Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by MC9BEAT:I don't want to see him go. This could be Gore's last year and we have been increadibly lucky with injuries at RB but that luck could run out this year.
I don't want to see him go either, but Kendall Hunter's torn left Achilles disagrees with your "lucky" comment!
Actually we have been lucky. Yes Kendall Hunter was injured. That sucks. But your number 2 back missing 7-8 games over the course of 2 years and all of your other tailbacks remaining healthy is pretty lucky. Especially when you consider the tailback position is the toughest position to remain healthy at. I have seen teams start someone who wasn't on the team opening day they had so many injuries.
That's good luck at any position. Imagine over the next 2 years your entire starting OL will be healthy but a back up will miss half of 1 season. Or you starting QB will be healthy but a back up will miss half a season over the next 2 years. How about your starting safeties? Your 2 starting TE's. Your 3 starting CB's in the nickel are healthy but a back up misses half a season over 2 years. D-line? LB's? That's pretty damn good luck. If we had that luck across the board we would have won 3 straight Superbowls.
2 years ago we lost the Superbowl because our starting PR/KR Ted Ginn Jr was out and his back up Kyle Williams turned the ball over twice.
Last year we lost the Superbowl because Justin Smith and Aldon Smith were both injured. If they are healthy and pressuring Flacco all game we win.
This year if we had Crabtree and Patton all season we win at least 1 more game during the season. We don't lose a 10-9 game like Carolina. 1 more win gives us the division title, the #1 seed, a bye week and home field advantage in the playoffs. We beat seattle at home and kick Denver's butt.
This year we lost 2 WR's we were counting on, Crabtree and Patton ,and Manningham who was supposed to come back mid season and contribute finally came back and was re-injured and we got nothing from him. Imagine that bad luck at the tailback position.