Before Vernon Davis had this great season, before he became the NFC Pro Bowl Starter, he was most known for being sent to the locker room by Mike Singletary. “Can’t win with em, can’t do it, I want winners”, a classic rant from the coach to the media about Vernon. But Davis has certainly made a turn for the better. Davis this season is fourth among NFL tight ends with876 receiving yards and has 12 touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowl alternative last season but mostly for his blocking, but this season he has shown he is worth being the 6th overall pick in the 2006 draft. The 49ers offense really got a spark this year withDavis and he has proved his worth.
The 49ers are 7-8 withone game left against the Rams. With a win it would be the first time the 49ers avoided a losing season since going 10-6 in 2002. They seem to be making progress with Frank Gore as the horse of the offense, Michael Crabtree the burner, and Vernon Davis the playmaker. Even a guy like Alex Smith seemed to resurrect himself in this offense. Singletaryhas put his stamp on the defense and the team seems to be reacting as well. It was just two seasons ago the word in San Fran was that bad drafts, picking Smith and Davis would really hurt this franchise, its looks like all is turning out well for the 49ers now. The young guys are growing up and their coach finally has some winners on his team.
Vernon Davis joined Ralph Barbieri and Tom Tolbert on KNBR in San Francisco to talk about being a Pro Bowler and what it means to him and what has turned his career around to get him into this position.
Asked what has turned his career around to make him a Pro Bowler:
“Probably Coach Singletary staying on me, just getting on me ever when I am doing things good. Just staying on the right path and putting my teammates first and not being about myself.”
Asked as the season has went on and he has become the #1 target, how have defenses targeted you:
“Defenses, they have tried to surround there defensive schemes around me. I am so used to running up the middle and beating the cover 2 drop. Coach usually tells me if I got a vertical nine route with a three by one, like the wide receivers going on a deep route and myself, he used to tell me to drop and now he tells me to take it and run right past the Tampa two drop guy.”
Asked about new Offensive Coordinator Jimmy Raye’s offense being tight end friendly:
“This offense is definitely tight end friendly. I have caught a ton of balls, the most I have in my career. He definitely knows how to get the ball to the tight end.”
Asked what the feeling is on the team to try and finish the season 8-8:
“We just need to go out and play how we practice, pretty much. We just got to play the way we practice man and that’s all. That’s all we got to do and that’s all we can do at this point.”