Originally posted by fryet:Yes, we do disagree. For James, do those numbers include playoffs? Regardless, he isn't a total unknown, plus I don't see him starting. Hunter would be the starter, and James the backup. This assuming that Lattimore doesn't do anything to get on the field.
I do agree that the OL didn't play well, but that does not totally excuse Gore's lack of production. RB can't expect great blocking on every play, and Seattle didn't blow up every single one of our runs. Lynch's line also had a difficult time run blocking, but still Lynch managed to make significant contributions. As already stated, Hunter with much fewer carries managed to do more than Gore did.
As for Lattimore suiting up, do you really think the 49ers will have 4 RB on the 46? Maybe if Dixon doesn't come back, although even then, Dixon's replacement would be primarily for special teams. Otherwise, the only way Lattimore gets on the 46 is if he beats out LMJ, in which case LMJ is the player that we are under-utilizing.
I answered the questions about the snaps in another post.
I am not excusing (defending) or condemning Gore and his production in that game.
You said that, and this is a paraphrase, if Gore had been more productive, we would have won the game.
That seems to place the onus for the loss on Gore. I do not think the onus should be placed on him.
I think Lattimore beats out James. I think Gore beats out James. I think Hunter beats out James.
I think Lattimore suits up and plays in games. But, I will acknowledge that I do not know that is true.
We have to wait and see.
I never said that James was a total unknown. I did not feel that we had seen enough of James to say that he has shown that he can move the chains.
I do not think now is the time to release Gore.
Baalke has said the team does not need
to reduce his salary. The front office is good at money decisions.
They know more than I do. If a pay cut would be beneficial
, as opposed to needed, they might request that he take a pay reduction--request not insist or demand.
Anyway. Good interchange. We will see how it works out.
[ Edited by buck on Mar 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM ]