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Harbaugh claims Moss is Niners best receiver

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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh may think that Michael Crabtree has the best hands Harbaugh has ever seen, but when the rest of the package is considered another receiver lands higher than Crabtree on the team’s current pecking order.

Rich Gannon of SiriusXM NFL Radio says that Harbaugh claims Moss is the team’s “best receiver right now,” according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

And I’m not sufficiently diabolical to doubt Harbaugh’s honesty on that point.

Gannon also shared a communication Harbaugh had with Moss, before Moss became a member of the 49ers in March.

“At the end of the meeting, Randy turned to Jim Harbaugh and said, ‘Coach, what do you want me to do, what can I do for you?’” Gannon said.  “And Jim looked at him and said, ‘For starters I’d like you to sit in the front row of my meetings.’

“He said by doing that it’s brought guys like Crabtree, who’d hang out in the back, and some of these other young guys, now they’re sitting up front with Randy Moss.  They don’t have the hoodies on anymore.  They’re alert.  They’re paying attention.  Randy’s taking notes.  Every meeting that coach has had, Randy Moss has been sitting in the front row.”

Gannon added that Randy is “trying to do the right things” and “trying to be a leader” by setting a “good example for these young players.”

One thing Randy has yet to do is talk to the media.  Apart from his introductory conference call, he has had nothing to say.  Eventually, he’ll face fines if he continues to refuse to speak.

Either way, his actions could be far louder than anything he says (or doesn’t say) to anyone in 2012.

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33 Responses to “Harbaugh claims Moss is Niners best receiver”
  1. Wisconsin77 says: Jul 9, 2012 4:57 PM

    Cash money homey

  2. greasybeerfart says: Jul 9, 2012 4:57 PM

    As a Niners fan, please stop Coach Harbaugh. First it was we didn’t want Peyton, then it was Crabtree has the best hands, which is a joke. Now this? I love my Niners but damn man, just shh.

  3. egomaniac247 says: Jul 9, 2012 6:08 PM

    What I took from this article is that Crabtree is a slacker and wonder why the coaches needed Randy Moss to help change that.

  4. justincase92121 says: Jul 9, 2012 7:12 PM

    I’d take those comments with a grain of salt because if Moss is that great, why did 31 other teams pass on him? Does the coach have ‘rose colored’ glasses or is he a savant?

  5. brucesf49 says: Jul 9, 2012 7:20 PM

    Honestly….this is pure genius if it’s true. Those who don’t think so are blind.

  6. realdealsteel says: Jul 9, 2012 7:34 PM

    Harbaugh is going to be the next Buddy Ryan. I can’t wait until the 49ers fall flat on their faces this coming season and all the spin in the world won’t help Harbaugh then. Alex Smith won’t be catching anyone by surprise. I’m predicting at least a two interception game in the season opener against the Packers. Hahahaha

  7. malbosia says: Jul 9, 2012 7:34 PM

    I’m glad to see Randy putting in a real effort to better himself and his team. As far as Crabtree, sometimes guys need that example to understand how things operate. A lot of young men have issues with authority and seeing someone like Randy Moss, a guy Crabtree probably looked up to as a kid, falling in line can really help them mature. Crabtree has talent and maybe he can develop into a great receiver. I know this much, Harbaugh is the Zen Master of the NFL. He has the Phil Jackson arrogance and he backs it up. He knows what he’s doing with this team and as a Niner that give me a lot of optimism.

  8. afirst916 says: Jul 9, 2012 7:46 PM

    That’s great Jim, now let’s hope he keeps it up all season because we all know that’s when he normally implodes and quits on teams.

  9. oilers101 says: Jul 9, 2012 7:46 PM

    I think its good harbaugh took randy moss who I know he possibly revive his career under harbaugh i wouldn’t be suprised if they can match their record from 2011 again

  10. tonyromoisterrible says: Jul 9, 2012 7:52 PM

    The niners will win it all this year. Write it down.

    HTTR!!!!!!

  11. dirtyjersey9er says: Jul 9, 2012 7:55 PM

    Moss is also having an effect on non-WRs on the team too.

    Perrish Cox was quoted saying that when Moss beats a DB in practice he will pull the DB aside and tell him what he did to beat them and why WRs in the league do that to specific DBs.

  12. delshofner says: Jul 9, 2012 8:11 PM

    Now if only he had someone to throw it to ole Randy …

  13. hugejazz says: Jul 9, 2012 9:08 PM

    Harbaugh is just flat out annoying already. He’s like if Bill Belnichek and Rex Ryan had a kid and the kid was the worst outcome of each.

