"As the team was winning and having success, I'd probably have been the one complaining," Davis told Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "I would have probably been in the media, making a scene, going to the coach and just being a cancer to the team."
The Mike Singletary era was full of letdowns and embarrassment for the San Francisco 49ers, but he deserves a lot of credit for turning Davis' career around. It's been more than four years since Singletary's banishment of Davis and subsequent "I want winners" speech, a moment that Davis says helped shape him.
"As I think back, I think I was more concerned with the guys before me ... guys like Steve Smith and Chad Johnson (who) wanted the ball," Davis said. "It was like, 'Throw me the ball.' So I looked up to those guys and figured that that was the way to go, that was the route. But it wasn't. It definitely wasn't the route."
Davis is counted on to block more than ever now. His numbers in 2012 (548 yards, five touchdowns) were the lowest they've been since the 2008 season when Singletary took over. But a five-catch, 106-yard effort in the NFC title game reminded everyone what a force Davis can be.