"One more interesting rookie note. I wonder if sixth-round running back Anthony Dixon might see a fair amount of action this year. A source recently told me that the 49ers tried to move Glen Coffee on draft day. If that's the case, it's an indication the 49ers were unimpressed when Coffee filled in for Frank Gore last season. Coffee averaged 2.7 yards a carry on 83 attempts, most of which came when Gore missed nearly three games with an ankle aprain. Coffee, who added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, is the No. 2 tailback as of now"
plannb23 wrote: I am not very impressed with him thus far. We'll see how this works out.
I'll take that a step further and say that Coffee was unimpressive last year when filling in for Frank. I hope that the player who can competently fill in for Gore is already on the roster, whether that is Dixon or a revised Coffee.
Still, I support the idea of a CoP runner and I'm pretty sure that guy is not on the roster.
I don't think we have to worry at all about our RB corps. Dixon will be a solid backup to Gore. Look at his highlights, look at his stats in college.
ATT. /YDS. /AVG./LNG/TD / REC/YDS/AVG/LNG/TD
And he did all that with a middle-of-the-road offense line, in the best conference in the country with all the defensive attention focused on trying to stop him...and most couldn't do it. Behind our offense line and our weapons on the outside, I truly believe he will flourish. If given the opportunity, i see a 500+yd, 5+TD season. I agree that we could use a 3rd CoP back, though behind Frank & Dixon.
Coffee has apparently added 10-15lbs in muscle according to the local Bay Area media (sorry no link, but take a look at www.49erswebzone.com, Maiocco has been talking about it on CSNbayarea.com as well.
What did Coffee have as a rookie that made us believe he would do any better with our line? He was light to begin with as we all knew, and our line was soft. We still took Minny to the final play without Gore in the line up.
Not necessarily due to Coffee, but he did what he could against the Williams wall,didn't he?
I was surprised about the report they wanted to move him,(and that they drafted Dixon); he hasn't really gotten a shot IMO.
Coaches said Coffees advantage over Thomas Clayton was blitz protection. Coffee also had that great one cut burst.
I am more than willing to give Coffee a chance at redeeming himself. It seems that he worked hard offseason to add weight to take on the rigors of the NFL. It is his blitz protection that gives me confidence in having Coffee in the game.
Anthony Dixon was also a great pick up for a 6th round pick. He was very impressive for Mississippi St.(The Red uniform) in the SEC. He ran tough against a tough Alabama & Tennessee defense. Not sure how he faired against Florida.
Not sure how this will play out, but should Dixon understand up blitz assignments quickly, then I think there will be a real dilemma. For now, Coffee isn't a great runner but he is also not a bad runner who can fill in both run & pass plays.
I won't be heart broken should the Niners trade Coffee, just saying I do think he deserves a chance. Being a rookie is tough! I think he will be more prepared and in tune with the OL.
Drafting Dixon took everyone by surprise. I have not heard anything negative about Coffee's work ethic or clubhouse demeanor, but the organization obviously felt the need to have insurance at the #2. Of course, RBs have a short shelf life in the NFL so it is a good idea to have depth there.
It was his first year so I'm not to worried. We all wanted to see more but I don't think we should have dumped him. IMO part of the problem was the coaching. I don't have a link but I remember Sing was emphasizing that Coffee just run up the middle and not really dance around. I think he took it to literally and was thinking to much instead of just playing. We'll see how it works out this year. More size, experience, and hopefully a better line will lead to solid play from Coffee.
I think it's a little early to assume the 49ers' offensive line will be a strength. I loved the Davis and Iupati picks, and have high hopes for them, but they aren't proven studs obviously. Considering how awful the line was last year, there's a significant chance it will be a weakness this year too.
However, at least it feels like the 49ers have things moving in the right direction now.
i said when we drafted dixon that coffee better watch out- his job is on the line. i like the kid but he has done very little to win the backup job. he still has potential but dixon looks like a more appealing option RIGHT NOW. we'll see how things play out when the pads are on.
Dixon is competing with Coffee for the No. 2 job. But offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said it might be unrealistic to expect Dixon to surpass Coffee on the depth chart.
"He's got a big hill to climb," Raye said of Dixon. "The No. 2 guy here (Coffee) isn't too shabby. So if he steps up to that point where he is knocking that guy out, then we will really be pleased."
The 49ers like Coffee's combination of no-nonsense running style, pass-catching ability and blitz pickup. And other teams appear to have an affinity for him, too.
The 49ers fielded a phone call on draft day from the Seattle Seahawks inquiring about Coffee's availability, a league source said. The 49ers were not interested in dealing Coffee, and Seattle eventually traded for Leon Washington and LenDale White.
The Houston Texans coveted Coffee prior to the 2009 draft. Two sources said the Texans were prepared to select Coffee in the third round, just three spots after the 49ers grabbed him with the No. 74 overall pick.
"Glen Coffee can play this game," 49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman said. "I'm not worried about what his numbers were last year. It's tough to go off numbers last year. We were kind of in a valley, trying to find our identity at that time. And it didn't really surface until after the bye."
Maiocco notes that Coffee stayed in the Bay Area the entire off-season working on improving his body. He added 17 lbs of lean muscle (i.e., not increased body fat), while also improving his speed and quickness. His dedication to his off-season program almost certainly will be admired by the coaching staff (and Singletary). I think it bodes well for Coffee having a very solid year as a lead backup. Dixon's potential on top of that gives the 49ers a potentially intriguing RB corps.