49ers Blog and Q&A

News, notes and reader questions about the San Francisco 49ers

December 11, 2008
Davis confident; Gore gimpy

It's hard to say how often Vernon Davis and Joey Porter will collide on Sunday. Porter, after all, lines up on the weak side of the formation so that he doesn't have to deal with tight ends like Davis. But given Davis' prowess as a blocker, the 49ers might try to steer him in Porter's direction. If they do, Davis certainly isn't intimidated by Porter's league-leading 16 ½ sacks.

"I've gone up against the best," Davis said today. "I'm pretty sure, I've gone up against a lot of other linebackers/d-ends who were better than him. And I pretty much won every battle. ... But it's not about that. It's about technique and playing with your heart. I'm pretty sure he's a competitive guy as well. I'm a competitive guy. He's a competitive guy and we're pretty much going to have to get after it."

Porter is know as much for his trash talking as he is for his pass-rush moves. And Davis has been the target of on-field barbs, especially after Singletary famously booted him from the Oct. 26 game against the Seahawks.

"It seemed like everybody was trying to come at me," Davis said of the atmosphere following that game. "People were telling me ... they were saying little things like, 'I'm gonna tell Singletary to tell you to go in the locker room and things like that.' But it didn't bother me. I know they saw that on TV or whatever."

And if Porter has similar things to say:

"That's fine. He can talk as long as he wants. I'm not going to let that get to me. I've talked to coach Singletary numerous times and we have an understanding that I won't let anybody get under my skin."

*************************
The word that best describes how Frank Gore was moving around today: gingerly. Gore, who was on crutches earlier in the week, has been off of them for the past two days. He says his sprained left ankle has been improving every day, but like his coach he said his availability Sunday will be a game-time decision.

Gore also sprained his ankle - the right one - last season and missed one game with the injury. Asked how this sprain compares with last year's, Gore said, "It's about the same." The difference this year is that Gore has extra incentive given that the game is being played in Miami. Gore said he would test the ankle before the game but would pull himself out if he felt he couldn't cut or change direction sufficiently.

Before talking with Gore, we spoke with DeShaun Foster, who answered questions as if he expected to handle the lion's share of carries against the Dolphins. Foster said coaches have spoken to him about the carefree manner with which he held the ball Sunday against the Jets. Foster said he didn't anticipate any problems in that guard in Miami. He said he he tended to hold the ball loosely when he was fighting for extra yardage and that he fought for extra yardage because he wasn't getting many repetitions. "You don't know if it's your last carry or not," he said. Foster said that wouldn't be a concern on Sunday.

-- Matt Barrows

About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments
blog comments powered by Disqus


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.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Categories


May 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

Monthly Archives


Ask a question

Please use the form below to submit your question. Because there is a 100-word limit for questions, a word counter is located directly beneath the box where you enter the your question.

Name:
City:
 State:
E-mail:

49ers Question:

Your letter contains of 100 words allowed.  Count words


Your IP Address has been recorded as 152.52.255.247 and will be included with this submission.