Glen Coffee shocked the 49ers organization by abruptly announcing his retirement today.
In a statement he released this morning, he simply said he was “moving on.” There are reports out there now indicating he may be pursuing the priesthood and simply retired to seek a higher calling.
Regardless of why, this sudden announcement leaves the 49ers dangerously thin at running back and has implications on many players in dynasty leagues.
Here’s a quick rundown of the players affected by Coffee’s apparent retirement:
Glen Coffee, RB, SF
Dynasty league owners should exhibit a little bit of patience here before releasing Coffee to the waiver wire.
The next few days are sure to bring clear details of his future plans. We’ll certainly find out if a return to football is even a remote possibility. Coffee has not officially submitted his retirement papers, so he could easily change his mind.
If he does indeed hang it up, it will be the end to a very short and disappointing career. Many dynasty league owners used a high second round rookie selection on him just last year and were rewarded with just 226 yards on 2.7 yards per carry.
Frank Gore, RB, SF
Gore was already going to be a workhorse this season, but the 49ers will be counting on him even more now.
With no clear backup on the roster, he’s assured of having a ridiculous amount of touches this season. You just have to hope he stays healthy.
You could easily make a case that Chris Johnson and Frank Gore are the two running backs in the league who are the most important to their respective team’s success this year.
Michael Robinson, RB, SF
Robinson has been left for dead in most dynasty leagues, but this announcement gives him a bit of a revival.
There’s no questioning his athleticism, but it’s just never translated to the field. He’ll have a chance to battle Anthony Dixon for the primary backup job now and is worth a pickup in deep dynasty leagues.
Anthony Dixon, RB, SF
Dixon slid to the 49ers in the 2010 NFL Draft and they have to pretty thankful about that today. He’ll have every opportunity to earn the backup job to Gore this season.
With no other real competition for the future lead back currently on the roster, Dixon’s chance to showcase his talent has come sooner than expected.
He still has a long way to go to earn the trust of the coaching staff, but it wouldn’t be too big of a stretch to target him in the late second round of rookie only drafts this Summer.
Glen Coffee’s sudden retirement has a minimal effect on redraft leagues, but an enormous impact on dynasty leagues.
Frank Gore better be in the best shape of his life. If Anthony Dixon or Michael Robinson don’t step up very quickly, he’s going to be in the ice bath every Sunday.