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Mike Johnson's first task: Fix Michael Crabtree

M. Crabtree1.jpgNew 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson wants to get the ball to his explosive players more.

“What I’m going to try to do
is get the ball to the players on our offense that can make plays, to
utilize the talent and potential we have here as an offense.

Teams have somewhat taken away the vertical plays down the middle to Vernon Davis, so that’s one focus.  But we assume one of Johnson’s first task is to fix the connection between Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree.

Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has some eye-opening numbers.  On 19 pass attempts to Crabtree this year, Alex Smith has six completions for 81 yards and four interceptions.

Yep, opponents are almost as likely to catch a pass to Crabtree as Crabtree is.  Smith’s numbers to every other receiver on the team are solid.  Maybe Crabtree should actually play a little football next August.

We’ll close with a quote from Johnson we just couldn’t ignore, describing what the difference will be between his offense and Jimmy Raye’s.

“I correlate it to two women
wearing the same dress. You have football players and you have an
offense, but you can have two women wearing the same dress, and they
look totally different.

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41 Responses to “Mike Johnson's first task: Fix Michael Crabtree”
  1. realitypolice says: Oct 1, 2010 9:37 AM

    Does Mike Johnson do heart transplants?

  2. habibfromnewdehli says: Oct 1, 2010 9:40 AM

    First task should be to put in TROY Smith, and start the Troy to Crabtree connection. And when Ted Ginn Jr. returns from injury… the Troy Smith to Ginn connection can be revived!

  3. Tom "Horse Toofs" Jackson SUX!!!!! says: Oct 1, 2010 9:43 AM

    How do you get a diva to stop acting like a diva????

  4. sjif says: Oct 1, 2010 9:45 AM

    No, I mean is, you can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking your head up a butcher’s ass… No, wait. It’s gotta be your bull.

  5. cornflorio says: Oct 1, 2010 9:47 AM

    “I correlate it to two women wearing the same dress. You have football players and you have an offense, but you can have two women wearing the same dress, and they look totally different.”
    This alone tells me that Mike Johnson will fail.

  6. Popeye says: Oct 1, 2010 9:50 AM

    Mike Johnson sounds like a rocket scientist

  7. mama tried says: Oct 1, 2010 9:54 AM

    # realitypolice says: October 1, 2010 9:37 AM
    Does Mike Johnson do heart transplants?
    Good one, reality!!
    True, Crabby just doesn’t seem to be “into it”!!
    As Steve Miller band once said…. “take the money and run”!
    Sad, really!

  8. spar says: Oct 1, 2010 9:55 AM

    If Troy Smith improves your team, your ceiling is too low to fly safely.

  9. heyguru says: Oct 1, 2010 9:56 AM

    Regardless of your offensive coordinator or gameplan, it’s all about execution. Crabtree’s routes are ok, but nothing special and Alex Smith has the accuracy of a shotgun, and at this point I’m convinced he will NEVER learn to look off the defense, instead looking where the ball is going 90% of the time. D-backs can hardly wait to pad their stats.

  10. The Real Shuxion says: Oct 1, 2010 10:02 AM

    My first task:
    Fix this damn crabs issue.

  11. Tony Romo's Faggy Hat says: Oct 1, 2010 10:04 AM

    His second task? Get Crabtree out of the dress.

  12. rjmcc01 says: Oct 1, 2010 10:06 AM

    Oh wow…fail.
    Title of story:
    “Mike Johnson’s first task: Fix Michael Crabtree”
    Yet you ASSUME that’s the case.
    “we assume one of Johnson’s first task is to fix the connection between Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree.”
    Someone needs jounalism school.

  13. chrisritch says: Oct 1, 2010 10:07 AM

    Where is the bust label all you blogger “experts” threw at DHB for Oakland last year for under producing like Crabtree is this year ….Oh that’s right , it would mean you were wrong again in your talent scouting ability’s

  14. oa316ts says: Oct 1, 2010 10:09 AM

    So Mike Johnson’s new role is to get the two women wearing the same dress to make out with each other?
    aka: get the football players to mesh with the offense and score?
    I think I have a new favorite coach in the NFL…

  15. shaggeez says: Oct 1, 2010 10:12 AM

    # cornflorio says: October 1, 2010 9:47 AM
    “I correlate it to two women wearing the same dress. You have football players and you have an offense, but you can have two women wearing the same dress, and they look totally different.”
    This alone tells me that Mike Johnson will fail.
    _______________________________________
    agreed
    metaphor fail

  16. TomBrady'sHairStylist says: Oct 1, 2010 10:12 AM

    Who is going to fix Alex Smith?

