San Francisco 49ers

Q: Is Frank Gore more or less likely to return to 49ers?

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. AP

Ans: If the 49ers had landed Rob Chudzinski, who was Gore's offensive coordinator at Miami (and who is considered 'old-school Miami,' whatever the heck that means) I would have said the odds have improved. The way the staff has been assembled now – eh, I'm not sure it moves the needle in any particular direction. Frank Gore wants two things: 1.) to win a Super Bowl. 2.) To have another 1,000-yard season, which will get him beyond 12,000 for his career, a barometer for the hall of fame. If he feels he can do that with the 49ers, then it's a no-brainer. But he may keep his options open in March and determine if another teams gives him a better chance to meet his goals. Are the 49ers going to hand the keys to the kingdom to Carlos Hyde? Are they going to incorporate a zone-blocking or stretch running attack? These are questions Gore wants to know before making a decision. I've mentioned before: Gore wonders whether he could be the missing element in Indianapolis, which lacked a strong running game for most of the season.

Ans: The draft isn't exactly teeming with quality quarterbacks this year. Free agency isn’t either, but there are a few (see below). Some things to keep in mind: 1.) All the rhetoric from coaches, owner over the last few days has been pointing toward more running and more read-option for Colin Kaepernick in 2015. That, of course, increases the risk of injury and means he needs an adequate backup who can run the same offense. 2.) QBs coach Steve Logan has made it clear that he HEARTS mobile quarterbacks. 3.) Trent Baalke has given his coaches license in the past at one position in particular – quarterback. 4.) Geep Chryst worked closely with free-agents-to-be Blaine Gabbert, Josh Johnson and Colt McCoy in recent years. It wouldn’t be a surprise if one or more of those names was brought back.

2015 UFAs

Jake Locker, Titans. Age 27

Ryan Mallett, Texans. Age 27

Mark Sanchez, Eagles. Age 28

Christian Ponder, Vikings. Age: 27

Brian Hoyer, Browns. Age: 30

Michael Vick, Jets. Age 35

Tarvaris Jackson, Seahawks. Age: 32

Blaine Gabbert, 49ers. Age: 25

Jimmy Clausen, Bears. Age: 27

Luke McCown, Saints. Age: 34

T.J. Yates, Falcons. Age: 28

Matt Moore, Dolphins. Age 31

Shaun Hill, Rams. Age 35

Colt McCoy, Redskins. Age: 28

Tyrod Taylor, Ravens. Age: 26

Josh Johnson, 49ers. Age: 29

Matt Flynn, Packers. Age: 30

Thad Lewis, Texans. Age: 27

Jason Campbell, Bengals. Age: 33

Matt Hasselbeck, Colts. Age: 39

Dan Orlovsky, Lions. Age: 32

Scott Tolzien, Packers. Age: 27

Josh Freeman, FA, Age: 27

Ans: NFL owners are like thee olde monarches of Europe – the only way there is turnover is if one kicks the bucket. (There also is monarch-like mingling of blood between the Mara (Giants) and Rooney (Steelers) families).

Ans: The 49ers have the 15th selec... oh, I see what you did there. As long as everyone stays healthy, I'm pretty sure Mike Singletary could coach this team to eight wins. Heck, Vantz Singletary might be able to eke out six Ws.

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