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Posted on: September 6, 2010 9:08 pm
 

49ers dump Nate Davis, grab Troy Smith

Posted by Will Brinson

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback situation -- the oft-crappy Alex Smith starting, David Carr playing the role of backup and Nate Davis as the lazy third-stringer with potential -- was tenuous at best heading into the season.

Things changed quickly in the last few hours, though, as the Niners announced they have released Davis, their 2009 fifth-rounder out of Ball State, in order to make room for ex-Raven Troy Smith, who was recently released by the Ravens.

Davis was considered a pretty nice QB prospect (at one point, he was the third quarterback on a lot of draft boards, behind Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford), but his work ethic's been seriously questioned by Mike Singletary and it seems that eventually the team felt they couldn't risk the possibility of actually having to play Davis if things went downhill for Smith or injury struck.

Smith, on the other hand, has actual experience as an NFL quarterback, and, even more importantly, isn't David Carr.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Nate Davis could be a superstar

Some say N. Davis has more talent than San Francisco QBs A. Smith and D. Carr combined (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jason Whitlock, formerly of the Kansas City Star and currently of Foxsports.com, is a controversial columnist who writes controversial columns. Today, he turns his sights on the least-heralded quarterback in the San Francisco organization.

In his column today, he says third-string 49ers QB Nate Davis has more upside than starter Alex Smith and backup David Carr combined – that’s a pretty bold statement, considering Smith and Carr are former No. 1 draft picks and Davis was a fifth-round pick in 2009. The only thing holding Davis back, asks Whitlock - who, like Davis, attended Ball State? His irresponsibility.

Writes Whitlock:

Nate Davis is embarrassingly immature. He has no clue about the kind of commitment and work necessary to be an elite level quarterback. None.

He excelled at Ball State because he had USC talent and three coaches - head coach Brady Hoke, offensive coordinator Stan Parrish and strength coach Aaron Wellman - and an older brother riding his ass year-round.

In the NFL, you can’t devote three coaches to making sure Nate Davis does the right thing. Things move too fast on and off the field. The players have far more freedom and power. Nate Davis has to want to be a great NFL player. He has to want it 12 months a year.


Partially, that criticism comes because coach Mike Singletary ripped into Davis in his latest postgame news conference.

“Right now, Nate Davis is working his tail off to try and learn this system,” Singletary told the San Francisco media. “But in the offseason, that’s when you take the time to get that done, and I’m not sure how hard he worked this offseason getting that done. So when I talk about work ethic, you just can’t turn it on and it off, and now come to training camp (and say), ‘Coach, I’m really trying. I’m really trying.’ You know what? The offseason when we were in the OTAs, the minicamps and all those things, that’s when you have to get that done.

“And that’s when you have to stay up and drive the coaches crazy and look at film and ask all the questions you possibly can. I’m not sure he did that. So right now, it’s a lot he has to get in a short amount of time. Hopefully, he can do that. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

I don’t necessarily agree that Davis is the potential savior for the San Francisco offense – Whitlock compares him to Larry Bird, and that’s kind of hard to believe. After all, Davis was a scout team WR last season, and there’s no chance, aside from an injury, that Smith doesn’t start the season as the starting QB.

But Davis does provide some interesting aspects to the 49ers with his scrambling ability and his big arm. Yet it sounds like there’s plenty of work for Davis to do on the field – and in his own head – if he wants to fulfill the potential Whitlock thinks he has.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:49 am
 

Hot Routes: No Favre here whatsoever

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has a nice breakdown of how well the 49ersfirst-team offense and first-team defense played in their 15-10 win vs. the Vikings on Sunday. Most impressive on defense was LB Patrick Willis, who had four tackle on just nine snaps played. Most impressive on offense was QB Alex Smith, who completed 5 of 6 passes and completed all three of his third-down attempts on San Francisco’s opening drive.

-The Minneapolis Star Tribune is already looking forward to Saturday’s third preseason game against Seattle. It’s because, like most every team when it heads into the third exhibition of the year, the starters likely will play into the third quarter.

