Vernon Davis: “We must win a Super Bowl title”


The best NFL teams currently reside in the NFC.  Specifically, in the NFC West.

Two years ago, the 49ers nearly won the Super Bowl.  Last year, the Seahawks did.  This year, the 49ers want to finish the job.

“We must win a Super Bowl title,” 49ers tight end Vernon Davis tells NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk in an interview that will air on Tuesday.  “You play this game, that’s what you play this game for.  You play the game to go to the Super Bowl and that’s the only reason why we play to win and make it to the Super Bowl.  So anything short of that would not be acceptable and I think my teammates know that as well.

“I mean, we’ve had multiple opportunities to make it and to win it.  When we were playing back in New Orleans we played the Ravens we had a great opportunity in front of us but we just didn’t seize the moment but you know what the unique thing about it is we get another chance.  We still have the same chemistry, the same guys that are back in the locker room but we have another chance to do it again.”

Recently, the 49ers tried to improve their chances by adding some depth by trading for quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  But the Seahawks won out, given them arguably a better insurance policy behind the starting quarterback than Blaine Gabbert.

Then again, plenty of quarterbacks acquired by the Seahawks would make that statement true.

For the rest of the Davis interview, do what most (OK, many . . . OK, some . . . OK, a few . . . OK, maybe one) quarterbacks do and tune in to NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET.  We’ll look at the 49ers’ draft needs, the Patriots’ draft needs (including an interview with owner Robert Kraft), and we’ll declare a winner for today’s poll question, appearing below.

And then leave the TV on NBCSN for Tuesday night’s NHL playoff action.  It’s a doubleheader, starting with Boston at Detroit and ending with San Jose at Los Angeles.

66 responses to “Vernon Davis: “We must win a Super Bowl title”

  1. I don’t know… Gabbert vs Pryor is a wash. Maybe even favoring Gabbert a bit. But let’s be honest, why do you want them as a backup QB?

  2. Not until you have a decent quarterback. Your team sent the one you had packing. … And KC thanks you. (If you’d kept Alex Smith, you might have actually won the last two Super Bowls.)

  3. Pryor has the tools to be great. He needs good coaching and a true chance to shine, IMO.

  4. This year is an AFC year. Seahawks and 49’s should fill their scrapbooks now before the season begins, and start searching for QB’s who have more than one good year as their foundation. Roethlesburger, Brady, Luck, and Vick are the ones to watch.

  5. Pryor should switch positions. Opportunities don’t come easy in the NFL and who knows how many more he’d get. I think he’d be a great WR or a slash guy.

  6. Gabbert was traded for a sixth round 2014 pick and a 2015 pick to be determined. Twice as much, or more, than any other quarterback has fetched in trade this year. At the recommendation of the foremost quarterback expert in the game, Jim Harbaugh. Who actually played the game at a high level for many years, unlike the mealy mouthed rabble who make their careers cracking on Gabbert. Along with Jeff Lageman and Tony Boselli in Jacksonville, who remain staunch Gabbert supporters, even though he is no longer with the team.

    Harbaugh admitted the reason they didn’t use their first round pick in 2011 at the position was due to a promise to Alex Smith to give him a fair chance to start. Otherwise Blaine would have started his career in San Fran, and the narrative would be totally different. But better late than never.

  7. The 49ers’ window may have closed. Aldon Smith won’t play any time soon, if ever for the Niners again. Navarro Bowman may not be able to play in 2014. Justin Smith is turning 35. With the exception of Eric Reid, the DBs are nothing special. On offense, Frank Gore is 31, Colin Kaepernick is a knucklehead, Boldin will turn 34 during the season and beyond him and Crabtree there is a big dropoff at WR. After a succession of good drafts, the past two have not been particularly good for the Niners, especially 2012, which was disaster.

  8. Not with Kap. He can’t read NFL defenses. If the first option isn’t there, he starts to run. lol
    San Fran had the 31st ranked passing offense and theyre thinking of giving their QB 20 mil a year? Laughable.

  9. Funny how a story on the niners turned into a plug for the nhl doubleheader, then they threw in a vote on Terrell Pryor.

  10. people still talking about alex smith ? he disappeared in the nfc title game vs giants, 1-13 on 3rd down. he choked away the playoff game vs indy.

    to patriot troll. braby won with spygate. all 3 super bowls were within a fg. he hasn’t won the big game in 10 years. got embarrassed by the giants twice. hes the biggest choker in the last 10 years.

  11. Kaepernick, is going to be gun shy about throwing the ball down the right sidelines. Like most he is now a victim of the Legion of Boom.

  12. I got to agree with everyone else and the 49ers won’t win the Super Bowl with Kap. They should trade him to the Dolphins that seems to be where he wants to be since he wears their gear and get a real QB who can read Defenses and doesn’t choke in big game.

  13. The 49ers had their shot 2 years ago.

    Seahawks got theirs last year.

    This year the Cardinals ascend.

  14. I don’t think the 9ers window has closed. There’s always 10 teams in the mix, any of which can win the big game. It’s who gets healthy and hot during the 2nd season.

  15. Done deal Vernon. How about two or three in a row. SeaPeds are one year lucky wonders. Back to dreariness in grey Pac Northwest

    The Professor

  16. How exactly has Niners window closed? If you use “recent legal trouble” as a reason – lol – your kidding yourself.

  17. Hey Vern, you’ve had 3 chances to make your wish come true…Tell you what, click your ruby slippers together 3 times and repeat “there’s no place like 3rd place” no what I mean, Vern?

