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Short on weapons, 49ers need Crabtree to step up

Michael Crabtree, Kyle Williams AP

The 49ers signed Braylon Edwards in large part because they were uncertain what Michael Crabtree could give them this year.

Edwards didn’t give the 49ers much in the first two weeks of the season before knee surgery; he has four catches for 48 yards.  Crabtree gave Edwards even less (1 catch) because he has been unable to shake a foot injury.

As Florio mentioned last night, Crabtree is “probable” to return to the lineup this week.  Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com indicates it may initially be in a third down role as a slot receiver behind Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn.

“I don’t want to get into what the plan is, what our thinking is, or how he’ll be used in the game, or how many plays he’s going to be in, what specific routes he’s going to be running, how that effects next week,” coach Jim Harbaugh said

Even if Crabtree is No. 3 for now, the 49ers passing attack needs him badly.  Morgan is serviceable, but not a difference maker. Ginn is more of a returner than a receiver.

Alex Smith has looked a little improved this season, but he has no weapons when Vernon Davis stays in to block.  (Which is too often.)

The 49ers have been forced to play things close to the vest offensively thus far. On Sunday, they face a Bengals team with even more offensive questions.  Win these types of games, and you can win the NFC West.

Getting help from Crabtree would make a huge difference.

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36 Responses to “Short on weapons, 49ers need Crabtree to step up”
  1. scoffaveli says: Sep 24, 2011 11:29 AM

    pretty sure the 49ers are playing the bengals

  2. duanethomas says: Sep 24, 2011 11:30 AM

    Goodluck with that. I smell a Bust.

  3. cardsfann1 says: Sep 24, 2011 11:31 AM

    When I watched Crabtree in the bowl game before he got drafted, I thought this kid was going to be a beast in the league. Turning into a bust though. Terrible hold out to go along with his bad attitude seems to have set him back big time along with the bad foot. Shame.

  4. tbaserga says: Sep 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    they definitely do play the Bengals…glad to see you did your homework before writing this semi-pointless/redundant article…

  5. trollhammer20 says: Sep 24, 2011 11:44 AM

    Crabtree will continue to slack until his contract year, when, miraculously, he’ll suddenly be in a full camp, remain healthy for a full season, and put up superstar numbers.

  6. cosanostra71 says: Sep 24, 2011 11:49 AM

    if he could develop a winning attitude and a work ethic he could be a Larry Fitzgerald type, he probably has the talent. unfortunately he has neither and we’re stuck with this guy who is rarely on the field and rarely makes an impact when he is

  7. souldogdave says: Sep 24, 2011 11:53 AM

    Can’t count on the me-first Crabtree.

  8. talkintrashallday says: Sep 24, 2011 11:57 AM

    BUST

  9. jimmysee says: Sep 24, 2011 12:00 PM

    Michael is a classic highly paid diva draft bust taking place before our eyes.

    Tom Crabtree, on the other hand, in Green Bay, is came from the practice squad, and is a lunch pail hard working tight end contributing to his team.

    So which Crabtree would you rather have on your team?

  10. tinbender2000 says: Sep 24, 2011 12:11 PM

    He tried to step it up, but hurt his foot again.

  11. marcsasharc says: Sep 24, 2011 12:16 PM

    what bad attitude? where do these misconceptions come from? none of his teammates or coaches have ever said anything but good things about his work ethic and attitude.

    if you know something i dont, fell free to provide evidence and back up your weak claims.

  12. nogoodell says: Sep 24, 2011 12:19 PM

    What a waste of talent and a surplus of ego

  13. dspohn55 says: Sep 24, 2011 12:23 PM

    Crabtree has shown glimmers of talent, but I definitely get a diva vibe from him

  14. firerosenthalthebastard says: Sep 24, 2011 12:29 PM

    “On Sunday, they face a Bengals team with even more offensive questions.”

    – really? The Bengals have what appears to be a pretty good longterm answer at the QB position, and a possible future no. 1 wideout, along with a group of other talented young receivers.

    The niners have a coach, and a TE.

