Originally posted by strickac:
Wow! I can't believe that made sense in your head.
Look, you said it yourself. It may take 2-3 years before Davis is the guy we drafted him to be. Plus, benching a 20 year old, who's very raw, does not mean he'll never start again. That's nonsense.
Davis is killing us on the right side. Physically, he has the tools. Mentally though, he's not up to par (yet). Wragge played well at LT yesterday when Staley briefly went out. Sims played great when Staley was injured last season. Since Staley has experience on both sides of the line, it makes sense (to me) to start exploring different options to protect Smith. Boone? Who knows what he can do? I know he can't be worse than Davis is now.
We're in a close race to win the division and we finally have some excitement at the QB position. It's vital that the Oline protect Troy. Davis is fine when we play our rush-oriented attack, but as Johnson and Singletary move forward with Troy, he's going to see more and more pass attempts. That's what scares me about leaving Davis in there.
We had 3 TDs called back yesterday. Stupid penalties are killing our momentum. Davis' stupid holding penalty in the 4th almost lost the game for us. It negated Vernon's spectacular catch.
IMO, that's unacceptable. Just because someone is a 1st round pick doesn't mean they should be excused for poor play. If he was a mid-round pick, he wouldn't be starting. You know that. It's just like the whole Alex Smith fiasco. The team had so much money invested in him that they felt they had to start him, no matter what. That's a recipe for disaster. It ruins teams.
If you bench your #1 pick and play an UFA who was on the PS last year who has never started a game ahead of him, you're saying you have no confidence that Anthony Davis can succeed in the NFL. If you undermine the perception for your #1 pick and his confidence, and tell him to sit on the sidelines, you're cutting bait. End of story, which is why it'll never happen unless the people making decisions are as dumb as the people pushing for Davis to be benched.
Boone could absolutely be worse than Davis right now, which is why Boone has never seen action in a game. I'm not saying that Boone couldn't play better, but to say that Davis's performance is the floor for a starting RT in the NFL is completely ludicrous.
Davis, and the line as a whole, have had good games in pass protection. They've had bad games, too. That's what happens when you have three players on the line playing a position for the first time in the NFL. Lines get better when they have the chance to play with each other for a long period of time. Introducing more instability with players who are even more untested isn't the right call; it's not even in the proximity of the right call.
Saying that he wouldn't be starting if he were a 4th round pick is obvious, because if he was a 4th round talent then he wouldn't project as a first-year starter anyways. It's not simply "he was picked in the first, and therefore will always play". It's "he was picked in the first because he has the raw talent to succeed, and therefore he will play as his adjustment to the NFL continues". Smith, if you'll remember, was
benched, and won the job back in 2009.
And for the record, Davis's penalty didn't negate VD's go-ahead TD; it negated Crabtree's TD earlier in the 4th quarter when we settled for a FG to put us within 4 points. It was Joe Staley's holding call that negated the game-winning TD pass to Davis. I don't see any calls for Staley to be benched (though that's moot now).