NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell spoke on the Murph and Mac Show Thursday morning. Here’s Cosell’s take on the Vernon Davis issue.
Q: Vernon Davis’ catches have decreased a little bit this year. What are you seeing on film? Are defenses taking him away or is Alex Smith just not looking for him?
COSELL: It’s always hard to say whether a quarterback’s looking for someone because I don’t know what’s in a quarterback’s head when he drops back. I would say that they may not be designing – and maybe Greg Roman would disagree, it’s always for me to say because I just don’t know what they tell a quarterback when they design route combinations – but it just appears on film as if they’re not going to him. I remember last year seeing plays specifically designed where they split him out, things like that. I’m not seeing that as much up to this point.