  15. whatwouldlombardido says: Sep 24, 2011 12:31 PM

    1 catch? 1 catch?! Darrius H-B has FOUR! The Crypt Keeper is laughing.

  16. dericivy says: Sep 24, 2011 12:36 PM

    Maybe they should follow some other teams leads and restructure his contract.

    *cough – Curry – *cough

  17. mypuppyfarted says: Sep 24, 2011 12:36 PM

    Where are all the big mouthed know-it-alls who talked crap about the Raiders not drafting Crabcake? Looks like the old man still knows more than all of you idiots, doesn’t it? At least DHB is in the lineup, practicing and improving. He may still not live up to the high expectations of being the first WR chosen but at least he didn’t hold out, isn’t always injured and has a much better attitude.

  18. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Sep 24, 2011 12:43 PM

    I’d have to say right now, Crabtree is a bigger bust than DHB. DHB was taken earlier, but everyone agrees Crabtree was the much better prospect and much more hyped.

  19. bambam1982 says: Sep 24, 2011 12:57 PM

    What the heck are u people talking about? Crabtree has never been a diva nor has anyone (that matters…coaches, teamates, GM etc.) Complained about him. The ones that matter always talk highly about his work ethic & how he is very involved in meetings. He also showed up for the Alex Smith mini camp over the summer (where he got hurt). Crabtree has also been quoted saying that he was going to put it all out there this season for the team. That’s probably how he keeps gettin hurt bcuz he’s known for working soo hard.

    What some of u need to do is stop just repeating negative things u hear from people who know nothing & start reading for urself. U guys are horrible. Give me an example of his “me 1st” attitude. It sounds more like u are being “me 1st” by getting mad bcuz he hasn’t played to your expectations.

    Alex Smith hasn’t really given anyone anything negative to say about him this season so far so on to the next 1st round pick that hasn’t produced like we wanted him too. U guys suck

  20. ninerfan94954 says: Sep 24, 2011 12:58 PM

    I’m sorry but since he’s been here I get the feeling in his interviews that he doesn’t want to be here…aloof…you guys are lucky I’m speaking to you. As an earlier poster noted, initially he seemed to be a beast, no break in period needed. In all fairness, given the offense and lack of imagination that Singletary ran and Harbaugh has shown so far I’d be pissed too.

  21. duncanthecat says: Sep 24, 2011 1:00 PM

    Clearly not the pick if they had to do it over again.

  22. bobhk says: Sep 24, 2011 1:09 PM

    firerosenthalthebastard says:
    Sep 24, 2011 12:29 PM
    “On Sunday, they face a Bengals team with even more offensive questions.”

    – really? The Bengals have what appears to be a pretty good longterm answer at the QB position, and a possible future no. 1 wideout, along with a group of other talented young receivers.

    The niners have a coach, and a TE.
    ————-
    Bwahahahah….Dalton has played two games in his *career* and you’re sure that the Bungles have a long term answer at QB. Let him play for a season before you annoint him.

  23. minnysoda says: Sep 24, 2011 1:10 PM

    Wow and a bunch of Favre backing TT haters said old Teddy was stupid for picking Raji over Crabtree LOL And Raji has caught more passes for touchdowns in the playoffs than him

    Where are all the Favre anti TT fans now? Hope you aren’t rooting for the Packers anymore.

    Here is an idea root for Favre as he calls a game for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles

  24. tinbender2000 says: Sep 24, 2011 1:21 PM

    marcsasharc says: Sep 24, 2011 12:16 PM

    what bad attitude? where do these misconceptions come from? none of his teammates or coaches have ever said anything but good things about his work ethic and attitude.

    if you know something i dont, fell free to provide evidence and back up your weak claims.
    —————————————————–
    Didn’t Vernon Davis get in trouble last year for slapping this assclown around?

  25. e15725 says: Sep 24, 2011 1:30 PM

    Hey 9er fans DHB is looking pretty good now eh

  26. highpowered350 says: Sep 24, 2011 2:01 PM

    “Short on weapons” …. Check the parking lot.

