Q&A with 49ers RB Frank Gore


Q&A with 49ers RB Frank Gore

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Frank Gore landed awkwardly on his left arm on the first carry Sunday of the 49ers' game against the Arizona Cardinals.But Gore's physical condition was not the reason he carried just 10 times for 72 yards in the 49ers' 21-19 loss to the Cardinals, he said. And Gore was not listed on the 49ers' injury report Thursday, as the 49ers begin preparations to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.And 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman seemed to confirm that Gore's limited action was all part of the team's failed game plan against Arizona. Quarterback Alex Smith completed just 18 of 37 passes for 175 yards, and he was sacked five times.Meanwhile, Gore gained 72 yards on 10 rushing attempts, including a 37-yard touchdown run on the 49ers' first play of the third quarter. Gore carried just twice more the rest of the game. Roman was asked why he got away from the run game.
"Now, wait a second," Roman said. "A couple weeks ago you guys were complaining that we running it too much. Now you've flipped the switch, huh?"Every week is different. The strategies are what they are, and not going to get into strategy. But every week is different. You got to run it. You got to throw it. You got to do both to be successful."Gore said he is feeling just fine -- or at least as fine as a running back with 250 touches can feel at this point in the season. Here is a session Gore held with reporters on Friday:
Why didn't you get more than 10 carries against the Cardinals?
Gore: "That was the game plan. Me and Kendall (Hunter) were in and out of the game. I guess that's why the game was called."RELATED: Frank Gore 2011 game logs
After the first carry of the game, you left the game and immediately sat down. Were you injured?
Gore: "No. I just had to go get my mind right. I was good. I was good. I kind of landed kind of funny and had to shape back."Your arm?
Gore: "Yeah, my arm."Is sharing carries with Kendall designed to keep you fresh?
Gore: "I feel that whenever a back, any back in this league, at this time in the year should share carries here and there to remain fresh. Last week the game was called -- different personnel -- and Kendall's personnel got called pretty much. I'm fine. I'm fine, man."How much do you have to focus in on the run game to be successful in red zone?
Gore: "We have to focus in on everything. It's not just the run game. We got to score touchdowns. It's running, throwing the ball. We got to do both. We got to get better in the red zone."What's the magnitude of this week's game against the Steelers?
Gore: "It should be a good game. The Steelers (are) 10-3. We're 10-3. The Steelers are a good team. We're a good team. We should give the fans a good game Monday night."RELATED: Q&A with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
On Monday, Jim Harbaugh said Frank's not 100 percent. Are you 100 percent?
Gore: "I feel good. I'm good. . . . Everybody in the league gets nicks and bruises here and there. It's the 15th week. NFL football is a physical sport, but I'm good enough to go out there and try to get my team a win, and do the best I can."Do you agree with the philosophy of resting the workhorse back so that he is fresher toward the end of the season?
Gore: "Right now, we're just trying to do whatever it takes to be successful. When that time comes for the playoffs, we'll do whatever it takes, if it's that, I can't do anything but do by what he says. But right now, Monday night we have a good team coming to the Bay Area, and we want to go out there and get a win."It doesn't sound like you particularly need to be rested.
Gore: "I'm good. Like I said, whatever my coach wants . . . If he wants me out there, I'm out there. If he wants me and Kendall to go in and out, I got to do what he says."RELATED: NFL standings
How important it is for the 49ers to get the No. 2 seed?
Gore: "We'd love to get it. But, hey, if we don't it, we're in the playoffs and we got to go play. But we'd love to get it and rest our bodies to, as a team, be fresh for that second round."Are you feeling any soreness in your hip this late in the season?
Gore: "No, man."

Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists


Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former 49ers running back Roger Craig, in his final year on the modern-era ballot, is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the 10th consecutive year.

Craig is among 27 semifinalists announced for the Class of 2018. The list includes six first-year eligible candidates and four other players who have been eligible previously but are semifinalists for the first time.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens and safety John Lynch, currently 49ers general manager, are among the return semifinalists. Lynch was among the final 10 players last year, while Owens made it to the top 15.

The list of first-year eligible semifinalists includes wide receiver Randy Moss, defensive back Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

The four previously-eligible players who are semifinalists for the first time are safety LeRoy Butler, defensive ends Leslie O’Neal and Simeon Rice, and cornerback Everson Walls.

In January, the list of modern-era candidates will be trimmed to 15 individuals. There will be a total of 18 finalists, including contributor finalist Bobby Beathard and seniors finalists Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer. Hall of Fame rules stipulate from four to eight new members will be selected every year.

Beathard, Brazile and Kramer will be voted on separately and, like all other finalists, must receive 80-percent approval from the full selection committee at the annual selection meeting on Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Craig's teams made it to the playoffs in each of his 11 NFL seasons, including his first eight years with the 49ers. In 1985, he became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.

Owens, who played his first eight seasons with the 49ers, was a first-team All-Pro performer six times. He ranks second all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and third with 153 receiving touchdowns.

Lynch, a hard-hitting safety with Tampa Bay and Denver, was selected to nine Pro Bowls in his 15-year career. He recorded 26 interceptions, forced 16 fumbles and recovered nine in his career.

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2005, 2010-18)
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2009-18)
Brian Dawkins, S – 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)
Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Steve Hutchinson, G – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2005, 2008, 2013-18)
Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2014-18)
Ty Law, CB – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Ray Lewis, LB – 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2013-18)
Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Randy Moss, WR – 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Leslie O'Neal, DE – 1986, 1988-1995 San Diego Chargers, 1996-1997 St. Louis Rams, 1998-1999 Kansas City Chiefs | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Terrell Owens, WR – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Simeon Rice, DE – 1996-2000 Arizona Cardinals, 2001-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2007 Denver Broncos, 2007 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Richard Seymour, DE/DT – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Brian Urlacher, LB – 2000-2012 Chicago Bears | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Everson Walls, CB – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area is one of 48 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'


John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch came close Tuesday to announcing which quarterback will start for the 49ers this week.

But the official announcement that rookie C.J. Beathard will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks will have to come from coach Kyle Shanahan, he said.

“C.J. (Beathard) played extremely well against the Giants, and that’s likely,” Lynch told reporters at Levi’s Stadium. “But I’ll let Kyle speak to that.”

Lynch reiterated that they want to give newly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo the best chance to succeed. Garoppolo spent part of the 49ers' bye week learning the basics of the offensive system in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. Garoppolo also met one-on-one with Shanahan.

Beathard had his best game as a pro on Nov. 12, before the bye week, as he threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Garoppolo arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 in a trade with the New England Patriots.

Lynch said he feels Garoppolo “is going to be our guy,” so the organization does not feel any urgency to rush him onto the field. In fact, Lynch sounded as if the 49ers are not placing a high priority on spending big on the quarterback position with Garoppolo and Beathard on the team.

"You still study every position, but we feel pretty good about where our quarterback room is,” Lynch said.