Originally posted by MadDog49er:
MB says it all:
"Every 49ers fan pining for rookie Nate Davis to be the 49ers' regular-season starter should have watched Davis during the midpoint of the afternoon practice. It would have cured you."
Guys, playing against a group of third and fourth stringers as a backup QB late in the game is far different from being a starting QB.
He's not even close. Even his best pass of the day should have been deflected or intercepted.
End the Disney movie in your mind, and lower expectations for the kid. It is not fair to "make" him the starter in some fantasy world.
I'm not advocating Davis getting to run with the first team. However, you left out a few pieces of information from MB's blog that I think are relevant:
Damon Huard, the only other healthy quarterback on the team, didn't fare any better. In fact, at one point Mike Singletary had to halt practice, gather the offensive players around him and tell them - forcefully - to get on the same page. Huard led the first-string offense this afternoon, a tipoff that he likely would be the starter Saturday if Shaun Hill (back) can't play. Huard's first two plays: an incompletion and a flubbed snap.
To be fair, both players had decent 2-minute drives. They started on their own 30 yard line with 1:56 to play. Huard went 7 of 11, hitting Vernon Davis three straight times before lofting the final, last-second pass into the end zone where it was picked off by Patrick Willis. Nate Davis' two-minute drive lasted 10 seconds. He zipped the ball down the middle to Delanie Walker. Rookie safety Curtis Taylor looked like he would easily swat the ball away but somehow he missed it, the ball landed in Walker's hands and he raced to a 70-yard touchdown. Now that's how you end a practice.
Here's why I point this out. Likely, this is the first time Davis and Huard had worked extensively with the #1's on offense and faced the #1's on defense (adjusting to new personnel). If Hill hadn't gotten hurt on his first snap of practice, these guys would not have taken these reps, so you get the sense that they were likely not prepared. It's notable that not only did Davis struggle (no big surprise), but so did Huard (a 13 year-veteran).
However, when it mattered most (2 minute drill), Huard failed to punch it in, where Davis struck quickly with a 70-yard TD pass.
Point being, there's a very good chance that he's not as far behind as some of us think. Should he start opening game? Of course not...but I bet if via injury he had to, he wouldn't completely embarrass himself.
[ Edited by GoFD74 on Aug 27, 2009 at 8:27 AM ]