One day after the 49ers 86ed the New York Jets, San Francisco coach Mike Singletary was asked to highlight what stood out about the victory after replaying it.
Singletary’s response wasn’t what most would have guessed one month ago. Singletary specifically cited the blocking of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, the player he threw off the field in his debut as San Francisco’s coach.
“Talk about a blocking tight end,” Singletary said Monday. “I don’t know if there’s ever been a tight end that can block better than Vernon Davis. I mean, he did an exceptional job. It was outstanding.”
Hold on — the best blocking tight end Singletary has ever seen?
“It’s the best I’ve seen,” Singletary repeated. “The best I’ve ever seen.”
Asked if he meant Sunday’s performance or more, Singletary said: “I’m talking about period. I mean as a blocking tight end, for him to be on a defensive end, linebacker, I don’t care who it was. He was on him, he was driving him, he was moving him, and it wasn’t like they didn’t know he was coming. It was very impressive.
“I think it has more to do with his mental makeup. I mean, there’s a lot of guys that have the physical athletic ability to do it, but they don’t do it. With Vernon, he can do it, he’s willing, and he takes pride in it, so I think I’m just very excited about what he does when he takes the responsibility of blocking somebody. He takes it personal and does a great job.”