Vernon Davis Thinks Bucs QuitOctober 10th, 2011
Anyone who’s been on the field in any team sport knows you can sense pretty quickly when an opposing team has mailed it in.
If it can’t be seen easily, then it surely can be felt. And 49ers tight end Vernon Davis got the quitting vibe from the Buccaneers yesterday, so he told SFGate.com.
“They were really frustrated.” Davis said. “I mean, I felt like they gave up. That’s what I saw. I felt like they gave up. I was trying to tell, I think it was Barber, Ronde, I was telling him: ‘Get your guys. Get your guys. Y’all got to play harder, y’all got to play harder.’”
Now Joe’s not about to say the Bucs quit, though maybe they should have because that’s probably better than the alternative.
But Joe will say the Bucs’ clearly lost it mentally late. Two great chances at an interception on the same drive were dropped. Sean Jones came in way late to spear a guy in the head. Dakoda Watson had a senseless “leverage” penalty during a Niners’ field goal attempt that took points off the board and led to a Niners touchdown. Myron Lewis caught a punt out of the hands of a guy who had called a fair catch.
Sadly, there’s more.
What the hell were Bucs coaches thinking punting on 4th-and-8 from the Niners 42 yard line trailing 41-3 with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter? That surely could be construed as quitting.
Then the Niners break off a 90-yard, six-minute drive with a bunch of backups in the game.