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Locating the elephant in the 49ers locker room

So what caused the confrontation between young 49ers stars Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree on Wednesday, forcing both to leave practice?

“Crabtree’s attitude and perceived apathy toward training camp and exhibition season,” was the problem, according to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Bay Area.

SI’s Jim Trotter heard the same thing, tweeting that “players don’t like Crabtree’s
ambivalence toward preseason & camp. Love his talent, tho
ugh.”

Davis apparently let Crabtree know he felt in no uncertain terms.  Coach Mike Singletary didn’t appreciate the way Davis delivered his message, but it sounds like he understood the thought.  Apparently, Crabtree’s disinterest has been the “elephant in the room” Singletary referred to at 49ers camp.

“[Davis] is one of the captains. He did the right thing, but he did it the wrong way. So that’s all I’m going to say about that,” Singletary said.

Crabtree was expected to suit up in last week’s preseason game, but was a scratch at the last minute.  Now we wonder if there was more to the story, and whether there’s a feeling Crabtree milked his neck strain this month for all it was worth.

We think Crabtree has a great chance to be one of the best wide receivers in football for the next decade, but he’s starting to earn that “diva” label stuck on him in pre-draft workouts.

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76 Responses to “Locating the elephant in the 49ers locker room”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Sep 1, 2010 5:55 PM

    It had to have been more than just “money,” when holding out last year, hes in his first training camp. He probably expects teammates to come pick him up for home before the second preseason game.

  2. quadya says: Sep 1, 2010 5:56 PM

    good for v. davis.

  3. football genius says: Sep 1, 2010 5:57 PM

    diva diva diva

  4. JaggedMark says: Sep 1, 2010 5:58 PM

    What a leader Vernon Davis has turned out to be.

  5. Pilehiclown says: Sep 1, 2010 6:00 PM

    Crapgreed the best this next decade?
    Don’t hold your breath.

  6. Nosredna says: Sep 1, 2010 6:00 PM

    Ok, so is lying this time?
    The previous post about this subject said that Singletary said the incident was not football related. Now this post says it is.
    Either way, Florio and his minions have some explaining to do
    ….and if it was Singletary that was lying, anyone here think Florio has the sac to go after him the way he went after Chilly for lying?

  7. BigBear123 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:00 PM

    Damn. Was close with my salary comment.
    Not really, but nevermind.

  8. Fantom1497 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:01 PM

    Were talking about Pre-Season, Come On it’s Pre-Season. Who Cares if a starter doesn’t want to be there or play at 100%.

  9. Bun McSticky says: Sep 1, 2010 6:02 PM

    Crabtree + gay = diva

  10. lasher1674 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:02 PM

    Singletary “slapped” the diva out of Vernon Davis, Crabtree may be a more difficult challenge.

  11. Allied Biscuit says: Sep 1, 2010 6:02 PM

    so neither of them banged nancy pelosi?

  12. JaggedMark says: Sep 1, 2010 6:03 PM

    I heard Vernon Davis told Crabtree, “cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them, can’t do it, I want winners!”

  13. BigBear123 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:03 PM

    You have to accomplish something to be a diva. He is just an emo wanna be.

  14. Oakfan23 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:04 PM

    Which is why oakland went with DHB! They just didn’t want that distraction. DHB has had a slow start but at least it’s been well documented that he has put in the work this offseason and it’s starting to show on the field. Plus he had Jamarcus throwing to him which just isn’t a fair measuring stick. Jamarcus was a joke, he didn’t care.

  15. youngtorice says: Sep 1, 2010 6:04 PM

    He will still be a better receiver than Davis plain and simple. Davis has exploited coverage by linebackers all the while still dropping tons of balls, and it took him 5 years to become effective. Crabtree made immediate impact without any camp, preseason, and hardly any practice

  16. FinFan68 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:05 PM

    It would seem that Singletary’s treatment of Davis for a similar issue has worked well. Good for him. His holdout last year could have been a clue. The kid has talent and hopefully the attitude adjustment will work with him as well

  17. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Sep 1, 2010 6:06 PM

    what a shit head.

