Although the direction of the Niners' offense remains up in the air heading into the offseason, one thing is for sure: Frank Gore remains "the bellcow." Although we hear Gore wasn't overly excited initially when the team decided to get away from a power run attack in favor of a pass-happy, spread-shotgun scheme that better suited QB Alex Smith, the fifth-year back told team insiders at the end of the year that he believed his 2009 season was even better than his '06 campaign, when he romped for 1,675 yards. Despite missing essentially three games due to injury, Gore still managed to gain 1,120 yards rushing and score a career-high 10 TDs. "He is still the most talented offensive player on the team and proved he could be effective in any scheme," one team insider said. "He's always been an excellent receiver out of the backfield and — a lot like the Ravens' Ray Rice — he rarely ever goes down after initial contact."
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