It’s being reported Frank Gore will end his holdout and show up in Santa Clara tomorrow. What in the world was that all about?

This is good news for the Niners. Gore is not what he was and he gets injured but he’s still one heck of a runner — fast, elusive, powerful, tough. And he’s a great teammate. If I were grading Gore I’d give him a B+. Do you think that’s too low?

I see the 49ers as having three “A” players — Vernon Davis, Justin Smith, Patrick Willis?

What are your grades?

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  1. Rick

    This really hurts to say but I agree with you! :)

    July 31st, 2011 5:53 pm

  2. james

    Aloha Lowell, I absolutely agree with you about these four players. I believe that after these four,there is a major drop off. The next group of players are probably in the “C” or “D” category, and that’s being kind. On a side note i was very curious to know whatever happened to the 49ers hiring a senior football advisor Matt Maiocco reported it. I have felt now for a very longtime and know you have as well that this front office neeeeeeed’s an experienced executive.Love your work !

    July 31st, 2011 6:09 pm

  3. Derek

    When the student gets an “F”, isn’t it the teacher who really failed?
    I’d give the entire roster an “Incomplete” until they get a full season with a real head coach.

    July 31st, 2011 6:10 pm

  4. Kirk

    I agree, but we have the “A’s” at the wrong positions. We need them at WR, QB, OLB, CB. Money locked up for a tight end is a tough pill to swallow.

    July 31st, 2011 6:11 pm

  5. dennypat

    I’ll give Druckenmiller an A

    July 31st, 2011 7:06 pm

  6. Stan

    Gore is a C and 3/4..now. He could break one..but his M.O. is 2 yards and fall down. He’s always been to small to be a great back,too delicate for a pounding back…but always better then anybody else the 49ers had. It was interesting that the other guy last year did as well as Gore when Gore was hurt…sort of showed Frank isnt the premier back the bay area press called him..he was just good-better then average- for the bay area. Now,he’s a year older and with a arthritic hip.
    Take the money Frank,bank it. Super Bowls are not in your future.

    July 31st, 2011 7:06 pm

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    July 31st, 2011 7:23 pm

  8. PhD

    Fwank’s best days are probably behind him, and there were rumblings in the clubhouse that he wasn’t happy about sharing the running load which probably would have benefited the entire team. If those locker room rumors are true, I give him at most a B and say show us what you have Fwank – show us your hip is ok, that you can stay healthy, that you still have ‘it’ and you’re willing to put the team’s needs first by sharing the running back chores if asked to, and if all this happens, yep, you should probably get more dough.

    July 31st, 2011 9:04 pm

  9. Mark M

    Frank is a hero in my mind….the only consistent offensive force this team has had during an astonishingly poor era of offensive football. He’s as good or better than any back from our glory days…..even Roger. Think about the horrid OCs, QBs, OLs he played with and for. He still produced good to great numbers. Recently, he’s even turned into a very good receiver. It’s an absolute shame he’s had to play during this time frame for out team….one of the great tragedies of the last decade of awful Niner football. The Niners should give him whatever he wants, even if he has little to nothing left, for services rendered to date. He picked the worst possible time to make a stand with his agent. Frank, consider another agent if this clown suggested this holdout at this unfortunate time. The Niners may well be ready to move on without him given their obvious willingness to sacrifice this next season. It’s a real shame he can’t pull a Tomlinson and go to a real playoff contender at this point of his career. The front office should forever hang their heads in shame every time this man’s name is mentioned.

    July 31st, 2011 9:39 pm

  10. Mark M

    oops, grade wise considering his mileage and injury record, he’s barely a B and sinking really fast at this point. Shame shame shame on the Niners for ruining his A+ years

    July 31st, 2011 9:44 pm

  11. Johnc

    I can’t give anybody a grade yet until they play the game on Sundays.

    July 31st, 2011 10:34 pm

  12. Jnc1975

    Gore is one of the toughest backs in the league. He’s strong. He’s a great receiving back, one of the best in the league. Harbaugh understands offensive players strengths and I’m excited to see how he gets the ball in Gore’s hands more, through the air. It’s definitely coming. It’s hard to grade the players on the 49ers, when their teachers were as bad as Cameron Diaz in her latest role. Let’s see what harbaugh and company gets out of this team. I think a lot of people are going to be pleasantly surprised in The Niner Faithful.

    August 1st, 2011 6:43 am

  13. Stan

    I’m telling you-THIS is the time of year I can enjoy a real delicacy..Bacon and Egg sandwiche with ripe garden tomatos for breakfast. Man,that’s eat’in.

    August 1st, 2011 6:57 am

  14. Blind Tom

    Aldon Smith is an A player. Colin will be too, but maybe not until next year. Snyder will be a very good center. The left guard whose name I cannot pull up or even spell is an A player, no doubt.

    August 1st, 2011 7:02 am

  15. Dennis

    Lowell, I agree with you and I also agree with Kirk – wrong place to have “A” players. It is interesting to note that New England, which has some great Tight Ends went out and got Ocho Sinco.

    August 1st, 2011 7:18 am

  16. Jack Orion

    7-9 teams have no A players.

    August 1st, 2011 8:18 am

  17. RC

    Gore is a great back, and most likely would garner and even better reputation if he played for a better team. Also, keep in mind that the Niners have basically been one dimensional for the last five years, everyone knew Gore was going to get it and he was still outstanding.

    So nice to have a coach that seems to know what he is doing, confident, commanding, intelligent.

    August 1st, 2011 8:52 am

  18. Tiburon Dave

    Frank has been a very good soldier for the 49ers and their fans…I wish him well…
    He’s also older for a front line RB…he’s taken a terrible beating over the past five years and the hip is a problem no matter what Drew Rosenhaus says…
    I think he’s draft pick trade bait for a good team that needs a capable receiving third down back…
    The 49ers need LOTS of help over the next few years…a gimpy beaten down RB won’t do them much good…

    August 1st, 2011 1:37 pm

  19. chris

    Gores rating all depends on how Harabaugh uses him……..he can be a A grade player if Harabaugh uses him like Bill Walsh would. Call plays for Gore that he’ll have success with, as opposed to just feeding him the ball 25 times a game.

    August 1st, 2011 2:20 pm

  20. Mike

    I’ll tell you what, last year the O line was a C-/D+ for pass protection and a C/C- for the running game … Here’s why that’s really an F grade: Staley (R1), Iupati (R1), Baas (high R2), Rachal (high R2), ADavis (R1) — and let’s throw VDavis into the mix (R1).

    Anytime you invest that many high picks into one area and struggle to gain 6 inches on 4th down or protect the QB (regardless of who’s under center) for more than 2 seconds that translates to a big F+ for the front office and prior coaching staff.

    August 1st, 2011 2:25 pm

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