SAN FRANCISCO — Tight end Vernon Davis offered subdued praise for the Chicago Bears' defense after the 49ers' 10-6 victory Thursday night at Candlestick Park.
“They did a good job,” Davis said. “They played some pretty good defense.”
Suffice it to say, the 49ers' offense did not “destroy” the Chicago Bears' defensive front like Davis suggested this week might happen.
The 49ers managed just 216 yards of total offense, and Davis was largely quiet in the game with three receptions for 16 yards. It was his lowest offensive output of the season.
But Davis got into a pregame woofing match with Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye. Davis said he instigated the trash-talking.
“I was just trying to get my team fired up,” Davis said. “I told him that he better be ready, that we're coming hard and we're coming to win.”
On Tuesday, Davis was not dispensing compliments to the Bears defense.
“I think we can destroy their front,” he said. “The guys up front, I think we can destroy them. I don't see anything spectacular about their front line. Their linebackers, I think we can handle them pretty well. I like (Adewale) Ogunleye. I like the way he's playing up front. He's about the only player I like on their defensive line.”
The next day, Davis said he meant no disrespect to the Bears. He said he was just showing confidence in himself and his 49ers teammates.
When asked if Davis' comments served as motivation, Ogunleye said, “I don't want to answer that question. I go out there every day regardless of who is on the other side of the ball and play my best game. ... I don't care what another guy says. I can care less.”
Veteran receiver Isaac Bruce was inactive for the first time in his two-year career with the 49ers. Bruce appeared on the injury report Wednesday for the first time with an ankle sprain.