Frank Gore on Andrew Luck: ‘He’s a Smart Guy’
According to freshly signed Indianapolis Colts starting running back Frank Gore, his new quarterback Andrew Luck is a highly intelligent NFL quarterback:
"“He’s smart,” said Frank Gore at OTA’s. “He’s a smart guy. I like how he takes leadership of the team. It’s not just him about ‘listen to coaches’. He’s out there taking ownership of everything, and I really like that.”"
While Luck is the undisputed leader of the offense, Gore is hoping to add some leadership of his own as an 11-year veteran, one who has pretty much seen it all as far as the NFL is concerned:
"“Yeah, I’ve been in the league for a while, you know, I know what it takes,” added Gore. “If you’re great in the locker room, you got to lead by example. That’s what type of guy I am, I’m not talkative, but I will help guys out and you know when I’m on the field, I’ll also work. So you know, it shows the young guys what it takes to be in the league for a while.”"
Sep 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
More than anything, the Colts are hoping that the generally rock solid Gore can stabilize a Colts backfield at the starting running back position, where they’ve really lacked a featured workhorse in recent seasons. Gore is coming off a 1,106 rushing yard season with the 49ers last year, while the Colts haven’t had a 1,000 yard rusher since 2007.
In fairness, the Colts offensive line is not as adept in run blocking as the power-running maulers of the 49ers offensive line; however, Gore should also expect to see less of 8, 9 man boxes while with the Colts due to the presence of Luck in the passing game. He should find that there are bigger holes and more open running lanes often because of it.
In the mean time, the Colts figure to be in great hands behind center, as both Luck and Gore are great leaders and should be poised for highly productive seasons respectively. Luck can bring “the smarts”, while Gore provides the stabilizing veteran presence.
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