Originally posted by SofaKing:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Originally posted by TheGoldStandard:
PUT. THE. CRACK. PIPE. DOWN.
Frank Gore's 2013 Rushing Total: 1,128 yards
The rest of the running backs (Hunter, James, Dixon, Miller): 486 yards Combined.
A little deceiving don't you think?
Gore - 1128 yards rushing on 276 attempts (4.09, 9 TDS)
Hunter - 358 yards rushing on 78 attempts (4.59, 3 TDs)
James - 59 yards rushing on 12 attempts (4.92)
Boobie - 56 yards rushing, 28 attempts (2.00, 2 TDs) - short yardage back
Hunter had a real nice bounce-back year from the injury, and if he and Frank shared the load equally in the backfield, I wouldn't doubt they'd have very similar numbers. People rag on James all the time, but he produces when he touches the ball...he just doesn't get enough touches.
Very true, but there is something that needs to be said for the guy who shoulders the load. Frank has proven he can handle 250-300 carries and be consistent about it. I just think back to Barlow when he was a 5 ypc guy sharing the load with Hearst, then he got the full-time gig and plummeted to 3 ypc. Hunter and James very well could be just as effective with increased snaps, but they're not proven like Frank is.
Agreed, but Gore hadn't proven anything yet, other than he was making plays when called upon his rookie year (which wasn't often until the Washington game late in the season). The FEAR of the unknown though compelled a lot of guys on this board to want to stick with Barlow, even though Barlow was horse s**t.
Point being, Gore couldn't have proven he was ready to shoulder the load if he hadn't been given the opportunity. Same with Hunter, James, Lattimore or anyone else we bring in....we won't know what they can/can't do unless given more opportunities. Who knows, maybe Hunter was able to put up Gore-like numbers the whole time AND with his breakaway speed, was able to take some of those long runs that Frank had over the last few years all the way to the house (where Gore now gets caught from behind regularly).
The need to hold on to the familiar is strong, I get it....but of all the positions in the NFL, the RB position is the ONE position that is easiest to replace. So once Frank hangs it up, I don't think we'll see a lot of drop-off in terms of production. The intangibles, though??? No, Frank is/was one of a kind in terms of the leadership abilities, inspirational abilities, knowledge of the game, etc., etc., etc. That stuff will be nearly impossible to replace. The production though, that shouldn't be too difficult.
Bottom line for me....no, it's not time to release Frank. Gore leaves when his contract is over, he deserves that. But, he does need to be ok with guys like Hunter, James and Lattimore seeing more playing time now that his career here is coming to an end.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Mar 3, 2014 at 11:11 PM ]