Frank Gore wants to continue silencing his critics

Frank Gore always working, just like mom

Frank Gore celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown that put the 49ers up 28-24 over the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. He scored another in the third quarter. Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

Gore was ranked 32nd on the NFL Network’s NFL Top 100 countdown. Gore has been sitting out for all of OTAs and minicamp and he would not comment on his injury. He said he would just continue to get back in shape and plans to be ready for training camp. For this year, he will continue to be the starting RB for the 49ers. Even though running backs have typically declined when they turn 30 years old, Gore said he isn’t worried about it.

Frank Gore Finds Motivation in Skeptics

Louis’ Greg Zuerlein drilled a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth to force overtime and then hit a 54-yarder in the extra period to hand the 49ers to 8-3-1 on the year. – Colin Kaepernick: 21 of 32, 208 yards, 84 yards rushing – Frank Gore: 23 carries, 58 yards, TD – Michael Crabtree: seven catches, 101 yards Week 14 27-13 win vs. Miami The 49ers didn’t turn the ball over and Colin Kaepernick broke off a 50-yard touchdown run late in the fourth to put the game out of reach. – Colin Kaepernick: 18 of 23, 185 yards, rushing TD – Frank Gore: 12 carries, 63 yards, TD – Michael Crabtree: nine catches, 93 yards Week 15 41-34 win at New England San Francisco blew a 31-3 second-half lead, but Michael Crabtree’s second touchdown catch of the game gave the 49ers a lead they wouldn’t again relinguish, clinching a playoff berth. – Colin Kaepernick: 14 of 25, 221 yards, 4 TDs, INT – Frank Gore: 21 carries, 83 yards – Michael Crabtree: seven catches, 107 yards, 2 TDs Week 16 42-13 loss at Seattle The 49ers fell behind 21-0 early in the second and couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole, falling to 10-4-1 on the year. – Colin Kaepernick: 19 of 36, 244 yards, TD, INT – Frank Gore: six carries, 28 yards – Delanie Walker: four catches, 54 yards, TD Week 17 27-13 win vs. Arizona Trailing in the second quarter, the 49ers turned it on, pounding the miserable Cardinals to clinched the NFC West and the No. 2 seed. – Colin Kaepernick: 16 of 28, 276 yards, 2 TDs – Frank Gore: 20 carries, 68 yards, TD – Michael Crabtree: eight catches, 172 yards, 2 TDs Divisional Playoff 45-31 win vs.

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore inspired by critics

His jersey remains on display at Coral Gables (Fla.) High, where he was a teammate of New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Photo: Li, AP Frank Gore overcame two torn ACLs in college at Miami, above, and a… Frank Gore celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown that put the 49ers up 28-24 over the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. He scored another in the third quarter. Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle Frank Gore celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown that put the…

49ers’ Frank Gore says he feels good

“I’m just listening to Ferg,” Gore said, referring to the team’s head trainer Jeff Ferguson. “He told me he didn’t want me doing anything right now and I’m listening to him.” Asked if he’ll be ready to go when training camp begins, he said, “If Ferg says I can go out there, I’ll do it. I feel good. I’m good. I’m just getting my body back. I just want to be fresh.” Gore is always fueled by perceived slights, such as where he was drafted and injuries he has had to overcome. After turning 30 in May, he has one more knock to deal with. “I San Francisco 49ers’ Aldon Smith (99), left, and San Francisco 49ers’ Frank Gore (21) sit in the continue reading this.. weight room during the first day of mandatory minicamp at their training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Nhat V.

Frank Gore flattered by Gregg Williams’ bounty mandate

San Francisco hopes the time off will help keep Gore fresher for the regular season. He’s topped 1,000 yards in six of the last seven years but he’s also had a tendency to wear down late in the season. Since the end of the 2009 season, Gore has failed to record a 100-yard game in the months of November and December. He rebounded to top that mark twice in the playoffs last season, including in the 49ers’ Super Bowl loss to Baltimore when Gore ran for 110 yards and a touchdown. That wasn’t enough to silence the critics. And when Gore turned 30 on May 14, the doubters seemed to increase. Even his spot on a recently released list of the top 100 players in the NFL didn’t sit well with the ninth-year veteran.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters he was happy with the progress made by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the teams young receivers, rookies and veterans returning from injury. However, one player who didnt take part in the on-field drills this week will be an important factor for the 49ers in 2013. Running back Frank Gore has been held out of organized team activities (OTAs) and the mini-camp. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Gores relegation to observer is at the advice of Niners head trainer Jeff Ferguson. Gore, after all, has 8,839 yards on his tires over eight NFL seasons, and theres no reason at this stage of his career to add any more wear and tear on a proven performer. Once training camp starts in July, Gore will get his chance to work his way back into form in time for the season opener against Green Bay while allowing plenty of carries for the stable of younger backs LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon, B.

