SANTA CLARA – Running back Frank Gore was upset and frustrated. There was no question about that.
But Gore said his anger was with the team’s 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, not with his involvement – or lack thereof -- in the team’s offense.
Gore bristled at any notion that he might be upset with coach Jim Harbaugh or offensive coordinator Greg Roman. And he certainly was not yelling at Harbaugh on the sideline, he said.
“I’m cool with Harbaugh,” Gore said on Tuesday. “That’s not me, anyway. That’s not me. I’m good.
“I just wanted to win. I wasn’t thinking about how many times I touched the ball. I just wanted to win. Get that nasty taste out of our mouth. That’s what I was thinking about.”
Gore gained just 60 yards on 30 rushing attempts in the first two games of the season, including the 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 15. On Sunday, he had 70 yards on eight carries in the first half against the Colts. After carrying three of the 49ers’ first four plays of the second half, Gore did not have another rushing attempt in the game. The 49ers had five three-and-outs against Indianapolis.
“I think it’s more of a function of staying on the field and having the opportunity to get into a rhythm and calling those plays,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “The past two games, aside from late in the game when you’re in two-minute mode, we’ve had very few base downs to get into a rhythm.
“So we got to do a better job of extending drives, making first downs and creating opportunities for ourselves to get into a flow, get into a rhythm.”
Gore said it makes little difference to him whether he is running the ball, pass-protecting or catching passes out of the backfield. The bottom line is he is upset that the 49ers have lost consecutive games for the first time since Harbaugh took over as coach.
“Coach G-Ro called the plays,” Gore said. “Whatever he called, we’re going to try to make it work. And I wasn’t thinking about how many times I was touching the ball. I just wanted to get a W, that’s all.
”We just got to do whatever it takes to win. That’s what we’re about. If it’s running, let’s run. If it’s throwing, it’s throwing. It’s whatever it takes.”
Harbaugh said on Monday that the 49ers’ precision on offense has been missing. Gore agreed with that assessment.
“It’s one person off here, and one person off there,” he said. “We got to get back to being us, being one, and we’ll be fine. We feel like we can do whatever we want. We did it before. We’re willing to do whatever it takes to win.”
Now, the 49ers will attempt to avoid a three-game losing streak against the only division opponent they could not defeat last season. The 49ers went to overtime twice last season against the St. Louis Rams, and emerged with a tie and a loss.
Gore banged his knee in the second half against the Colts, but he said he his body will be ready to go Thursday night.
“I feel good,” Gore said. “The Colts didn’t blitz that much, so I really didn’t have to hit anybody. I didn’t really get hit, so I feel good.”