2010 TC XII: Scratching Post

Smith Haters, Inc. had a wild celebration on the 49er blogosphere Wednesday as Jimmy Raye announced that Nate Davis would finally get some playing time against actual NFL players, instead of the Training Camp fodder he has so far performed admirably against. Good luck, Nate. Do not fumble the occasion, or you will soon find yourself replaced as the franchise savior by Jarrett Brown.

There is no denying Nate’s skills as a QB. In fact, he has serious 1st round talent. But the NFL is not Ball State, with its simplistic defenses and offenses, and Nate’s performances in his final two games there, a loss to Buffalo in the MAC Championship and to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl, were disastrous affairs. That, combined with his acknowledged learning disability, resulted in his fall to the 5th round, where the 49ers took a flyer on him. The Indianapolis Colts were the only NFL team to attend Nate’s Pro Day, and one of the only NFL teams that can afford to spend several years developing a QB.

That Raye would make this announcement is interesting. He could simply have put Nate in the game sooner than usual, without a lot of fanfare, effectively downplaying the experiment, and finding out whatever it is they want to find out about Nate without any advance publicity. As it is, a solid or even okayish performance by Davis will almost surely launch a full blown QB controversy in Ninerland. One that Mike Singletary will be forced to answer endless questions about. He is not exactly renowned for patience when encountering endless questions matters.

So, why the publicity, the advance notice? Some would suggest that the answer is an obvious one: Raye is an idiot and doesn’t know the difference between just doing something and announcing to a gathering of reporters that you are going to do something. For the purposes of advancing this topic, however, we will reject that idea, leaving it to Mr. Berger to advance the notion that this is the Sardine Can Brain in operation.

Because this is the Outsider, where speculation is wildly popular. So let’s throw some meatballs in the sauce and see what we can come up with as to why Raye made this public announcement. For simplicity’s sake, we have used Raye’s brain as the accountable head to scratch here, though NoFear will probably still make sure to point out that all occurrences in Ninerland should be blamed on Singletary’s shiny dome, just like they allegedly were when Mike Nolan was the HC.

The only benefitees from advance pronouncements would be the fans and the world at large — as in other teams in the NFL — and the other 2 QBs on the roster. Are the Niners showcasing Davis for trade purposes? Are they throwing Davis in over his head so fans (and perhaps players on the team) will stop pestering them with emails about how great he is and not riot in the streets should the Niners cut him? Are they letting Alex Smith and David Carr know that it’s time to step it up or back it down? Are they trying to generate excitement for the upcoming home exhibition game against the Raiders (hey, a hot dog sold is a hot dog sold)? I’m sure our readers have wilder suggestions in store for us today. Have at it guys.

What’s known is that Davis has struggled in camp and is not progressing as fast as the team had hoped for. But, like Shaun Hill, he seems to be a “gamer.” Before investing another year in developing him, rather than perhaps developing Brown, it seems sensible to see Davis perform against real NFL players and find out whether the NFL is just over his head, like the last two games of his college career were, or whether he can actually succeed at this level and be a viable option should he need to be inserted into a game this year.

Still, why the public announcement? It’s a head scratcher, Mr. Raye.



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7 comments on “2010 TC XII: Scratching Post
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Berger is being naive but I think Davis has played well enough last year and this year in pre-season to get a better look. He has done his good work against training camp fodder and now they want to get a look against better competition.
     
    I loved Nate in college until he played Buffalo and Tulsa. Those were two of the worst performances I’ve ever seen by a QB. I soured on him well before it was announced he had a learning disability. But that was then and I’m also curious to see how he can do against better competition.
     
    Alex is our QB and must be our QB this year to make a serious run. If he isn’t the QB it is a set back. I think Alex will do a good job, but having said that, I can’t say for sure Alex is the man. So getting a better look at the back-ups is not a bad thing.

  2. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Nate Davis can have all the exhibition playing time he wants. BUT, If he hits an NFL field in the reg. season this yr., it can only mean two things; 1) Both Smith’s and Carr’s suckitude reached new heights and Davis is called upon to help salvage a 1-7 start as we all spike our Kool-Aid with cyanide. 2) Both Smith and Carr are tragically killed by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man while taking a double-decker bus tour of places Joe Namath tried to kiss Suzy Kolber in NY City.
     
    If either one must happen, I’ll root for scenario number two. I’ve been secretly hoping for a reason Ivan Reitman would make a Ghostbusters III

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    UPDATE: This is no joke. I just check IMDb; Ghostbusters III was just announced and Ivan Reitman is the producer. I wish I was making this shit up, bit it’s just too good not to be true.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    dennis- That’s like The day Coffee reired I ran out of cofee. True story. Just think, if I don’t run out of coffee we don’t have Westbrook!

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, NoFear. Kudos for playing against taxi squad hopefuls is one thing, and I’ve been Raye’s biggest detractor since about week 5 of last year, but comparing Smith’s play to Davis’s is apples to hand grenades.

    Singletary is NOT untouchable. I’d risk money on him going if this season isn’t up to expectations (eg. playoffs). They have too many weapons, and too good a defense to let Sing/Raye fuck around with a 1970s offense keeping them out of the playoffs.

    The point being, I think Sinig would be smart enough to pull the plug on Raye long before his own neck is on the block.

  6. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    I was one of the volunteer bus drivers in the Davis bandwagon during his Ballsy State days, and as evidenced by my sermons on Maiocco’s Instant blurg. Did I mention Davis had the flu during the Buffalo game? Try throwing bubble screens with snot running down your nose and high on Benadryl.
     
    Even with a learning disability, that’s no obstacle to learning the 1970s offense (well put Unca) of Starsky and Hutch. I bet Jimmy still has tapes of that show.
     
    The kid deserves a look – probably because… and here’s a wild theory… that Jimmy thinks Alex is playing well enough to enjoy more gatorade and conversation on the sidelines during the 2nd quarter.
     

  7. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    it has got to have something to do with Davis’s being promoted to playing with the second team,at least for this week, and testing where he is really at in a football sense.
    they allready know where Carr is so its Nate’s turn in the real NFL, not scrub time fodder, the whole LD issue gets so overplayed,having dyslexia myself has never been a excuse for doing anything.
    before becoming my own boss I would never say to my employer I can’t do it because etc…its just not real world stuff.
    forget that adapt and get the concept or don’t and move on.
    I hope Smith steps up this year because I have no confidence in either one of 9ers back ups

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