  18. The sand is running out of the hour glass. SF has been close, made it to the show and then were close again. Guys are getting older, their QB is terrible and when that D starts showing some age and guys leave in FA, the 49ers are in for some dry times.

    The ability of SF o get there and win hinges on what they pay Kaepernick to be sub par. Pay him anywhere near 20 million and there is what the team invested in for the future. SF fans better hope that their team doesn’t invest in a QB that owes his success to a potent D.

    Anyone could play QB and win in SF. Remember, even Trent Dilfer has a SB ring.

  19. Gabbert and Pryor are both terrible, and will be terrible 5 minutes from now or 5 years from now. They aren’t playing the Boilermakers anymore – and neither of them will be excelling on pro football played on Sundays.

    As for the 49’ers, that team – much as I don’t like to admit it — that team was a real threat to win the Super Bowl for the last 3 seasons. With a few tiny breaks here or there, that team could have been opening up the 2014 season hoping for a 4-peat. That team is still beastly in many ways — watch out for Lemonier and Carradine (two monsters about to bust out).

    And my team is AFC-based — not anti or pro ‘Niners. Just sayin’.

  20. The emergence of Russell Wilson and the complete dominance of the LOB have closed the “championship window” on the North Mexico 49ers and thirty other teams that don’t play defense and can’t run the ball. If you think you hate the Superbowl champion Seahawks and the greatest sports fans of all time aka the 12th man now, just give it a few years. When we threepeat on the field of jeans, sfpd will have to put a net under the Golden Gate Bridge.

  21. Funny how all u hawk fans talking like the nfc title game was easy,and since u won last year you’ll win every year.. c’mon,it sports,anything can happen,the cards could win the devision for all we know.

  22. We get to play Alex smith this year so we can settle that once n for all. Not with our qb? He’s the only one who did anything against the hawks,you guys act like he reached his ceiling already. And we’re a running team btw,never gonna lead the league in passing under harbaugh,never. Hawks ranked 26th in passing with a wopping 18yards more a game than us. If we get the benefit of all the close calls im sure we’d be fine too

  23. Would be the most boring SB ever if the STUPID 9ers make it back.We would be watching dogs sniff the grounds at the stadium cuz Aldon hollers BOMB again

  24. Vernon Davis is one of my favorite football men. He has the size of a linebacking person, the speed of a wide receiving person, and the blocking ability of an offensive line person. His leadership would also qualify him to be a politicking person when he can’t be a football man anymore.

  25. Hey Vernon, are those people still waiting at the post-game victory party you planned a few years back when the Giants kicked you butt in the NFC Championship game a few years back?

  26. Someone explain to Vernon that the window was open and has slammed shut. The whiners missed their opportunity. Teams in their division got/getting better and the whiners are getting old, need to pay players and cant pay them all.

  27. Davis has a point. He’s 30 and entering a contract year as is Patrick Willis, Michael Crabtree, Anthony Davis, NaVorro Bowmam, Mike Iupati, Alex Boone, Colin Kaepernick, and Aldon Smith if he ever plays again. Not to mention Anquan Boldin, Justin Smith, and Frank Gore aren’t getting any younger. This is the last season for many of them as 49ers and they could be one of the most talented teams to never win it. It is now or never for many of them.

  28. Giants “kicked the Niners butt” in the 2012 NFC championship??? In overtime? With two gift fumbles?

    You better get the old Magnovox into the shop because the picture must not be very clear.

  29. Niners will be lucky to be a wild card this year, and if so, will get blown out the first weekend. Too much turmoil, too many felons, too many tats, too little talent at QB. This is the Cardinals’ year – first home Super Bowl in Glendale. MARK IT!

  30. Unfortunately,…he has a tendency to get totally cremated by Kam Chancellor…He knows this. He can pretend like he’s not afraid but he is…Seattle’s D hurts guys like Davis. San Francisco is not going to survive it’s battles with Seattle on it’s pathetically driven road to the Super Bowl.

    Sorry Vernon, won’t even see a Super Bowl.

    Unlike Seattle,…your team is wallowing in internal shambles that will eat away at your team when it looks like you won’t even make the playoffs,..Arizona will surpass you this season.

    Colin Kapearnick is a mirage…He is basically Seattle’s bitch.

    Vernon Davis,…you are a hair shy of getting stuff done,…go ahead and talk about Super Bowls,..Good luck getting out of the NFC West.

  31. That sense of entitlement is the worst attitude to have to produce a team that actually wins it all. It’s now 0-0 and every team in the league is different, hoping to find a key ingredient to victory. There are injury losses, unavoidable free agent losses, and mistakes along the way that will change the landscape entirely this year. Davis hasn’t even met his new teammates, so his or any other speculation is beyond meaningless.

  32. Explain to me how their window is shut? A few calls or ball bounces their way they could be chasing their fourth championship this season but they didn’t and that’s sports but to think the 9ers window of wining a Super Bowl is shut is just ludicrous. Seattle on the other hand is the biggest group of front running bandwagon “fans” in the history of pro sport. That newly acquired fan base is full of “fans” that could not tell you who Shaun Alexander is!

  33. 49er fans: “IF we had a few more plays go our way, IF our quarterback had thrown a better pass, IF Vernon Davis wasn’t so fragile that Kam Chancellor has knocked him out of two consecutive matchups in Seattle, IF we had a real QB… IF, IF, IF…”

    Seahawk fans: “Feels good to be World Champions.”

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