Monday, September 21, 2009
Around the NFC West: Gore dominates
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' offensive line responded to Mike Singletary's criticism. Frank Gore: "I've got to give props to my offensive line. They did a great job. I'm proud of those guys. Coach Singletary really put pressure on them all week."
Also from Crumpacker: Singletary isn't going to let the 49ers get carried away after two victories.
Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' defense has "eviscerated" what should be the two best offenses in the NFC West. Ratto: "As of this moment, the 49ers' defense has allowed two touchdowns and four field goals in two games and 26 possessions, and though there are mitigating circumstances in both examples (neither Arizona nor Seattle can run the ball worth a damn, and Seattle was missing 10 starters by game's end Sunday), this is still a scoreboard league. You win, you talk."
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle provides examples of Gore's conscientiousness. Knapp: "Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye heard a very different running back on the phone a week ago, waking him at 2 a.m. Gore couldn't get over the feeling of repeatedly being driven backward by the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener, of slamming his body into a wall of futility, gaining 30 yards on 22 carries." Raye: "He just wanted someone to hug, rub and lie to him."
Taylor Price of 49ers.com provides an overview of the 49ers' victory against Seattle. Shaun Hill on Gore: "I don’t think I've ever seen anything like that. Frank was running away from people. That guy ... he’s impressive."
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat provides a player-by-player look at the 49ers in Week 2. On cornerback Shawntae Spencer: "Was all over fade route to [T.J.] Houshmandzadeh on third-down pass in end zone to force a Seattle FG; did another good job on Housh on another deep route later in game."
Also from Maiocco: The 49ers are not satisfied.
More from Maiocco: Patrick Willis defends his hit on Matt Hasselbeck.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Gore looked like he did in 2006. Barrows: "The two linemen who struggled the most in that game were left guard David Baas and right tackle Adam Snyder. In fact, Snyder platooned with newly signed Tony Pashos at right tackle throughout Sunday's game. It was Snyder, however, who was on the field for Gore's long runs. On the first, he sealed off the edge while Baas pulled on the play and delivered the block that sprang Gore. That play was a favorite in 2006 when Norv Turner was the offensive coordinator."
Also from Barrows: Jerry Rice offers says Michael Crabtree is hurting himself.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News puts Gore's performance in perspective: "He joined Barry Sanders as the only NFL running back with two touchdown runs of at least 75 yards in the same game. (Sanders went 80 and 82 yards for Detroit against Tampa Bay in 1997."
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News lists similarities -- and big differences -- between these 2-0 49ers and the successful teams of the past.
Cam Inman of the Contra Costa Times says the 49ers have moved on without Crabtree. Inman: "Crabtree is missing the start of something special. Pity the poor fool? Nope. He could be here. He could be a rich fool. He's not. He's Ferris Bueller, cavorting elsewhere while school is in session."