Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
I love Frank as much as the next guy, but let's be real here....any RB in the NFL can run through some of the holes the line has created (and the coaches have schemed up) over the last 4 games. The difference is, many of those RBs would've taken at least a few of those to the house, which Frank is clearly not capable of doing at this stage of his career. When the holes weren't there earlier in the year and the o-line was still struggling to gain cohesion, people were talking about Frank being done, over-the-hill and a waste of roster space.
Now, all of a sudden, Frank is a world-beater again.
But is it that Frank needed a few games to get his legs back? Or is the offensive line/scheme creating running lanes that most of us on this board could run through?
Believe me, I'm not taking shots at Frank at all. I'm just trying to put things in to perspective and give credit where credit is due.
Did you read the part that Kendal Hunter had the same play and the same size hole but only had a 6 yard gain because he couldn't make the "free" tackler miss?
That was one play, and the kid is a rookie. Of course there are things that Gore has seen/done in this league that gives him a competitive advantage...it would be silly to think otherwise. But I wasn't comparing Hunter to Gore. I was merely pointing out that Gore's recent spike in production can be (mostly, but of course not all) directly attributed to better line play. That's not a knock on Frank, but to say other veteran RBs (andn plenty of rookies) couldn't do the same behind this line right now is also silly.
Likewise, when the line wasn't playing well, it wasn't Gore's fault that the running game was enemic. It all starts up front, and the RB is the beneficiary...what he does after he breaks the first/second levels though is what separates the good from the great RBs. And Frank just isn't able to do what he used to. Again, not a knock on him, just an observation of very obvious facts if you've been watching football for even a minute.
Don't confuse criticism/haterism with observation.