Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Now think about what Gore had. The threat of Arnaz Battle, Ashley Lelie, and old Isaac Bruce, Darrell Jackson, Bryan Gilmore, I could go on. He had the great JT O'Sullivan and Shaun Hill as starting QBs. Alex Smith from 2005-2008 (I'll admit Smith has been ok since '09) and he STILL got the job done. If you are a defensive coordinator, ALL you had to do was stop Frank Gore. Yet Frank the Tank still got the job done. Craig helped the 49ers pass offense as much as the offense helped him.
I understand all that. I've said all along that, in my opinion, it's a toss up. I'm just responding to all those who seem to think it's Gore in a massive landslide. I've seen many quotes so far along the lines of "Gore. Not even close". That, in my opinion, is a ridiculous thing to say and shows someone who has no idea what Craig meant to this team.