Jim Harbaugh compares Vernon Davis to an olive jar

There’s coach speak, and there’s Jim Harbaugh speak. The latter came out Friday in reference to struggling 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who, apparently, is comparable to a jar of olives.

“I just feel like he’s ready to break out,” Harbaugh said of Davis, via Profootballtalk.com. “I really do. You use the old olive jar analogy.  The olives are packed in there real tight and you open up the lid and you can’t get any to come out.  You can even dump it upside down and it doesn’t come out.  But if you get that one to come out, then they just want to all come out and plop out.

“So, I think that’s the case and I think it’s going to happen soon.  Hopefully this weekend.  Get that one big one and then they start coming out.”

It’s a weird analogy, but the message is clear. Harbaugh feels Davis is ready to have a slump-busting performance against the defensively-challenged Redskins. It would definitely be a welcome sight, as Davis has failed to eclipse more than 44 receiving yards since Week 1.

Normally among the league leaders at his position, Davis has just four catches and 34 yards over the last three games combined. As Rotoworld notes, he isn’t even being targeted in the red zone, where he’s usually dominant. Davis has managed two touchdowns this season — both of which came in the season opener.

Harbaugh’s vote of confidence — if you want to call it that — could help Davis get back on track. Assuming, of course, that he gets that big olive to come out.

Zack Kelberman
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