NFL  > San Francisco 49ers  > Running game
August 23, 2009, 11:13 AM
I know it is just preseason, but damn! Without Frank Gore, the Niners ran for 275 yards against Oakland last night. Glen Coffee is legit as well as Michael Robinson (RB/FB) Korey Sheets looked impressive for the second week, albeit against the second team defenses. I can't help but to be optimistic about the 49ers chances this year with the way we are running the ball and how good our defense is playing even without Haralson, Manning, Spencer and Willis getting playing time in the first two games. They are +6 in turnovers as well.

What I would like to see is whoever starts this week at QB get an entire half to work with the offense to get the idea of where they stand. I have been on the Hill wagon for a while now, but to tell you the truth, there might be a surprise in Nate Davis, doubt it though. Alex Smith seems to have a better hold on his game this year and I hope it translates into the regular season. All that will be asked of the QB, whoever it is, will be to take care of the ball, hand off to the RBs and make good throws when needed.

I'm staying with my 11-5 prediction and still saying this will be a long awaited breakout year for the 49ers.

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