-San Diego allowed disgruntled Vincent Jackson to speak with Seattle’s representatives, but Michael Lombardi of NFL.com thinks that might have been a bad idea.

-With Rams QB A.J. Feeley injured, don’t be surprised if No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford gets the start in the team’s third preseason game Thursday at New England. Feeley is thought to have a sprained thumb, but he underwent an MRI Sunday to better determine the damage.

-With Michael Matthews turning his ankle in practice Sunday, the Bills are down to just one tight end . That lucky man is Jonathan Stupar. Expect Buffalo to take a look at the free agent market.

-Apparently, New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson loves playing in the preseason. I mean, he absolutely LOVES it . Which is probably news to everybody in the NFL.

-With the return of Patriots WR Wes Welker and Seahawks RB Leon Washington from gruesome leg injuries, Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated discusses Gale Sayers’ shot knees and the pain tolerance the Bears legendary RB has. Pretty awesome/gruesome stuff there.

-Cowboys S Gerald Sensabaugh will miss the rest of the preseason and his status for Dallas’ season-opener is in question because of a subluxation in his shoulder.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:14 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 8:40 am
 

Westbrook happy in SF

B. Westbrook said he's happy to share the RB load with F. Gore (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brian Westbrook landed with the San Francisco 49ers today for a couple different reasons. He wants to win. He wants to get paid (I assume). And he wants somebody else to help him carry the running back load.

He told the 49ers media that he’s still an every-down back. But as he prepares for his ninth season – and his first year without the Eagles – he’s not expecting to start in place of Frank Gore. In fact, he’s OK with that. That's partially why he chose to sign with San Francisco.

“Frank’s the man,” Westbrook said during tonight’s news conference. “He’s done tremendous things in the past. I’ve respected his game from afar. I’ve studied him an awful lot. I’m going to go and push him as much as I can and help him as much as I can. Of course, he’ll be the starter, and I’ll be the guy behind him pushing him.”

The 49ers almost came out of nowhere to sign Westbrook, who actually was offered more money from the Rams. The Redskins also showed interest in securing the two-time Pro Bowler.

But ultimately he chose San Francisco.

“I add a lot of value to this football team,” Westbrook said. “Offensively, you’ve got Vernon (Davis), (Michael) Crabtree, (Ted) Ginn, Alex Smith – a young quarterback who has a lot of weapons around him. You add to that me and Frank Gore, a very talented running back, and we’re going to be a hard offense for a team to stop.”

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Around the League: Tebow, Big Ben, Fitz & Mittens

Posted by Will Brinson

So, Tim Tebow played some football last night. I thought it was "impressive." Many of you felt differently, but that's okay.

What was impressive about his play? Well that (and what WASN'T that impressive) was the top topic in today's "Around the League" video with Lauren Shehadi.

We also talked about whether Larry Fitzgerald's knee injury should be considered serious/dangerous, when/if Mike Tomlin will get Ben Roethlisberger on the field in the 2010 preseason and whether or not David Carr (aka Mister Mittens) qualifies as a threat to Alex Smith's starting gig in San Francisco.

Pete Prisco then takes over from Falcons training camp before I confirm his suspicious that Atlanta could seriously contend this season and we close out by discussing the single biggest factor in tonight's Jets-Giants preseason matchup. (Aka REVIS.)




Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:31 am
Edited on: August 16, 2010 11:46 am
 