  17. Hap says: Oct 1, 2010 10:14 AM

    The 49ers are a mess and are likely to lose again this w/e. They were picked to win this division ?

  18. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 1, 2010 10:15 AM

    Lol that Mike Johnson quote… what?

  19. Harbs is the Man! says: Oct 1, 2010 10:25 AM

    Habib! Again, you give me reason to post for another comment you made and embarrassed yourself! Troy Smith was 4th, yes the number after 3, 4th on the Ravens QB depth chart in early August. Behind not only Flacco and Bulger, but even John Beck before he got traded! That should be enough to tell you how bad Troy is, but in case you didn’t catch any preseason this year, he BLOWS! He makes Marcus Vick look like a viable option. Hell, Anquan is listed as our 3rd string QB now and a better option. You will never see Troy Smith to Crabtree bc both are arrogant little premadonnas who will soon fizzle and fade. Thank you and have a good day.

  20. Harbs is the Man! says: Oct 1, 2010 10:26 AM

    Habib! Again, you give me reason to post for another comment you made and embarrassed yourself! Troy Smith was 4th, yes the number after 3, 4th on the Ravens QB depth chart in early August. Behind not only Flacco and Bulger, but even John Beck before he got traded! That should be enough to tell you how bad Troy is, but in case you didn’t catch any preseason this year, he BLOWS! He makes Marcus Vick look like a viable option. Hell, Anquan is listed as our 3rd string QB now and a better option. You will never see Troy Smith to Crabtree bc both are arrogant little premadonnas who will soon fizzle and fade. Thank you and have a good day.

  21. Your Gridiron Fix says: Oct 1, 2010 10:40 AM

    Something needs to be figered out in both sides. They have another tough match up on sunday, but it will give them a chance if Tree gets the ball more. Not sure if Smitj is the guy tho

  22. brawltimore says: Oct 1, 2010 10:41 AM

    @Hap, there are no good teams in the NFC West.
    It’s a crap shoot of crap teams.

  23. Tree13 says: Oct 1, 2010 10:52 AM

    Getting Michael Crabtree fixed. Now there’s an idea I could stand behind.

  24. FumbleNuts says: Oct 1, 2010 11:01 AM

    # TomBrady’sHairStylist says: October 1, 2010 10:12 AM
    Who is going to fix Alex Smith?
    hahahahahahahahaaAAAAAA!!!!!
    Maybe the Wizard of Oz?

  25. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 1, 2010 11:02 AM

    I thought Joan Rivers did the fashion report.

  26. swervinmervin says: Oct 1, 2010 11:02 AM

    Where’s Chris Carter and Tom JAckson?!?!?!
    Through a quarter of the season, Heyward-Bey is beating Crabtree in all receiving stats!

  27. RaiderChile says: Oct 1, 2010 11:06 AM

    What the Whiners need is to get rid of these bad coaches. Crabtree doesn’t want to be there. Coaches won’t be able to get him to play better with the media say the Whiners have a rough road ahead. Crabtree the Diva is not talking but showing his feelings by not playing hard. You guys are done. Mr johnson won’t be enough. He’ll go down the next game. This team looks and feel like the Raiders: by ownership, mediocre talent and no coaching!

  28. MercyMe says: Oct 1, 2010 11:08 AM

    chrisritch says:
    October 1, 2010 10:07 AM
    Where is the bust label all you blogger “experts” threw at DHB for Oakland last year for under producing like Crabtree is this year ….Oh that’s right , it would mean you were wrong again in your talent scouting ability’s
    _____________________________
    Huh? Does Crabtree’s issues look like they are due to a lack of talent or due to the fact that he doesn’t practise hard and didn’t play in the preseason at all? Was Crabtree drafted above or below where he was projected to be drafted? Was his slip in the draft not directly related to what we are seeing as the issue right now?
    DHB has been target 26 times and has 10 passes for 140 yards while playing against that powerful Rams and Cards (and Titans, in which he was 1 rec for 11 yrds, 2 targets) D.
    Crabtree is likely to bust due to being having a 10 cent brain. DHB is likely to bust because he can’t catch and feels the need to jump on every pass thrown his way.