Frank Gore talks motivation and Marcus Lattimore

If you ever get the opportunity to be the man, you always compete with the guys who went in front of you. That was one of my goals when I was the sixth back picked. And he was the sixth back picked in his draft. I told him, whenever I’m done, remember that.” Gore has been sidelined for practices, but it sounds like it is as much about getting ready for the season as anything else. He told the media that Jeff Ferguson (Director of Football Operations and Sports Medicine) wanted to keep him from doing anything at this point. He said he felt good and was simply getting his body back and in shape.

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49ers-Seahawks rivalry: Get ready for a long-running drama

49ers, Yahoo team up for social media and fantasy football deal at new stadium

It hasn’t taken long—since December, in fact—for San Francisco vs. Seattle to become the NFL’s newest premier rivalry. It also will be a while before any other matchup in the league trumps it. PHOTOS: 15 sports rivalries on the rise In the previous 11 seasons that the Seahawks and Niners have been together in the NFC West, the familiarity to breed contempt has always been there. Missing until late 2012, however, was both teams playing a high level of football at the same time. Now they’re built to be Super Bowl contenders for a long time. The competitive fires between Harbaugh and Carroll were stoked before they got their current jobs. In the three seasons they were college coaching counterparts in the Pac-12, Harbaugh’s Stanford Cardinal went 2-1 against Carroll’s USC Trojans. The meme of “smart-school upstart” (Harabaugh) upending “big-school bully” (Carroll) helped set up the contrast for their NFL battle of will and wits.

49ers extend Justin Smith’s contract by two years

The 49ers signed Roman to a two-year contract extension Wednesday that could keep him with the team through the 2015 season, the NFL Network reported. Jim Harbaugh ‘s five-year contract also expires in 2015. Roman and Harbaugh, who share the same agent, David Dunn , have worked together since 2009, when Roman began a two-year stint as Stanford’s run-game coordinator. The extension does not preclude Roman from interviewing for head-coaching positions after the 2013 season. However, it does reward Roman for his performance in his first two seasons on the job. In the past, a source has told The Chronicle that Roman signed a team-friendly deal with the 49ers in 2011 because he had no previous experience as an NFL offensive coordinator. Since 2011, however, he’s proven his worth while earning a reputation as one of the NFL most creative play-callers. That trait has earned him a host of nicknames – “mad scientist” and “evil genius” among them – from his offensive players. In 2011, the 49ers had a franchise record-low 10 turnovers and ranked 11th in the NFL in points per game (23.8) after not ranking higher than 18th in that category since 2003. Last year, they ranked 11th in total offense after not ranking higher than 23rd in that category since 2003. In three postseason games, they averaged 34.7 points and set a postseason franchise record for yards (579) in a divisional-playoff win over Green Bay in January.

49ers sign coordinator Roman through ’15

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman meets with reporters during a break of the 49ers minicamp in Santa Clara on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

(USATSI) Vernon Davis the tight end could soon be Vernon Davis the wide receiver. The veteran tight end played exclusively at wide receiver during the 49ers ‘ most recent minicamp, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat . With Michael Crabtree, the team’s leading receiver in 2012, sidelined for at least six months thanks to a torn Achilles, the 49ers don’t have many experienced options at outside receiver. San Francisco has two players, A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette, who can play outside, but Lockette and Jenkins have a combined two career receptions. As the Press Democrat notes, former Raven Anquan Boldin isn’t the answer either because he’s a better fit in the slot. Davis has been a weapon for the 49ers since the team chose him sixth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft . The 29-year-old has led the team in receiving yards two times in his seven-year career (2009-10) and finished second on the team twice (2011-12). In both 2011 and 2012, Davis finished second only to Crabtree in receiving yards. If Davis does make the move to receiver, he’ll want to make sure his relationship with quarterback Colin Kaepernick is more like it was in the 2012 playoffs than the 2012 regular season.

