PITTSBURGH -- San Francisco running back Frank Gore, who
missed most of the preseason with a broken right hand, had
precautionary X-rays on his hand that were negative after being
held to 39 yards in a 37-16 defeat to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
While he is apparently not seriously injured, Gore is frustrated
after being held to fewer than 100 yards for the third consecutive
game. He ran for 1,695 yards in 2006, with nine 100-yard games.
"They have more people in the box right now [as opposed to last
year], so we can't get block everybody," Gore said. "We've got to
watch film and each guy just take one man. When I see eight or nine
men in the box, I just have to go, take one man and go straight
ahead with him instead of trying to make a move on them."
A bigger problem might be that defenses are game planning to
shut down Gore and force young quarterback Alex Smith to make plays
to beat them. Smith has only one TD pass in three games.
"Our offense, we've got to play better," Gore said. "I feel
like the defense is doing their job but the offense is not making
any plays. We ain't helping ourselves. I feel that if our offense
would have capitalized more. we would have had a better chance to
win the game."