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Gore on brink of franchise record

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Gore on brink of franchise record

Frank Gore needs just 22 yards against the St. Louis Rams to overtake Joe Perry as the 49ers' franchise rushing leader.

Perry, who passed away at age 84 in April, has been the 49ers' leading rusher since the team entered the NFL. He retired in 1963 with 7,344 yards.

Interestingly enough, "The Jet" rushed for an additional 1,345 yards for the 49ers when they played in the All-American Football Conference, prior to their joining the NFL. Those yards don't count towards Perry's career totals.

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Gore, aware of the record he's on the verge of breaking, acknowledged it would mean a lot to him.

That would be real big, Gore said. It would be a blessing to do it in front of our fans who have been here with us and behind us. We can get there and we can do it this Sunday, and Ill celebrate a little if we do.

With a win, Frank Gore will have more to celebrate as the 49ers would clinch their first trip to the playoffs with the seven-year veteran on the team.

With Gore on the doorstep of the franchise record, it's time to debate where he ranks among 49ers running backs.

Joe Perry. Roger Craig. John Henry Johnson. Hugh McElhenny. Garrison Hearst. The 49ers have been privileged with great running backs.

Craig was inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame this year, joining fellow backs Johnson and McElhenny among those enshrined.

Who is the greatest back in franchise history?

49ers CB Rashard Robinson details his trash talk with Jerry Rice

49ers CB Rashard Robinson details his trash talk with Jerry Rice

On Monday, Jerry Rice shared some words of wisdom with the 49ers in a team meeting.

He also stuck around and went through warmup drills with 49ers receivers.

49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson engaged in some back-and-forth dialogue with the living legend.

"He was giving me a little bit of trash talk. I was giving it back to him though (laughing)," Robinson explained on KNBR's Murph & Mac Show. "If he wanted to line up with me, I was ready. And I wasn't gonna hold back.

"I kept calling him, I was like, 'I know you don't want to come out here,' But then he finally came over there and he was giving me some trash talk."

It's all but certain that Robinson will start on the outside when the 49ers host the Panthers in Week 1.

He struggled in the exhibition opener against the Chiefs last Friday night.

On the first play of the game, Tyreek Hill ran right past Robinson for a 33-year completion along the sideline.

"I didn't really think they were gonna do a deep ball," Robinson said. "I fell away from my fundamentals. That's one thing I can say ... that just boils back to having short-term memory."

Later in the drive -- on 3rd and 6 from the 49ers' 11-yard line -- he missed a tackle that resulted in a 1st and Goal at the 2-yard line.

The Chiefs scored on the next play.

"Can't really beat yourself up about it ... gotta let it go."

Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

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Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

On Saturday morning, Katie Sowers announced that she "accepted a season-long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers."

On Wednesday morning, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was asked about having a woman as an assistant coach.

"Katie is a baller. 100 percent," Goodwin declared on KNBR 680's Murph & Mac Show. "She understands the game. She is very familiar with the game. She played in a women's league.

"It may be a little different, but she definitely has the attitude that it takes to be in that room. She brings a great vibe and she understands. I'm happy that she's on staff."

Last season, Sowers spent training camp with the Falcons.

And according to Kyle Shanahan:

“She came in and worked with the receivers and did as good of a job as anyone I've had in the internship. We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it, she has played professional football in a women's league in the United States for a while and she's passionate about it.

“Us spending a whole training camp with her, she did a great job and she ended up helping out in Atlanta in personnel throughout the year. She just hit me up a few months ago and said her internship was up over there and asked if we would want to have her here.

"There was no doubt. She does a good job and we're excited to have her.”

Does Goodwin think she will face any barriers with the 49ers?

"Not at all. Not at all because it doesn't matter what happens outside these walls," Goodwin answered. "What other people think outside, it doesn't matter.

"All that matters is what goes on in our room and in our organization."