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Michael Crabtree expected to start immediately

So much for working 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree into the mix slowly.

Josh Morgan was informed Monday that Crabtree will be taking his place in the starting lineup opposite Isaac Bruce, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.  Morgan stuck around the 49ers facility during the team’s bye week to help Crabtree assimilate into the offense.

Morgan leads San Francisco wideouts in receiving yards, yards per catch, and touchdowns.  (Well, touchdown to be precise.  He’s the only 49er wide receiver to catch one.)

Mike Singletary didn’t confirm the move, but said it was a “strong possibility” that Crabtree would start, even though he’s sensitive to how it will hinder Morgan’s development and the message Crabtree’s ascension sends to the rest of the team.

That message, loosely translated, is that it takes a week to make up for missing nearly the entire offseason, training camp, and five games if you are talented enough.  Or if you are getting paid enough.

The decision runs counter to all expectations and reports about what kind of immediate impact Crabtree could have.  The idea is to win games, though, and the move shows how confident the 49ers staff is in Crabtree’s ability to help them now.

Crabtree has more pressure than ever to prove the 49ers right.

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26 Responses to “Michael Crabtree expected to start immediately”
  1. ballhawk1 says: Oct 19, 2009 5:27 PM

    I think Morgan and crabtree makes Hill even better and with Gore, Coffee, Davis and the way the D is playing Niners look good. Back to the old days in the NFL…..GOOD STUFF

  2. NinerSteve says: Oct 19, 2009 5:35 PM

    Well he probably is the best WR talent on the team. Bruce and Morgan have been under performing dramatically from last year.
    Niners need to mix things up after the Falcon game debacle. Throwing Crab in the mix early will prove why he was the right man for the job.
    He is in tremendous shape and more explosive than people think.
    Fantasy Owners: pick him up this week!

  3. Fan_Of_ Four says: Oct 19, 2009 5:36 PM

    Just another reason for a rookie salary cap. Of course you play a guy who’s getting obscene money.

  4. chapnasty says: Oct 19, 2009 5:36 PM

    Good, hopefully picking him up immediately in fantasy football will turn my season around

  5. DocBG says: Oct 19, 2009 5:41 PM

    Maybe they are putting him out there so he can get his chops busted and realize that this ain’t college ball. Hell, if crabtree thinks he’s the greatest thing football has ever seen, by all means, let him get out there and suck it bigtime, it will only help to bring his ego back into check and possibly grow him up.
    This is the best thing they can do for him. Either he can play as good as he thinks he does, which helps the team out big time, or he can fail miserably in front of all his teamates and the fans, which will bring his ego into check bigtime (well, hopefully) and will also help the team overall.

  6. mwcarolina says: Oct 19, 2009 5:46 PM

    you got to be kidding me, he must be good if he can come in an take a starting spot that fast.

  7. leatherneck says: Oct 19, 2009 5:48 PM

    Give him 12, uh, no, 15 snaps. Uh, he’s starting.

  8. edluva27 says: Oct 19, 2009 5:50 PM

    Wait. I take it back. I know how it makes sense: Niners trade Morgan. I’m sure the calls are going out.

  9. Drat says: Oct 19, 2009 5:52 PM

    I love it that Isaac Bruce is still there. Smarter than any of the young guys. Smarter than the old guys, too. Knows every DB in the league. Wiley. Keeps his mouth shut. Nowadays he’s small, slowing down, drops them now and then.
    But he’s still there. I’d rather watch Bruce work a defense than most any WR in the NFL.

  10. LL Live says: Oct 19, 2009 5:53 PM

    Yes he will start because he is the shiiite and a much better “FOOTBALL PLAYER” than DHB. But isn’t the 9ers fault Al is CNile and thinks it is 1963 and peeps don’t know shiiiite and he can get one over on ‘em. Crabby was Jerry Jones dream receiver but he just couldn’t hold his peepee and make it happen. For real tho.

  11. twinkletoes says: Oct 19, 2009 6:03 PM

    Is it too early to start taking bets on how quick Crabtree surpasses DHB in receptions, etc?

  12. piccolo says: Oct 19, 2009 6:07 PM

    Yeah well pardon my bias (screen name :p ) … although Johnny Knox may not win Rookie of the Year honors his numbers for fifth rounder pay will blow away anything Crabtree does this year (Knox has 3 TD’s receiving / 1 TD KO return in 5 games). Cutler can certainly throw brainfarts around the field but Shaun Hill to Crabtree? Doesn’t sound too promising. I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks!

  13. StevieMo says: Oct 19, 2009 6:08 PM

    Mike “Drop My Trousers At The First Sign of Distress” Singletary proves yet again that he in in way over his head, based mostly on the fact he came into this job with zero head coaching experience at any level. It’s just the latest impetuous move on his part.
    The whole Crapgreediva matter has been poorly handled by everyone involved and now Singletary compounds the problem by moving the Prima Donna ahead of all the veteran players who worked their asses off for the last 4 months.
    Singletary should have, at the very least, given the starting honor to the players who have been here for at least a few more weeks, even if it meant Crabtree entering after the first couple of plays (running plays anyway). But no, make a major statement as follows: “Assholes come first; everyone else goes to the back of the line.”
    It is also a huge insult to the veteran receivers: “You guys suck so much, we’re putting in the guy who’s been here a week and never even played a pro game.” Nice statement there, too.
    Just the latest panic move by a pretty crappy head coach.

