Gore’s first impression of Bowman

SANTA CLARA — A reporter asked Frank Gore about NaVorro Bowman this afternoon. Here is a transcript:

Q: When the 49ers drafted Bowman in the third round of the 2010 draft, did you see something that told you he would be this good?

GORE: I was training with NaVorro before he got here. When he came out and we were training, I used to always mess with him, “You better hope that we pick you because if you face me, I’m going to kill you.” (Laughs). I’m happy that he’s on our team. He’s a beast. One of the best linebackers in the game, him and Patrick (Willis).

Q: Where were you two working out?

GORE: In Miami.

Q: And you knew he was good early on?

GORE: Even in training camp and OTAs. I just saw how fast he was and how he could read and get to the ball. We have the same agent. I called him and said, “You’ve got you somebody right here, that’s a good pickup.” He’s a great player.

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  1. Question to all. Does frank play out his contract or do the Niners release him before? I can only see one more year as the starter.

    1. They could restructure his contract and add a year or two to spread out the cap hit. I like this idea because Frank’s skill set is perfect for a 3rd down back, and I wanna see him get his money. Frank deserves it.

      Ultimately I think it will depend on what they see from Lattimore in OTAs and training camp. If he is what we think he can be, Gore might be gone.

    2. I think he plays it out, Adam. With Dixon likely departing, we have room for Lattimore even if/whenFrank stays. After next season, though…… :(

      1. I sure hope Lattimore is the real deal. I could see him
        taking Gore’s job, Gore taking Hunters spot and Hunter
        to special teams. Dixon is a special teamer also. That way we keep our special team players together and have
        reserve running backs.

    3. To answer your question, I think it has more to do with Lattimore than Frank. Gore really suits the offensive philosophy, and his lack of burst doesn’t prevent him from squeezing through alleys for 3,4,5 or 6 yards despite 8-man fronts. Lattimore runs like Frank, only with young legs (at least before his last ghastly knee injury).

      Lattimore has the potential to be a lead back, but he may never pan out. Hunter flashes potential, but he also runs backwards too often, and just doesn’t seem big enough to do what we do for 300+ carries a year. Dixon hasn’t shown the ability to read blocks to be an every-down back, but he is a bull-dozer on short yardage with ample speed. LMJ is a luxury player.

      1. Thanx guys …
        hey .. I know it’s only the middle of the week …
        ready to pick the final ?

        27 – 13 Niners …
        Kaep and his crew have a big day !

        Bring on Breese at The Stick !

  2. Mike Singletary sat Bowman his 1st year in, heard he didn’t want to draft him either …. Just one of a long list of reasons he’s not coaching

    1. My guess is that it would be unfair on great players caught on crappy teams, who never/rarely got the chance in the playoffs.

    2. Cause it would inflate career totals for guys that play on good teams. All career records and seats are from the regular season only.

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