The results are good, but 49ers running back Frank Gore was slow to warm to his team’s pistol formation and reliance on read-option runs with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback.
He said the first time he saw the offense was on television “probably Oregon” and that he “didn’t like it at first.”
“I just felt like that’s not real football,” Gore said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “But if it helps us get to where we want to go, I’m good.”
Gore’s actually getting more rush attempts per game with Kaepernick under center (or not under center, as the case may be), but he’s having to get used to not being the focal point of the run game, even as he piled up 1,214 yards in the regular season, the second-most of his career.
But last week, his 119 yards were overshadowed by his quarterback’s 181.
“Hopefully they keep looking out for [Kaepernick], and 21 keeps getting the ball,” Gore said.
Having a back the caliber of Gore is part of the reason Kaepernick is so effective, as it makes opponents honor those run fakes, and play honest in-the-box defense, which creates opportunities outside.