Bob Stohrer, Yahoo’s senior vice president of brand creative, said the company wanted to be part of a stadium he said would “set a new standard” for technologically advanced NFL home fields, while aligning its popular fantasy football site with the local NFL team. “We know nowadays that fans are incredibly passionate about their favorite team but heavily invested in everything that’s going on throughout the league,” said Stohrer, noting the 49ers field would still be visible from the lounge. “They want to stay connected to what’s happening in fantasy while they’re enjoying their” home team’s game. Stohrer conceded fans could still upload photos to non-Yahoo social media sites such as Instagram or Facebook but hopes the possibility of seeing their shots on the 190-foot-wide scoreboard during the second half of 49ers games would be enough incentive for fans to use Flickr. Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, one town over from the new stadium, also has large offices on Great America Parkway in Santa Clara, just a mile from the 49ers’ new home. Yahoo joins Mountain View-based Violin Memory and San Jose-based Brocade as Silicon Valley “founding partner” sponsors of the stadium. Other sponsors include Bud Light, NRG Energy, Sony and SAP. Levi Strauss has the biggest sponsorship: a $220 million, 20-year naming rights deal. Google ( GOOG ), Apple ( AAPL ) and other local tech companies are teaming up to help Levi’s Stadium host the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.

49ers move tight end Vernon Davis to receiver for minicamp

Tight end Vernon Davis played exclusively at receiver during the 49ers

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49ers sign DE Justin Smith to 2-year extension

Daniels spent some time working at wide receiver and on special teams. He doesn’t anticipate supplanting LaMichael James as a returner, but has been taking reps there in practice. Daniels has never played a position other than quarterback going back to his youth. QUOTE TO NOTE: “I know one of the things I look back and think that I made a mistake on personally was probably not putting that tag on (Parys Haralson), that exemption that he could have come back and played because he was healthy and ready to go probably mid-to-late December.” — Jim Harbaugh on Parys Haralson’s torn triceps last season. STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers) –G Leonard Davis (not tendered as UFA). –LB Tavares Gooden (not tendered as UFA). –LB Larry Grant (not tendered as UFA). –LB Clark Haggans (not tendered as UFA). –WR Randy Moss (not tendered as UFA). RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

Team Report – SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

“The good news is it’s healed. It’s close to 100 percent for what I want it to be,” he said. “I feel good about it, feel confident about the season. I’ve never been injured like that. I didn’t know anything with the rehab process, what to expect, what coming out of surgery would be like. It’s all been really good.” Smith has always prided himself on his durability that allows him to play almost every snap at a physically grueling position where many players rotate in and out of the game to stay fresh. He played more than 90 percent of San Francisco’s defensive snaps last season before the injury, according to Pro Football Focus, and said he doesn’t expect that to change even when he is 36-years old at the end of this contract. “I won’t be a guy who will be around for 10 snaps, 20 snaps,” he said. “It’s either I’m going or I’m not going. If it’s time to get out of here, I’m going.

Team Report – SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

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–WR Quinton Patton (4/128): 4 yrs, terms unknown. –RB Marcus Lattimore (4/131): 4 yrs, terms unknown. –DT Quinton Dial (5/157): $2.34M/4 yrs, $181,000 SB. –LB Nick Moody (6/180): 4 yrs, terms unknown. –QB B.J. Daniels (7/237): $2.207M/4 yrs, $46,512SB. –T Carter Bykowski (7/246): $2.206M/4 yrs, $45,896 SB. –CB Marcus Cooper (7/252): $2/206M/4 yrs, $45,896 SB. PLAYERS RE-SIGNED –CB Tramaine Brock: RFA tendered at $1.323M with no compensation); 1 yr, terms unknown. –S Darcel McBath: Not tendered as RFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

Deep thoughts about the 49ers spring session

It’s that latter game that we are putting in the spotlight here. Was Dahl right about the 49ers’ tipping their plays? It sure seems like it, based on what the game tape shows … Shotgun formation: 15 occurrences, 14 passes, 1 designed QB draw Whenever Kaepernick dropped into a traditional shotgun look (about six yards deep, with a running back at his side), the 49ers took to the air. This was the case no matter the personnel on the field — San Francisco usually either went with three receivers, one TE and a running back or two receivers, two tight ends and a back when Kaepernick lined up in such a way. On 14 of the 49ers’ 15 shotgun snaps, Kaepernick dropped to throw. He wound up scrambling on a couple of occasions, but the only designed run from this set was a QB draw up the middle, which resulted in a 1-yard gain. This also does not take into account the 49ers’ use of the pistol. They implemented that look a couple of times, once with Gore lined up being Kaepernick; at least twice out of their “diamond” set with three backs. 1-WR, 2-TE set: 19 occurrences, 13 runs 2-WR sets: 26 occurrences, 19 passes, one designed QB run The shot above is of the two-tight end, two-back (“22″ personnel grouping) that San Francisco utilized rather frequently during this game.

