San Francisco 49ers: Frank Gore Had ‘Choice Words’ For Jim Harbaugh

December 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) runs the ball during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

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  • loverpoint

    It really would be nice to know the chain of command for the offensive play calling. Does Jim Harbaugh have a say in offense ? For some teams like New England and Denver they really don’t need an offensive coordinator. Manning and Brady can call their own plays.

    I place the problem on Greg Roman for one, and his new sidekick Eric Mangini . Their game plans have been horrendous. Then I blame Harbaugh and Baalke for not doing anything about it.

    During the game I could not see the frustration in Gore, but I could see the frustration in Colin Kaepernick. He will never say it, but…… you can see that Kaepernick is not happy. Is he not happy with his play like he continues to say at the press conferences ??

    This all comes down to Greg Roman for not having an adequate game plan.

    It also comes down to Vic Fangio for not having a disciplined defense. The defense has not been able to get itself off the field. And when and if they slow down the opposition it is usually around mid field and then the opposition pins them deep with a punt. How many times did the 49er offense start within their 20 yard line ???