49ers RB Glen Coffee really shined in Saturday night's 21-20 victory over the Raiders, rushing for 129 yards on 16 carries while Frank Gore spent most of the night as a spectator.
"I'm learning to be a physical runner and it's easy behind this line," Coffee said. "They just blocked and blocked and blocked."
And Coffee just ran. He ripped off four runs of at least 10 yards, including one 35-yarder. Coffee said he hadn't seen so many holes since high school.
Gore will once again get the bulk of the carries, but with coach Mike Singletary vowing to rely on a power running game, there should be plenty of opportunities for Coffee if he keeps playing like this.
"Frank Gore is, in my opinion, one of the top five backs in the league," Singletary said. "Frank's going to run the ball. We're going to get the ball to Frank. Coffee, we're very thankful that we have him, but he's going to serve the same purpose that we brought him here for. There's going to be times when Frank needs a rest, and that's when Coffee will have a chance to play."