Originally posted by Chico:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
If Frank doesn't, he may not reach it as a Niner, he is slowing down, and there is a logjam of young talent behind him.
And just why would we release Gore after this season? He hasn't slowed down appreciably and we don't have proven talent beyond him that we know can step in and be the threat that he is. Once again, Frank faces the 2nd most 8 man fronts in this league behind only the great Adrian Peterson. There is a reason other than our mediocre passing attack teams play us this way. That reason is because Gore is still elite at what he does. If a team plays us with a 7 man front Gore would absolutely carve up said defense. I am excited about Lattimore and Kendall and LMJ but we need to open 2014 with Frank sharing the load with the backs that step up and earns it in the offseason and the preseason. It would not be wise to just release Gore and assume that the other backs would come right in and force defenses to play us with 8 man fronts to aid our passing attack and be able to shoulder the load and the abuse that Gore does and to protect the QB like Gore does. Gore is still a franchise back and we would be foolish to release him without a proven replacement
This, plus age, it can't last forever, and Frank is closer to shutting it down than he his to his prime. Frank will not want to be second string, or part of a rotation, Frank wants to be, and deserves to be the man. Trading, or releasing him would be a favor, he could play a few more seasons for a team with less depth. Maybe he has one more good year, maybe he has two, but as the great Bill Walsh said, better to let a player go a year to soon, than keep him a year to long.