The San Francisco 49ers have enough problems right now to worry about with Aldon Smith’s indefinite absence, Patrick Willis’ injury, and two straight losses which is leaving their fans and coaching staff scratching their heads.
They can now add one more issue: a spat between their star running back and head coach.
According to Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Frank Gore had some “choice words” for Harbaugh and was “angry” at his head coach near the end of the 49ers’ 27-7 loss at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
Gore only had four touches in the second half, but still wound up having his best game of the season, recording 82 yards on 11 carries. He also caught two passes for 21 yards.
The Niners’ running back has struggled mightily in the early part of this season, and perhaps the frustration has been building up for Gore. Last week, he had nine carries for only 16 yards against the Seahawks, and in Week 1, he recorded 44 yards on 22 carries. Overall, he is averaging a mere 2.0 yards per carry.
Gore, 30, has been a staple in the Niners’ backfield for the past eight years, with six 1,000-yard rushing seasons and four Pro Bowl appearances.
However, the 49ers, who have used the running game abundantly the past few seasons, have been pass-happy this year with Colin Kaepernick at the helm. But Kaepernick is struggling to find open receivers, and the offense is producing next to nothing.
Perhaps it’s time for Harbaugh to rely on the running game and get Gore more involved.