SANTA CLARA, Calif. - With the San Francisco 49ers' disappointing 2014 season winding down, right tackle Anthony Davis has started to voice his frustrations both on social media and in the team's locker room Friday.
He also indicated he expects the team to have a new head coach in 2015.
"I’m saying the power stuff the previous years worked. Maybe we tried to trick them this year," Davis said Friday. "...I don’t want to be closed-minded about the new coach coming in with different views, but that would seem like the simplest answer."
For the first time this season, a 49ers player went on the record to say he expects a new coach next season, indicating Jim Harbaugh is likely out after Sunday's game.
"I think everybody knows," Davis said.
The 49ers enter their season finale Sunday with the NFL's 23rd-ranked total offense that's seen a drop in run usage and an increase in pass plays dialed up by coordinator Greg Roman. Davis Tweeted about Roman this week, writing: "Greg Roman to me when I was 21: ‘You know we can get someone off the street to do what you do.'”
He then tweeted "The Irony," but that tweet has since been deleted.
Davis said he and Roman spoke Friday. Head coach Jim Harbaugh termed Davis' criticisms through both social media and to reports as "misguided" and declined further comment.
"I don’t think it’s that complicated, what we need to do," Davis said. "I’m a player, and I just know what we don’t need."
The 49ers had their highest-scoring game of the season in last week's 38-35 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers, when they rushed for a franchise-best 355 yards. It was Davis' first start at right tackle since suffering a concussion late in Nov. 16's win over the New York Giants.
Davis also said this year's offense featured the most talent he's been apart of since being drafted 11th overall in 2010. After three straight heart-breaking losses deep in the postseason, including coming up five yards short of a Super Bowl win the 2012 season, San Francisco bolstered the offense and raised expectations significantly coming into the year. But instead of a fourth straight trip to the playoffs under Harbaugh, the 49ers are fighting to finish 8-8 with a win in the season finale Sunday against the Cardinals.
Davis missed nine games this season with hamstring, knee and concussion injuries, missing starts for the first time in his four-year career.
Roman has received criticism for his game planning and play calling this season while the 49ers have played with seven different starting offensive lines heading into Week 17. Davis said he respects Roman after their discussion and his previous Tweets.
"As a person, I respect everybody as a person," Davis said.
But when asked if he respected Roman as a professional, Davis did not comment.