Marcus Lattimore has one simple goal in mind for 2014: he wants to be the San Francisco 49ers’ starting running back. Doing that will mean taking out veteran Frank Gore, who at 31 is still one of the best power backs in the league.
Lattimore may be a 22-year-old kid with zero NFL carries to his credit after missing his entire rookie season while recovering from a devastating knee injury, but he isn’t shying away from the competition with Gore. He is laying his intentions right out there.
“I’m trying to take [Gore's] job,” Lattimore told USA Today. “But I know that’s going to be the hardest thing in the world.”
First thing’s first for Lattimore: he has to get on the practice field and begin showing Jim Harbaugh and the rest of his coaches that he’s worthy. After more than a year out with his blown-up knee, Lattimore must know that he is behind the 8-ball.
That’s Frank Gore he’s trying to take down, not some shrinking violet. Frank Gore won’t give up the starting job without a fight.
How many times has Gore been counted out? Every year he’s supposed to be done, and every year he puts together another solid season.
The end will come for Gore eventually of course, as it does for all players great and not-so-great, and Marcus Lattimore is hoping that he can be the guy to hasten that process.