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Vernon Davis gets no catches, says, “I don’t know what to do”

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Vernon Davis didn’t have a single pass thrown his way in Thursday night’s win over the Seahawks, making it the first time in four years that he had gone a full game without a catch. After the game, Davis said he was just happy to get a win. But he also said he wishes he knew what he could be doing differently to get more opportunities.

That’s up to the offensive coordinator,” Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I don’t know what to do. I run my routes hard to get open but there’s nothing there. We’ll see, we’ll see.”

Davis also disappeared from the 49ers’ offense in last week’s loss to the Giants: Although two of Alex Smith’s first three passes were thrown in Davis’s direction (one incompletion, one six-yard gain), Davis didn’t have another pass thrown to him until late in the third quarter, when the 49ers were already trailing 23-3. Davis said opposing defenses are making it tough for him to get open.

“Some of the routes I usually run, they are taking them away,” Davis said. “The [routes] up the sideline, it’s not there. Nothing’s there. When I run my corner routes, the cornerback is dropping to the corner. They are just taking stuff away, some of my explosive routes and stuff.”

Whatever defenses are doing, the 49ers need to get the ball in Davis’s hands. He’s too talented a player to go a full game without a single pass being thrown his way.

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34 Responses to “Vernon Davis gets no catches, says, “I don’t know what to do””
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 19, 2012 9:10 AM

    Lets face it, both the Seahawks and the 49ers need a QB.

    Until they get one, neither team will go where they want to go.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:13 AM

    Well, now we know why the SF running backs were so wide open the entire second half. Good adjustment by the Niners – Seattle took away Davis, but it left others open, and they took advantage of it.

  3. lonespeed says: Oct 19, 2012 9:13 AM

    Block?

  4. punkmonkeyfaces says: Oct 19, 2012 9:14 AM

    The Niners have played a couple of the best defenses back to back. When trying to shutdown the 49ers passing attack, any D-coordinator worth his salt will focus on taking Vernon out of the equation. Cardinals will be another tough match up for this offense.

  5. goldrush36 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:16 AM

    Vernon its because they don’t respect Crabtree. Yes he has been more consistent but he still doesn’t break off big plays. Which means they will focus on you the most followed by Moss and Manningham while giving up the underneath. Roman needs to utilize Randy to stretch things out more

  6. oriolesvsravens says: Oct 19, 2012 9:18 AM

    Be the leader you claim to be and support the team by saying “We won the game, thats all that matters.” “I’ll get my touches.” But Vernon is a good guy. Too many weapons for Alex Smith but with his skill set a win is his only concern.

  7. doe22us says: Oct 19, 2012 9:25 AM

    I was surprised that they didn’t make any concerted effort to get him the ball last night. During the game I was about to check other websites to see if he was a surprise inactive and then I noticed No 85 blocking on the line. It was an odd game for him to say the least.

  8. thekiller678 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:26 AM

    Nothing against Smith but he will never be a QB that’s going to sling the ball around to 6 different guys and rack up tons of yardage. Davis is the best receiver on the team with very average wide outs and he’s always going attract a lot of attention.

  9. godofwine330 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    Yeah, he is on my fantasy squad and I am kinda mad. Though he did rack a tackle on Alex Smith’s interception, I dont think that will help me much.

  10. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Oct 19, 2012 9:38 AM

    Your QB sucks. How do you not see Moss wide open in the end zone? Even Gore was pointing him out. Alex sucks. Will be the downfall of this team again this year.

  11. sixjak says: Oct 19, 2012 9:40 AM

    Last week’s debacle set Smith back 5 years. His confidence is shot and that’s really on the idiotic offensive plan that they had last week. Smith could never get into a rhythm. Everytime he made a positive play, in came Kaepernick to do a goofy college play that everyone knows how to stop. Obviously they’re still reeling as a team. They were fortunate to get the W last night and keep pace in their division as well as the rest of the league.

  12. n0hopeleft says: Oct 19, 2012 9:46 AM

    Both of these teams are overrated, and neither will be in the championship game for the NFC.

  13. n0hopeleft says: Oct 19, 2012 9:47 AM

    Why don’t you run over to the sidelines crying again, like a little girl? That seemed to work for you.

  14. mgdsquiggy17 says: Oct 19, 2012 10:01 AM

    “Lets face it, both the Seahawks and the 49ers need a QB.

    Until they get one, neither team will go where they want to go.”

    Oh you mean like overtime in the NFC Championship game and a fumble away from the Super Bowl? You are wrong. Look I’m a 49ers fan and I realize Smith is just a mediocre QB. Guy is never going to take over games and win it for them. However they can win a SB with him just like other teams have won SB without a good QB. It will be harder for sure.

  15. annes22 says: Oct 19, 2012 10:03 AM

    Alex Smith is a horrible QB, so no wonder Vernon Davis gets no balls. It’s ridiculous, because their wide receivers are not very good either.

  16. flash1283 says: Oct 19, 2012 10:06 AM

    joetoronto says: Oct 19, 2012 9:10 AM

    Lets face it, both the Seahawks and the 49ers need a QB.

    Until they get one, neither team will go where they want to go.

    —-

    You said it! People don’t want to except the fact that defense and a running game doesn’t win championships anymore. Its not “your fathers NFL”
    it’s a all about the QB now.

  17. baloneyjohn says: Oct 19, 2012 10:14 AM

    Davis was relatively ignored most of last year.
    They have a crappy QB as well.
    Niners have an offensive, offense.

