Davis’ comments puts 49ers on defensive
November 11, 2009
SANTA CLARA – San Francisco’s Vernon Davis put his teammates in a position usually reserved for politicians. The 49ers’ outgoing tight end has his teammates spinning his recent comments.
“Things are going to be said,” 49ers guard Eric Heitmann said Wednesday. “You see bulletin board material all the time. It’s happened to me in the NFL and in college. You can’t get emotional about it.”
Davis, who caught 10 passes for 102 yards in the 49ers’ 34-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans told reporters Tuesday that “We can destroy their front. The guys up front, I think we can destroy them. I don’t see anything spectacular about their front line.”
The Bears defense ranked 15th in the NFL heading into Thursday night’s game at Candlestick Park, 21st against the run.
“I talked to him and I know what he meant,” 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. “It’s a little frustrating but you have to translate and read between the lines. He was not being disrespectful of the Bears. What he meant was ‘we can do this.”‘
The outburst may be a good thing for Singletary, who will be coaching against his former team for the first time as a head coach. The comments lessened the attention on Singletary’s relationship with the Bears.
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“I’m not glad he said it but I’m not going to think a lot about it,” he said. “He said it, it’s out there and they’ll have their reaction. We’ll just go play the game.”
Heitmann said he doesn’t feel any added pressure to back up Davis’ words.
“As a player you have to stay focused,” he said. “You can’t worry about what is being said. If you get too emotional you can mess up. You have to have a level head to be successful.”
Bruce questionable for Bears
SANTA CLARA – San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Isaac Bruce, who has been dealing with a bad ankle most of the season, rolled it during practice and is questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.
The 16-year NFL veteran was injured Wednesday. He would be replaced by Jason Hill if necessary.
The 37-year-old Bruce has caught 20 passes for 244 yards this season. He has 1,023 receptions and 91 touchdowns in his career
Hill has been bothered by an ankle problem as well.
Running back Glen Coffee (concussion) is out, while safety Michael Lewis (quad), tight end Vernon Davis (shoulder), tight end Delanie Walker (knee) and linebacker Takeo Spikes (shoulder) are probable.