Here’s how Greg Cosell explained Vernon Davis not catching a pass against the Seahawks Thursday morning on The Murph and Mac Show.
COSELL: “First of all, I don’t think their pass game was very dynamic. I don’t think it was very multidimensional this week. Watching the film, I definitely got the impression they felt this would be a low-scoring game. They were going to run the ball.
“I don’t think that they really did a lot schematically with their passing game. The thing with Vernon Davis, he does not run a wide variety of routes. He runs maybe three or four routes, and many of them are shot-play type routes. If those plays don’t work, then he doesn’t necessarily hit big plays.
“I think what we’re seeing is a slow evolution to the fact that they want this to be a running game. They’re somewhat limiting Alex Smith, and when they feel they can win a game with their defense as they felt they could against Seattle, [that’s what the 49ers are going to do.] I think this game played out probably exactly the way they wanted it to play out.”