Is Craig Dahl right about 49ers tipping their plays?

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It’s likely that Jenkins, given his first-round draft status and the oodles of encouragement he’s gotten from coaches, will get the best opportunity to seize that role. Still, it’s no guarantee that he will do so. If no one rises to the top, look for the 49ers to start the season by rotating their receivers opposite Boldin like they did (at the position opposite Crabtree) a year ago. Kyle Williams (knee) promises to be full go by the start of training camp, and he likely will be part of that mix. One more WR note: It was noteworthy that Boldin did not go through team drills during the last two days of the minicamp. It signals that he already has a strong mastery of the offense and a solid rapport with Colin Kaepernick; it underscores that the 49ers’ most important task is evaluating the other receivers; and it shows that the 49ers realize just how disastrous an injury to both Crabtree and Boldin would be. Maybe Jim Harbaugh read my advice about freeze-drying Boldin until the regular season begins. ********************************** 2. Making predictions about the upcoming season six and half months before it ends is foolish. Only an idiot would do so.

Jim Harbaugh deserves a spot on the undercard. I offered initial thoughts during the NFC West chat Thursday in response to a question about whether Browner, the Seattle Seahawks ‘ right cornerback, had “stepped over the line” by suggesting he’d put his hands around the neck of the 49ers’ head coach if the two lined up against one another as players. The video atop this entry features additional thoughts via my conversation with ESPN’s Michele Steele. Dave Mahler of Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle has the audio for those interested in taking a listen. Harbaugh had previously commented on multiple Seattle suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Harbaugh cautioned against accepting at face value reports that the prescription drug Adderall was the reason for suspensions. Browner served a suspension for PEDs late last season. Weeks earlier, Harbaugh had publicly questioned the tactics Browner and Seattle’s other cornerbacks used against the 49ers. That is the context for the comments Browner made.

49ers, Seahawks neck-and-neck in West

He went to Cincinnati to speak with Walsh, and this happened: “Lloyd got on a plane and saw Paul Brown,” John Nordstrom recalled. “He wanted to get clearance to interview Bill Walsh for the head coaching job. But Brown told him, ‘Oh, you don’t want him, he’s a terrible alcoholic, we’re having all kinds of problems with him.’ Lloyd hadn’t been in the league before so he bought what Brown was telling him. It wasn’t true … (Brown) just didn’t want to lose him, and we never got the chance to interview Bill Walsh.” This seems like a surprising response, but for those that were unaware, Coach Walsh had always thought that Brown was basically black-balling him around the league for head coach positions. Lowell Cohn wrote a book on Walsh , and got some interesting comments from Walsh about Brown : “Paul could be downright dishonest or whatever it would take, He’d be a great guy if it was convenient. If it wasn’t, he’d be himself. I had a lot of ambition. I wanted to be a head coach before I died.

49ers running back Frank Gore sees no reason for slowing down now that he’s 30

He’s topped 1,000 yards in six of the past seven years, but he’s also had a tendency to wear down late in the season. Since the end of the 2009 season, Gore has failed to record a 100-yard game in the months of November and December. He rebounded to top that mark twice in the playoffs last season, including in the 49ers’ Super Bowl loss to Baltimore when Gore ran for 110 yards and a touchdown. That wasn’t enough to silence the critics. And when Gore turned 30 on May 14, the doubts seemed to increase. Even his spot on a recently released list of the top 100 players in the NFL didn’t sit well with the ninth-year veteran. Gore was No. 32. “They said he’s turning 30 and he might not have (any) more left,” Gore said.

Deep thoughts about the 49ers spring session

Current, future 49ers will have a hard time crashing their Mt. Rushmore

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Still, the gap between the No. 1 receiver, Anquan Boldin, and everyone else is wide. That’s obvious even to a casual observer. What the 49ers have right now is a No. 1 wideout and a bunch of Nos. 3s and 4s. What they want to see in training camp and the preseason is someone taking that next step and distinguishing himself from the pack. Who will do that? It’s likely that Jenkins, given his first-round draft status and the oodles of encouragement he’s gotten from coaches, will get the best opportunity to seize that role.

