San Francisco 49ers Mid-Season MVP: RB Frank Gore
The San Francisco 49ers are now 6-2 and in second place in the NFC West division behind the Seattle Seahawks. Their record is due to the great value of veteran starting running back Frank Gore who has been the leader of the offense and the team for several years. When Gore carries the ball early and often, the 49ers win this season. In San Francisco’s two losses, Gore only carried the ball nine times against division rival Seahawks and 11 times against the Indianapolis Colts. When quarterback Colin Kaepernick hands the ball to Gore 15 or more times, the 49ers win games.
Some people might make the case for Kaepernick being the mid-season MVP, but he has not had a standout performance since Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. In that game Kaepernick threw for over 400 yards, but three-quarters of those yards were between two pass-catching veterans in Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin. And Davis and Boldin did most of the work being wide open and producing yards after the catch.
On defense, Pro Bowl linebacker NaVorro Bowman has been performing as he did last season when Patrick Willis was absent due to injury. If Pro Bowl linebacker Aldon Smith had not gotten suspended and sent to a rehabilitation facility for substance issues stemming from a DUI arrest he may have earned this award. Though he has been gone for five games he is still the individual sack leader this season.
Gore is now 30 years old and was expected to take a dip because the running back position does not last long in the NFL. He is currently defying that notion, and he will have to be the MVP for the remainder of the season if the team wants to win the Super Bowl.