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Morning Tailgate: Gore Sees ‘Explosive’ Offense

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Frank Gore is pleased with the "explosive" offensive play from the San Francisco 49ers and sees the team getting better with the return of recovering play-makers, Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham.


Frank Gore is still a beast of a running back.

At age 30, San Francisco’s all-time leader in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, shows no signs of slowing down. Gore is like a fine wine – he keeps getting better with age.

Gore, the nine-year veteran, currently ranks fourth in the NFL with 547 rushing yards. The 49ers featured back is tied for fifth in the league with five rushing touchdowns and ranks seventh with 26 first-down runs.


Gore scored twice in San Francisco’s 31-17 win over the Tennessee Titans and insisted that the best is still to come from the 49ers offense. With key play-makers like Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham working hard to return to the team, Gore still believes San Francisco’s offense is one of the best in the NFL.

“I feel we have an explosive offense like we’ve always had,” Gore said after he rushed for 70 yards in San Francisco’s fourth-straight win. “We have a lot of key guys out but this team is special.”

With Gore being the offensive bell cow in recent weeks, the 49ers have the NFL’s No. 3 rushing attack, averaging 143.3 yards per game. San Francisco is also first in the league with 11 rushing touchdowns.

Gore leads the NFL with 7 carries of 20-or-more yards.

The veteran running back enjoys getting in the end zone just like anyone else – he’s now No. 3 on the franchise’s all-time touchdown list with 67 scores, passing his mentor Roger Craig – but Gore believes week-to-week it's all about the team winning games.

“It’s great to get touchdowns,” Gore said, “But we’ll do whatever it takes to win. If ‘Kap’s’ running, Anthony Dixon’s running, Kendall (Hunter’s) running – as long we get the ‘W,’ – that’s what it’s about.”

Gore wants to see the ball spread around.

“Each week it’s going to be something different,” he said. “We’re not selfish. We just take one game at a time, just try to take small steps, the right steps, and not ups and downs. We’re trying to take small steps.”

And when the 49ers have a full roster of healthy play-makers, “It’s going to be crazy,” Gore said.

More headlines on Gore and the 49ers can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shared Gore's comments on San Francisco's London matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looked at how Jim Harbaugh has prepared the 49ers for a week-long stay in England.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com examined the young cornerbacks who have lifted the 49ers in recent weeks.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle looked at the team's media schedule for London.

Reddit users chipped in to buy a personalized brick at Levi's® Stadium.



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