SANTA CLARA – It's a tricky issue for an NFL running back. Sharing carries with another rusher can cut down on wear and tear and elongate your career. But it also can give a younger teammate a foothold from which to take your job.
That's what happened to former 49ers running back Garrison Hearst, who split carries with a younger rusher, Kevan Barlow, for several seasons. Hearst was displaced by Barlow following the 2003 season.
After splitting time with Frank Gore in 2005, Barlow was traded to the New York Jets before the 2006 season.
Three years later, it's Gore, 26, who is suddenly surrounded by eager rookie runners.
The 49ers used a third-round draft pick – the same round in which Gore was drafted – to select Alabama running back Glen Coffee. The team also is excited about another rookie, Purdue's Kory Sheets, a non-drafted free agent.
Coach Mike Singletary made it clear on draft weekend that Gore was still the team's primary running back. But he also said Coffee's acquisition was in Gore's best interest.http://www.sacbee.com/sf49ers/story/187 ... _rss=49ers
I read in the Mercury News today an article where Frank was kind of pissed. Almost as if he was told he would lose more carries. He claims the more he gets the ball the better he is and that he gets in a rythem. Coach Singletary had this to say: "Frank is smart enough to know that taking every snap, getting injured in the last couple of years – a little nick here, a little nick there – it helps to have somebody in there who can give him a break, share some of that load."
This could be to light a fire under Frank or the reality. It makes sense to me but I hate the strategy for FFball. He is one of those guys who wil likely be going in the first round.
What are your thoughts?