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.