San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore remained positive despite his team's 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 7 of the 2014 NFL regular season.
If there's anyone who's optimistic about the San Francisco 49ers this deep into the 2014 NFL regular season, it's Frank Gore.
Gore told 49ers.com's Taylor Price on Oct. 20 he remains positive despite the 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 7:
"Frank Gore is a realist.
"When the San Francisco 49ers were down 14-0 in the first quarter of Sunday night's 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, Gore didn't expect to see many carries from that point on.
"'We were playing from behind,' said Gore, on a night in which he carried the ball nine times for 20 yards. 'We were down, what, 14-zip?
"'We knew we had to start fast. We didn't start fast. They got up fast and we had to play from behind.'
"The 49ers made it a 21-10 game at the half. After forcing a three-and-out on Denver's opening second-half possession, San Francisco turned the ball over when Colin Kaepernick was intercepted by Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.
"Denver's scoring avalanche only continued from that point on. The Broncos scored on (their) next three possessions.
"'They've got a great team,' Gore said. 'We didn't execute like we should have. A lot of mistakes here and there. I just think we didn't play well as a group. I think we've got to watch the film and do better.'
"Despite San Francisco picking up its third loss in seven weeks, Gore sounded upbeat in the locker room. His confidence was not shaken; he spoke quietly in his typical tone of voice.
"'We've got a great team,' Gore said. 'We've got a bunch of great guys in the locker room, who play hard and we will bounce back.'
"Gore said the offense, which totaled 310 yards and ran 70 plays against the Broncos, needed better cohesion to compete with a Super Bowl-caliber team like the Broncos.
"According to the franchise's all-time leading rusher, the 49ers can't make excuses for defenses stacking the run box to stop Gore's hard-charging runs. It's on them to make plays in the running game.
"'We still have to try and get positive yards on the ground and help our quarterback out,' Gore said.
"The 49ers will now have to develop a rookie at center. Daniel Kilgore's fractured left leg leaves rookies Marcus Martin and Dillon Farrell as options to join the first-team offensive line. Gore felt bad for Kilgore, but also spoke highly of the team's offensive line coach, Mike Solari, for his ability to develop young players like Kilgore.
"'I wish that he was still here,' Gore said of Kilgore. 'But things happen and we just have to do better as a group.'
"San Francisco will evaluate Sunday's game film and look to bounce back in two weeks against the St. Louis Rams, who are fresh off an upset win over the Seattle Seahawks. Gore is wise enough to know that film study and rest will do the 49ers well this week.
"He also knows that a week of rest should help a 49ers roster beleaguered by injuries. In the second half of the season, the team expects to get Pro Bowl linebackers Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman back in the lineup.
"Gore is well aware of their potential returns.
"'When everybody gets back,' Gore said, 'we'll be fine.'"
In another development, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke refuted an NFL Network report released on Oct. 6 which says the team approached Gore during the offseason to let him know his roster spot was in jeopardy, per The San Jose Mercury News' Cam Inman:
"General manager Trent Baalke said there is 'no truth' to an NFL Network report Monday that the 49ers approached Frank Gore in the offseason and told him his roster spot was in jeopardy.
"Gore, the 49ers' all-time leading rusher, is earning close to $6 million in the final year of his contract. Baalke was incredulous at the notion the 49ers wouldn't have brought Gore back for this season, his 10th.
"The 49ers are not negotiating a possible extension with Gore, Baalke said, adding that any such deal wouldn't happen until after the season. Gore had 16 carries for 38 yards, his second-lowest total this season behind a six-carry, 10-yard outing at Arizona.
"Gore entered Monday night's game at St. Louis as the NFL's 11th-leading rusher (365 yards), and he was coming off consecutive 100-yard rushing games for the first time since 2011. He's finished in the top 10 each year since Harbaugh arrived as coach in 2011."
Gore has rushed for 10,390 yards and 61 touchdowns on 2,289 carries in 139 career regular-season games through Oct. 21, per ESPN stats.
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