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Frank Gore: When Season Starts, We'll Be Fine

Posted Aug 18, 2014

The 10-year veteran carried the ball two times for 12 yards against the Denver Broncos. Other key starters on offense, wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, were used sparingly as well.


Frank Gore didn't look like a player who lost 34-0 on Sunday.

Inside of the plush home locker room inside of Levi's® Stadium, Gore stood in front of his new walnut-wood locker, and spoke calmy in front of a gaggle of reporters and cameramen who wanted to know why the Denver Broncos won so soundly.

"We’re not 100 percent as a team, but we’re practicing and we look fine," said Gore after the 49ers were held out of the end zone for a second consecutive week. "We know what each guy can do. Once the season starts, we’ll be fine."

Gore is right.

The 10-year veteran carried the ball two times for 12 yards against the Denver Broncos. Other key starters on offense, wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, were used sparingly as well.

"It’s camp," Gore said. "We’ve still got 90 guys still. Coach is putting different players out there to see what they’ve got. You can’t look at the scores. If it’s the real season (you can), that’s different."

Jim Harbaugh said San Francisco's coaching staff would take a hard look at dishing out repetitions in the important third preseason game this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

"This is going to be an important week for us," the coach said. "We need improvement. And we need to make decisions on who we’re playing with. We’re not going to keep experimenting. We got to tighten this down fast."

Gore hasn't played a lot in recent preseasons with Harbaugh as the 49ers coach, but that could change against the Chargers. But if Gore only plays in the first quarter, that's just fine with the franchise's all-time leading rusher.

"We’re still trying to figure out who the guys are here," Gore said.

Carlos Hyde, the rookie running back selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, looks to be the team's backup runner for the regular season. He leads the team with 50 rushing yards this preseason. Hyde has also averaged 5.6 yards per carry on nine runs.

Against the Broncos, Hyde carried the ball four times for 11 yards. The bulk of the ground work went to running backs Jewel Hampton (nine carries for 22 yards) and Alfonso Smith (four carries for 14 yards).

San Francisco averaged 2.9 yards per rush against the Broncos, carrying the ball 24 times for 69 rushing yards.

If Gore and Hyde are more involved against the Chargers, the numbers should increase, especially with more time rushing behind San Francisco's first-team offensive line.

The production of the 49ers offense will come into greater scrutiny heading into another home game.

For now, the players can hang their hat on getting their first home game under their belts.

Gore said he liked to the new stadium and its fancy lockers, but he wanted a different result for the fans.

The 49ers will have another chance to deliver the first home win on Sunday.