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News » San Francisco 49ers Inside Slant 2009-05-15


San Francisco 49ers Inside Slant 2009-05-15


San Francisco 49ers Inside Slant 2009-05-15
The 49ers want running back Frank Gore to continue to be the central figure in the team's offense. But the team does not want Gore to do it all by himself.


The 49ers selected Alabama running back Glen Coffee in the third round of the draft to help take some wear and tear off Gore, as well as have the team accomplish its mission.

The 49ers want to be a tough, physical football team. And that's exactly the kind of runner they should be getting with Coffee.

When asked to describe himself as a runner, Coffee answered, "Hard-nosed, physical. One-cut runner. I try to get up the field in a hurry."

Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said he wants his unit to be able to do everything to account for what the defense is doing.

"We would like to be a physically, tough-minded football team," he said.

Coach Mike Singletary has made it known he wants the 49ers to get far away from the finesse offense that former coordinator Mike Martz preferred. Singletary fired Martz, and then set out to find a coordinator who shared his vision. Singletary said he wants the 49ers to be able to run the ball down teams' throats in the fourth quarter.

But Raye said he is not limiting the team to just running the ball with the physical approach he wants to see.

"It doesn't lend itself to the fact that you only need to be physical to run the ball," Raye said. "You need to be physical to pass-protect and do the other facets of the game also.

"So what we want is emotionally strong and tough players, mentally and physically, and that would relate, in my mind, to both run and pass. That's the direction in which we're building this thing and moving forward."

And that approach seems to be consistent with Coffee's idea, too.

"It's like, 'You're trying to tackle me? You're trying to hurt me? I'd rather hurt you first,'" Coffee said. "So that's the way I see it."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 15, 2009

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