There is major concern surrounding the holdout of Frank Gore. As the lockout cut into some valuable practice and learning time and most teams are now scrambling to catch up. The 49ers are at the top of this list as they have a new coach and are still a relatively young team. With Gore missing in action there is of course bad news for the team, but is actually an ideal situation for Gore.
Frank Gore has been the workhorse of the 49ers offense and is in complete control of this situation. He has to be paid whatever he wants as the offense is lost without him. With Michael Crabtree also missing time due to a foot injury it puts even more pressure on the 49ers to sign Frank Gore now. The players can learn the system, but without Gore on the field they are not really going to see what plays are going to look like in game time situations.
Injuries have also been a recent concern for Gore and some additional time off will do him good. He is a veteran and knows what to do to stay in shape and will be ready to play as soon as he returns. The holdout will save some wear and tear on his body and the longer this stretches out will minimize his chances of an injury. For him an injury would be disastrous as his contract is up at the end of the year and another injury would decrease his demand drastically.
This holdout should not drag on for that long as the 49ers really have no option. Gore is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, who is know for his aggressive tactics so there is room for concern, but as long as they keep it reasonable the Niners will pay. The longer it takes to get the entire team on the field together the longer it will take to get the product that they will need to become a playoff contender.