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Gore could fill big role
Posted Jun. 30 at 02:15 AM
Frank Gore will be the centerpiece of San Francisco’s offense. At least, that’s what the Sacramento Bee is reporting. That paper had a blurb on Gore in its Saturday edition.
“He's got that speed and explosiveness,” says offensive coordinator Mike Martz. “He does it all. He's a physical guy that you can hammer, or you can use him as a perimeter guy.”
Whether Martz has the patience to actually follow through and give a bunch of carries to Gore, of course, remains to be seen. In Martz’s last five full seasons running offenses (he missed most of 2005 with a heart ailment), his teams have ranked 30th, 30th, 25th, 32nd and 31st in rushing. His teams in Detroit finished with the fewest rushing attempts ever in back-to-back 16-game seasons.
Other nuggets from this Sacremento Bee article:
* Martz says he might use Gore and Michael Robinson in the same backfield at times. A quarterback at Penn State, Robinson is definitely a tailback rather than a fullback.
* DeShaun Foster is supposedly progressing better than expected. According to the article, he is the team’s best pass-catching tailback – better than Gore and better than Robinson.
* Martz likes tight end Delanie Walker. The 49ers likely will utilize Walker by using some formations with two tight ends – Walker and Vernon Davis.
To view this article, written by Matthew Barrows, go to www.sacbee.com.
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