After Vernon Davis’ lackluster 2014 season, his future with the 49ers has every reason to be uncertain. And the day after the season, he said he was ready for anything when asked if he was confident he would return to the 49ers for his 10th NFL season.
“I take it one day at a time. I don’t know,” Davis said. “I’m always prepared for anything. That’s just how I like to operate. I’m prepared for anything. Whatever it is, I’m going to make the most of it. I’m going to do my very best at whatever it is.”
On Monday, he began a social media campaign for the 49ers to hire Rob Chudzinski as offensive coordinator.
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If Chudzinski comes to the 49ers, he would be expected to make it a big priority to get more production from the team’s tight ends. The team’s former coaching staff lamented that the tight end as an option in the passing game was never de-emphasized, but quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not deliver passes to Davis even when he was open.
Chudzinki served six NFL seasons as a tight ends coach. While Tony Sparano, who finished the season as the Raiders interim coach, will hold that duty with the 49ers, if Chudzinski comes to the 49ers, it should lead to more production for the tight ends. In nine seasons as a tight ends coach, offensive coordinator or head coach, Chudzinki’s tight ends have five seasons with 900 or more yards receiving to go along with seven or more touchdown receptions.
Antonio Gates and Kellen Winslow Jr. had big seasons while Chudzinski coached them. In 2012, Carolina tight end Greg Olsen caught 69 passes for 843 yards and five touchdowns with Chudzinski as offensive coordinator. In 2013, in Chudzinski’s only season as Cleveland Browns head coach, Jordan Cameron caught 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns.
Davis is coming off his worst season with just 26 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Within the 49ers organization, there were concerns about Davis’ commitment.
A year ago, Davis held out for the entire offseason program, including the mandatory minicamp, as he sought a new contract. With a scheduled salary of $4.95 million this season, Davis does not have any leverage when he comes to seeking a new deal this year.
Instead, the onus is on him to prove he is fully invested in bouncing back to show he is worth that money. Davis went to social media after Jim Tomsula was named head coach on Jan. 14 to promise he will take part in the offseason program, which begins April 6. The first move belongs to the 49ers to determine whether they will give him that chance.
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