Frank Gore spent his Wednesday night at the team hotel in Boardman, Ohio, with second-year offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore. The two spent some extra time in the make-shift 49ers film room, studying the various blitz calls that are trademark of a Rex Ryan-coached team.
Ryan and Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine have been frequent users of extra pass-rushers this season, so Gore and his teammates are using the unique setting in Ohio to better prepare for their assignments.
“Usually when we’re back home, we get to go home and do our own thing,” Gore said. “Now, it’s basically all football. Wake up to it, leave practice, go right upstairs and watch film. It’s a good thing.”
Gore has built a reputation as one of the game’s best pass protectors in the backfield, to go along with his well-documented rushing abilities. Clearly, much of Gore’s success can be traced to his offensive line.
Jets coach Rex Ryan singled out 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis a future Pro Bowler during a conference call on Wednesday, and Gore backed up those statements about his teammate on Thursday.
“The last three games, he’s been balling,” Gore said.
The 49ers rushing king said Davis has come a long way since the 49ers drafted him with the No. 11 overall selection out of Rutgers in the 2010 draft. Davis is in his third season but is still 22 years old, establishing himself as a physical force in both the run and the pass game.
But it’s Davis’ mental development, according to Gore, that has allowed him to reach a new level of production.
“He’s just comfortable with the offense,” Gore said. “Now he’s just playing football, just doing what he was doing in college. He’s always had the dogness in him. I knew he was going to be all right his rookie year because of how mean and how nasty he was.”
Gore has also enjoyed the building chemistry between Davis and right guard Alex Boone, who made the shift inside this season after spending his career as a tackle.
“I do love the way Anthony Davis plays and I would say our whole o-line,” Gore said. “They play great together. Mike Iupati, he’ll beast you. They play great together. Boone, (Jonathan) Goodwin, Joe (Staley). We’ve got a great line.”
The 49ers enter Sunday’s contest with the No. 7 rushing attack in the NFL (141 yards per game), while the Jets currently hold the league’s 28th-ranked rush defense, giving up an average of 148.7 yards per game. The Jets have allowed three runs of at least 20 yards this season and two of at least 40 yards.
“As an offense, we’ve got to get back to us,” Gore said. “Just start fast and try not to turn over the ball and we’ll be back on track.”
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