  18. SpartaChris says: Sep 1, 2010 6:07 PM

    but he’s starting to earn that “diva” label stuck on him in pre-draft workouts.
    Starting? He more than lived up to hi diva status last season when he held out because he thought he should have been paid like a top 10 pick even though he wasn’t.

  19. Raider Redleg says: Sep 1, 2010 6:07 PM

    Granted the Raiders should have NEVER drafted DHB as high as they did, but it doesn’t seem like the “other” top WR prospect in last year’s draft class is starting out much better (long holdout into his first season and “Crabtree’s attitude and perceived apathy toward training camp and exhibition season”).
    As a Raider fan you are almost forced to be a “DHB apologist” for his lack of development and mysterious “fatigue” status, but at least by all accounts he has been solid teammate and not exhibited any “diva” traits.
    Surely will make an interesting few storylines for the Week 6 matchup between the Raiders and 49ers…I can see the PFT Posting Headlines now:
    “DHB vs Crabtree Part I…A New Hope for a Legit #1 WR”

  20. TeddyRoosevelt says: Sep 1, 2010 6:12 PM

    Starting to earn the diva label? I recall him holding out for half his freaking rookie season because he wasn’t being offered enough money…

  21. jebdamone says: Sep 1, 2010 6:13 PM

    regardless of how he did it i still like this coming from V. Davis considering that singletary was having talks like this with him just a little over a year ago. i’m ready to draft you again this year vernon, i know you won’t disappoint me!

  22. Cake Or Death says: Sep 1, 2010 6:14 PM

    I know how to find the elephant in the 49ers locker room. It starts with Singleterry dropping his pants again…

  23. E.F.Cuttin says: Sep 1, 2010 6:16 PM

    I like the attitude Coach Samurai has instilled in this team. The sheer fact that it was Vernon “The Subject Of One Of The Best Tirades Ever” Davis who checked him, shows that they have bought into whatever the coach is selling… As a Saints fan,I’m not taking these guys lightly come week 2 at Candlestick…

  24. NinersRule! says: Sep 1, 2010 6:19 PM

    Team Vernon

  25. DarkHorse81 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:21 PM

    Wow “shocking” this is the same guy who held out nearly half his rookie year for more money and still got the same amount of money that was originally offered to him, and now he doesn’t like practicing this ain’t college crabcake even the worst NFL teams have good talent it’s about preparation and attention to detail that sets the great apart from the good.

  26. agenice says: Sep 1, 2010 6:22 PM

    Yet another dieon sanders creation.
    One more year and Dez Bryant will be the same way.

  27. thats_what_she_said says: Sep 1, 2010 6:25 PM

    Oakfan23 says:
    September 1, 2010 6:04 PM
    Which is why oakland went with DHB! They just didn’t want that distraction. DHB has had a slow start but at least it’s been well documented that he has put in the work this offseason and it’s starting to show on the field. Plus he had Jamarcus throwing to him which just isn’t a fair measuring stick. Jamarcus was a joke, he didn’t care
    ————————————————
    who gives a sh!t?? It’s pre-season and doesn’t matter a whole great deal. He was gonna start since the day he got drafted. Ever wonder how someone goes and misses 5 games and OTA’s, preseason etc, and STILL ends up starting and playing most of the game??
    He’ll be fine, he knows the system and has practiced well when it counts.
    Don’t come on an SF blog and make a case for DHB; i’d rather have Crabtree’s shoe’s instead of DHB. Wanna talk about distractions? How about ur coach’s left hook? That shows tremendous focus on u know… WINNING football games.

  28. football24-7 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:25 PM

    crabtree dont b a d-bag..your a pro you make tons of money$$ act like it an do your duties… VERNON should have pop you like a ZIT!!

