriff.
Again its just a possibility, I didn't start this thread to bash on Gore. I started it to see what other vets Harbaugh might dump.
As many have pointed out, not just in this thread, he welcomed all the different OC and played his heart out for all of them. What makes you think he will not do the same with this incoming coaches?
I think it was much easier to welcome the different OC's because they all featured him in the offense. He's now on a team and in a system where RB's are not valued as much. That's just how the NFL is now, I mean, look at the great teams. The Patriots, Colts, Saints, Ravens, Jets, Giants, etc all use a "committee" approach. And in a true WCO (like the Packers) the RB is easily interchangeable (yesterday's GE game is a prime example).
Again, I like Gore and his skill set. If he's willing to fit into a role and is okay with less carries and less focus, then great. But if not, and if we can get a 2nd rounder for him, I say do it.