The 49ers offense of late has moved more to passing. The game against the Jags, Alex Smith lined up in the shotgun formation 25 of the 49ers’ 38 plays in the first half. Looking at those numbers it seems that Frank Gore is being left out in the cold. The past two games Gore has had 23 touches. Seven against the Packers and 16 against the Jags.
Gore isn’t the type of back that is molded for a spread offense even though he has done well in it. During the Titans/Bears game, 112 of his 187 rushing yards have come out of the shotgun formation.
The Seahawks are on the docket this week and twice since 2006 Gore has rushed for over 200 yards. So do we see more of the spread this weekend in which Smith, Davis, Walker, and Crabtree are thriving in or do they revert more to Frank’s style since when he gets his touches his owns the Seahawks?
One thing is certain, despite what Gore thinks of the spread formation he is saying all the right things.
‘As long as we win, I’m fine with it,’ ‘I can run out of any kind of offense, I know when my number is called, I do the best I can.’
Source: Matt Maiocco