Retain, Tag, Or Let Walk? - Frank Gore

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  1. peace4all

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    It's a valid point that keeping Gore would hinder the development of both Drake and Ballage. However, speaking of Drake, I just can't see him as a feature back, for reasons that have been discussed already. Basically, he's just too inconsistent at running between the tackles on 1st and 2nd down. I know a lot of people are glad that Gase is gone, and so am I right now, but he was right in that we need another player to play the role of a power back, with Drake being used as more of a 3rd down back/receiver out of the backfield or from the slot. I think it's the role that fits him best. Now, is it true that the new coaching staff should give him more touches to make better use of his dynamic skill set? Sure! Is he a workhorse back like a Frank Gore in his prime? Absolutely not! If we release Gore, maybe Ballage can be that player or maybe we get someone new, but I wouldn't count on Drake to fill that spot because it's not who he is, at least right now. Maybe he can develop more in that area but I'm not holding my breath.
     
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    I love the idea that in a rebuilding season we're going to wear out Drake with 20 carries per game, a load he's never been trusted to handle at college or pro level.

    Seems like we would want to allow Gore to take the pounding in a season like that. Running backs are who they are. They don't really get better, unless we're trying to fix pass blocking skills.

    Ballage is not the answer. He's going to disappoint the more he is asked to do. Needs to remain a spot player.
     
  3. Mike8272

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    If he wants to play, bring him back. He's still good enough to take the brunt of the workload to keep Drake fresh, and under a new coach Drake might even get more of the workload. So it makes sense to bring back Gore because a one-two punch is what we are looking at unless we draft the next Gurley or Zeke.
     
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    I’d prefer the young bucks get the work. Even at the vet min I don’t want Gore back.
     
  5. Mach2

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    Tag is just ridiculous.

    I understand that a older guy like Gore won't be around if/when we are in a position to contend, but he costs next to nothing, and there is something to be said for having a respected professional around to set an example for younger players.

    The same can be said for Wake, if the cost is not prohibitive.
     
  6. mrbunglez

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    Let him walk, I think he should retire.
     
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    Tag?!

    Say adios. No point in him taking carries away from young guys.
     
  8. Mach2

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    Its fine if you want to bring in a young guy, but I don't think Drake, or Ballage are power, between the tackle runners. They darn sure are nowhere near the pass blockers that Gore is.

    I also think young players need leadership beyond coaches.
     
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    Bring him back if he wants to play. He's not expensive, very productive, and who wouldn't want a HOFer to learn from? Hell, RB coach in a couple years too .
     
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    I agree. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don't understand the downside here.

    No, he won't be around in 3 yrs, bug given the average shelf life of a RB in the NFL, there us every possibility that none of these guys will be.

    A hometown, first ballot HOFer, who still has passion for the game.

    Yeah, not seeing the downside.
     
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  11. DuderinoN703

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    Great guy. Deserves to be on a winner. Let him go.
     
  12. Dolphinitis

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    cut asap
     
  13. Mach2

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    Do you have a reason? He costs next to nothing.
     
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    Perhaps, but since he isn't under contract yet it's really his decision. If he wants to play out his career in his home town that's his call I guess.
     
  15. hoops

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    Not even sure why tags an option.
     
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