Q&A with 49ers RB Frank Gore

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Q&A with 49ers RB Frank Gore

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Frank Gore landed awkwardly on his left arm on the first carry Sunday of the 49ers' game against the Arizona Cardinals.But Gore's physical condition was not the reason he carried just 10 times for 72 yards in the 49ers' 21-19 loss to the Cardinals, he said. And Gore was not listed on the 49ers' injury report Thursday, as the 49ers begin preparations to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.And 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman seemed to confirm that Gore's limited action was all part of the team's failed game plan against Arizona. Quarterback Alex Smith completed just 18 of 37 passes for 175 yards, and he was sacked five times.Meanwhile, Gore gained 72 yards on 10 rushing attempts, including a 37-yard touchdown run on the 49ers' first play of the third quarter. Gore carried just twice more the rest of the game. Roman was asked why he got away from the run game.
"Now, wait a second," Roman said. "A couple weeks ago you guys were complaining that we running it too much. Now you've flipped the switch, huh?"Every week is different. The strategies are what they are, and not going to get into strategy. But every week is different. You got to run it. You got to throw it. You got to do both to be successful."Gore said he is feeling just fine -- or at least as fine as a running back with 250 touches can feel at this point in the season. Here is a session Gore held with reporters on Friday:
Why didn't you get more than 10 carries against the Cardinals?
Gore: "That was the game plan. Me and Kendall (Hunter) were in and out of the game. I guess that's why the game was called."RELATED: Frank Gore 2011 game logs
After the first carry of the game, you left the game and immediately sat down. Were you injured?
Gore: "No. I just had to go get my mind right. I was good. I was good. I kind of landed kind of funny and had to shape back."Your arm?
Gore: "Yeah, my arm."Is sharing carries with Kendall designed to keep you fresh?
Gore: "I feel that whenever a back, any back in this league, at this time in the year should share carries here and there to remain fresh. Last week the game was called -- different personnel -- and Kendall's personnel got called pretty much. I'm fine. I'm fine, man."How much do you have to focus in on the run game to be successful in red zone?
Gore: "We have to focus in on everything. It's not just the run game. We got to score touchdowns. It's running, throwing the ball. We got to do both. We got to get better in the red zone."What's the magnitude of this week's game against the Steelers?
Gore: "It should be a good game. The Steelers (are) 10-3. We're 10-3. The Steelers are a good team. We're a good team. We should give the fans a good game Monday night."RELATED: Q&A with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
On Monday, Jim Harbaugh said Frank's not 100 percent. Are you 100 percent?
Gore: "I feel good. I'm good. . . . Everybody in the league gets nicks and bruises here and there. It's the 15th week. NFL football is a physical sport, but I'm good enough to go out there and try to get my team a win, and do the best I can."Do you agree with the philosophy of resting the workhorse back so that he is fresher toward the end of the season?
Gore: "Right now, we're just trying to do whatever it takes to be successful. When that time comes for the playoffs, we'll do whatever it takes, if it's that, I can't do anything but do by what he says. But right now, Monday night we have a good team coming to the Bay Area, and we want to go out there and get a win."It doesn't sound like you particularly need to be rested.
Gore: "I'm good. Like I said, whatever my coach wants . . . If he wants me out there, I'm out there. If he wants me and Kendall to go in and out, I got to do what he says."RELATED: NFL standings
How important it is for the 49ers to get the No. 2 seed?
Gore: "We'd love to get it. But, hey, if we don't it, we're in the playoffs and we got to go play. But we'd love to get it and rest our bodies to, as a team, be fresh for that second round."Are you feeling any soreness in your hip this late in the season?
Gore: "No, man."

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."