"Anthony is a tremendous athlete and a tremendous football player," Schiano said. "I’ve known him since he was a young man. He can do a lot of things athletically that big men aren’t supposed to be able to do. I watch him play and I’m proud of the way he’s performing."
Davis was a highly touted player coming out of high school and Schiano was able to land him while recruiting. Schiano said Davis, a Piscataway, New Jersey native took a route where he stayed locally at Rutgers which he commended him for.
While he was hard on the fourth-year offensive linemen as a head coach, he said it's all about building a future for the young man. It isn't about the short term, but the long term, according to Schiano.
"I know that I got under his skin sometimes," Schiano said. "I’ve worked for some great people, and they’ve all said the same thing: Don’t worry about the 5 of 10 years while you’re coaching them, or just after. Be concerned 20 years down the road. Do they thank you and respect you? I hope that’s what Anthony will feel, because I did push him."
Davis was named a Pro Bowl alternate last season and has continued to improve for the 49ers throughout his career. He has been part of a 49ers offensive line that has maintained a powerful rushing attack and has been great in pass protection.
For Davis, he said his time at Rutgers was a unique experience. While Schiano was a hard pushing coach, he learned many things moving forward.
"It was a learning experience [being under Schiano]," Davis said. "If you can make it there under him, you can make it anywhere."
The 49ers gave him a five year, $37.5 million contract extension last spring that will keep him with the team through the 2019 season. He is currently the longest 49ers player under contract.
Greg Schiano said he wasn't worried about Davis leaving Rutgers and entering the 2010 NFL Draft. He had hoped the offensive tackle would be consistent enough to stay in the NFL for the long run.
"I just wanted to make sure that Anthony was going to be as talented enough to get second, third and fourth contract," Schiano said. "He’s been that good an athlete and he’s well on his way now.”
The 49ers will travel to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers in Week 15.