Signing of Gore is no joke
There are compliments and then there’s what Rob Chudzinski had to say when asked about Frank Gore the other day.
“He’s everything that you would want the NFL to be about,” said Chudzinski, a former offensive coordinator and head coach in the league. Let that sink in for a moment.
It’s one thing to say a player is everything you would want your team to be about. Taking it to the level of the entire league is saying much more, especially from someone who has a great deal of familiarity with him.
The Buffalo Bills haven’t gotten a whole lot of accolades for signing Gore largely because he’s almost 36 years old, well beyond the typical age for meaningful production from a running back. Although their many other moves in a busy offseason have largely drawn praise, the free-agent signing of the league’s oldest active player at his position was met with a mixture of ridicule and mocking.
Who are they getting next? Jim Brown? Is Thurman Thomas interested in a comeback?
Chudzinski, for one, wasn’t surprised when he heard the news on March 13 that Gore had an opportunity to keep his NFL career alive for a 15th season. He had a close-up view of the 11th, 12th and 13th seasons as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.
Chudzinski designed the schemes and called the plays that a 33-year-old Gore ran on the way to 1,025 yards in 2016, the ninth 1,000-yard season of his career. The following year, Gore contributed 961 rushing yards to Chudzinski’s offense before giving the Miami Dolphins a credible 722 yards General Manager Beane may add more pieces. Page B6