Frank Gore at a loss for words about loss, and his role
Sep/23/14 11:12 AM Filed in: Frank Gore
The 49ers were without tight end Vernon Davis because of injury. But they were apparently without running back Frank Gore by decision.
Gore carried the ball just six times for 10 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, as the 49ers went to more and more multiple-receiver formations.
“We did what the defense gave us,” Gore said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, saying he didn’t know that would be the plan.
Then after less than a minute of answering questions, Gore said: “I’m sorry, I can’t talk right now.”
The 49ers have been outscored 52-3 in the second halves of games this season, the time when they’d normally feed the ball to Gore and he’d keep chains and clocks moving. Part of the problem was the lack of tight ends Davis and Vance McDonald, which kept them out their preferred personnel packages.
But after drafting young backs to eventually replace him for years, the 49ers showed what could be a sign that Gore’s role might not be what it used to be.