  29. Bob Nelson says: Sep 1, 2010 6:32 PM

    He is NOT one of the better WR’s in his conference, and is not even the #3 WR in his division.

  30. The Centurion says: Sep 1, 2010 6:32 PM

    “We think Crabtree has a great chance to be one of the best wide receivers in football for the next decade, but he’s starting to earn that “diva” label stuck on him in pre-draft workouts.”
    I think he earned that by holding out so long last year and threatening to re enter the draft, its way past that Mike. Lets face hard work and a good attitude is far more valuable than pure talent (in most cases) This kid will never be anything with a lazy ass attitude. Who cares how Davis does it, its good to see him maturing as a leader, light a fire under that lazy kids ass period. If he doesn’t gain some awareness that he’s being a slacker now he will probably never be a great receiver in this league

  31. locc26 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:32 PM

    yougtorice your name says it all. a bandwagon fan. started on 49er bandwagon after 3 superbowls so all you know is the chumptorice version of the 49ers. crabtree is a b*tch, no likes him and no likes you. go like some other team you embarass us
    signed,
    49er fans

  32. Tinbender says: Sep 1, 2010 6:41 PM

    youngtorice says:
    September 1, 2010 6:04 PM
    He will still be a better receiver than Davis plain and simple.
    ————————————————–
    I would hope so, Davis is a TE

  33. Marvin49 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:43 PM

    @Oakfan23
    Your right…you are much better without the “distraction” of a productive WR who outproduced DHB by a 5-1 margin in the same number of games, without mini-camp, training camp, or pre-season.
    Also….lets be clear….Crabtree stayed in Santa Clara in the off-season to work with Alex Smith. He may be disinterested in camp and preseason, but lets be clear…he has put work in.
    So, when Crabtree again at least doubles DHBs production, we can have this conversation again regarding his “distraction”.

  34. superb owl says: Sep 1, 2010 6:43 PM

    more correctly, he fails to shake the properly applied label of “diva”
    and davis of all people confronts him…

  35. steelers rule says: Sep 1, 2010 6:46 PM

    Who is a bigger diva? Craptree, Ochostinko, T.Blow, or Dezi Bryant?

  36. JSpicoli says: Sep 1, 2010 6:46 PM

    Crabtree just looks like a prick.

  37. locc26 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:47 PM

    how the f**k is this an sf blog ????? so your coaches rear end wasnt a distraction true sf but pirate

  38. Marvin49 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:47 PM

    @Bob Nelson
    Um…Huh?
    OK, I’ll give you Fitz, but who else would you rank obove Crabtree?

  39. seahawk2005 says: Sep 1, 2010 6:53 PM

    Well it sounds like there is quite a few 49ers that don’t like the way Singletary puts on his camp and Preseason, that is what I have heard from some sources, It don’t matter either way as soon as they start loosing again they will quite on him, some already have, 1 guy retired lol lol in his 2nd year, but like I said it don’t matter anyway they don’t have a QB so it looks good for the Seahawks to win it this year, and all you got to do is watch week1 and we will all see who is #1

  40. Drat says: Sep 1, 2010 6:53 PM

    jaggedMark,
    Who are “them”? I can’t make sense of your post. But i admit i be stupid at times.
    As for Crabtree… sigh. He’s in the news for all the wrong reasons but hasn’t made an impact as a great WR yet. Posters saying VDavis is now a leader: Huh? He just got pissed at Crabtree and had a little tantrum. That’s not being a leader. If he was a true leader, this would not be a news item at all, the issue would have been resolved by Davis in the locker room.

  41. Pr1cetag says: Sep 1, 2010 7:03 PM

    This is the guys first camp. A lot of players hate camp and hold out early, fake injuries, or exagerate them in order to not have to participate in the fatiguing and rigorous camps. He is young and having to deal with his first full camp and isn’t happy. The other players not complaining are probably sick of hearing it and saw what happened last season. That’s all there is to it.

