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Crabtree and Ginn to start; Harbaugh wants better questions


The 49ers might have five No. 1 receivers, but they’re only going to start two of them.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn would start tonight against the Vikings.

For Crabtree, it will be his first preseason game appearance, and it means Randy Moss will be working off the bench, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Harbaugh also grew agitated with reporters when asked about Kyle Williams status as a returner. He fumbled twice in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Giants, and is currently listed behind Ginn on the depth chart.

Harbaugh said Williams “most definitely” would return punts, and when asked how he thought the crowd would receive him, Harbaugh shot back: “To Kyle? He’s a 49er. He’s one of us.”

At a point later in the press conference, Harbaugh chided reporters.

“A lot of obvious questions,” he said. “A lot of the master-of-the-obvious questions today. They could be really answering themselves up here.”

Harbaugh’s a good coach, and has gotten far more out of this Alex Smith-led bunch than anyone imagined. But if they don’t continue to win at last year’s clip, this guy is going to come unglued.

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34 Responses to “Crabtree and Ginn to start; Harbaugh wants better questions”
  1. jessieboom says: Aug 10, 2012 9:48 AM

    Already an A-hole, just like his brother.

  2. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 10, 2012 9:50 AM

    Lions fan and big time Harbaugh hater here: the five number one receivers things isn’t funny anymore. Time for some new material.

  3. joetoronto says: Aug 10, 2012 9:51 AM

    “if they don’t continue to win at last year’s clip, this guy is going to come unglued.”

    The man was born unglued.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 10, 2012 9:53 AM

    I’m not a great Jim Harbaugh mind, but from what I read he seems like kind of a d-bag.

  5. kleppnasty says: Aug 10, 2012 9:54 AM

    Yeah, just like Bill Belichick and Andy Reid. Those guys love the media too. Seriously, get off his jock. He is a coach, his job isn’t to make reporters happy, it’s to make a team great. So far, his history is a lot better than your’s and a lot of your media friends’.

  6. noeffinway says: Aug 10, 2012 9:55 AM

    Yep, Schwartz had this one right.

  7. dawgsafety13 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:00 AM

    Yep…Jim Schwartz was DEFINITELY the problem.

  8. sonoco says: Aug 10, 2012 10:01 AM

    Yeah, I agree . . . . because he came unglued so many times going 9-15 in his first two years at Stanford.

  9. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 10, 2012 10:07 AM

    BB and Reid may also hate the media, but they don’t make a habit of openly mocking the media like Harbaugh does. I would be scared to see how this guy reacts when he’s coaching a losing team. And I would love to see the post-game questions the media would have for Harbaugh in light of the way he treats them now.

  10. cali49er707 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:11 AM

    Jim you want tri-tip or hamburgers??

    Im about to go grab the meat, beer & chips!! See ya at the “STICK” tonight Harb’s!! Go 9ERS!!!!!!!

  11. japmen says: Aug 10, 2012 10:16 AM

    He’s gotten more than I thought possible done at this point. I still remember Singletary. He was a nightmare and a never-ending joke reel. I think Moss and Davis are the only good recievers(I know one is a TE) but that defense is awesome.

  12. ronaldmexico7 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:17 AM

    The West coast representative of the Dick Brothers.

  13. tshirttom says: Aug 10, 2012 10:18 AM

    Harbaugh may think he has 5 No. 1 receivers, but even he knows he doesn’t have a No. 1 QB

  14. SparkyGump says: Aug 10, 2012 10:20 AM

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people who ask questions.

  15. sirhulka says: Aug 10, 2012 10:20 AM

    John and Jim Harbaugh have two things in common. 1. They two of the biggest a**holes in the NFL. 2. They both love to lose in Conference Championship games.

  16. tvguy22 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:22 AM

    Like Buddy Ryan used to say, “if I win you guys can’t hurt me, if I lose you guys can’t help me.”

  17. scoobaj says: Aug 10, 2012 10:22 AM

    am i the only one who sees the 9er’s winning 7 to 9 games this year, tougher schedule and no team can go pretty much injury free for 2 seasons straight plus history of 13-3 teams the year after is startling.

  18. flapjackdaddy says: Aug 10, 2012 10:25 AM

    Really nice guy, that Harbaugh. What has he ever won that entitles him to be so uppity?

  19. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:27 AM

    I love the guy, hes a breath of fresh air.

