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Michael Crabtree still not convinced Alex Smith will be the team’s starter

Dimitri Patterson, Michael Crabtree AP

If there a rift between Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree, the two men are doing a poor job hiding it.

Smith pointedly said last week he didn’t know why Crabtree decided to work alone in the Bay Area rather than join Smith for throwing sessions. When Crabtree did show for the Smith-run “minicamp” on Monday, he didn’t sound convinced Smith was going to be the team’s starting quarterback again.

Crabtree was asked by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee if it was beneficial to be catching passes from the team’s quarterback again.

“Who’s the quarterback?” Crabtree responded.

When told it was Smith, Crabtree said “He’s the quarterback? I’m just asking.”

Crabtree said he would support whoever was the quarterback, but it was an odd exchange considering Smith brought the team together for the sessions, going as far as to help teach the offense to teammates in a classroom session.

At a time when Smith is trying to take newfound steps towards leadership, Crabtree isn’t sure who will lead the 49ers.

“I wish I could tell you that.” Crabtree said. “I know that you’re all scratching at it. I wish I could tell you who is going to be the quarterback. I don’t know. I don’t know. Whoever the quarterback is, I’m 100 percent down with it and I’m ready to go. That’s it.”

Perhaps the quotes above are why Smith initially pushed to have San Francisco’s sessions closed to the media.

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36 Responses to “Michael Crabtree still not convinced Alex Smith will be the team’s starter”
  1. chapnastier says: Jun 7, 2011 10:56 AM

    Crabtree is worse than Dez Bryant. If he had the jewelry debt we’d hear about this clown far more often than Dez.

  2. eagles83 says: Jun 7, 2011 10:58 AM

    NFLs next Diva WR!

  3. ninersrule says: Jun 7, 2011 11:05 AM

    Punk Diva

  4. duanethomas says: Jun 7, 2011 11:09 AM

    That’s Crabtree issue, he thinks his lack of production is a quarterback problem. Look at what Calvin Johnson has had in his career, he produces whether it a starter, back up or guy off the street.

  5. transam7816 says: Jun 7, 2011 11:14 AM

    I hate crabtree

  6. joetoronto says: Jun 7, 2011 11:16 AM

    Hey Frisco: You wanted him, you got him.

    Good luck with that.

  7. sweded775 says: Jun 7, 2011 11:21 AM

    No doubt C.K. is gonna be a stud at qb regardless of what happens next season with smith Colin is waiting in the wings which isn’t all bad considering he could use a little more muscle, but athletic as Newton, rifle for and arm, with way better deep ball accuracy than all the 1rd qbs

  8. duanethomas says: Jun 7, 2011 11:28 AM

    chapnastier says:
    Jun 7, 2011 10:56 AM
    Crabtree is worse than Dez Bryant. If he had the jewelry debt we’d hear about this clown far more often than Dez.

    If you look up the lawsuit out of Dallas that the jeweler brought against Dez’s, you will see Crabtree got jeweler also and didnt pay for it. Same mentor signed for it Mr David Wells.

  9. stevesabato says: Jun 7, 2011 11:33 AM

    I wouldn’t make a verbal commitment to a guy who wasn’t under contract with my team either. The Smith/Niners situation has been so blatantly obvious that it wouldn’t make sense for Crabtree to commit verbally, on the record, to Smith being the Niners QB. It could be held against him or the Niners in the future. However, the way he goes about saying it does make him sound kinda punkish.

  10. chapnastier says: Jun 7, 2011 11:38 AM

    @ duane

    So you are implying the media, cough cough, this website, focuses on Dez more than Crabtree because he is a Cowboy? Seems like they have a mentor problem #shocker

  11. hobartbaker says: Jun 7, 2011 11:38 AM

    If Crabtree and Bryant dropped another three rounds in the draft they would have been bargains. Or, fair value at least.

  12. phelbin says: Jun 7, 2011 11:45 AM

    As a lifelong 49ers fan, I really hate this guy!

