Originally posted by BubbaParisMVP:
Originally posted by titan:
They must be pretty disappointed with Gore last year and the off season. It appears he is slowly being phased out! If this doesnt light a fire he could be on his way out.
I think that might be reading a bit too much into it. More than anything else, I think they're setting up the transition at this point. Unfortunately, backs don't seem to take a slow glide path, they have it one year and they drop off the face of the earth the next. Qnnhan7 seems to be dead on target when he mentions Gore's durability. As big a Gore fan as I am, I'll concede that it's hard to imagine him making it through an entire season at this point. The miles are starting to show, I'm afraid.
With how crowded the backfield is, Gore will actually last longer now. If we keep giving him as many touches as we did last year he's not going to make it through his contract. Now he can slowly ride off into the sunset lol.
Looking through some possible scenarios, Hunter got 112 carries last year and Gore still managed a whopping 280, while Dixon got 30. That goes to show how often we run the ball. I believe Jacobs will be more successful of a redzone/short yard back than Dixon was so he'll get at least 80 carries. That takes out like 50 carries from Gore. If you then give James 100 carries, Gore manages a healthy 130. That's a good looking runningback committee. Or James could conceivably have fewer than 100(giving Gore like 150) but be used like sproles in more of a receiver role.