49ers coach Mike Singletary admitted on Tuesday that he made his first-round draft pick misty during an offseason OTA session.
Specifically, Singletary told Dan Patrick that rookie wideout Michael Crabtree was jogging on the practice field, despite not being cleared by doctors to participate. (Crabtree had surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his foot.) So Singeltary told Crabtree to knock it off.
As Singletary explains it, Crabtree became “teary-eyed” because he really wanted to play.
But based on the explanation Singletary offered in the wake of the incident, we think the reality is that it was what Singletary said, and how he said it, that provoked the hurt bunny response from Crabtree.
If so, it should be interesting to see how Crabtree responds to getting busted in the chops by one of the truly tough guys who patrol NFL secondaries. Or, alternatively, to being called mean names by far men far meaner than Singletary.