Originally posted by Joecool:
Why Gore >>>>>>>>>>>>> Hunter
Speaking of top end speed. The play design alone didn't allow Gore to break those big runs. Did you notice the free tackler (SS or FS) coming in to fill the hole? Gore has such an awesome burst off of his cuts and he is sooooo smooth while cutting that he saw that unblocked Safety, cut and instantly turned it upfield and blew right passed him.
Why should you be so impressed?
Hunter had the exact same play called for him on our last TD scoring drive. He had just as big of a hole as did Gore. What did he do? Hunter, shot through the hole, but when HE saw the unblocked Safety fill down, he studder-stepped instead of making one cut upfield. FS tackled him for only a 7 yard gain. FS was the last defender and if he dodges that, it's a TD.
exactly right. one of the things people overlook is how smart Frank is. I mean, its been said over and over again how easy he picks things up. Sees a play once and has it down pat. The vision that running backs have comes from the knowing the game. Seeing the defense, knowing the play, where all the blocks are, where the defenders are coming from, and using that knowledge to see where the lanes are/will be and when and where to cut back.
I wouldnt say that Frank has lost a step for sure, i think its some lingering effects from the hip/ankle injuries. When he has a clean hole, that burst is there. I can picture him outrunning a defense if he's untouched. But making those cuts take a lot out of you, esp with those prior injuries(which I dont think are really fully healed). I can envision that later in the season, as defenses get worn out, having a fresher/healthier Frank Gore(with Hunter taking some carries now) will translate into more long TD runs.