  13. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2011 11:45 AM

    He shouldn’t be unconvinced that Alex Smith will start, but everyone including Crabtree should be convinced that Alex got too many chances and lacks mental toughness to seal the deal!!!

    The Eagles got rid of Donovan and the offense was much more consistent and electrifying to watch!!!

    The Raiders dumped JaWalrus, the Bills cut Trent Edwards, and the Vikes benched T-Jack. After all these moves the passing games of these teams were much better!!!

    If Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree showed dissatisfaction when they’re better football players than Alex; and when Mike Nolan regrets benching Shaun Hill when he played better and was more palatable for the players than Alex, then he’s got to go!!!

  14. grandpoopah says: Jun 7, 2011 11:51 AM

    Michael Crabtree = FredEx, Part II. All talk, no walk.

  15. jbcommonsense says: Jun 7, 2011 12:01 PM

    It would be nice if Crabtree would actually show some star performances before getting demanding and copping an attitude.

  16. huddyk says: Jun 7, 2011 12:14 PM

    Let me get this straight…you have a guy teaching the offense and bringing together a team to workout during a period when we are not even sure there will be a season AND you have a DIVA trying to mess it up to get the press instead of perhaps helping his team by learning the offense and participating? Just making sure I understand the dynamic here.

  17. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 7, 2011 12:32 PM

    Remember when he was holding out after the draft, he hadn’t played a down of football yet. All those commercials before the draft, and his Hollywood approach, not only that he was being looked after king Hollywood himself, Deion. If you didn’t see this coming, you must have been under a rock.

  18. ctiggs says: Jun 7, 2011 12:33 PM

    i dont blame crabtree, alex has had more lives then a cat its time to move on

  19. whoknowsnothing says: Jun 7, 2011 12:34 PM

    The next T.O. and Randy Moss in one body. Nothing but a cancer to the team. Just shut up and support your team!

  20. waxthat says: Jun 7, 2011 12:50 PM

    Many people here(not all) are commenting from what they’ve have heard through the media. C’mon people, wake up. Crabtree is not a diva.

    Let’s get this straight. I am not being biased, as I am not much of a Crabtree fan. But, he was not a diva in college and he has not been a cancer to this team. The man is telling it like it is. Alex Smith is not signed to be a 49er, the coaching staff in the past two years has flip flopped on QB’s like Leonardo Dicaprio with super models. He is not trying to stir up issues, the media is. Crabtree is guilty only of falling into the trap. He is young, immature and will come around. Lets see what happens this years. Haters gonna hate.

  21. lucky5934 says: Jun 7, 2011 12:51 PM

    Michael Crabtree never recovered mentally from being the 2nd wide receiver taken. He has had a crappy attitude since. He was diva long before he was drafted.

  22. eastcoastninerfan says: Jun 7, 2011 1:01 PM

    Diva or not… he just needs to shut the hell up and catch the damn ball.

    I’m a Niner fan and have him on my Fantasy Football team…but damn, I wish Vernon would straighten him out some.

  23. humb0lt says: Jun 7, 2011 1:05 PM

    Al Davis was smart to pass on Crabtree. But he followed that up with a dumb decision to draft Heyward-Bey.

  24. baboushka says: Jun 7, 2011 1:11 PM

    Michael Crabtree! Rarely has so much been written and said about So Little!

    Alex Smith may not be Peyton Manning or Tom brady. But he is not a junkpile either. He has suffered from a very dysfunctional system from top to bottom. Harbaug will get it done IMO. And if he believes in this guy and coach him up, he can make him a winner.

    And Harbaug can sweep out some of the dysfunction by dumping the 9ers “Crabs”.

  25. tigerphins says: Jun 7, 2011 1:26 PM

    Crabtree, if you participated in these practices and developed a better rapport with Smith then maybe your QB might have a greater chance of succeeding……. But what do I know– it’s not like you’re a 1st round pick who’s supposed to be an impact player or an integral part of the offense.

  26. ninerdynasty says: Jun 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    niners should just trade crabs and sign burress this year and cut your loses. next year’s draft go after blackmon

  27. smalltownqb says: Jun 7, 2011 2:49 PM

    It is the ” Battle of the Busts” – I love it.