  42. wd40 says: Sep 1, 2010 7:04 PM

    Why not just let Vernon beat the diva out of him infront of everyone. Lombardi would have been proud! NFL Films Classic without a doubt.

  43. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 1, 2010 7:08 PM

    Crabtree is Favre’s son, and he is learning much from the old man.

  44. DEMOLITION says: Sep 1, 2010 7:09 PM

    We think Crabtree has a great chance to be one of the best wide receivers in football for the next decade…
    ***********************
    wow..really?

  45. superb owl says: Sep 1, 2010 7:17 PM

    will they quit on him?
    or quite on him (?) ?
    or quiet on him?

  46. Marvin49 says: Sep 1, 2010 7:39 PM

    DEMOLITION says:
    September 1, 2010 7:09 PM
    We think Crabtree has a great chance to be one of the best wide receivers in football for the next decade…
    ***************** ******
    wow..really?
    **************************
    Yes, really.

  47. Sonoco says: Sep 1, 2010 7:45 PM

    Davis is a Captain and called-out Crabtree which is his right. I agree that it shouldn’t have happened on the practice field and in full view of the media, but it’s out there now. Your move Michael.
    BTW, Seattle scares nobody with that absolutely pathetic o-line and rah rah Pete leading the charge.

  48. Kevin C says: Sep 1, 2010 7:48 PM

    Davis was way too much of a tight end, so Crabtree was the wide receiver of Singletary’s elephant trunk. Hahaha! This article is really helping that San Fran stereotype. Hahaha!!!! That locker room must resemble a Greek bathhouse.

  49. robert ethen says: Sep 1, 2010 7:50 PM

    You just follow the elephant turds to locate the elephant. Can’t miss them.

  50. hendeeze says: Sep 1, 2010 7:53 PM

    @Oakfan ahahahahahaha, still trying to justify DHB? Look at the 09 stats, that says it all. So they got into a verbal confrontation…..who cares? Its not like a coach punched another staff member or gave them a career ending injury by breaking their eye socket. Trying to convince yourself DHB is any good is about as stupid as Gruden rather starting Dixon over the rapist. Even I, someone who doesnt even watch the raiders, knows that Chaz (gimp leg and all) is still better then DHB, and even Murphy is better then DHB. DHB SUCKS. Took you guys 3 years to learn that Jamarcus sucks, so I guess you got another 2 years to learn what the rest of the league knew on draft day

  51. SoCal49er4life says: Sep 1, 2010 7:57 PM

    Granted, Crabtree seems to be a bit of a diva, but he worked hard in the off-season as well. I will agree with youngtorice that he will be a better and more reliable weapon regardless of quarterback. Davis has too many drops for this stage of his career. For locc26 are you seriously calling out another fan and saying they are an embarrassment when you can’t even put together a sentence? Wow I thought illiterates always cheered for Chokeland. I still can’t figure out how youngtorice as a screen name means he/she is a bandwagoner? Montana and Clark aren’t every single fan’s favorites. In fact my favorites were John Taylor and William Floyd. Oh no, call the bandwagon police. Bob Nelson, are you on crack? Other than Fitzgerald nobody else is better in the division. On another note, everybody was on Vernon Davis until last year too. Cut the guy a little slack, he has the talent to excel. Oh and to those advocating for DHB…… HAHAHAHAHAHA. End rant

  52. Dixon29 says: Sep 1, 2010 7:58 PM

    We think Crabtree has a great chance to be one of the best wide receivers in football for the next decade, but he’s starting to earn that “diva” label stuck on him in pre-draft workouts.
    Where to start…
    Starting to earn the “diva” label? The lengthy holdout last year started it, everything since just validates it. Where is Mike Leach to defend this moron now? He will never be one of the best until the 49ers get themselves a QB not named Alex Smith.

