In 2011, the San Francisco 49ers finished the season with the eighth-best running game in the league. The combination of the 49ers' all-time leading rusher, Frank Gore, and rookie overachiever Kendall Hunter proved to be effective. The most potent area of the Niners' offense has been the running game, which is largely a part of the contributions of position coach Tom Rathman.
Entering their 2012 campaign, the 49ers have added weapons and could potentially lead the league in total rushing. For the better part of last season, the ground attack was a well-oiled machine with a lot of moving parts.
After reviewing the game film from the 2011 season, I diagnosed three players who really played an intricate role in San Francisco's success on the ground. In the following slides, we will reveal which members of the Niners' offense are invaluable to the run game.