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Vernon Davis: Buccaneers Gave Up, Didn’t Play Hard Enough

Coming off their fourth quarter comeback against the Eagles in Philadelphia last weekend, the 49ers put on another impressive show Sunday. San Francisco routed Tampa Bay 48-3 to improve to 4-1 for the first time since 2002.

The Niners posted 418 yards of offense, with 213 coming on the ground and 205 in the air. Tight end Vernon Davis caught two of Alex Smith’s three touchdown passes, and said after the game he felt like the Buccaneers gave up. Actually, he says he told Tampa Bay during the game to play harder.

“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.’”

Is that embarrassing or what? I’m not sure at what point Davis felt like Tampa Bay had given up, but it’s sad to hear him say they did (and it seemed clear that was the case).

Detroit came back from a 27-3 deficit to the Cowboys. Being down 24-3 at halftime and even 31-3 in the third quarter certainly wasn’t insurmountable, but Tampa Bay didn’t make much of an effort. So much for this “yungry” business in Tampa, huh?



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  • Anonymous

    I could swear this is the same larry brown website that said Alex Smith could not play at the NFL level or win games in SF.  Curious if your still feeling that way or if you accept you were wrong about Smith, I think hes now ranked 3rd behind Brady and Rodgers overall, it would be nice if you did a new writeup piece on how things have changed.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yes, same site. Alex Smith has played well this year, but it’s only been five games. Teams don’t reach the playoffs, and players don’t win awards, based on their play through five games. He needs to continue playing well over the long-run to change my opinion. He’s headed in that direction, but he needs to do this for 30 games, not five.