  53. SoCal49er4life says: Sep 1, 2010 8:09 PM

    Haha, Just realized from locc26′s 2nd post that he must be a moron faders fan. I guess the screen name should have told me that though. What a F’ng tool

  54. raiderrob21 says: Sep 1, 2010 8:10 PM

    Guess That DIVA label was true huh? Good luck with him SF. But youll still need to find someone to throw him the ball before “We think Crabtree has a great chance to be one of the best wide receivers in football for the next decade, ” LOL! Do you work for the 49ers Gregg with 2 g’s?

  55. spudz says: Sep 1, 2010 8:13 PM

    Fantom1497 says:
    September 1, 2010 6:01 PM
    Were talking about Pre-Season, Come On it’s Pre-Season. Who Cares if a starter doesn’t want to be there or play at 100%.
    EVERYONE ON THE TEAM SHOULD CARE!!!
    That is the difference between perennial winners and losers….ATTITUDE!

  56. karmathaitch says: Sep 1, 2010 8:19 PM

    DAVIS….
    You just sored on my top players list buddy. Good job!!

  57. Ron says: Sep 1, 2010 8:19 PM

    It’s going to be great when Vernon joins his
    brother in Miami next season

  58. youngtorice says: Sep 1, 2010 8:22 PM

    # Tinbender says: September 1, 2010 6:41 PM
    I would hope so, Davis is a TE
    ————————————————
    Man I thought people were smart enough to figure out what I meant…… You know as in receiving aka catching the ball when it is there. Davis dropped a lot of passes last year and quite a few were golden opportunities. I am well aware he is a tight end though, thanks for the update. Perhaps if he wasn’t primarily covered by linebackers, he wouldn’t look so good. That is why he stands out. He is a big target with blazing speed. He isn’t always reliable though and Crabtree has better hands. That’s all I was getting at. Vernon was widely considered a bust until last year. Crabtree performed immediately D-bag or not. My solution…. short pass to Crabtree right in front of Willis = problem solved. Locc26 kick rocks dude you don’t know squat and you can’t even type in english

  59. steeelfann says: Sep 1, 2010 8:35 PM

    Ya’ll talking about practice. Practice. Practice.
    Talking bout practice. Practice man. Practice.
    Not a game, practice. Practice, ya’ll. Talking bout practice. Not a game, practice. Practice. Talkin bout practice.

  60. steeelfann says: Sep 1, 2010 8:36 PM

    I have newfound respect for Davis.
    Call the self-lover out Vernon and whip his ass!

  61. Oakfan23 says: Sep 1, 2010 8:38 PM

    LOL, i love all you haters, LOLLLLL!! I never said DHB was Great by any means, but neither is Crabtree. Oakland put up almost 300 yds. of offense in the first half last week, LOL. Maybe Crabtree should play BOTH ways. LOLLLL! We’ll see starting this year. And talk about taking 3 yrs to learn your lesson about Jamarcus, how long has Alex Smith been there?? LOL Niner fans are a JOKE!!

  62. Sactown49er says: Sep 1, 2010 8:58 PM

    “sources” lmao, I can’t stop laughing. What a joke

  63. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Sep 1, 2010 9:01 PM

    “We think Crabtree has a great chance to be one of the best wide receivers in football for the next decade”
    ————————————————–
    Fred Savage look-a-like, sometimes you say the most stupid shit…

  64. superb owl says: Sep 1, 2010 9:07 PM

    crabbypatty did not perform immediately.
    week 10 isnt immediately. he wanted to be traded to dallas, remember?