  29. City_Native says: Oct 1, 2010 11:12 AM

    To all the inevitable Raiders fans that will come on here to justify their pick. Here you go again:
    1) Crabtree has hands.
    2) You reached for Heyward-Bey at #7.
    3) Crabtree has 54 career catches for 706. Heyward-Bey has 19 receptions for 264.
    Also stop with all the nicknames. J-Marc, B-Grad, D-Mac, Se-Bass, DHB.

  30. ctiggs says: Oct 1, 2010 11:14 AM

    heyward bey is still trash dont get sold on that alexis just needs to get him the ball the guy can make plays. if the ball ever gets to him

  31. Jesse says: Oct 1, 2010 11:43 AM

    “I correlate it to two women wearing the same dress. You have football players and you have an offense, but you can have two women wearing the same dress, and they look totally different.” – quite possibly the dumbest statement I’ve ever read

  32. ACS2 says: Oct 1, 2010 11:43 AM

    “I correlate it to two women wearing the same dress. You have football players and you have an offense, but you can have two women wearing the same dress, and they look totally different.”
    ———-
    I couldn’t agree more. Here’s a great example of that analogy.
    http://www.dvorak.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/flight_attendant.jpg
    http://www.sportsgrindent.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/childress1.jpg

  33. MercyMe says: Oct 1, 2010 11:55 AM

    City_Native says:
    October 1, 2010 11:12 AM
    To all the inevitable Raiders fans that will come on here to justify their pick. Here you go again:
    1) Crabtree has hands.
    2) You reached for Heyward-Bey at #7.
    3) Crabtree has 54 career catches for 706. Heyward-Bey has 19 receptions for 264.
    Also stop with all the nicknames. J-Marc, B-Grad, D-Mac, Se-Bass, DHB.
    __________________________
    Let’s also note that even if Crabtree’s diva BS continues and gets in the way of his career, it still doesn’t make DHB any better of a pick. It is possible that that both picks were bad. Then again lack of logic and a Raider fan go hand in hand.

  34. G-Niner says: Oct 1, 2010 12:14 PM

    Woooooow Isn’t ONE consistently terrible, living-in-the-past, ever self-embarrassing team in the BAY AREA enough???
    1) How many GREAT players have been even GOOD coaches – a few, but not many.
    2) Singletary was one of my FAVORITE players of ALL times, but I don’t think he has it upstairs to be a head coach (“…. He’s not an X’s & O’s guy…”, well Belichick, Smith, Harbaugh, etc ARE)
    Hopelessness is a dark & lonely place, especially when there is SO much reason for optimism.

  35. other half of the triangle says: Oct 1, 2010 12:16 PM

    TomBrady’sHairStylist says:
    October 1, 2010 10:12 AM
    Who is going to fix Alex Smith
    ___________________________________
    Nice!!! the 49ers are avoiding the big elephant in the room. They think that firing the OC is going to make everyone forget how bad Alex Smith is.

  36. drbob1117 says: Oct 1, 2010 1:10 PM

    This guy had better be a great OC after he was probably “the rat” that Singletary referred to a couple of weeks ago and then goes around making statements like the “two women in the same dress” remark. As an Eagles fan, it’ll be fun to watch thier defense get after Alex Smith in Johnson’s ‘new and improved’ look next week.

  37. 1st&Punting says: Oct 1, 2010 1:42 PM

    Johnson’s comment was meant to say that he would not revamp the existing playbook in a single week. He intends to build upon the crappy plays that Raye left behind. He is going to give a different “look” with what he has. Hence – two women in the same dress.
    To carry the analogy further, I hope that this woman has hips and can fill out the whole field of play. I am sick of watching Gore run into the back of his o-line.

  38. FastEddy415 says: Oct 1, 2010 3:40 PM

    Fire Singletary, Bring in John Gruden, Trade for Mick Vick = Problem Solved!

  39. NinerDynasty says: Oct 1, 2010 6:59 PM

    @ chrisritch – Crabs being a diva or being lazy doesn’t change anything about reaching out with a top 10 pick on Heyway-bey.. you’re stupid for thinking that, he was a 2nd round talent and he is showing that maybe 2nd round was probably a reach as well.
    As for Mike Johnson, his first task should be trying to get a real QB to this team. I’m tired of dealing with a 6 year in the league Rookie QB.

  40. comment_submission_error says: Oct 1, 2010 8:44 PM

    Crabtree needs to practice. Appear in a training camp, play in a preseason game, something.

  41. mailman20877 says: Oct 1, 2010 11:01 PM

    well it really doesnt help that crabtrees mentor and the person he looks up to is the money hungry deion sanders

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