Davis held without a catch, but still smiling


Davis held without a catch, but still smiling

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' most-proven threat in the passing game did not touch the ball Thursday night.Moreover, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith did not even attempt a pass toward tight end Vernon Davis in the 49ers' 13-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks."He's a big weapon for us," Smith said of Davis. "I feel very comfortable throwing the ball to him. We've had a lot of success. He's had a lot of success and teams are conscious of it."They (Seattle) were not going to give up the big plays. Yeah, they load the box, but you turn it (the game film) on and they were sprinting out of there and determined not to let us make a big play outside. And not let Vernon make a big play. The big plays were, you saw it, check the ball down. Those were the plays."In retrospect, Smith said he wishes there had been a more concerted effort to get the ball into Davis' hands. Davis had not been held without a catch in a game since the 2008 season."For sure, he's that type of player, no question," Smith said. "And I think the coaches and myself included look back, 'Let's do things differently,' because he is that type of player."49ers Mailbag: Smith makes it too easy for defenses
Davis is the 49ers' third-leading receiver with 23 catches for 340 yards and four touchdowns in seven games. The New York Giants held him to three catches for 37 yards on Sunday."The last past two or three games, they've been taking away a lot of my explosive routes up the red line, close to the sideline, my corner routes," Davis said. "They've been dropping the cornerback so I can't take that angle. They're bringing a safety and dropping him outside so I can't run up the red line. Those things. They're just looking for me."It's kind of frustrating, but I leave that up to the offensive (coaches). They know how to get guys involved. I'm sure it's something they'll be working on."It's not as if there were not plays designed to get the ball to Davis. One such play happened on the 49ers' first drive of the third quarter. Davis was the primary receiver on a pass that ended up going underneath to tight end Delanie Walker."I was supposed to come off Randy (Moss) and the ball was supposed to be there," Davis said. "Delanie popped wide open and I saw him out of the corner of my eye. (I) turned around, got the block and Delanie scored."Davis made a key block near the end zone on Walker's 12-yard touchdown pass from Smith for the only touchdown of the game.The 49ers had a difficult time generating much from the passing game on Thursday.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham was declared inactive with a shoulder injury. He sustained the injury early in Sunday's game against the Giants, his former team, and said he declined to come out of the game.Manningham felt discomfort while warming up before the game and did not suit up. He said he expects he'll be fine for the 49ers' next game, Monday, Oct. 29, against the Arizona Cardinals.The 49ers did not get much production from their wide receivers or tight ends. Michael Crabtree caught four passes for 31 yards. Running back Frank Gore was the leading receiver with five receptions for 51 yards."I want to win," Smith said. "That's ahead of everybody's feelings. It's the nature. There's one ball. Everybody wants to be involved. My hats off, especially to Vernon. I didn't hear one peep out of him and he blocked well all game. I think he was happy with the win. He could care less about anything else. Those are the types of guys we want."As the 49ers left for the weekend, Davis said it's easier to get away after tasting a victory."For me, I'm excited we won. As long as we win, I know that the more we win, the stage is going to get bigger, playoffs and stuff like that," Davis said."Of course, it's in my competitive nature to feel a little something as far as not getting the ball because I'm competitive, but I don't let that affect me or affect the team. . . If we win, I'll walk around here all day with a smile on my face."

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.