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Turnaround continues for Vernon Davis

We’re never going to forget Mike Singletary’s coaching debut in San Francisco last October. Mainly, because his pants fell off at halftime.

But also because of the very underrated postgame rant touched off by tight end Vernon Davis. That day, in a blowout loss to the Seahawks, Davis drew a 15-yard personal foul then, when approached on the sideline by Singletary about it, Davis tried to blow him off. Singletary sent Davis to the showers then raked him over the coals from the podium afterwards.

“I will not tolerate players that think it’s about them when it’s about the team,” Singletary said. “I would rather play with 10 people and get penalized…than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team.”

Davis has apparently sold out. Today, it was announced he was named one of the Niners captains for the 2009 season.

“I’m really excited about Vernon,” Singletary said in comments distributed by the team. “I think he exemplified a lot of those qualities that you have to have in order to be a leader. I know he told me last year that that’s something he wanted to strive to be and I felt that this year… Vernon has shown the professionalism, the work ethic and all those things.”

So good for Davis, the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft. He’s a guy who was getting stamped with the hard-to-shake “selfish bust” label and he took his career by the short and curlies and fixed it.  

The Niners other captains this season are linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes, defensive end Justin Smith, center Eric Heitmann and running back Michael Robinson.

Passed over again? Shawne Merriman and Terrell Owens.

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21 Responses to “Turnaround continues for Vernon Davis”
  1. Eddie Drycleaner says: Sep 11, 2009 6:49 PM

    as Adrian Wilson so elequently put it-
    “WHO?”

  2. go_seahawwwks says: Sep 11, 2009 6:54 PM

    The center and the third string running back as the other offensive captains…maybe Vernon Davis won by default…or lottery.

  3. sevenirongator says: Sep 11, 2009 7:00 PM

    Can he throw the ball?

  4. KingJoe! says: Sep 11, 2009 7:06 PM

    Interesting that Merriman being cleared of all charges takes longer for you to report then when he was accussed. I suppose innocence is not very exciting.

  5. VoxVeritas says: Sep 11, 2009 7:08 PM

    It’s not gonna make Davis smarter, and that’s his main problem. He’s a dumbass.

  6. artieblanksucsbigD says: Sep 11, 2009 7:17 PM

    “I will not tolerate players that think it’s about them when it’s about the team”
    ” hrrumph ” said crabfree while reading paper getting a pedicure.

  7. ftomeo says: Sep 11, 2009 7:20 PM

    Is that a sign that Vernon has turned around or that the once perennial greats have fallen off so badly that Vernon is one of the most talented, respected players on the team?
    You make the call.

  8. BBAHofstra says: Sep 11, 2009 7:25 PM

    Good day if you’re a Penn State Fan. Puz is a captain for the bills, MRob for the 9ers, and no known DUI arrests for a couple days…

  9. csulb49er says: Sep 11, 2009 7:38 PM

    @ Eddie Drycleaner
    This Adrian Wilson?
    http://markjrebilas.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/ea11x_5615.jpg

  10. SwedishMurderMachine says: Sep 11, 2009 8:14 PM

    You know your team sucks when Vernon Davis is a captain. You also know that your fantasy team sucks when he is on it.

  11. GregO says: Sep 11, 2009 9:03 PM

    Can someone shed a bust label four years in the making without even playing a game?

  12. Steve-O says: Sep 11, 2009 9:32 PM

    Do the writers on this site ever actually WATCH AN NFL GAME?
    How can you say he “he took his career by the short and curlies and fixed it”?
    I must have missed a whole lot of catches and a few TDs. Last time I looked he was a dime a dozen 1st round bust.

  13. molluro says: Sep 11, 2009 10:03 PM

    This guy is one of the most disappointing players I have watched in my time as a fan…..the other embarrASSing players…..yup – you guessed it
    Alex Smith. I would rather have JP Losman on my team…..at least he could play a little….
    Vernon needs to wake up and realize that this is a TEAM effort and not his 1 catch a game and 2 TDs a season will help win a Superbowl….
    Wasnt he a beast in college? Whats his problem…..probably because he is another worthless draft pick who got a bunch of money before he played a NFL down to earn.
    Hopefully the front office will learn sooner or later…

  14. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Sep 11, 2009 10:50 PM

    Good job, Vernon! It’s about time the 49ers make their presence felt again.

  15. DanSnyder says: Sep 11, 2009 11:09 PM

    lol 49ers. wut

  16. bishop23 says: Sep 11, 2009 11:10 PM

    dud has so much talent hope this year is a good one

  17. downsouth49er says: Sep 11, 2009 11:17 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    September 11, 2009 7:08 PM
    It’s not gonna make Davis smarter, and that’s his main problem. He’s a dumbass.
    What’s dumb is not being able to catch and place the ball down correctly on a PLAYOFF game winning field. Especially for a once backup QB who had so much practice doing it. For every one thing you say negative about the 49ers, i can say TWO about your star studded cowboys. Try me…we’ll see if you show in december when the boys make that yearly crumble

  18. Chargers-Superhero says: Sep 11, 2009 11:32 PM

    2 EX-Bengals are Captains. That is funny.
    The Bengals could really use them right now.

  19. EskinSux says: Sep 12, 2009 12:19 AM

    VoxVeritas says:
    September 11, 2009 7:08 PM
    It’s not gonna make Davis smarter, and that’s his main problem. He’s a dumbass.
    —————————————-
    Yeah, But he has won as many playoff games as the Cowgirl captains……What’s the difference?

  20. BleedGreen says: Sep 12, 2009 8:51 AM

    If I remember correctly, there was a pick6, or a kick return for a TD in that game, and once inside the far 20’s, every 49er EXCEPT Vernon Davis had given up but he was still pursuing hard. The call out was bogus in the first place, which is why Singletary had to backpedal later on. Vernon Davis hasn’t had the benefit of good consistent coaching, or of a QB that can consistently get the ball to him to make use of his talent.
    When you’re a TE, your routes are usually short to intermediate. When your teams ONLY offensive strength is a slightly above average running game, and you have no real receivers or QB, the box gets stacked. This severely limits the short and intermediate routes.

  21. StillMadAtSlobber says: Sep 12, 2009 1:15 PM

    OK, so now he is an Unselfish Bust.

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