Through the first two games of the season, the San Francisco 49ers rushing attack has been well, essentially non-existent.
The 49ers didn’t opt to run much during their shootout with the Green Bay Packers in Week One and they were stonewalled during their Week Two drubbing in Seattle.
That didn’t sit well with 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman who told the Santa Rosa Press he plans to re-establish the running game going forward:
No matter that opponents are stacking extra defenders next to the line of scrimmage. The San Francisco 49ers are determined to run the football successfully, a key element of their offense that has been missing through the first two weeks of the season.
But offensive coordinator Greg Roman doesn’t believe in forcing the issue.
Roman is taking a patient approach with a rushing attack that ranked fourth in the NFL last season but has struggled so far this year to get Frank Gore and the team’s other running backs untracked.
“Our guys take a lot of pride in running the football and it’s an important part of what we do,” Roman said Thursday. “There is a time, though, where if they overplay it, I don’t know that we’re just going to bang our head into a brick wall all day. We want to give our guys a chance to be successful.”
The 49ers have one of the better offensive lines in the game and with a talented running back in Frank Gore, there’s little reason to believe they’ll find any difficulty in ranking in the top five again.