The career of Frank Gore is beginning to wind down as he has hit 30 years old. He may have been great in the playoffs last season for the San Francisco 49ers, but I think we are going to be seeing a little bit less of Gore this season. His output will continue to decrease over the coming years, and we are seeing the last couple good years from him.
I say this for a couple of reasons. He sat out the team’s OTAs with an “undisclosed injury”. Neither the team nor coach Jim Harbaugh are saying what this injury is and that makes me think Gore’s role is going to be reduced this season which makes him unhappy. Is that a bad thing for him to maybe reduce to around 220-230 carries? I don’t see why it would be a major deal, honestly. He is a running back who has averaged over four yards a carry in his career, and if he can get 240 carries this coming year he will still get his 1,000 yards. He had 258 carries in 2012 for 1,214 yards.
Those are solid numbers, obviously, but I think Harbaugh could be leaning more towards younger players like LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter for more playing time. Gore will be in his tenth season in 2013 and has taken a beating during his 1,911 career rushing attempts. This becomes a situation that fans in the Bay Area need to be paying close attention to in the coming weeks. If Gore doesn’t show up for training camp on time, there is more trouble brewing than what we have been led to believe.