Frank Gore's best season was in 2006, and the 49ers have returned to a similar offense. Despite a sprained ankle that Gore suffered in the fourth quarter Sunday, he is expected to play and put the pressure on the Vikings' run defense.
San Francisco coach Mike Singletary sought an offensive coordinator in the offseason to install an offense similar to what Norv Turner ran with the 49ers in 2006.
"In ‘06, I was rolling," 49ers running back Frank Gore
Gore looked to be back in 2006 form on Sunday, as he gained 207 yards on 16 carries with touchdown runs of 79 and 80 yards against the Seattle Seahawks
. Gore's big day came one week after he was held to 30 yards on 22 carries against the Arizona Cardinals
in the opener.
"If you know Frank, you just know that he was frustrated," Singletary said. "He won't say anything, and his body language isn't really going to show it. But any running back wants to run the ball. Frank is one of those guys.
"When you have good football players, they're going to be frustrated, and at some point in time it has to happen. And it will."
Gore rushed for 1,695 yards in 2006. Although his production has fallen off each of the past two seasons, Gore became the first player in 49ers history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.
Gore played half of the fourth quarter before leaving with a right ankle sprain. X-rays were negative, and Gore said he thought he would be able to practice Wednesday.
"I feel pretty good," he said. "I came here and got my work. I feel all right. I feel great. I'll be good."
Gore followed up one of his worst games with one of his best career games. Through two games, Gore has 237 yards rushing on 38 carries with three touchdowns. He is also tied for the 49ers' lead with eight receptions. Gore has scored all four of the 49ers' touchdowns this season.
QB Shaun Hill takes a 9-3 career record as a starter into Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. He has gotten off to a solid start, completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 353 yards. Hill has a passer rating of 87.8.
RB Glen Coffee has gotten off to a slow start as the 49ers' backup running back. Coffee has 10 yards on 10 carries through the first two games of the season. The rookie from Alabama has two receptions for 16 yards.
FB Moran Norris has gotten a lot of playing time through two games, as new offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye prefers base personnel. Norris' main job is to be the 49ers' lead blocker for Gore, but he has already touched the ball six times this season. Norris had a career-long 15-yard carry Sunday against the Seahawks.
TE Vernon Davis is more involved in the 49ers' offense this season. Whereas last season he was kept in to block on a lot of passing downs, this season Davis has been running more routes. Davis has seven catches for 72 yards in two games.
WR Isaac Bruce is the 49ers' leading receiver. He is quarterback Shaun Hill's favorite target among the wideouts, as he has a team-best 109 receiving yards on eight receptions.
WR Josh Morgan started and played almost every snap in the 49ers' 23-10 victory over the Seahawks, but he did not catch a pass. Morgan, however, was credited for playing a major role in two touchdowns. Morgan's downfield blocking helped running back Frank Gore on touchdown runs of 79 and 80 yards.
DE Ray McDonald, who underwent reconstructive knee surgery in the offseason and missed most of training camp, leads the 49ers with two sacks in two games.
S Dashon Goldson, promoted to a starting job this season, recorded his first career interception on Sunday when he picked off a pass from Seattle quarterback Seneca Wallace.
OT Tony Pashos will continue to see playing time, along with starter Adam Snyder. Coach Mike Singletary says he plans to have Pashos and Snyder split the playing time until one player clearly emerges as the best option.