I'll give you three guesses what a sizable chunk of today's links are about. You get your Alex Smith/Shaun Hill, you get your furious second half comeback attempt, and of course you get a little Michael Crabtree on the side. Obviously there are reasons to run with those stories. However, lost amidst all that (and maybe it's a good thing), is the continued emergence of Vernon Davis as a top-notch tight end.
Pro Bowls are not the most accurate measure of greatness, but we'll use them for the time being for a very general assessment. Among NFC tight ends, Vernon Davis is fourth in receptions, second in receiving yards, first in touchdowns, and tied with Brent Celek for most 20+ yard receptions. Furthermore, he's surpassed, or is on pace to surpass, career highs in the big three categories (Rec/Yds/TD). People may complain about Mike Singletary's game management yesterday (certainly worth addressing in the Approval Rating post later this week), but if nothing else, I'm willing to give a whole ton of credit to Singletary for turning Vernon Davis into a man. Vernon Davis is the one making the plays, but he finally seems to have his head on straight. He's never come across as a "bad guy." However, he had a certain reputation. And now he's left that far behind. There isn't much mention outside the recaps, but I thought it deserved a little mention.
Niners players talk about loss to Texans (Maiocco)
Good start for Crabtree (Maiocco)
49ers' grades mostly bad (Maiocco)
49ers-Texans live in-game blog/chat (Maiocco)
Plenty more links after the jump...
Texans hold on to beat 49ers 24-21 (Barrows)
Is that Alex Smith … or Joe Montana? (NFL.com)
Crabtree, Smith can't save 49ers in second half (San Jose Mercury News)
49ers turn to Smith during 24-21 loss to Texans | 49ers Hot Read (San Jose Mercury News)
Texans hold on to beat 49ers 24-21 (Yahoo! Sports)
'The Catch,' by Gary Myers (SFGate.com)
Rapid Reaction: Texans 24, 49ers 21 (Sando - ESPN.com)
Smith, Crabtree brighten 49ers' outlook (Sando - ESPN.com)
49ers change quarterbacks and fall short in comeback in Houston (49ers Examiner)
Putrid Offense is Hindering Above-Average Defense (49ers Webzone)
Kawakami: 49ers, Singletary were ready to flip the switch (San Jose Mercury News)
Forgotten Smith could be 49ers' answer at quarterback (Don Banks - SI.com)