Frank Gore admitted that other teams have prepared for the 49ers ground game in the past two weeks, but he said there are no excuses for how everyone ran as a team in Seattle and against Green Bay.
"We have to get better in the running game," Gore said on Wednesday. "We have to get it done. There are lot of teams playing us [tough]. We still have to find a way to get it done."
In two games, Gore has 60 yards rushing on 30 carries in two games, averaging 2.0 yard-per-carry. His longest gain of the season is an eight-yard rush. The 49ers are ranked currently 17th in the nation in rushing offense, but it wouldn't be at this point if it weren't for Colin Kaepernick running.
He wasn't worried about his statistics in the last two games, but Gore said the opposition has focused on the run first and the passing being second. In Seattle's case, they had several players lined up anticipating a run.
"[Other teams] know that in past years we have run the ball great," he said. "You watch the film and you see eight or nine men in the box. That's one of the biggest things, but we have to find a way."
In the opening week game, the Packers were focused on stopping the run because of their embarrassing loss in the NFC Divisional playoffs against the 49ers last January. They were prepared for any read-options, hand offs and scrambles by Kaepernick. This included having a spy on the quarterback as insurance if Kaepernick tried to take a break for it as a result of good coverage.
The 49ers were able to win that game through the Kaepernick making plays with his arm. Most of the throws went to Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin that day with the Packers have a shorthanded secondary.
However, in Week 2 against Seattle, the Seahawks pounced on Gore where he only ran 16 yards on nine carries. The running game was completely abandoned after the first 49ers possession of the third quarter with only one hand off to Kendall Hunter in the fourth.
One of the biggest reasons for this was due to the 49ers trailing and not establishing a rhythm on offense. The 49ers were just unable to block several guys in the box. The success of the previous season on the ground had teams looking for ways to battle in the trenches.
In the big picture, the 49ers will need to find holes for the running backs if they want to make some noise offensively. If Colin Kaepernick is throwing the ball majority of the time, teams will solve him eventually knowing everything would revolved around him.
It will come down to fundamental blocking and working hard on every play. Bruce Miller said it isn't a secret on how to be successful on the ground.
"It's about execution, winning one-on-one battles, communicating better and playing together as a unit," Miller said on Wednesday. "We have seen some different things, some movement up front, and we just have to follow our rules and execute better."