I was thinking about this today and I feel like Gore and Kaepernick do not compliment each other in the style of offense we run. Hear me out.
Ok. Harbaugh runs a power running attack offense with a intermediate to long passing game with Kaepernick at the helm. Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems like we mostly operate the offense out of the pistol and shoutgun formation. That means we are running the ball out of those formations more than say an I formation or split back formation.
Kaepernick is a spread offense type of passer most comfortable in a pistol and shotgun formation.
Frank Gore is a power runner most comfortable in running formations.
Frank gore does not seem to like the pistol formation.
Kaepernick does not seem as effective under center as out of the pistol/shotgun.
This unorthodox duo imo makes us predictable and ineffective on offense, I think I read something here in the zone about a stat stating that we were dead last in runs stuffed. That is due to the mixing of a Spread offense QB and a power runner RB. It seems like a majority of the time Frank Gore runs out of the pistol formation he is ineffective. See Seattle NFCCG. When he runs out the I formation or with Bruce Miller blocking for him he is one of the best in the game.Defense's know when we are gonna run the ball because we mostly run out of power formations and they know when we are gonna pass it if we are in the pistol or shotgun.
Now with all the talk of Lattimore taking over for Gore as the RB of the future(assuming he takes over for Gore), I don't get why he would be our #1 back? He is the same style of runner as Frank Gore. I think he will be great, but damn we are basically continuing the same cycle of what is going on now with the offense.
I would rather see what Hunter can do as the #1 as he seems like he would operate well mostly out of the pistol/spread formation. Or draft a RB in the mold of a LeSean McCoy/CJ Spiller. Those guys would compliment Kaepernick well in the style of offense he is mostly comfortable with, assuming we keep Kaep as our QB of the Future. I believe in making the QB the one who is comfortable with the style of offense you run and plugging in a star RB to fit that style of offense. Not the other way around.
Look at other past and present dynamic offensive QB and RB duos: Drew Brees/Darren Sproles, Joe Montana/Roger Craig, Troy Aikman/Emmitt Smith, Peyton Manning/Edgerrin James, just to name a few. The coaches and GMs of these teams put together a QB/RB duo who complement each other to keep the well oiled machine running and not mixing water with oil to make the machine ineffective.
There is no reason for our offense to be so ineffective in the redzone and in the passing game in general. We have Kaepernick, Gore, Hunter, Crabtree, Boldin, Davis, Patton. God, most GM's and coaches would kill to have this lineup. That is the definition of TALENT.
So Harbaugh either needs to dump his Running attack philosophy and get a RB who can run/block out of the pistol/shotgun so we are more effective running and passing the ball OR if you want to continue the Power running game, get a QB who is comfortable in a pro style offense.It is making the offense predictable and ineffective. What do you guys think?