49ers work out WR Austin Collie

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 49ers work out WR Austin Collie Mike Garafolo, USA TODAY Sports 1:15 a.m. EDT June 14, 2013 Austin Collie caught 173 passes in four seasons with the Colts. (Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights San Francisco considering alternate options with Michael Crabtree, others recovering from leg injuries Collie, who’s coming back from knee and head injuries, already worked out for the Patriots this week With Michael Crabtree sidelined indefinitely after tearing his right Achilles last month, and newly signed Brandon Carswell tearing his ACL in his first practice with the team on Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers kicked the tires on a potential replacement. Free agent wideout Austin Collie auditioned for the team Thursday, a person informed of the workout told USA TODAY Sports. The person was not authorized to speak publicly because the 49ers, at the time, had not acknowledged the workout. Collie’s 2012 season with the Indianapolis Colts ended in Week 3 when he ruptured his right patellar tendon. However he also has a concerning history of concussions.

Report: 49ers give WR Austin Collie a tryout

hendeeze says: Jun 13, 2013 11:06 PM The Seahawks should just donate the space. We all know they can’t even fill even 3 let alone all 5 swede700 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:22 PM I must be the only one who actually did vote for Nomellini over Lott. Nomellini was an all-pro on both sides of the ball, was the 49ers first draft choice ever, was on the NFL’s all-time team at DT, and a professional wrestler. He’s also a 9-time All-Pro and 10-time Pro Bowler. While Lott was certainly great in his own right, the 49ers’ Rushmore needs to have someone else from another era. That would be like putting Jordan, Pippen, Jackson, and Rodman on the Chicago Bulls Mount Rushmore and leaving off Jerry Sloan. foxlanders says: Jun 13, 2013 11:41 PM Ronnie Lott amputated his pinkie finger to stay on the field. He threw it in the trash like it was nothing. Straight up mans game b!!!

He wound up scrambling on a couple of occasions, but the only designed run from this set was a QB draw up the middle, which resulted in a 1-yard gain. This also does not take into account the 49ers’ use of the pistol. They implemented that look a couple of times, once with Gore lined up being Kaepernick; at least twice out of their “diamond” set with three backs. 1-WR, 2-TE set: 19 occurrences, 13 runs 2-WR sets: 26 occurrences, 19 passes, one designed QB run The shot above is of the two-tight end, two-back (“22″ personnel grouping) that San Francisco utilized rather frequently during this game. On almost 70 percent of the snaps with that setup, the 49ers ran the football. (And this is as good a time as any to remind everyone that the 49ers did manage to score 37 points in two games against St. Louis’ defense, so the “tipped plays” did not occur on 100 percent of the snaps; the Rams also did not snuff out every play that followed a pattern.) Conversely, when the 49ers replaced either H-back/second tight end Delanie Walker or fullback Bruce Miller with a second receiver, Kaepernick usually put the ball in the air — 73 percent of plays from that personnel grouping were passes. “Jumbo” set: 8 occurrences, 7 runs “Jumbo,”, “heavy,” whatever you want to call it, this refers to when the 49ers loaded up with big bodies in the backfield — multiple fullbacks, a third tight end or an extra tackle. There’s not a lot of mystery meant to be here anyway, so it’s not a huge surprise that San Francisco ran on seven of eight plays from these groupings (eight of nine, if you count a play wiped out by penalty). Bruce Miller or Delanie Walker motioning out wide: 4 occurrences, 4 passes Small sample size here, considering the number of snaps that San Francisco had in the game. But whenever Miller or Walker shifted from inside the tackle box out to a receiver spot — either wide or to the slot, as Walker did once — the 49ers took to the air.

Is Craig Dahl right about 49ers tipping their plays?

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Brandon Browner vs. Jim Harbaugh deserves a spot on the undercard. I offered initial thoughts during the NFC West chat Thursday in response to a question about whether Browner, the Seattle Seahawks ‘ right cornerback, had “stepped over the line” by suggesting he’d put his hands around the neck of the 49ers’ head coach if the two lined up against one another as players. The video atop this entry features additional thoughts via my conversation with ESPN’s Michele Steele. Dave Mahler of Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle has the audio for those interested in taking a listen. Harbaugh had previously commented on multiple Seattle suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Harbaugh cautioned against accepting at face value reports that the prescription drug Adderall was the reason for suspensions. Browner served a suspension for PEDs late last season. Weeks earlier, Harbaugh had publicly questioned the tactics Browner and Seattle’s other cornerbacks used against the 49ers.

49ers, Seahawks neck-and-neck in West

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