  27. lilraider says: Sep 24, 2011 2:04 PM

    pretty sure using weapons and 49ers should be a no no

  28. souldogdave says: Sep 24, 2011 2:07 PM

    he held out, never has done training camp or pre-season in THREE YEARS. Constantly injured, and even his last interview he dissed Edwards and we all know what he thinks of Alex.His demeanor just SCREAMS bad attitude.Marcsasharc, they don’t badmouth him except in private.Please, don’t be obtuse.He’s a under-performing, always injured petulant wanna-be.Watch DHB outperform him this year, icing on the cake, LOL.

  29. veraky says: Sep 24, 2011 2:40 PM

    Are you Raiders fans high? DHB has 4 catches for 44 yards so far this year, nothing to brag about. His career stats are 39 receptions for 534 yards and 2 tds compared to Crabtree’s 104 receptions, 1,370 yards and 8 tds. They both have sucked but it’s pretty obvious that DHB is the much bigger bust for his draft position. But hey don’t let me ruin your guys little feel good time here with some little old stats.

  30. marcsasharc says: Sep 24, 2011 3:10 PM

    tinbender2000 says:
    Sep 24, 2011 1:21 PM
    marcsasharc says: Sep 24, 2011 12:16 PM

    what bad attitude? where do these misconceptions come from? none of his teammates or coaches have ever said anything but good things about his work ethic and attitude.

    if you know something i dont, fell free to provide evidence and back up your weak claims.
    —————————————————–
    Didn’t Vernon Davis get in trouble last year for slapping this assclown around?

    —————————————–

    yes, but that is kind of expected. who hasnt Vernon Davis scuffled with in practices? I think hes in the double digits now.

  31. humboldt420 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:29 PM

    When the Raiders took Heyward-Bey No. 7, it was definitely a head scratcher.

    But when the 49ers took Crabtree a few picks later, I was just as confused.

    The 49ers have been burned by drafting a productive “spread offense” wide receiver before — Oklahoma State’s Rashuan Woods, 1st round, 2004, 31st overall.

    Crabs appears to be following the path of Woods rather than other 49ers wide outs — Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.

  32. jigwig13 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:50 PM

    Hey bambam1982 I couldn’t agree with u more ppl are so caught up with what they hear in the m edia and read but they aren’t paying attention to the facts that his numbers have gotten better and his numbers aren’t that bad for only playing a season and a half…he also hasn’t had a steady qb or coordinator his first 2 yrs with a different oc in his 3rd give him a break not his fault he is injured and not his fault we drafted him…I don’t think he’s a bust gotta give him a chance

  33. travisblink619 says: Sep 24, 2011 4:34 PM

    I’m not ready to call Crabs a bust yet, but he certainly is falling into the Rashaun Woods/J.J. Stokes mold of being a huge underachiever. Kinda makes me hope they DON’T consider Justin Blackmon in next years draft. I kinda hope Harbaugh starts throwing caution to the wind and opens up the offense a bit. I think its time to stop playing so damn cautious.

  34. andyreidisfat says: Sep 24, 2011 6:50 PM

    I still mc can play. He has to get over this foot thing though because it is killing his career.

    Guess the eagles were the smart ones as maclin is far better that the two wr drafted ahead of him

  35. mrlynch33 says: Sep 24, 2011 8:06 PM

    e15725 says:
    Sep 24, 2011 1:30 PM

    Hey 9er fans DHB is looking pretty good now eh

    —–

    Wow, you Oakland fans are ridiculous!!! Let’s look at the numbers…

    Career Stats:
    DHB – 39 rec. 534 yds. 2 td
    Crab – 104 rec. 1370 yds. 8td

    Season 1 (only Crab)
    11 GP 48 rec. 625yds. 2 td

    So Yes, e15725….DHB looks great considering Crabtree has better stats over 11 games his first year than DHB has in his whole career.

    IDIOTS!!!

  36. marcsasharc says: Sep 25, 2011 3:10 PM

    Crabtree had a legal TD taken away from him today. and its easy to see that he is a quality WR, something that DHB is not. DHB is a scrub.

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