Maybe you were still watching last Sunday, holding out hope the 49ers might pull out a win against the Saints, when Vernon Davis caught a 19-yard reception only to follow it up by yelling wildly and pounding his chest. Head Coach Mike Nolan sat Davis the rest of the game. “If you get emotional,” Davis said, “he tends to sit you down until you get your mind clear. He doesn’t want you going in there and making mistakes.”
Really Davis? You get all emotional over one catch for 19 yards when your team is down 31-10 with five or so minutes left in the game. Not to mention it was your first and only catch of the game. Davis, as seems to be the case every year, is suppose to have his breakout year. If that is the case than he is off to a very slow start with only five catches and 87 receiving yards with no touchdowns. Davis wants to complain about not getting the ball enough but it seems anytime J.T. O’ Sullivan throws to Davis he flinches or stops his route short and does not catch the ball when he is anywhere near a defender. Look back at the Seahawks and Lions games, there were missed opportunities by him.
The Mike Martz system in the past has not produced big numbers for tight ends. But with the spread formations and Davis’ speed and athleticism, which Martz has never had at the position, he should making six or seven catches a game. So a word of advice to Mr. Davis: Keep your emotions in check. I know you don’t get the ball as much as you would like but how about you complete a route to catch the football instead of worrying about a big hit. Heck, take the big hit and drop the ball for all I care. Just make it seem like you are trying out there and not looking to avoid a hit. Simply, just do your job!
“I always want the ball. I would love, every chance I get, to catch passes,” Davis said, “I love to catch passes more than blocking any day.”