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49ers Want Dixon To Be 'Thunder' To Westbrook's 'Lightning'

Dec 01, 2010 5:47 PM EST

49ers coach Mike Singletary wants the tandem of rookie running back Anthony Dixon and veteran rusher Brian Westbrook to combine to replace the injured Frank Gore.

San Francisco lost Gore for the remainder of the season with a hip injury suffered in Monday night's win over Arizona.

Singletary wants Dixon to display a brusing style to complement Westbrook's dashing efforts.

In effect, he wants them to become a "Thunder & Lightning" tandem.

Via Sacramento Bee