The 49ers offense has been the biggest culprit in Jim Harbaugh's team, stubbing its toe this season. RB Frank Gore ran for 5.3 yards a pop against a mediocre Raiders run defense Sunday but somehow had just 12 carries.
"The coaches are the ones calling the plays," Gore said. "Whatever the coach calls, I'm going to give 110 percent. I'm only a player; I only do what my coach says. You've got to ask the coach."
When asked why the running game vanished Harbaugh offered no insight: "Why we didn't get the ball to Frank Gore more? Yeah."
Carlos Hyde only had two carries so it's not like Gore is falling to RB2 status on the team. For some reason, the 9ers are getting away from the running game and unfortunately close their season with some very tough mathups that won't favor their RBs.