The San Francisco 49ers head into the 2012 season with high expectations and are looking to exceed those expectations. In order to do so the Niners will have to score more points on offense than they did in 2011 Now we all know that the Niners struggled in the passing game and have addressed the problem in the offseason, but the staple of the Niners offense is the running game. The leader of the Niners running game is none other than Frank Gore. Last season Frank became the all time leading rusher in 49er franchise history. The concern is that Frank is aging in regards to running back years. Can he still be affective in 2012?
Frank is a great all around running back. He can run, catch, and block; he does everything you want in a running back. But with father time approaching and a history of injuries acquired throughout the years, it is likely that Frank’s best years are behind him. Or are they? Can Frank have one more year in him?
If he does I believe the Niners are going to have Frank sit out games for resting purposes. Think of it as the Tim Duncan treatment with the San Antonio Spurs. There were a few games during the NBA season where the Spurs put Duncan in the inactive list due to being “old” in order to rest him. The same might be done for Frank; he might need a few Sunday’s off during the season to be rested for the post season.
I understand it is different in the NBA because there are many more games in the NBA season than in the NFL season. Meaning resting a player in the NBA for a few games will not hurt your chances of making the post season. In NFL, the season is significantly much shorter and virtually every game counts. So will resting Frank be a risky move if the Niners were to implement the idea? I believe it is not. The team should have little to no weaknesses this season, which means the defense, special teams, and rest of the offense will pick up any slack needed to be picked up.
Plus the Niners have depth at running back. Kendall Hunter was looking like an absolute stud lasts season. We have a veteran in Brandon Jacobs and a spark plug for a rookie in LaMichael James. More reason why Frank can rest his body for a late season push and/or playoff run.
It was great seeing Frank play in the post season after a long and great career. The next step will be winning a Super Bowl ring. There is no doubt in my mind that Frank will do all he can to bring one back to San Francisco. GO NINERS!!!!!!!!