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Singletary names VD offensive Captain (Full list of captains inside)

Originally posted by Chief:
You guys are crazy, Vernon Davis will be a great team captain. He has a desire to win, plays with energy, anger and a will to succeed. He is a workout warrior with the skills to be very good, the 49ers took a pass catching tightens and asked him to become a blocker, he succedded on a high level. Just wait.

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  • cgida
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Originally posted by oldninerdude:
Originally posted by cgida:
Originally posted by ZRF80:
Originally posted by cgida:
Originally posted by ZRF80:
Oh Geez.

Guys, does this even make sense ? Considering a team that is going into the season with low morale offensively (after all, our starters sucked it up pretty bad in preseason), wouldnt it be a better fit to give "captainship" to someone that will carry this offense more, such as Hill or Gore ? What exactly does making VD captain do for us ? Pump him up enough to increase his catches from 1 per game to 2 per game ?

First, Spencer is starter. Now this.

Singletary's lost.........

Thats it just throw in the towel!!! Come on man, this is a commonly used tactic in leading. The idea is to take a valuable commodity ie...VD. Someone with a small scope but a tremendous amount of PASSION and give them a broader scope so that they do not only have to worry about themselves but they have to do what is best for the team. It is the most classic case of team building.
Singletary's lost......... I think the wagon to New England is leaving soon and maybe you should be on that because your loyalty is obviously not with the 9ers!!!

Commonly used tactic in leading ? Please cite examples, oh wise one. Your theory makes absolute sense, but you use it with someone that actually makes an impact on offense/defense. If this were the case, why even bother giving it to Willis ? We already know he's passionate about the team. Lets go out and give it to Ulbrich or Lawson.......

Obviously you have never worked in a proffesional establishment other than perhaps the fry line at McDonalds!! Focus is what is being strived for in VD's case. He has all the talent in the world but he lacks Focus. By making him a captain, Singletary has given him a focus outside of making plays and with that focus his mind will not be distracted by the smack talking and he will be able to concentrate on his job. Focus and concentration = VD's natural talents being displayed.

I've never worked at McDonalds, but I see what you're saying.

I would add that VD appears to have responded positively to Singletary's coaching, so far. VD was a vocal leader at minicamp and OTAs and appears to have worked hard to become a productive member of the team, not just a guy with "potential."

All that being said, you have to admit that it appears somewhat risky to put a guy as volitile as VD has been in the past in the spotlight as the "leader."

Like all Niner fans, I hope it works , but I admit I'm a little anxious about the move.

Actually, I'm a little nervous about the whole team at this point, til they start kicking butt--beginning with Arizona.

I did not say that there was not risk involved but I think Sing has seen enough of VD to understand that he enjoys challenges ie...becoming the best blocking TE in the NFL. Sing figures if he rises to that challenge with all of the passion that he has displayed that he will WOW the team if he attacks this venture with the same ferocity.
I envision VD's passion as on the same level as Sing's and we have seen how far Sing's passion can take us. It elevates everyones game and with that elevation comes championships!!!
Sounds like a great idea.


If I'm not mistaken, VD is in his last year with us , right?
Time for Vernon to step up and make some plays.... not blocking plays, although that would help too, but receiving plays!
TTIUWAPOACSIH (This Thread Is Useless Without A Picture Of A Chimpanzee Shaking Its Head).

That is all.
WOW....

Originally posted by ZRF80:
Originally posted by cgida:
Originally posted by ZRF80:
Oh Geez.

Guys, does this even make sense ? Considering a team that is going into the season with low morale offensively (after all, our starters sucked it up pretty bad in preseason), wouldnt it be a better fit to give "captainship" to someone that will carry this offense more, such as Hill or Gore ? What exactly does making VD captain do for us ? Pump him up enough to increase his catches from 1 per game to 2 per game ?

First, Spencer is starter. Now this.

Singletary's lost.........

Thats it just throw in the towel!!! Come on man, this is a commonly used tactic in leading. The idea is to take a valuable commodity ie...VD. Someone with a small scope but a tremendous amount of PASSION and give them a broader scope so that they do not only have to worry about themselves but they have to do what is best for the team. It is the most classic case of team building.
Singletary's lost......... I think the wagon to New England is leaving soon and maybe you should be on that because your loyalty is obviously not with the 9ers!!!

Commonly used tactic in leading ? Please cite examples, oh wise one. Your theory makes absolute sense, but you use it with someone that actually makes an impact on offense/defense. If this were the case, why even bother giving it to Willis ? We already know he's passionate about the team. Lets go out and give it to Ulbrich or Lawson.......

Leadership is something that takes development, like any professional skill. A good manager can see past a person's flaws, and recognize if they may have that within themsleves, but need development on it. I have managed people before, and sometimes your best people only shine when you put some heavy responsibility on them, otherwise they lose interest quickly, or become frustrated too easily. Even as an outsider, I can see that Davis has always wanted to be leader, but has been treated as a petulant child - go back to blocking young man.. The guy is as frustrated as it comes, which I think has caused him to act up a bit. So instead of continually reprimanding him, the boss says, "ok, you want to have a lot of input, and be the leader? You are it. Everyone is looking up to you now. Set a good example for them"

I think it is a very smart move.
From MM on Twitter:

MattMaiocco Mike Singletary announces 49ers season-long captains: Willis, Spikes, JSmith, VDavis, Heitmann and MRobinson. #fb

No Gore as captain.
Originally posted by RedWaltz24:
From MM on Twitter:

MattMaiocco Mike Singletary announces 49ers season-long captains: Willis, Spikes, JSmith, VDavis, Heitmann and MRobinson. #fb

No Gore as captain.

Thats because you cant be the entire offense AND team captain. He cant carry the world on his shoulders
Originally posted by RedWaltz24:
From MM on Twitter:

MattMaiocco Mike Singletary announces 49ers season-long captains: Willis, Spikes, JSmith, VDavis, Heitmann and MRobinson. #fb

No Gore as captain.

MRob is the special teams captain, Gore will just go to the probowl!
Originally posted by King49er:
I hope he scores 2 TD's on Sunday

me too. hes the starting tight end on my fantasy team.
This is whack.
Obviously we are not in the locker room to have any judgement on this decision.

I hope for the best from VD. I think he has the passion to be a leader
This is a really really really really good move by the Niners imo. Good for Moral, good for Davis, good for everyone. Not only that it keeps Davis in check.
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