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Alex Smith on Crabtree’s absence: “You’re asking the wrong guy”

Dimitri Patterson, Michael Crabtree AP

Alex Smith may be unsigned and Jim Harbaugh may not be be allowed to talk about Smith any more, but everyone knows Smith will be back in San Francisco in 2011.

Despite his awkward situation, Smith has shown increased leadership this offseason by bringing together the rest of the offense and trying to help teach Harbaugh’s new offense.  Most receivers have shown up, except for Michael Crabtree.  Smith was asked why Crabtree hasn’t come to the sessions.

“Great question,” Smith replied via the San Jose Mercury News. “Asking the wrong guy, honestly.”

Hmm.  There have been reported chemistry issues in the past between Smith and Crabtree, who have spoken this offseason. Crabtree returned to the Bay Area a few weeks back and it was reported he would be attending the sessions, but he hasn’t shown yet.

Smith is planning more of a formal OTA-like teaching session coming up for the full squad.  We don’t think player attendance at these player-only workouts are a huge deal, but the 49ers would benefit from getting their presumptive starting quarterback and top receiver on the same page.

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24 Responses to “Alex Smith on Crabtree’s absence: “You’re asking the wrong guy””
  1. saberstud75 says: Jun 2, 2011 10:00 AM

    What else do you expect from a diva WR that held out of a significant portion of his rookie season?

  2. txchief says: Jun 2, 2011 10:07 AM

    Michael Crabtree seems to be intent on sabotaging his career and his team. First the holdout, next the underachievement and now failing to get together with your team to help improve the chances of winning. What a waste of incredible potential.

  3. champgiff says: Jun 2, 2011 10:14 AM

    Dear Alex…

    Maybe it’s time to start being the right guy.

  4. sj39 says: Jun 2, 2011 10:16 AM

    I feel bad for niner fans and what has become of their team (and the whole division really). It seems the Rams are the only team making the strides to get back to being respectable. Bad QB situations, diva recievers….get it together, I want the Rams to play in a competative division not one they will just plow through.

  5. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan says: Jun 2, 2011 10:18 AM

    And you would’ve thought Crabtree would love Alex Smith…things look so much bigger in Smith’s tiny tiny hands.

  6. We'reFineThere says: Jun 2, 2011 10:18 AM

    Thank you both Bay teams for Jeremy Maclin. I’ll be back when Free Agency starts to thank you again for Asomugha because as you can see in the pic, Dmitri Patterson ain’t getting it done.

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 2, 2011 10:20 AM

    It’s amazing how disappointing DHB and Crabtree have been thus far in their careers considering they were the first two WR’s taken in the 2009 Draft.

    Maclin, Nicks, Harvin and Britt have all been far superior and less expensive.

  8. blitzinc43 says: Jun 2, 2011 10:42 AM

    If u want the rams to get some competition, then the playoffs is perfect.

  9. Nevis says: Jun 2, 2011 11:45 AM

    Wow, I really can’t wait until the lockout is over…

    You people (and the NFL media in general) are way, WAY too bored.

  10. renoberger says: Jun 2, 2011 11:54 AM

    It will be interesting to see how Alex Smith does this year when he finally has a coach that doesn’t get out strategized every week. Don’t know how good Harbaugh will be yet, but it would be impossible to be worse than the last two head coaches he had. With Singletary the game plan was so obtuse that one mistake and the QB lost the game, even if it was because the defensive back didn’t get on the ground and fumbled the Atlanta game away.

  11. aldavisisthenfl says: Jun 2, 2011 12:17 PM

    DHB would have been there…………….

  12. scoob766 says: Jun 2, 2011 12:48 PM

    @bernie – Crabtrees receiving stats are comparable to Britt and Nicks. Unfortunately Crabtree has Alex Smith and didn’t play in a “passing offense”. On Minny the only receiver is Harvin, Vernon is the dominant receiver on the 49ers (justly). Additionally no matter how bad Favre was last year he was Favre the gun slinger, not Alex Smith the check down QB. Too many factors, Nicks is in a passing based system. Yes Crabtree hasn’t lived up to the hype, but remember he was on a run only team and check down passes.

  13. gmen4life1979 says: Jun 2, 2011 12:50 PM

    haha … Crabtree is horrible and so is DHB a joke

    Hicks best receiver in draft !!!

    Go G-Men 2012 !!!!

  14. scoob766 says: Jun 2, 2011 12:51 PM

    I meant Harvin (and only receiving stats)

  15. scoob766 says: Jun 2, 2011 12:56 PM

    sj39 says:
    Jun 2, 2011 10:16 AM
    I feel bad for niner fans and what has become of their team (and the whole division really). It seems the Rams are the only team making the strides to get back to being respectable. Bad QB situations, diva recievers….get it together, I want the Rams to play in a competative division not one they will just plow through.
    ——————

    What are you babbling about? Rams are making strides to get back to respectability? Name one DECENT receiving option on the Rams. SJax is going down hill, with no back up in sight. Don’t forget FA has not started. Additionally although Bradford was durable last year he has a history of injuries, a long history. Anyways come talk to me when you actually win the division, what happened last year?

