SAN FRANCISCO – Here is the complete transcript of Vernon Davis’s postgame press conference, courtesy of the 49ers.
What did you think of QB Colin Kaepernick?
“Colin is the man. I think Colin did a great job. I’m very proud of him. I take my hat off to him because he stepped up today. He did some great things out there to help us win this game.”
After your last catch in the first quarter, I saw you walk up to him, put your hands together, and bow to Colin Kaepernick. What was that all about?
“Respect. I respect him. I love him. And I was just so proud of him at that moment because the ball that he threw me, it was one of those balls that you see [Patriots QB] Tom Brady throw. Second window, right on the money. I didn’t expect the ball to come because we’ve ran that play quite a few times and the tight end usually doesn’t get the ball on that play. But, he saw it and he just put it there.”
Do you think you were open on that play?
“It was a tight window, very, very tight. But, he took the shot. He was very confident in himself. Obviously and he made it happen, made it work.”
Do you expect Colin to sort of latch onto the starting job now?
“I don’t know. That’s up to the coaches. That’s their decision. I’ll let them decide and they always call the shots. So, it’s all up to them.”
If he did get the job, how would you feel about that? You’ve been probably one of the most loyal supporters of Alex Smith to this point. It’s got to be tough for you?
“It is. It is. It’s tough. Alex, he’s a genuine guy. I’ve been here with him since day one and always supported him. But, Colin, he’s the same way. Very humble heart, soft spoken and he wants to be great. But, I can’t choose sides. I’m here to support either one of them.”
Were you talking to Alex on the sideline? And what was he saying watching Colin put up these kind of numbers?
“Actually I didn’t have a chance to talk to Alex. I didn’t see him the whole game. I’m sure he was on the sideline somewhere. I was just so focused.”
On the touchdown pass against the blitz, what did he show you there? I mean, LB Lance Briggs was right in his face.
“Confident. A player. He’s a playmaker. That’s what the kid is. He’s a true playmaker and he has a bright future.”
Does he show this stuff on the practice field? Or has he sort of amped his game when he gets on the big stage?
“No, he does. He makes plays in practice. He’s pretty consistent. He’ll make it happen in practice. I think he had a good week of practice this past week and he did everything the coaches asked of him. And he made it work.”
When did you start to get the sense that he was going to be starting tonight?
“I think last night. Last night coach told us that Kaepernick was going to be the starting quarterback.”
What does it mean to you guys to get a win this convincing on a national stage against a good Chicago team?
“It means a lot. It means a lot because we needed this one. Especially after playing the Rams and having a tie game. We needed a win, a true win. And this means a lot to us, the organization. And it also sends out a message that we’re for real. We’ll play on big games and we’ll step up and we’ll make plays.”
Do you think you caught the Bears by surprise in the first drive when you opened it up so much in the passing game?
“Probably so. I think we probably caught them by surprise. I don’t think they expected us to come out and sling the ball around like that. But again, Kaepernick took control. He called the shots. And he took advantage of his opportunities.”
How big is it for you just to get so involved with the offense again?
“Felt like somebody took the handcuffs off me. It was great. It was great just contributing to this offense. Because that’s all I want to do. I don’t care about the statistics and things like that. I just want to contribute and be a factor in winning ball games. And I told the coach, I’ll tell coach that I want to help. I want to do more than just block, but, I’m game. We win, it’s all good. If I’m blocking and we win, it’s cool. I can take that. And he understands. We have that type of relationship where we can talk. And that’s what we love about coach Harbaugh, you can talk to him about anything.”
When you said this was a message, do you have a message for the United States President Barack Obama after what you wanted to see in this game?
“[Laughs] I would like to ask him, how does it feel to be a San Francisco 49ers fan?”