Let me think about this a minute.
Frank Gore is the most talented player on the 49ers offensive platoon... on the roster, save Patrick Willis.
Frank Gore is the best runningback in franchise history.
Frank Gore is the best inside runner in the NFL.
Frank Gore breaks more open field tackles than any other back in the NFL besides maybe Adrian Peterson.
Frank Gore is ten times the blocker Adrian Peterson will ever be. Not to mention receiver.
Someone outright said he was "one dimensional" in this thread. Someone else said he wasn't good enough to be the focal point. Are you kidding me?
Frank Gore is the best offensive player the 49ers have had since 2000. In my opinion, he is the best all-around back in the NFL. Think of all of the better receiving backs... can any of them run like Gore? All the best runners, can any of them block as well as Gore? All the best blocking backs, can they do either of the other two as well as Gore?
Yes, Westbrook looked good for a while once Gore was out... because the coaching staff actually had to design a game plan for their back because they knew they couldn't ask him to simply hammer his way through the defense. The coaches were flat lazy about gameplanning for Gore.
Strong I, motion flanker to pick up the backside, zone run to the guard-tackle gap...sound familiar? About 17 times a game. Same. Damn. Play. Hell, it's even in Madden as "Niners Zone". What's worse, they almost never ran anything else out of that formation/motion combination, so you ALWAYS knew it was coming.
What's worse is they blocked down on the play, 1980s style power running. You guys already know Singletary was outdated... does it shock you so much to know he was running plays that have been obsolete since the late '80s?
Frank Gore was supposed to be Singletary's Walter Payton... and that's fine, he can fill the role... but not running the same crap Walter Payton ran when Refrigerator Perry's 295lb ass was considered massive and every team ran a 1-gap 3-4 front.
[ Edited by adembroski on Jan 23, 2011 at 11:24 PM ]