I say about 1100. I think he will be more effective as I am expecting the line and passing game to be better which will allow for some big games.
On the flip side, (assuming he is healthy all year) I think he will split some time with Dixon & or Hunter. I think Gore is still the feature back, but in an effort to save him I think it makes sense to sit him down a few plays here and there.
Best case scenario is the Niners start to get rushing yards the way they did in the old days, by running out the clock with a 3 TD lead going into the 2nd half.....won't hold my breath!
I think Gore stays healthier with a RB by commitee approach this season. I gotta guess between 1200 - 1300 yds with some nice recieving yds added in. The passing game is gonna make running the ball very effective.
I hope he runs for as many yards as he can obviously, but as a minimum amount I would say 931 yards. Why 931 yards? That is how many yards he needs to overtake the late great Joe Perry as the 49ers career rushing leader. I hope he at least gets that.
Gore's had 1641 touches in his career for an average of 273.5 per season. 1371 carries and 270 receptions. That's a hell of a lot of hits. I think Harbaugh will cut his touches and spread the ball around.
Considering Harbaugh's knowledge and overall creativity... i too believe he will try and dish it out to Hunter and Dixon, but i can definately see Gore getting a 1000 yard season.
First and foremost would just like him to stay healthy, but i belive we can be successful with not only his running but also his receptions out of the backfield.
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