Frank Gore spent the bye week in his hometown of Miami relaxing, spending time with his family and watching other NFL teams play. As soon as he returned to the team facility, one of the first things he did was find his offensive linemen.I told them today we gotta play catch up, a smiling Gore told a group of reporters by his locker after Tuesdays practice. It seemed like nobody wanted to play defense this last week. All these guys ran for over 100 yards. Gore dropped to eighth in the rankings among NFL running backs after Doug Martins 251 yard performance and Adrian Petersons 182 yard outing last weekend. But the eight-year veteran is feeling good. His bruised ribs are nearly back to normal after the time off, and he gets to go back to work with what he says Is the best offensive line hes ever run behind. Im just having fun, Gore said. Just having fun running through the big holes they give me.Even with the week off, the 49ers still put up more rushing yards per game than any other team in the league. They lead the league with 5.6 yards per rush as well. Gores teammates up front give him just as much credit for their runaway success.I love blocking for Frank. I think everybody does, said starting right guard Alex Boone. Hes one of those guys hes a power back. He can be a speed back. He sees a crease and he hits it. To play for a guy like that, unbelievable. Hes tough. He never gives up. Hes always going. His motors always turning. He always wants more. To play for a guy like that you gotta be ready.When Frank gets hit he doesnt always go down right away, adds center Jonathon Goodwin. You see him makes some pretty tough runs. And thats one thing I love about him is hes a physical type guy.The Arizona game showed how the 49ers' passing game benefits when Gore gets going early. Boone said it also served as an example as why their running game needs to get even stronger during the second half of the season. Opponents are stacking the box to stop Gore first. Three of the 49ers' next eight games feature run defenses ranked among the leagues top seven. But Gore is always ready to take on the challenge.Seeing him out there and hes like, 'Come on guys we gotta go we gotta go,' Boone said of Gore. "And the line responds 'Hey, Franks pumped up we gotta go. Lets roll. Gotta get more yards and keep on grinding.'
The 49ers are more than $41 million under the NFL’s salary cap, but the organization has nothing to worry about when it comes to spending the league minimum during the soon-concluding four-year period.
Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement that was ratified in 2011, each team was required to spend at least 89 percent of the salary cap in cash during a four-year period from 2013 through ’16.
The total salary cap per team during that period was $554.55 million, according to the NFL Players Association. The minimum each team was required to spend is $493.55 million.
The 49ers are comfortably above that mark with a total spending of $514.488 million, according to the NFLPA.
However, only three teams spent less cash than the 49ers: Oakland ($491 million), Carolina ($495 million) and New England ($500 million). The Raiders have until the end of the league year in March to comply with the league's minimum cap spending.
The average NFL team spent $544.9 million in cash during this current four-year span, the NFLPA reported.
The next four-year period in which teams must spend at least 89 percent of the total salary cap begins next year and runs through the 2020 season.
CHICAGO – Rookie DeForest Buckner continues to be one of the most heavily-used defensive lineman in the NFL.
Buckner, whom the 49ers chose with the No. 7 overall pick, was one of just two defensive players to be on the field for every snap during the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Buckner is playing an inordinate number of snaps on the line, which generally consists of a handful of players who rotate in and out of the game. Buckner was credited with five tackles in the game.
Shaun Draughn, who opened the season as the 49ers’ No. 2 running back before briefly losing playing time to Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris, has returned to be Carlos Hyde’s backup. Draughn saw action on 25 offensive plays, while Hyde played 33 snaps.
Colin Kaepernick started his seventh game of the season and played the first 45 snaps before he was benched. Blaine Gabbert finished up, as he was on the field for the 49ers’ final 13 plays.
Neither quarterback experienced much success. Kaepernick completed one of five attempts for four yards. He was sacked five times and gained 20 yards on six running attempts. Gabbert was 4-of-10 for 35 yards. He was sacked late in the game for a safety.
Here’s a look at the complete playing time of every 49ers player on offensive, defensive and special teams:
58 -- LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
53 -- TE Vance McDonald
45 -- QB Colin Kaepernick
39 -- WR Quinton Patton
38 -- WR Torrey Smith
37 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
33 -- RB Carlos Hyde
25 -- RB Shaun Draughn, TE Garrett Celek
19 -- WR Chris Harper
14 -- WR Rod Streater
13 -- QB Blaine Gabbert
5 -- TE Blake Bell
2 -- RB DuJuan Harris
63 -- CB Jimmie Ward, DT DeForest Buckner
62 -- LB Nick Bellore, SS Antoine Bethea, CB Tramaine Brock
59 -- SS Jaquiski Tartt, LB Ahmad Brooks
51 -- LB Eli Harold
48 -- LB Gerald Hodges
47 -- DL Glenn Dorsey
28 -- DL Chris Jones
23 -- CB Rashard Robinson
21 -- DL Ronald Blair
14 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
13 -- DL Quinton Dial
11 -- LB Tank Carradine
2 -- DB Dontae Johnson, DB Vinnie Sunseri, DB Keith Reaser
1 -- DL Mike Purcell
27 -- Johnson
23 -- Bell, Aaron Burbridge
22 -- Wilhoite
20 -- Draughn
19 -- Sunseri
17 -- Marcus Ball, Streater
12 -- Bellore, Tartt
11 -- Bradley Pinion, Harris
10 -- Kyle Nelson, Celek, Robinson, Purcell
8 -- Ward, Jones
7 -- Kerley
6 -- JaCorey Shepherd, Reaser
5 -- Phil Dawson
4 -- Buckner, Brooks, Blair
2 -- Andrew Tiller, Staley, Beadles, Garnett, Brown, Dial
1 -- Harper
Did not play
OL Marcus Martin
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
CB Marcus Cromartie
LB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Quinton Dial