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Frank Gore expresses frustration with 49ers' failings

Frank Gore expresses frustration with 49ers' failings

SANTA CLARA – Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore took a place in NFL history on Sunday. But later that evening, his attention shifted to the issues facing his first team.

Tom Rathman, the 49ers’ running backs coach, said on the 49ers Insider Podcast this week that he spoke with Gore on Sunday -- after the Colts’ 31-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Gore expressed his disappointment to Rathman after the 49ers’ 41-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday dropped San Francisco’s record to 1-7.

“I just talked to him (Sunday). He’s doing good. They won the game. He had a couple of touchdowns, so he’s gleaming right now," Rathman said. "(He’s) a little frustrated with how the Niners are doing. He made that comment. I think he’s a true Niner for always, when it’s all said and done.”

Gore rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. He also caught two passes. He became the fifth player in NFL history with at least 12,500 rushing yards and 400 receptions.

Gore, a third-round draft pick in 2005, is the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher. He is No. 9 on the NFL’s all-time list with 12,632 yards. He is 107 yards behind Tony Dorsett for No. 8.
 

Kyle Shanahan takes blame for Ahkello Witherspoon's rough game

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Kyle Shanahan takes blame for Ahkello Witherspoon's rough game

SANTA CLARA – Ahkello Witherspoon had a difficult afternoon Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Levi's Stadium.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford virtually ignored Richard Sherman’s side of the field and focused on Witherspoon. When targeting the 49ers' second-year cornerback, Stafford completed eight of the 12 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus. Stafford missed some open receivers down the field. Witherspoon was also called for two penalties and missed a tackle.

But Witherspoon was playing on a bum ankle, and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan took the blame for even putting Witherspoon in that situation.

“He wasn’t 100 percent, and he wanted to play, but after watching the tape and everything, I don’t think I should’ve had him (play),” Shanahan said on "49ers Game Plan," which airs on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3) on Saturday at 7 p.m.

“I shouldn’t have played him last week because we didn’t get his best and he obviously wasn’t ready to do that, so I’m going to make sure that I don’t put him out there unless he is 100 percent. I think we’ll find that out (Sunday) before the game.”

The 49ers may not know with Witherspoon and strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) until Sunday morning if they will be able to play against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes threw 10 touchdown passes in the team’s first two games – the most by any NFL quarterback through two games. On the day before his 22nd birthday, he became the youngest player to pass for six touchdowns in a game in the Chiefs'  42-37 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Shanahan said the Steelers’ defense made it too easy on Mahomes and his speedy wide receivers, Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, with too many blown coverages. The 49ers’ secondary must be a lot more disciplined, regardless of who lines up at cornerback and safety.

“You watch that Pittsburgh game, and there’s about six plays in the first 2 ½ quarters where guys were wide open in busted coverages,” Shanahan said. “If you give this quarterback and that speed a bunch of freebies by making mistakes, that’s the results will be.

“We’ve got to make them work for everything. And the way you do that is you stay sound, you don’t make mistakes, you got to be willing to give up some check downs, but don’t give up the touchdown. We have to be smart, disciplined, stay on top, and when they check it down, we need 11 guys swarming to the ball.”

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo reveals he still texts with Tom Brady

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo reveals he still texts with Tom Brady

Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady always will remain connected in the media. Apparently, the two quarterbacks still are connected with each other through their phones. 

Appearing on Freakonomics Radio's The Hidden Side of Sports, the 49ers quarterback explained that he became close with both Brady and quarterback Jacoby Brissett during his time with the Patriots. 

"We always had a good relationship," Garoppolo said. "Initially when I was younger, kind of like an older brother type of relationship, but as I got older and matured through the NFL, we became closer and we became good friends. 

"You know, we still text here and there. Jacoby was a good friend of mine, too."

Garoppolo and Brady even shared the same agent, Don Yee, in New England, and still do to this day.

"The three of us always were texting each other," said Garoppolo, who was traded to the 49ers last year. "Everyone said it was a terrible decision to have the same agent, but I think it worked out very well. 

"Our agents look out for both of us, both of our best interest. But at the end of the day, it's the NFL. It's a business."

Garoppolo made quite the stir this summer when he made comments on how he "thought he was better" than Brady when he was backing up the five-time Super Bowl winner.

“It’s like when I go to New England,” Garoppolo said in July as part of a feature story with Bleacher Report. “When I first got there, I thought in my head, ‘I’m better than this dude.' "

It sure sounds that off the field, the two quarterbacks are on much better terms than perceived. On the field, Brady has thrown for 511 yards and five touchdowns with one interception this season while Garoppolo is behind at 467 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.