(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.)By ANTONIO GONZALEZAP Sports Writer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman wants to be a head coach one day soon, and he already knows at least one person he'd hire on his staff.
Running back Frank Gore.
Often underappreciated and overlooked around the NFL, Gore has carried the 49ers through good times and mostly bad the last eight seasons. Coaches are quick to credit the reliable running back's smarts and savvy, doing everything from breaking down film to scouting potential draft picks.
Gore's latest adaptation has come in the new read-option run game anchored by quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Gore surpassed 100 yards rushing in a playoff game for the first time in last week's 45-31 win over Green Bay, and the 49ers insist his knowledge is a vital part of the plan heading into Sunday's NFC championship at Atlanta.