  14. cannonballdookie says: Jul 9, 2012 9:22 PM

    Harbaugh is like those fans on message boards who thinks every player on their team is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

  15. cardmagnet says: Jul 9, 2012 9:24 PM

    That’s like being the smartest kid in special ed. The Niner’s receivers are nothing to brag about. Crabtree is only a #2 on most teams, even a #3 on some.

  16. 4512dawg4512 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:22 PM

    They should have taken T.O, at least he’s not a quitter

  17. rubicon202 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:33 PM

    Harbaugh was a better palyer than coach, everytime he speaks I’m left wondering why he said that?

  18. blacknyellablacknyella says: Jul 10, 2012 12:16 AM

    get ready for moss to have a HUGE season! who is the quarterb . . . oh . . . nevermind.

  19. los5828 says: Jul 10, 2012 2:25 AM

    Any1 who believes in harbaugh, shoud kno he only sayz wat he sayz, for the good of his team. He does not care wat idiot outsiders like yu ppl hav to say about him or his team. He says wat he says for WINS, not yur opinions. As far as im concerned as long as he has my 49ers winning, i coudnt care less about wat he says.

  20. brenenostler says: Jul 10, 2012 2:29 AM

    So Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree will be the starters. And Mario Manningham left his two-time Super Bowl winning team to get more playing time. Hmmm……

  21. rekingcrew says: Jul 10, 2012 3:06 AM

    And then he slammed the reporter in the back and ran to the locker room screaming YEEEAAAAA!!!!

  22. randallflagg52 says: Jul 10, 2012 5:33 AM

    Well who else would the best WR be if not Moss? No AJ Jenkins, that’s for sure.

  23. joetoronto says: Jul 10, 2012 5:39 AM

    Randy Moss mentoring Michael Crabtree.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    SMH.

  24. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jul 10, 2012 5:55 AM

    So up until now having Crabtree sat at the back & not paying attention was acceptable? Whatever you say, Jim. Whatever.

  25. 1historian says: Jul 10, 2012 6:22 AM

    Randy – good luck, but there is only ONE Tom Brady and you had your chance.

  26. CKL says: Jul 10, 2012 6:39 AM

    Moss was a good teammate this way in NE too. His former teammates don’t have much bad to say about him in NE. But that’s only part of the picture.

  27. nashwaakkidd says: Jul 10, 2012 6:49 AM

    crabtree is a huge first round bust, moss is all smiles now , but watch out when the losses start piling up and smith goes 12 of 20 and no catches for randy. i can see 9-7 for the 9’ers this year.

  28. sj39 says: Jul 10, 2012 9:00 AM

    Probably the best arm on the team too.

  29. randolph32 says: Jul 10, 2012 9:11 AM

    My how we’re bored before Training Camp begins…but it sure beats worrying about a CBA!

  30. psousa1 says: Jul 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    Imagine if they were playing in full equipment and contact? Harbaugh would really be busting a nut.

  31. ezmoney365 says: Jul 10, 2012 3:25 PM

    So we all know Harbaugh is going to talk his team/players up no matter what, i mean we seen it first hand all year last year with Alex Smith. but with that has come production to back it up (so far) I have been a Niners fan as far back as i can remember and last year was my favorite football season behind the 94 SB season. Harbaugh is not only a great coach but a Leader of Men and he does it with such passion and intensity and has brought back that great feeling of being a Niners fan. We have no reason to believe that all this talking up Moss stuff wont work, sure you can say Alex Smith or the fact that Moss is old. But the truth remains that the Niners and Harbaugh have nothing to lose in the Moss experiment. hes on an incentive based one yr deal that if he dont work out hes going to get the Braylon Edwards treatment. With the talent level of the offense this year, at worst Randy will be RedZone threat….Niners all day!!

  32. backindasaddle says: Jul 10, 2012 8:18 PM

    While reading all this stuff about the “good” Randy, all could hear in the back of my mind was the ominous soundtrack from the movie ‘Jaws’ when the you just know the shark is coming.

  33. robertnaipo says: Jul 11, 2012 6:00 PM

    It is just July and training camp is just around the corner. I really don’t care how everybody else thinks about whether or not Moss will fail or if Jim Harbaugh is an idiot for bragging how good he thinks he’ll be this upcoming season. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but what really matters to me is what the team will look like going into the season and see where we’re at when the halfway point of the season (week 8) gets here before I start making my judgements. Every thing else leading up to the season is all speculation, so bring it on Niner haters and we’ll see whose standing when the smoke clears in January. Myself, I hope it’s us, with ring #6…

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