  14. st.michael says: Oct 19, 2009 6:22 PM

    LL Live?
    LL LOSER! WTF?

  15. CYGNUS X-1 says: Oct 19, 2009 6:34 PM

    I think it’s great that he start earning his money but I don’t want to hear any excuses coming from him or his camp when he fails.it was your decesion to hold out and miss time all the while whining how much better you were than the guy taken ahead of you.you may be now get out there and prove it!

  16. mwcarolina says: Oct 19, 2009 6:42 PM

    Is it too early to start taking bets on how quick Crabtree surpasses DHB in receptions, etc?
    what is funny is all he needs is what 2 catches to tie him, jeez Heyward-Bey needs to improve those numbers.

  17. mwcarolina says: Oct 19, 2009 6:45 PM

    Mike “Drop My Trousers At The First Sign of Distress” Singletary proves yet again that he in in way over his head
    i disagree, Singletary has done wonders for Vernon Davis, he turned him from what was looking like a first round bust to now a pass catching tight end again.

  18. Hovenaut says: Oct 19, 2009 7:15 PM

    I hope this isn’t the moment the Singletary era in Frisco turns for the worse. See a budding T.O. junior on the horizon……..

  19. youngtorice says: Oct 19, 2009 8:08 PM

    Mike “Drop My Trousers At The First Sign of Distress” Singletary proves yet again that he in in way over his head, based mostly on the fact he came into this job with zero head coaching experience at any level. It’s just the latest impetuous move on his part.
    The whole Crapgreediva matter has been poorly handled by everyone involved and now Singletary compounds the problem by moving the Prima Donna ahead of all the veteran players who worked their asses off for the last 4 months.
    Singletary should have, at the very least, given the starting honor to the players who have been here for at least a few more weeks, even if it meant Crabtree entering after the first couple of plays (running plays anyway). But no, make a major statement as follows: “Assholes come first; everyone else goes to the back of the line.”
    It is also a huge insult to the veteran receivers: “You guys suck so much, we’re putting in the guy who’s been here a week and never even played a pro game.” Nice statement there, too.
    Just the latest panic move by a pretty crappy head coach.
    Yous must not pay much attention. Singletary sticks to his guns. Crabtree is obviously going to start because they feel he has learned way faster than expected, and the passing game has been horrible. Mostly on hill, but the receivers have let him down a bit too. They must feel crabtree gives them as better chance to win if he’s on the field at all times. If that wasn’t the case, then he would be a slot receiver only because it would also be helping to free up davis. So it looks like crab is their better wideout and morgan and will go to the slot on certain plays. The money issue is ludicrous. the niners already proved that with smith sitting on his salary as long as he did before restructuring

  20. scrapdawg12 says: Oct 19, 2009 8:52 PM

    All you need is a QB…trade for Brady Quinn

  21. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Oct 19, 2009 9:45 PM

    Put Morgan in the slot. No big deal.

  22. INVAIDUH says: Oct 19, 2009 10:11 PM

    Rewarding a B!tc#….
    Thinking it through…..Gone are your days….
    Get bent on ours….
    Sip your wine toys.
    RAIDER NATION….

  23. LL Live says: Oct 19, 2009 10:22 PM

    I just dropped my pants!

  24. eastbay9er says: Oct 20, 2009 12:52 AM

    it is apparent that crabtree has made a great impression to the coaching staff, Sing would not risk the repercussion unless the lockeroom knows Crabtree is the better reciver hands down…….. use your brains 49er fans!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Givner says: Oct 20, 2009 2:07 AM

    Hey Drat, are you really Kurt Warner in disguise? Bruce is done … 13 catches so far this year? The two starters have 26 catches and a TD between them … brutal.
    The best quote above is: “Assholes come first; everyone else goes to the back of the line.” That pretty much sums it up …

  26. ignoringthehaters says: Oct 20, 2009 9:36 AM

    1st off all you morons comparing Crabtree to DHB are high as a kite. You can’t compare because Russell is the worst QB to ever play the game……and I’m a Raider fan. Once Russell is out, you will see just how good DHB and Murphy really are. 2nd, if you honestly think Crabtree is the man for your fantasy league you have to be extremely desperate. Calm down meow, dude hasn’t even played one down and some of you already anoint him. There are plenty of receivers to pick up if you know anything about football. 3rd, the 9ers are complete and total frauds. No “good” team takes the assbeating they did…….at home to a so-so team. Their QB is horrible and their defense showed what they are made of……jellyfish (get it, spineless). Their best receiver is a TE, think before you speak people. The one and only good thing about that team is Gore.

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