Davis 'big fan' of Moss

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Davis 'big fan' of Moss

After the 49ers lost in the NFC Championship, Vernon Davis started revving up for the new season. He shared his offseason with some old and new faces during an interview Friday on KNBR, Davis talked about Peyton Manning's workout with the 49ers along with Alex Smith's return. Davis also explains getting "Mossed" growing up and his excitement about sharing the field with new 49ers receiver Randy Moss.

On his offseason:
"I have been working out, that is one thing I make sure that I do. I make sure that I work out and keep my skill set together so that I won't lose anything you definitely have to stay on top of your work outs that is for sure."

On the 49ers working out Peyton Manning:
"I was kind of confused. I was under the impression that we were with Alex Smith, but at the end of the day it is a business, you have to be able to expect anything. Anything is possible, anything can happen. For me, I am a big supporter of Alex Smith I figured that was our guy. Me being a leader on the team and a guy that has been around for a while, anyone who comes in I have to respect the situation and be a supporter."

On hearing about Alex Smith's meeting with Miami:
"I tried to call Alex but I'm not sure if he changed his number, I couldn't reach him. It's all right I am going to have some words for him when I see him." (jokingly)

On being worried about Smith's possible move:
"Yeah I was trying to figure it all out, what are we going to do, we don't get Peyton, and Alex is going somewhere or else we don't get Alex, then we will be in the hole. That's the only thing I was thinking about, that we wouldn't have anyone."

On Jim Harbaugh's relationship possibly changing with Smith:
"I am not sure what Alex is thinking, I don't know what is on his mind. I know one thing is for sure, Alex is one of those guys that can let it go. He is good when fighting through adversity. He is just a quick turn around that's what I love about the kid is that he can do that. He is very strong mentally and physically. He is good with that, he has been through a lot. He has been on a roller coaster, he has been up and down. He still managed to fight through it; that's what makes him a warrior."

On Randy Moss signing:
"I met Randy a few times he is a great guy! He is a great player. I think he still has the tools and skills to make an impact on the team. I just feel fortunate to have him, it's a blessing. I think he will definitely contribute to the team in what we are trying to do, I am all about it."
On Moss rumored to be a disruptive force wherever he goes:
"No, I have been a big fan. I have been a big fan of Randy since I was a kid. I used to wear his shoes, I remember running up and down the field. Mossed oooooh you just got Mossed. And I remember I used to say, one day they are going to be saying that about me, you just got Davised."

On bounty with the Saints and finding out after playoffs:
"I shrugged it off, I didn't even worry about it. In this game of football you have to be prepared for anything, and to me it doesn't matter, because it's football."
On possibly being a target for bounty gate:
"If you think about it, but I don't really think about it, I mean it's over, we won the game. If we would have lost, then I would be sitting back thinking about it, but we won and we beat those guys."

Has Davis queued up that game since it happened:
"I watched it on my DVD I watched the game, and I watched some of the plays and it gets me pumped up and ready for next season."

About being so close to Superbowl, does he think about his 15 yard penalty:
"No, I am not upset, that's the game of football, the emotions, you just have to learn to control them. At the time I was so excited, you just have to take it, and accept the fact that I let my emotions get away from me a little bit. It happens sometimes. It's alright, you move on, you play this game as a team and together we made a lot of mistakes and I think that it cost us the game. We left a lot on the table together and collectively and if we had a chance to go back and play that game again we would have won."

McDonald toasts Shanahan for communication of trade talks

McDonald toasts Shanahan for communication of trade talks

SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Vance McDonald became aware of a report the 49ers had engaged in trade talks involving him at his brother’s wedding in Austin, Texas.

But McDonald said he did not give it much thought because he had another immediate priority.

“I still had my best man’s speech to do,” McDonald said.

Later that evening during last month's draft, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan called McDonald to keep him in the loop. There was no trade, and McDonald returned to Santa Clara on Monday to continue participation in the 49ers’ offseason program.

“The first thing I told him was, ‘Man, there aren’t a lot of coaches that would do this,’” McDonald said of his talk with Shanahan. “He just wanted to fill me in.”

Nearly four weeks later, it is as if nothing ever happened.

“The only trade discussions we had was when another team asked us about Vance on draft day,” Shanahan said this week. “And after a team asked us about Vance then we asked other teams if they’d be interested in that same thing.”

McDonald said he completely understood why the 49ers would check with other teams around the league to see what they could acquire in a trade.

“Basically, it’s just like any other team in the NFL would do,” McDonald said. “If you’re a 2-14 team, obviously, there are a lot of things you can improve on, a lot of spots that need to be filled. There are a lot of things you need to improve upon in the offseason. So if teams are going to call and inquire about you, then obviously the next step is to … call around to every other team.

“So that’s exactly what happened to me. It isn’t like they don’t want me here. There was never a lack of communication on any level.”

Even before he knew his immediate future with the 49ers, McDonald said he tried to maintain the proper state of mind.

“I had the mindset this isn’t going to change anything,” McDonald said. “I’m going to end up where I end up and I’m just going to continue doing what I’m doing, which is do everything to be a better football player.”

McDonald enters the fifth year of his NFL career after signing a new deal in December that amounts to a three-year, $19.7 million extension. Three days later, the 49ers placed McDonald on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

McDonald was on pace for his best season as a pass-catcher. In 11 games, he had 24 receptions for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

Now, he is competition for a spot in the 49ers’ offense, along with fifth-round draft pick George Kittle, undrafted rookie Cole Hikutini, and veterans Logan Paulsen, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell.

McDonald said he likes what Shanahan has brought to the 49ers, including added responsibilities of the tight end position.

“Last year, all we talked about was how fast our pace was,” McDonald said. “With Kyle, it’s insanely quick. He’s a very detailed guy. It’s interesting to hear him present information. You try to apply it and play with the same mindset that he has. It’s a task that we all enjoy doing.

“We (tight ends) are the end of the line. There’s communication with us and the wide receivers and running backs. We’re also in command with receiving corps. There are a lot of things on our plate. Hopefully, this doesn’t get back to the wide receivers, but we’re supposed to be smarter than them. It’s a fun job to have. We don’t try to rub it in too much.”

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as analyst

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as analyst

Chip Kelly is back in college football.

The former Oregon coach, who served as 49ers head coach last season, signed a multiyear deal as an ESPN analyst, the network announced Friday morning. He will work predominantly on pre-games, halftimes and in studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said in a statement. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.

“Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

Kelly, 53, was fired on the evening of the 49ers’ season finale. The 49ers went 2-14 under Kelly and set the franchise record with 13 consecutive losses. Their only victories came against the Los Angeles Rams. Kelly also auditioned with FOX for the analyst job vacated when John Lynch became 49ers general manager, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Kelly served as Oregon’s head coach from 2009 to ’12. His teams compiled a record of 46-7. Under Kelly, the Ducks advanced to the 2011 national championship game, losing to Auburn 22-19.

Kelly won the AP College Football Coach of the Year. He twice won the Pac-10 coach of the year. He left Oregon to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. After his first two NFL teams went 10-6, Kelly was fired in 2015 with one game remaining in the season. The Eagles were 6-9 at the time of Kelly's firing.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said. “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach. We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”