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Gore’s head coach and quarterback have often made that comment in their respective dealings with the press.
Kaepernick reiterated that stance on Wednesday, the first day of media availability during San Francisco’s week-long stay in England.
The 49ers utilized a heavy dose of read-option running plays out of the pistol formation in a 31-17 win over the Tennessee Titans last week. In San Francisco’s fourth consecutive victory, Gore and Kaepernick rushed for 70 and 68 yards, respectively.
Kaepernick has seen the franchise rushing leader in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns be the consummate team player.
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Sunday’s win over the Titans was just the latest example.
“If we ask him to do something, he’s going to do it. If we need him to adjust to something, he’s going to do it.”
The 49ers had sprinkled in zone-read runs in the first six games of the season, but Week 7 saw a concentrated effort to offset the aggressive play of Tennessee’s defensive end.
Kaepernick believes Gore, the NFL’s fourth-best rusher with 547 rushing yards, is fit to carry out any play call from offensive coordinator Greg Roman. It doesn’t matter the scheme, Gore can handle anything from zone-read plays to power schemes.
“He’s someone that handles that very well as well as our downhill run game,” Kaepernick said.
The 49ers quarterback went on to further stress Gore’s Hall of Fame credentials.
“I think he’s a Hall of Fame running back not because he can just handle run schemes, he’s probably the best pass blocker in the league at running back,” Kaepernick said. “And also, he’s a threat out of the backfield.
“He’s a running back that can really do it all.”
Since 2006, Gore has 11,368 yards from scrimmages (8,778 rushing and 2,590 receiving), most in the NFL.
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At age 30, Gore continues to be one of the most productive runners in the NFL. He currently leads the league with seven carries of 20-or-more yards.
So how is Gore able to continue dominating in his ninth season? Kaepernick was pretty outspoken in listing his many reasons for his running back’s stellar play.
San Francisco’s head coach made similar points in his Tuesday radio appearance with KNBR’s Morning Show in the Bay Area.
“The more I get to know Frank, I just love him so much,” Jim Harbaugh said. “He’s a mystical type of guy. He’s got a spiritual connection. He sees more than most of us do. Very deep guy. Very special person. Love him to death.”
Harbaugh continued, “He is one of those guys that is very inspirational through his actions and what he says but mostly what he does. He’s one of those guys that can see things, points them out, has a great mind for football but just as a person in general, very special.”
In Harbaugh’s mind, Sunday’s two-touchdown performance in Tennessee was a vintage Gore outing.
“I thought it was maybe Frank Gore’s best game since I’ve been with him,” the 49ers coach said. “The blocking, running, touchdowns – everything that he did was A-plus-plus. I loved that.”