Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Anyone that has any RB ahead of Frank is just Crazy. Franks the best and it isaint even close. He will get Perry's record this season. Put frank on any of those championship teams and well, thats just freaking to scary to even think about.
Frank is definately the most recent, but best? I don't like comparing these guys because they all have such different strengths and styles. Craig was one of the best receiving backs ever...maybe the best...and he was an excellent inside/outside runner. Hearst was a faster, smoother Gore but his career was wrecked by injuries. I give him great credit for rehabbing (2 years?) in order to come back...very dedicated. McElhenney was a magician. Very difficult to get a hit on.
I cant really argue with you old timeres about some of these backs. Hearst IMO doesnt deserve to be in the conversation. I loved the guy. Had a poster and everything, and if it wasnt for the injurys who knows, but what ifs dont get him there IMO. Craig for me is the only one that really deserves to be in the conversation.
Keep in mind though frank has always been a great receiver out of the back feild. He was just never used in a creative way in the passing game. Only checkdowns. But in 2006 he had 60+ receptions, while wtill carrying the ball 312 times. With the exception of last season and his rookie year he has always had a decent amount of catches, just no creativity for him in the passing game.
From 2006-2009 Frank broke 1000 yards every season. This was regardless of every team in the league game planning for him and him only. 2000+ all purpose yards in 2006. He is also a great blocker. With the exception of possibly last season, he has always been a above average blocker.
Frank gore did what he does when litterally he was the only guy defenses needed to game plan for. Put him on any of those championship teams, with Walsh, and he would have had 1000 receiving and 1000 rushing atleast once in his career as well.
The one thing i will say is that Frank has never been the best redzone back, but he has not been really used creativly there either. Frank was mismanaged 90% of his career, if not more, and look at the #'s he still put up.
Like i said about some of the older guys, i cant really argue much, as i was either really young or not born, so i guess i gotta take you old timers words for it.