Hot Routes 8.16.10: Media wants Tebow's autograph

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Unsurprisingly, the comments on my "Tebow was impressive" article were all like "WHAT GAME DID YOU WATCH?!? HE PLAYED AGAINST SECOND- AND THIRD-STRINGERS!" That's true. But you know what? Tebow is so freaking amazing that he's inspiring media members to ask him for autographs -- according to Alex Marvez on Twitter , two members of the press walked up to Tebow after the game and asked for his signature. That's a big no-no (doi), because not only do you immediately shred any sense of objectivity about the person you're covering, but it's a clear-cut case of abusing the access that press members have. Next thing you know, they'll start serving us delicious food at games too! No, but seriously, this is embarrassing; a quick Twitter-poll reveals that most people agree what they did was quite annoying, etc.
  • Of course, all the Tebow love in the world won't change the top spot on the Broncos' depth chart -- Dave Krieger of the Denver Post writes that "it's not close" when it comes to how far ahead Kyle Orton is. That's true, but as a I mentioned last night, it would be somewhat surprising if Tebow didn't hop Brady Quinn for the No. 2 spot in Denver.
  • There were three No. 1 overall quarterbacks involved in the San Francisco - Indy tilt, with David Carr, Peyton Manning and Alex Smith all getting action during the game. That may be a fact that interests only me. (And it only interests me because I have a weird obsession with Carr, aka "Mister Mittens." )
  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has a handy "10 things to watch" list for the Jets preseason opener. You'll never believe it, but a Darrelle Revis-less defense's play is near the top. On a fairly random note, my girlfriend (who does NOT care for football) watched "Hard Knocks" and freaking loved it. Downside: she asked if it was okay to cheer for the Jets in 2010. I begrudgingly said yes.
  • Kent Somers notes that Larry Fitzgerald -- he of the recently sprained MCL -- was prepping to have his best season ever as a pro and wants people to not "write him off." Geez, Larry. That's a lot to ask. From what I hear, he's going undrafted in almost every fantasy league after this injury.
  • Chicago Breaking Sports has video of Jay Cutler stating that the Bears were just "a few blocks away from some big runs." Yeah, and I'm just "a few hundred thousand dollars away from being a millionaire." (10 to be exact.)

Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Another chance for David Carr

David Carr was supposed to be the long-term franchise player that would lead the expansion Houston Texans to riches. They made him the No. 1 pick in the 2002 Draft, and he rewarded them by helping beat Dallas in the first regular-season game in the club’s history.

But since then, his career has spiraled upward and downward (but mostly downward). He played for some terrible Houston teams – he, of course, had something to do with that, though he also recorded some decent numbers (he led the league with a 68.3 completion percentage in 2006) – and he led the league in sacks in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

The past three seasons, he’s split his time between Carolina and the New York Giants and since leaving Houston, he’s been relegated to QB backup status. According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat’s Phil Barber , Carr has accepted that role with the 49ers and has developed a much better mindset.

"Now, it's so much about just football," Carr told Barber. "All that other stuff I worried about when I was younger, how the perception was, how I came across to certain people, even my teammates... If you master your football stuff and you go out there and you play like you're supposed to, everything will take care of itself."

One problem with Houston was that the coaching staff tinkered with his unusual throwing style. That meant he, at times, was thinking more about mechanics than about letting his instincts take over. As most NFL players will tell you, if you’re thinking about your mechanics while on the football field, you’re in trouble.

So, what about the San Francisco coaches? How have they handled Carr’s anything-but-ordinary motion? Barber writes:

In San Francisco, offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson have tinkered with Carr's footwork and weight transfer. No one has said a thing about his delivery, which again has come as a relief.

"I'm 30 yrs old," Carr said. "It's not gonna change."

His receivers certainly don't care. "I mean, you're kind of told when you first become a receiver to like watch the ball leave the quarterback's hand," Josh Morgan said. "But in true game situations, you can't see the quarterback. You just got to see it when it gets there anyway."


While Alex Smith is the established starting QB for San Francisco, Carr will battle with second-year player Nate Davis for the backup role. Right now, it appears Carr has taken a lead against Davis for the right to be No. 2. Which means, if Smith can’t live up to his own top-pick status – a very real possibility – Carr could receive another chance to become the breakout star he still believes he can be.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 7:08 pm
 

A quick look at the 49ers

The Press-Democrat’s Phil Barber has his list of 49ers whose stock rose and fell during the offseason workouts, and one climber who might surprise you is QB Alex Smith – one of the bustiest of the latest top pick busts.

According to Barber, “it's clear that (Smith) has greater confidence and command of Jimmy Raye's offensive system,” and though we still don’t know if he’s any good, that’s a positive development.

Barber also gets off a nice line about LB Martail Burnett: “If the NFL kept stats on getting yelled at by coaches, Burnett might be among the league leaders right now.” Yikes.


--Josh Katzowitz

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