Remember all the way back to Monday? Back when Peyton Manning announced he was going to Denver and several wondered whether the 49ers would let Alex Smith walk and hand the keys to Colin Kaepernick? Vernon Davis probably wouldn’t have been real pleased with that scenario.
Davis went on with Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey (KNBR’s “Murph and Mac”) this morning, and he had some interesting things to say about the 49ers’ wild off-season. The highlight: his thoughts on the 49ers’ pursuit of Manning.
Long story short: Davis definitely sounds like a Smith guy — maybe even ahead of Manning. He probably has to be at this point, now that Smith’s under contract, but Davis said he was “confused” by the 49ers’ overtures to Manning, and sounded almost frightened of the prospect of starting next season without Manning or Smith.
Murphy didn’t ask Davis about newly-signed QB Josh Johnson, and Mac didn’t ask any questions — because he never does. But Davis’ comments sure don’t make him seem extremely confident in what the 49ers’ QB situation would’ve looked like with Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzein as the only guys left.
Here’s a transcript from the interview (emphasis mine).
Murphy: When you heard that Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke flew out to see Peyton Manning, what was your reaction? Thrilled? Were you confused? What was your reaction?
Davis: I was kind of confused, because I was under the impression that we were going with Alex Smith. But at the end of the day I know it’s a business, so you got to be able to expect anything. Any type of possibility, anything can happen. But for me, man, I’m a big supporter of Alex Smith and I figured that was our guy. But me being a leader on the team and a guy that’s been around for a while, anyone that comes in, I’m going to have to respect the situation and be a supporter.
Murphy: Okay, so, you had your reaction. Then it plays out that Peyton doesn’t come. And then you hear that Alex is going to Miami. Now when you heard that, what was your reaction? Were you, again, confused? Did you reach out to him when you heard Alex is going to Miami?
Davis: Yeah, I tried to call Alex, tried to get on the phone with him, but I’m not sure if he changed his number or not…
Murphy: (laughs) He’s not taking Vernon’s call? What’s up with that?
McCaffrey: It’s going right to voicemail. (Side note: Mac’s awake!)
Davis: Yeah, I couldn’t reach him. It’s alright, it’s alright. I’m going to have some words with him when I see him.
McCaffrey: There you go. Straighten him out, yeah. (Goes back to sleep.)
Murphy: Can you see Alex holding that phone up it says “Vernon” and he just hits “ignore.” (laughs) That’s no good, he’s gotta take the Vernon call, he caught the pass against the Saints.
Davis: (laughs) Take my call!
Murphy: So anyway, were you a little worried that he was going to go down there?
Davis: (pauses) Yeah, I was. I was just trying to figure it out. I was just trying to figure it all out. I was like, “Ah! What are we going to do? We don’t get Peyton, Alex is going somewhere else, we don’t get Alex, then we’ll be in a hole. We’ll be in a hole.” And that’s the only thing I was thinking about, I was just worried. I was just worried that we wouldn’t have anyone.
Murphy: Right, exactly. We all were, too. Everybody was thinking about that. And then it plays out that he signs. Were you relieved? I guess the corollary question, Vernon, did you think that by the time Alex signed with the 49ers, is his relationship with Jim Harbaugh now changed? Like all that great trust they had, and pounding the pads, and caddying at Pebble Beach. Do you fear that that dynamic has been changed by this crazy off-season?
Davis: Not sure, not sure. I’m not sure what Alex Smith is thinking. I don’t know what’s on his mind. But I know one thing for sure is that Alex is one of those guys, he can let it go. He can let it go. He’s good when fighting through adversity, he can just make a quick turnaround. That’s one thing I love about the kid, is that he can do that. He’s very strong mentally, physically. He’s good with that. He’s been through a lot. He’s been on a roller coaster. He’s been up, he’s been down. He’s still managed to fight. He’ll fight, he’ll fight through it, and that’s what makes him a warrior.