Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Are the San Francisco 49ers Becoming Too Divided?

Having the best, deepest roster guarantees nothing in the NFL.  It’s also about playing together well.  Are the San Francisco 49ers losing that edge?

Vernon Davis and Alex Boone holdouts showing selfish side

After three-straight gut wrenching losses in the post-season, one would think the San Francisco 49ers would band together tighter than ever, eager to finally reach that Super Bowl victory that has eluded them.  Typical answers from coaches and executives flow with assurances that everything couldn’t be better.  Yet that feeling of unity for the common goal doesn’t seem to apply to the players.  With minicamps underway already the 49ers are dealing with some headaches, namely not having starters Vernon Davis and Alex Boone on the field.  Granted, minicamp holdouts are nothing new in the NFL but considering the two veterans play as leaders for a Super Bowl contender, this isn’t exactly the best message to be sending.  One can understand their demand for more money after playing such key roles in the teams’ success but is it worth creating an atmosphere of selfishness?

Jim Harbaugh understands the significance of holdouts

Nobody sees what those seemingly insignificant absences mean than San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.  Having preached team play since he took over the team in 2011, this sudden change is jarring for him.

“I’m disappointed in that decision for them not to be here,” he said in an interview with  “…it’s not the decision I envision being the 49er way.”

It’s easy to say that but everything changes when money becomes involved.  That is true.  However, history also shows if a player does his job and plays well, he will get paid accordingly.  A holdout rarely serves the proper purpose it is meant to.  Leading by example tends to yield better results.  Somebody must have told that to running back Marshawn Lynch of the rival Seattle Seahawks, who ended his own brief holdout and chose to attend minicamps instead.  Could that be the difference between champion and also-ran?

Not entirely, but the 49ers would be making a mistake to think ignoring it does nothing.

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