  65. jeremyb91 says: Sep 1, 2010 9:35 PM

    As an Oakland fan I’m still happy the Raiders didn’t choose Michael Crabtree. Even though the Raiders could’ve picked a much better player that high in the draft than DHB, drafting Crabtree would’ve been a nightmare because of his diva status. He wouldn’t have been a good fit in Oakland.
    It’s pretty bad when your head coach asks you what you love to do and you tell him you love fashion and want to be a designer. Maybe that bolds well for him in SF, but on most teams they want a player who is into the game and willing to do the extras.
    Oakland wasn’t the only WR needy team to pass on his talents because of his attitude. Six other teams passed on his talents. Every one who met him stated he came off as very immature/cocky/arrogant/standoffish/etc and although he’s talented he’s shown he’s not a great teammate.

  66. savocabol1 says: Sep 1, 2010 11:10 PM

    “Starting” to earn the diva label? So does that mean sitting out half of a season because you are a spoiled immature kid is not being a diva? looks like the browns got it right when you media people blasted them.

  67. Sonoco says: Sep 1, 2010 11:28 PM

    Hey Raider fan . . . passing on Crabtree at #7 was understandable . . . taking DHB at #7 was incredibly stupid. Crabtree has produced, DHB has not. Wear it.

  68. youngtorice says: Sep 1, 2010 11:46 PM

    He came in week 6 not week 10, and he made an Immediate impact once joining the team. Is that better for the ass hat that doesn’t even know their facts superb owl? It always great when people spout off and have no clue what they are even talking about

  69. comment_submission_error says: Sep 2, 2010 12:01 AM

    # hendeeze says: September 1, 2010 7:53 PM
    Took you guys 3 years to learn that Jamarcus sucks, so I guess you got another 2 years to learn what the rest of the league knew on draft day
    \———
    Isn’t Alex Smith still your quarterback? If he wasn’t white he would have been gone by now, too. As for Hayward-Bey, he went at least 20 picks too soon, but he didn’t pick himself, and your DBs weren’t exactly breathing in his face last weekend. He had enough real estate out there to build a porch. Crabtree is better, so you win there, but he’s a pain in the ass, and will always be a roster distraction. It won’t end well. Get some draft picks while you can.

  70. City_Native says: Sep 2, 2010 3:19 AM

    So the franchise that:
    1) Is Always blacked out
    2) Had the head coach punch an assistant coach
    3) Has had the worst 7 year stretch in NFL History
    4) Have multiple ex-coaches suing the owner for $$
    5) Have no plans for a new stadium
    6) Could be playing in LA in the near future
    7) Had their QB get busted for codeine use 8) Have more empty seats than fans at games
    . . . chose DHB over Crabtree because the latter would be a distraction? Ok.

  71. bwisnasky says: Sep 2, 2010 8:33 AM

    City_Native says:
    September 2, 2010 3:19 AM
    So the franchise that:
    1) Is Always blacked out
    2) Had the head coach punch an assistant coach
    3) Has had the worst 7 year stretch in NFL History
    4) Have multiple ex-coaches suing the owner for $$
    5) Have no plans for a new stadium
    6) Could be playing in LA in the near future
    7) Had their QB get busted for codeine use 8) Have more empty seats than fans at games
    . . . chose DHB over Crabtree because the latter would be a distraction? Ok.
    ———————————————
    You mean the same franchise that has one of the worlds largest fan bases too.. And actually, they chose DHB over Craptree because even though Craptree has more “talent”, apparently his work ethic is going to rank up there with Jamarcus Russell’s. You can polish a turd however you want, but in the end, a turd is still a turd. Unless he grows up soon, you will never win anything with Craptree. DHB was taken too soon by most people but the Raiders did what they had to do to get the guy they wanted. It’s not like there was a lot of people willing to move up to #7 that year. And the Raiders weren’t the only ones to have him as a #1 pick on their boards. So you have Craptree with his attitude issues, but also his talent. Or you have Harvin with his headaches, and his talent. Or you have DHB with his great work ethic, his want and desire to be better, and his slightly less than perfect talent. Geez, people act like they reached into the 7th round to take a flyer at the kid… and he’s done nothing but work his tail off since he came in the league. Don’t think that the moron throwing him the ball for most of the year last year didn’t make a difference. I’d have to say 3 catches for 46 yards against the whiners starting defense last year, shows what potential the kid does have. And if I remember right, his stats surely looked better than Craptree’s sitting on the bench and not caring.

