Perhaps it had something to do with him having a weight lifted from his shoulders after getting a look at new coordinator
"It's about the same, a lot of power counters, going at them, don't care what they have in front of us; they just have to stop us," Gore said after a recent OTA workout. "My type of running style is that I like to have my shoulders square. A lot of runs and a lot of the running plays are going straight downhill, just pick your hole and go."
Gore picked a lot of correct holes in 2006, when he set career rushing highs of 1,695 yards, eight touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry. To put that into perspective, his second-best totals are 1,102 yards (in 2007), six scores (in 2008) and 4.8 yards a carry (in 2005).
Gore is clearly excited about what he has seen and heard from Raye, who worked for Turner for two years in Oakland. The coaches were raised in the same offensive system and speak the same terminology. But will that result in the same type of big season for Gore? The answer here is yes, barring injury.
Gore says the 49ers were more of a finesse offense under coordinator
Gore isn't the only veteran running back likely to enjoy a rebound season. Following is a look at a few others:
Besides that, Tomlinson should benefit from the return of outside linebacker
Coach Norv Turner undoubtedly would like to reverse those numbers. If the defense is strong, there should be more opportunities to run out the clock, which will mean more carries for Tomlinson, which should mean a big year for the franchise's all-time leading rusher. Injuries slowed Tomlinson early in the season and during the playoffs, but he's healthy now and motivated to show he can still be a dominant force.
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