  16. willycents says: Jun 2, 2011 1:09 PM

    @scoob766 says:Jun 2, 2011 12:56 PM

    I think what sj39 meant is that the Rams are making moves to improve, not that they are there quite yet. Rebuilding takes time.
    What was the Rams record two years ago as opposed to last year? Obviously they are improving, and I too hope to see the whole division improve to the point they are competitive with the other divisions of the NFL.

    disclaimer…I am not a Rams fan, but, a fan of competitive football every game

  17. schmitty2 says: Jun 2, 2011 1:38 PM

    scoob766 says:
    Jun 2, 2011 12:56 PM
    sj39 says:
    Jun 2, 2011 10:16 AM
    I feel bad for niner fans and what has become of their team (and the whole division really). It seems the Rams are the only team making the strides to get back to being respectable. Bad QB situations, diva recievers….get it together, I want the Rams to play in a competative division not one they will just plow through.
    ——————

    What are you babbling about? Rams are making strides to get back to respectability? Name one DECENT receiving option on the Rams. SJax is going down hill, with no back up in sight. Don’t forget FA has not started. Additionally although Bradford was durable last year he has a history of injuries, a long history. Anyways come talk to me when you actually win the division, what happened last year?

    That’s alot of smack to talk when the Ram’s finished with a better record. As far as receivers go..yes the Ram’s have a bunch of no names but one by the name of Amendola finished with way better stats than Crabtree. As far as Jackson going downhill..i wont argue with that but what about Gore and who is his LEGITIMATE back-up?

  18. yorks1cancer says: Jun 2, 2011 1:42 PM

    Mr entitlement, Crabmee, lacks dedication, maturity and any form of cahonnies to be in the game at any level.

    Alex is being the pro that he is. No contract and can look elsewhere, yet learns playbook, LEADS and organizes OTA’s (unlike no show crabmee, who’s reportedly working on his alligator arm stretches), works with rookies, and seems to see and projects a future for the team instead of “attending private/on his own” workouts.

    Lots of bad history at the 9ers since the York’s showed, yet this as good as any optimistic 9er fan can get for a return of respectable football in SF.

  19. killxswitch says: Jun 2, 2011 2:28 PM

    scoob766 says: Jun 2, 2011 12:48 PM

    @bernie – Crabtrees receiving stats are comparable to Britt and Nicks….. blah blah blah

    ———-

    No they’re not. Nicks had significantly more yards and TDs in 2010 with Steve Smith and a dominant run game competing for touches. Britt had more yards and TDs in only 12 games vs. Crabtree’s 16. Hell he only started in 7 of those games and still produced more, with two terrible QBs throwing him the ball and arguably the best running back in the league competing for touches.

    Crabtree has been disappointing, no explanations or excuses. It’s just the truth.

  20. 49erphilosopher says: Jun 2, 2011 4:04 PM

    Crabtree is taking a page from the Deion Sanders Playbook…But here’s the problem, if you don’t show Deion like talent on the field and bust your butt to be an elite player it doesn’t matter how nice your clothes are or how much props you get from the talking heads…You’re still just another player who didn’t live up to your potential because you were too busy being selfish.

  21. funkylovemonkey says: Jun 2, 2011 9:19 PM

    Say what you will about Alex Smith, but he has character. Not only did he take a pay cut so he could stay with the 9ers, but he is in a position right now where he could completely screw the 49ers by defecting in free agency to another team, taking the 9er playbook with him. Instead he’s taking a leadership role by gathering players and leading them in workouts and teaching them schemes independent of the team.

    You would never suspect that this is a QB who is consistently booed when he steps out onto the field, a man who is constantly blamed for every defeat (despite playing for coaches who couldn’t gameplay their way out of a paper bag, a revolving door of offensive coordinators, and a defense that was ranked 20th in the league last year, 26th in pass defense), or someone who has been thrown under the bus by his coaches and even 49er management many times.

    I’m honestly not sure what keeps Alex Smith so loyal to the 49ers, especially when Shaun Hill proved when he went to the Lions that you could have an identical season statistically (Hill passer rating 81.3, Smith passer rating 82.1) and the same amount of wins and losses (6-10) and be heralded as a great success on another team. By the same token, Sam Bradford had a worse year statistically then Alex Smith with a rating of 76.5 with a lower yards per completion average, a worse td/int ratio, and one more win last season then the 9ers and he has been heralded as the next great thing. And while Sam Bradford is more talented physically then Alex Smith, that doesn’t change the fact that Alex Smith might actually benefit from going to another team that doesn’t blame him for all of their problems.

  22. ninerdynasty says: Jun 3, 2011 10:07 AM

    i’ ve never been an alex smith supporter but what he’s doing is pretty good that i actually wouldnt mind the niners giving him one last chance. He now has an offensive minded coach that should be able to help him get better in mechanics and reading defenses. I’ve seen him look good at times and then he makes a dumb mistakes, the games against the saints and eagles last years are great example. If he doesnt throw those INTs he would’ve had great games.

  23. quadryismail says: Jun 3, 2011 1:13 PM

    I don’t know, but my buddy Kyle Robert Ceynar looks awesome rocking the Crabtree replica jersey and he says the 49ers are gonna win it all next season.

  24. P_Willy says: Jun 3, 2011 4:42 PM

    aldavisisthenfl says:
    Jun 2, 2011 12:17 PM
    DHB would have been there…………….
    ————————————————

    Yeah, and then he would’ve dropped more passes that hit em right in the hands. Boy, he sure is fast – too bad that wide receivers have to you know, RECEIVE the ball.

    End the lockout and once these mandated OTA’s are on – he’ll be there. He’ll play in the pre-season, and this team will be a hell of a lot better with a capable coaching staff. Still would’ve wanted Sing around in a position-coach role, but completely understandible that he’s out the door.

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