  72. lasher1674 says: Sep 2, 2010 8:38 AM

    Singletary “slapped” the diva out of Vernon Davis, Crabtree may be a more difficult challenge.

  73. txtumbleweed says: Sep 2, 2010 10:33 AM

    If only Davis could catch the ball like Crabtree maybe he wouldn’t be so jealous of him. Crabtree is the opposite of a diva, he isn’t a loudmouth showoff. Davis has way more of a diva attitude than Crabtree.

  74. City_Native says: Sep 2, 2010 12:46 PM

    @bwisnasky
    1) Do a lot of the fans of the “one of the world’s largest fan bases” resemble empty seats?
    2) 48 catches in over hald a year or 9 in a full year with an injury? I’ll take the former.
    3) Short memory? Was it not DHB that sat out the pre-season game in Chicago because of fatigue? … in the pre-season? Hmmmm.
    4) Good job against the Niners unless you also state that he dropped a ball and one of his catches was in his body showing he lacks hands.
    5) Lastly, because this is too easy, Crabtree in the off-season was working with A. Smith on routes and times.
    If you would rather have DHB over Crabtree, Maclin, or Harvin….. thats why your one of the worst franchises in football.

  75. cragdragon says: Sep 2, 2010 2:08 PM

    Who the f#@k is DHB? Sorry, JETS fan here.

  76. bwisnasky says: Sep 2, 2010 2:30 PM

    @City_Native
    1)Yes, because world’s largest fanbases means nationwide, not local fanbase. Much harder to come see a Raider home game when you live on the East Coast. Not to mention, butts in the seats is directly co-related to the product on the field. You yourself, and I concur, have stated we were one of the worst franchises in the NFL the past 7 years. Of course, it’s called rebuilding, which you would think a 49er fan would understand as they have been rebuilding for a lot longer than 7 years.
    2) Again, Alex Smith isn’t a great QB, but compared to Jamarcus Russell, he would have Peyton Manning numbers. I’ll still take the kid that has heart and wants to improve, than the guy that thinks he can get by on talent alone. We had one of those at QB, and fortunately, got rid of him.
    3)Not really short memory.. Raiders never fully disclose injuries, especially in the preseason… called it “fatigue” but he was also seen at ever practice with his hammy taped up. I have an idea, as with McGlassman, that Cable was being overly cautious. Remember, this is a make or break year for Cable. Big difference between sitting out with fatigue or an injury, and just sitting out because you don’t feel you should have to prove yourself.
    4) And yes, he had one incredibly bad drop. And came back and made an incredibly great 2 HAND catch on the very next play.
    5) Lastly, because it is too easy, DHB was working out all off season with the QB’s as well as the jugs machine to work on his hands. He stayed after practice each day to work with Asomugha, whom despite everyone saying Revis is better, let me see Revis keep his island for more than one year and I’ll start giving that a bit of credibility.
    So I never said that I would rather have DHB over Maclin.. and truthfully, I never said I’d want him over Harvin. I’d just be worried as Vikes fans should be about Harvin’s headaches. That said, I will gladly take a kid that has questionable hands (a la Jerry Rice) that has an impeccable work ethic (a la Jerry Rice) and has an incredible desire to prove the people that doubted him wrong, over a Diva that held out just because he thought he should have been drafted higher, that has already caused locker room problems with one of the leaders on the team, and that has shown an incredible talent, but also a questionable attitude. Not to mention, as for being one of the worst franchises in football, maybe so for the past 7 years, but they dominated the Bears in all 3 phases of the game, and led the 49ers for most of the game, and even though they had 1:30 to move the length of the field, had Todd Watkins not dropped that pass, then they would have beaten the mighty 49ers too.

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