First I want to say that I love this coaching staff and think they have done a tremendous job of bringing the great 49ers back to being a dominate franchise in the NFL. With that said I've always thought we could do a better job of spreading the carries around to our talented backfield. With Gore now 31 years of age, and the additions of two talented RBs that fit the 49er power running system in Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde, as well as a talented "scat" back in Kendall Hunter (now a full year removed from the ACL injury) if we're ever going to start resting Gore for the stretch run and utilizing our talent at RB it's this year.
This is an important move for many reasons IMO. It will keep Gore fresh for a deep playoff run towards the Super Bowl, it infuses our running game with younger, likely faster (and in Hyde's case, potentially even more powerful) backs while allowing the future at the position to get their feet wet. I'm really hoping our offense takes a huge step forward by diversifying the attack more and playing these talented backs along with a more open scheme that will utilize our now deep WR group (but that's for another thread I guess).
The writing is on the wall, it's very likely this is Frank Gore's last season with the 49ers. So I ask, not what do you want to happen, I'm sure most feel the way I do that we need to get these young backs on the field but what do you think the coaching staff will actually do this season? Will we split up the PT/carries or will they continue to run Frank Gore into the ground?