Vernon Davis, It's Been Nice Knowing You

andrewCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2008

I realize that we spend far too much time in our blog focusing on boneheaded, young NFL tight ends who seem to be five parts selfish to one part talent. (Are you listening, Kellen?)

But now it turns out that Vernon Davis of the 49ers (a former No. 6 overall pick in the draft) is in serious deep weeds with his new head coach, Mike Singletary

A report on Sunday has the first-time coach—who replaced the fired Mike Nolan less than a week ago—blasting Davis for a stupid penalty in the late stages of their blowout loss at home to the Seahawks. Then he SENT HIM TO THE LOCKER ROOM with 10 minutes left in the game. 

Hit the showers, V.D.!

This comes on the heels of him getting benched a month ago for showing up his own coaching staff. After he was chastised for not practicing hard enough, he caught a ball in the fourth quarter in a different loss, and he jumped up and started gesturing to his OWN BENCH—taunting the coaches who had had the gall to attempt to—you know—COACH HIM. 

Mike Nolan immediately benched him for the rest of that game, and it seemed to do him some good, until today.


Mike Singletary put his stamp on his coaching debut for the San Francisco 49ers, benching turnover-prone quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan in the second quarter and then sending volatile tight end Vernon Davis to the locker room with more than 10 minutes remaining Sunday.

“I told him that he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower and coming back and watching the game than going out on the field,” Singletary said after the 34-13 loss to Seattle. “Simple as that.”

The confrontation with Davis started after Davis was called for an unnecessary-roughness penalty for slapping a Seahawks defender’s head after a tackle on a seven-yard reception in the third quarter.

Davis tried to avoid his coach as he ran to the sideline, but Singletary got in his face and gave him an earful before sending him to the bench. Singletary said he was upset by what he considered a nonchalant attitude by Davis, who did not seem to understand why his coach was so upset.

Singletary later walked over to talk to Davis on the bench, yelling some more at the former No. 6 overall pick in full view of his teammates. Then, with 10:41 remaining in the game, Singletary went back to Davis and told him to go to the locker room. Davis started walking before being called back to get his helmet. He then waved his helmet at the crowd as he left.

“I’d rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we have to do something else rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team,” Singletary said.

“It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them. Can’t do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win.”

Thanks for playing, Vernon. We have some nice parting gifts for you—enjoy your time next season on the Detroit Lions or Cincinnati Bengals.