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December 11, 2006
Does Vernon Davis know his place?

Question: Matt, it seemed like Alex Smith was constantly having to tell Vernon Davis where to line up during the New Orleans game. On at least one occassion, it appeared that Alex decided to call a time out because Davis was still not in the proper place. Have you noticed this problem? Is Davis having a problem with understanding the playbook?

- Ken Adams, Sacramento

A: Yeah, I noticed that the 49ers -- who burn way too many timeouts, by the way -- had to burn one in N.O. because Davis didn't know what was going on. He is very much a rookie -- that is, he shows flashes of brilliance but makes a lot of mistakes. He's easily the most gifted athlete on the team. What he needs to work on in the offseason is honing that ability. That means running better routes, and most importantly, developing better hands. Right now his hands are about as soft as The Thing's from the Fantastic Four.

- Matthew Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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