I'm really glad we stuck with him despite a lot of people wanting him gone a few years back. I never did but he definitely seemed down a bit. I think he was sick of losing, sick of a bad OL and was injured a lot. He was still a good RB but he seemed to just dive and get what he could a lot. He certainly lost some speed. However, since this new staff and with them playing Hunter and giving Gore breathers he is playing his best since like the 07 ish era. He is running really hard again but being smart at the same time. He's not as good as the 06 (1695 rush yds) but still damn good considering most RBs who ran like him would have been done 3-4 years ago. One way he has lasted this long is he stopped running over everybody (he still can if he wants to) and has become more patient. He follows his blockers; his vision is outstanding. He doesn't have the speed to break it every play but like someone mentioned he is consistently getting 10-20 yarders. He does a pretty good job avoiding contact and has let Hunter help him prolong his career. He knows when to check himself out as well. He doesn't have to run his legs off for us to win so that helps as well. He is signed for 2013 and 14 yet and I could see him still playing beyond that. Maybe not with us though. I could see James getting a good chunk of playing time next year. It could very well be a 3 RB attack. 40-55% gore, 25-35% hunter, 15-25% James.
As for his stats he is at 8456 and could very well get to 9000 by the end of the year. I'd say he ends up about 8800-8900. But if he gets like 50 or so percent of the carries he should be close to 10,000 after next year. He's at 10,992 all purpose yards and could very well get to 13,000 all purpose yards after next year or maybe a little after. He could end up around 25th overall in rushing if he gets around 10,200. All purpose at 13,000 haven't found a list that goes past 26 (14,500ish) so that would put him in the 35 or so range of all time yardage from non QBs.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Nov 24, 2012 at 9:25 AM ]