  18. daburgher says: Oct 19, 2012 10:19 AM

    Alex Smith is a joke of a starting QB… he’s been underserving of it his entire career and yet they keep sticking with him? Seriously how does this bum stick around like he does?

  19. salventuri says: Oct 19, 2012 10:33 AM

    Send him over to the Giants. Don’t worry, Eli will find him easily.

  20. phinfan says: Oct 19, 2012 11:03 AM

    He’s killing me in fantasy!!!

  21. azarkhan says: Oct 19, 2012 11:08 AM

    Hey Richard Sherman, u mad bro?

  22. skeebo80 says: Oct 19, 2012 11:13 AM

    Obviously the offensive coordinator isn’t doing a good job of using Moss. Vernon being one of the best tight ends in football should never go without a catch but it starts with Alex and he’s terrible.

  23. granadafan says: Oct 19, 2012 11:35 AM

    From the article and from Davis’ mouth:
    “Davis said opposing defenses are making it tough for him to get open. “Some of the routes I usually run, they are taking them away,” Davis said. “The [routes] up the sideline, it’s not there. Nothing’s there. When I run my corner routes, the cornerback is dropping to the corner. They are just taking stuff away, some of my explosive routes and stuff.”
    ========================================

    Well, there you go. Davis is NOT getting open. Opponents have discovered his route running in film and are preventing him from getting open. Either he needs new moves or the coaches need new plays to get him open. Davis is a beast and the TE is a huge weapon. Use him more.

  24. rjg427 says: Oct 19, 2012 11:38 AM

    your qb is a GAME MANAGER!!! hes the king of run audibles and check downs!!! thats why!

  25. bkostela says: Oct 19, 2012 11:43 AM

    Well, there you go. Davis is NOT getting open. Opponents have discovered his route running in film and are preventing him from getting open. Either he needs new moves or the coaches need new plays to get him open. Davis is a beast and the TE is a huge weapon. Use him more.

    ———————

    it also hurts when your offense doesn’t have option routes and your quarterback needs you to be open BEFORE he throws the ball, instead of anticipating when you will be open.

  26. threedeep1998 says: Oct 19, 2012 11:44 AM

    I actually thought Alex was pretty good during the Packers, Lions, and Bills games. Saying his WRs are bad is kind of funny: Crabtree, Manningham, and Moss? I bet Oakland, Jacksonville, NYJ, Titans, etc would kill for that trio

  27. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 19, 2012 11:49 AM

    Defenses can focus on Davis because they don’t respect (and shouldn’t) Smith’s ability to throw a deep ball to Crabtree, Moss, or Manningham.

  28. warikahill says: Oct 19, 2012 11:49 AM

    i think alex is a good qb and will prove you guys wrong in the end. most of you guys who are calling him a bum what have you guys accomplish in your life i would say nothing, im sure most of the people here who criticize football players on this site are losers who live in their parents basement that gets a high by criticizing other people. i have never seen a top ten rated qb that gets so much criticism.it does not make sense when someone says in the same sentence he has a noodle arm and then he overthrows people, how can you have a noodle arm but still overthrow someone. you know what he does he win games. btw name one qb who have not seen a wide open receiver. i think he was so surprise to see a wr open all night.

  29. dwdyem2001 says: Oct 19, 2012 11:57 AM

    Keep Hating Haters….

    Alex “Game Manager” Smith is 6-2 and 20-5 in his last 25 games.

    Alex “Game Manager” Smith is the 8th rated passer in the National Football League.

    Who won that game on Thursday night anyway….oh that’s right….

    Have a nice day…Good bye…

  30. goldrush36 says: Oct 19, 2012 12:03 PM

    It is glaringly obvious that 99% of you have never watched Alex and Vernon’s chemistry. He is among the elite for a reason despite the difference in qb’s. Go back and watch the Saints game folks. Alex constantly wings the ball out there in complete anticipation of Vernon getting there. There’s no waiting at all. A few years ago when he took over Gates’ td record for a TE at the time…. he did so with Alex only playing 10 games. Hill had gotten him 1 whopping TD in the previous 6. The problem is you dont throw open a TE when he is doubled down and a safety is over the top. Thats precisely how Rolle got 2 picks last week.

  31. ninerdynasty says: Oct 19, 2012 12:07 PM

    up to the OC while you’re out running routes? Is one thing when the OC has you blocking all the time.. but when he has you running routes and you still dont get the ball you need to talk to your QB not the OC.

    Wake up niners FO.. alex smith will never be a top 10 QB… one good game against the lousy bills D doesnt mean squad..

  32. pwillis5221 says: Oct 19, 2012 12:26 PM

    The middle is wide open everytime we have 5 RB’s keep switching them in and out and dump off those 4 or 5 yard passes and tire out the defense then late in the game throw the bomb up to David or Crabtree or Williams

  33. vermonator says: Oct 19, 2012 12:28 PM

    If Vernon would fight for the ball more Alex could just throw it up for grabs. But Davis needs it right in the bread basket. That’s one of the few flaws in his game he can still improve on. Breese, Brady, Manning, are that good because they trust their receivers and know they’ll fight for the ball.

  34. jibberator says: Oct 19, 2012 4:50 PM

    Anytime a team is focusing on shutting down that one player, there will be others open. Just need to find out who and capitalize, in last night’s game it turned out to be the running backs.

    It was hilarious to watch the same play being run 6+ times in the same drive: Running back fakes handoff, runs through the hole, gets ignored and is wide open in the center of the field. Great offensive play calls in the second half.

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