  28. wenwon says: Jun 7, 2011 2:53 PM

    niners fan here. crabtree has been in the bay area for two months yet he hasn’t worked out with his team mates until two days ago. something isn’t right with this guy.

    look at the tape last year and you’ll know why his production was down. he doesn’t try..

  29. rcali says: Jun 7, 2011 4:05 PM

    Everybody was warned about this dude. Can’t wait for the rookie salary cap to keep these guys humble for a few years till the actually make a difference.

  30. TIM says: Jun 7, 2011 5:25 PM

    Crabs knows Alex is the starter FOR NOW,but he also knows Alex’s past failures and doesn’t believe Alex is starter material. And most experts agree with Crabs.
    In other words Crabs is just hoping it’s not going to be Alex AGAIN ! Crabs is tired of all those throws over his head and behind him and not on time. He is also tired of being blamed for Alex’s poor throws causing interceptions on deflections,just because Crabs is so talented he actually makes a great play just to get his hands on the horrible throws,so people say he dropped it,lol.
    Crabs know he is not going to make any of the incentives in his contract with Alex at QB,so he is like most 49ers fans,he is hoping this is just a bad dream that alex is once again being handed the job without any competition !!!

  31. TIM says: Jun 7, 2011 5:32 PM

    …Besides,EVERYONE knows that Kaepernick is the QB of the future for the Niners and Alex Smith has ZERO chance of starting long term !!!
    Crabs also knows this and smiles !!!

  32. goldrush36 says: Jun 7, 2011 5:57 PM

    Less talented receivers have produced far more with even worse quarterbacks. This is a problem of work ethic and passion for the game. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I guarantee T.O. yes I said it…. would outproduce Crabtree on this team. Regardless of “current” vs “future” starting quarterbacks, Crabtree has been a problem since day one. Trade this assclown and get someone in there with some good character.

  33. goldrush36 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:07 PM

    He shouldn’t be unconvinced that Alex Smith will start, but everyone including Crabtree should be convinced that Alex got too many chances and lacks mental toughness to seal the deal!!!

    The Eagles got rid of Donovan and the offense was much more consistent and electrifying to watch!!!

    The Raiders dumped JaWalrus, the Bills cut Trent Edwards, and the Vikes benched T-Jack. After all these moves the passing games of these teams were much better!!!

    If Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree showed dissatisfaction when they’re better football players than Alex; and when Mike Nolan regrets benching Shaun Hill when he played better and was more palatable for the players than Alex, then he’s got to go!!!

    __________________________________

    Whoa what friggin planet are you from? First off Vernon Davis has always been 100% supportive of Alex Smith. He expressed extreme displeasure for Crabtree’s attitude and lazy approach. Second Shaun Hill was benched by Singletary. Nolan had already long been fired. So stop talking out of your rear. This isn’t a QB problem it’s a diva problem. Like it has already been said plenty of WR’s have produced better with even less QB talent at the helm

  34. humb0lt says: Jun 7, 2011 6:29 PM

    Who knew that Michael Crabtree possessed such expertise evaluating QB talent? Maybe he should skip his playing career and go right into coaching. Surely NFL teams would line up to offer “Crabs” top dollar for the use of his brain. And he wouldn’t have to disappear from games anymore.

  35. briank1ne says: Jun 7, 2011 8:12 PM

    hey crabtree…before you start opening your big mouth and being suck a punk…make it easy for me to know that you are better than josh morgan. I had to look up the stats to make sure…and hey….they werent much better. better watch your lip young buck before vernon davis power slams your bum *ss. Act like a niner already.

  36. discosucs2005 says: Jun 8, 2011 4:02 AM

    So many Raider and Cowboy fans are talking about how Crabtree is the next T.O. If the 49ers get to the playoffs with Crabtree as much as they did with T.O. that is fine by me. T.O. didn’t wreck the 49ers, the Cowboys, or even the Eagles. Even if you think he did, all those teams got to the playoffs, and the Eagles got to a Super Bowl, so that would be fine by me.

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