Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by JimDrinkAMiller:
Sorry I missed that error. I meant to say strictly receiving stats not backs. I have no complaints about frank gore as a runner or a blocker. This simply was about his hands. So which source is more reliable between the 2? Either way I'm not buying because I've seen frank gore drop some very easy passes due to a lack of concentration. Not saying he is inadequate because he is decent, I just think james and hunter will be better in the future. That and the fact that there's 2 of them and both will get their touches.
I think Gore has better hands than you think he does.
In one the posts, #98, I gave the stats for Gore over the last five years.
His catch rate is 76.42%. His drop rate (number of drops/targets) is 8.54%.
You can accept those numbers or you can reject them, but as far as I know Pro Football Focus is a reliable source.
A reception is a reception. On the other hand, there is a degree of subjectivity in determining what is a drop and what is not a drop.
His catch rate is not affected by subjectivity of those keeping the stats. Looking at the two stats together makes more sense.
I think that his hands are good enough for him to be a positive factor in the passing game next year.
I do not know if James and Hunter will be better than Gore in the passing game in the future, but then neither do you.
So we will have to see what happens in the future--and you have to admit that this future that you are talking about is rather vague.
We might have to wait a long time.
We're talking about recent stats not stats over the last 5 years. In the 2 previous years under harbaugh he's had a total of 10 drops and around a 15% drop rate according to the first source. I'm not talking about gore being completed phased out of the passing game. I'm saying that the hunter/james combo will combine for more receptions than gore. They are more agile and better suited IMO to succeed in the passing game than gore. Gore is shifty between the tackle and even in space, just not as elusive as James or Hunter IMO. I think gore will be a positive factor in the passing game, but so was delanie last year. Yeah they both drop some balls, but they also make plays. I just think the combo of james and hunter will be more of a positive factor than gore this year, that's all.
I was surprised to see he only had 4 drops this year. I could've sworn he dropped a few more but apparently not. There is just no excuse for dropping easy swing passes that are 5 yards away from the qb. It's a lack of concentration and turning your head too quickly to get ready for contact.