The San Francisco 49ers made a decision to move on from franchise star Frank Gore this offseason, and Gore could see it coming last year. ESPN Colts blogger Mike Wells put together a story on Gore's transition to Indianapolis, and it included some notable Gore comments.
"I wasn't touching the rock like I used to," Gore said. "Some plays would be my plays and they'd take me off still. I just think they wanted to go in a different direction. It was tough. You never want to leave somewhere you were comfortable at."
In recent years, Gore acknowledged that he was willing to do whatever it takes to win, and he recognized the team had talented young running backs on the roster. His carries have been up and down in recent years. He had 282 carries and 32 targets in 2011, 258 and 36 in 2012, 276 and 26 in 2013, and 255 and 19 in 2014. The addition of Carlos Hyde this past year and his subsequent made it pretty clear where things were going.
As far as running back work rate is concerned, I think plenty of us are curious how the 49ers will use their running backs in 2015. Carlos Hyde seems set to be the top guy, but will it be on a Frank Gore level? Gore averaged 267 carries per season the last four years. He averaged 28 targets in the passing game as well. How will those 295 looks be split up in 2015? There has frequently been talk of a three-headed monster, and the 49ers do certainly have some options for that. Of course, they very well could find themselves with a four-headed monster if they were so inclined.
Will it be the Carlos Hyde show, or more about all the complementary options in the backfield?