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.'
Aquan Boldin is looking for a new football home.
And the former 49ers wide receiver is visiting with the Bills on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Boldin started all 16 games with the Lions last season, recording 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns.
From 2013 to 2015 with the 49ers, he racked up 237 receptions, 3030 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
The three-time Pro Bowler will turn 37 years old in October.
Boldin entered the NFL as the 54th overall pick in the 2003 draft.
#Bills are hosting veteran FA Anquan Boldin today on a visit. He’d hoped to remain close to his home in Florida if he was going to play, tho— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2017
Veteran receiver Anquan Boldin is visiting the Buffalo Bills today— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) July 24, 2017
There is no shortage of blame to go around for the Atlanta Falcons’ collapse in Super Bowl 51.
The Falcons built a 28-3 lead in the middle of the third quarter and let it slip away, ultimately falling to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime.
Matt Ryan voiced one previously undisclosed factor in the collapse this week in an interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, pointing the finger at the new coach of the 49ers.
Kyle Shanahan has been the focus of a lot of the blame, but critique from the league MVP was a new one.
The Falcons quarterback faulted his former offensive coordinator for taking too much time to relay the play calls. Ryan said he did not have enough time to change any of the plays – presumably checking out of called pass plays to run the ball.
Here’s what Ryan told Prisco:
"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in. As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.
"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."
The 49ers can point to mismanagement of the clock for their own Super Bowl heartbreak. The 49ers’ offense had the perfect play call at the perfect time against the Baltimore Ravens late in Super Bowl XLVII.
But with the play clock striking :00, coach Jim Harbaugh was forced to call a timeout from the sideline. A split-second later, the ball was snapped and it appeared the quarterback run would have easily ended up with Colin Kaepernick in the end zone.
Much like after the 49ers’ loss, the Falcons left plenty of room for second-guessing.
Two of Shanahan’s plays calls, which directly led to the collapse, will forever be scrutinized.
The first came with 8:31 remaining in regulation and the Falcons holding a 28-12 lead. On third and 1 from the Atlanta 36, Shanahan did not remain conservative with an expected run play. He swung for the fence.
Receiver Aldrick Robinson, whom the 49ers added this offseason as a free-agent pickup, was breaking free past the Patriots secondary for what could have been a touchdown. But just as Ryan was unloading, New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower hit him and forced the fumble. Running back Devonta Freeman whiffed on blitz pickup, which would have provided Ryan with enough time to target Robinson deep.
Ryan’s explanation does not appear applicable on this play, though. In watching the replay, the Falcons broke the huddle with more than 25 seconds remaining on the play clock and the snap occurred with :15 to spare.
The other questionable sequence came after the Falcons – leading by eight points -- got to the New England 22-yard line with less than five minutes to play. The Falcons lost 1 yard on a run play on first down.
On second down, Ryan was sacked for a 12-yard loss. Before that play, the Falcons broke the huddle with :19 on the play clock. The snap occurred with :04 remaining. The game clock was running, so the Falcons had reason to attempt to burn as much clock as possible.
In the fourth quarter, the Falcons never seemed rushed to get off a play. The closest they came to delay-of-game penalties were when they snapped the ball with :04 on the one play and :03 another time. The majority of their snaps occurred with :10 or more seconds to spare.
If the Falcons were guilty of anything when it came to the play clock, it was that the offense did not waste more time. After New England pulled to within 28-9 late in the third quarter, the Falcons ran only six offensive plays while the game clock was running.
On those six plays, the Falcons snapped the ball with :13, :09, :14, :20, :13 and :04 remaining on the play clock. If they’d snapped the ball with one second remaining each time, they could have shortened the game by 1 minute, 7 seconds. The Patriots scored the game-tying touchdown with :57 remaining in regulation.