Gore healthy but Niners' offense isn't right now

Updated: September 23, 2007, 9:09 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- San Francisco running back Frank Gore, who missed most of the preseason with a broken right hand, had precautionary X-rays on his hand that were negative after being held to 39 yards in a 37-16 defeat to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

While he is apparently not seriously injured, Gore is frustrated after being held to fewer than 100 yards for the third consecutive game. He ran for 1,695 yards in 2006, with nine 100-yard games.

"They have more people in the box right now [as opposed to last year], so we can't get block everybody," Gore said. "We've got to watch film and each guy just take one man. When I see eight or nine men in the box, I just have to go, take one man and go straight ahead with him instead of trying to make a move on them."

A bigger problem might be that defenses are game planning to shut down Gore and force young quarterback Alex Smith to make plays to beat them. Smith has only one TD pass in three games.

"Our offense, we've got to play better," Gore said. "I feel like the defense is doing their job but the offense is not making any plays. We ain't helping ourselves. I feel that if our offense would have capitalized more. we would have had a better chance to win the game."


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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