I'm half way done with reviewing the Niner/Raiders game. The only thing I'm watching on offense is Anthony Davis. I've probably reviewed each snap an average of 2 or 3 times in slow motion. I'm not nearly as knowledgable as some of the gurus on the board when it comes to assignments, but most of the time it's pretty obvious who he should be blocking.
With that said, if you followed my post on Davis, you would know I've been a pretty big supporter. However, after this review I'm not even sure he has the talent to be a good lineman (Guard or tackle), let a lone a probowl NFL tackle. Here is what I've noticed. He doesn't have very good upper body strength. Every run play he struggles to keep his guy in front of him or direct him in any direction. Not one snap in this review did I witnes him move the defender off the ball. At best it seems to be a stalemate and often time his guy is beating him, but the RB escapes using change of direction. But most troubling of all, is his complete lack of awareness. I didn't count exactly, but far too often (maybe 50 percent) he is standing around looking for someone to hit, after his man has blown by him. The most commical play was Smith's long pass to Morgan. In that play, number 93 destroyed Smith right as he completed his pass. Guess what, that was Davis' man. The play started without any trickery, but Davis completly whiffed on a close range block. Davis went left and 93 gave him the old swim move (who even falls for that anymore?) After getting beat badly, he just stood their in open space as if to play it off like he didn't just blow his assignment. Plays like this are troubling, especially considering he wasn't even the outside blocker (He was capped off by Vernon Davis).I could go on with more examples, but you probably get the point. As of now, I dont want to give up on him, but IMO, the issues seem deeper than coaching. I hope I'm wrong..
[ Edited by Oakland-Niner on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:26 AM ]