Originally posted by billbird2111:
I don't think there's any question that LaMichael has to step up and become the scatback threat that Kendall Hunter had become. The other two RB's on the depth chart ahead of him are plodding earth movers. Nothing against them, mind you, but we already have that in Gore. What we need, and what we had with Kendall, was that dimension of breakaway speed. He was a threat to take it to the house every time he touched the pigskin.
LaMichael is the only other speed option on the roster at this point. I see him getting his touches this Sunday in Saint Louie....
Did you just call Gore a "plodding earth mover"?
I love Hunter and am extremely sad that he got hurt, especially considering the severity of the injury, but let's not get things twisted.
Hunter is more like Gore than he is a scat back. He's just a little bit smaller. Both have amazing initial burst and vision hitting the hole, but neither has been breaking 40+ yarders this season. In fact, Hunter's longest run was 26 yards. Gore's is 37 yards.
Both players have the same yards per carry right now at 5.2. They've been making their living on runs in the 5-15 yard range... and they both have a ton of them. Gore gets a first down on 30% of his carries and Hunter does on 25%. Both of those numbers are outstanding.
In fact, as a team, the 49ers are 2nd in first down percentage. They are also #1 in the NFL in yards per carry.
BTW, did you see Hunter run right through Urlacher's tackle along the sideline? He's one powerful runner... does not go down easy.
I miss him already.
I don't know how LMJ is going to look with the first team offense, but I'm excited to find out! Especially considering Baalke's track record so far.