  20. surferbum01 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:28 AM

    For those that actually know Jim Harbaugh and understand that he espouses the coaching philosophy of Bill Walsh (whom he used to spend hours talking with while JH was at Stanford gleaning information from one of football’s truly great men). Walsh always viewed the media with a scornful and skeptical attitude. He knew the media wasn’t their for him but he HAD to be there. Like Walsh, Harbaugh just wants to coach and “keep getting better one day at a time…”. Take the opposite in JETS land where Ryan loves the media attention……and that team is ALREADY a bleeding mess.

  21. sj39 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:32 AM

    Five No. 1 recievers and a No. 3 QB. This little circus is going to be fun to watch.

  22. blacknole08 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:39 AM

    I don’t blame Harbaugh for getting snappy. The reporters were antagonizing and trolling him at the end of that press conference. It’s like they ran out of things to ask the man and just wanted to make a name for themselves at his expense.

  23. mack408 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:54 AM

    congrats to Crabs fo finally playing a pre-season football game !! lmao @5 number one recievers ?? Crabs is over-rated & nobody knows what Moss will do ..last time playing in the Bay he cried like a baby and played equally the same !! Manningham Gin & the rookie are considerd #1’s ?? not in AMERICA !! 10-6 maybe for the 9ers

  24. dhragonn says: Aug 10, 2012 10:58 AM

    In Harbaugh we trust, his interviews are entertaining.

  25. sandiegosportswire says: Aug 10, 2012 11:06 AM

    The don’t call him Captain Comeback for nothing!

  26. bubba9er says: Aug 10, 2012 11:19 AM

    In the end, it isn’t the reporters or the court of public opinion that Jim has to answer to. He is protective to a fault of his players, and so far only has a big shiny 13-3 record to show for his efforts. The team has bought in and they will be the only people he has to answer to. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  27. explosionsauce says: Aug 10, 2012 11:23 AM

    Enough with the 5 no. 1 WRs. Gantt, you are constantly bashing the 9ers and Harbaugh. Why? Because he doesn’t want stupid questions? Because Harbaugh doesn’t play into them? Stop hating Darin.

  28. southpaw79 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:45 AM

    Does the team love him : Yes
    Do the fans love him : Yes
    Does the media love him : No
    What ever happend to the time when the media was suppose to support the facts instead of pushing an agenda?

  29. billb49 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:47 AM

    Wow. Lot’s of Harbaugh hating around here, especially from bitter Lions fans. Get a clue, haters. Just like his mentor, Bill Walsh, Jim Harbaugh doesn’t give a damn what the media thinks. And if the coach continues his Niner upgrade by adding an explosive offense to that amazing defense this year, heads are going to explode all around the country. If they knock off the Packers and the Lions in the first three games, everyone is just going to have to shut up and watch.

  30. oaktown49er says: Aug 10, 2012 11:57 AM

    Whenever there is a Harbaugh article, I love reading the comments from the Lions fans. They really hate him. Yes, he isn’t perfect but do Lions fans really think their coach is a saint? Regardless of what side you fall on, the two of them make football more entertaining, and isn’t that really the point?

  31. dirtyjersey9er says: Aug 10, 2012 1:40 PM

    Ok so Harbaugh is excitable, props up his players while at the same time taking the heat off them, is a good coach, treats everyone outside of the press very well……yet some people here think he is an ahole? Really?

    Have you heard some of the questions the press ask? Especially that moron Grant Cohn who is trying to be a tabloid sports reporter. Dude got into it with Anthony Davis, is now trying to do the same thing with AJ Jenkins. People believe he is the one who was the reason for Harbaugh’s “Diabolical” line that this site loves to beat into the ground over and over.

    I live near New York where the press is obnoxious. There are some who try to get the story but let’s face it most are trying to get the soundbyte because getting the soundbyte leads to repeated mentions of the name of the reporter who said the line. So in essence they are trying to get fame by pissing a player or coach off.

    Singletary got more respect after his first year despite being a complete lunatic who had players playing in fear despite an 8-8 record than a guy who the players clearly love playing for and not only led them to a 13-3 record in year 1 but was thisclose to a super bowl appearance. So what is it?

  32. jforeal says: Aug 10, 2012 1:44 PM

    You can always tell the people who don’t think for themselves on blogs like these. It’s funny. One person hates on Harbaugh, the rest follow with their hate comments.

    Well here is a thoughtful comment. The people on this blog who actually played football know that they would appreciate a coach like Jim Harbaugh who passionately defends his team. He doesn’t give a damn about the media or bloggers. He cares about his players and his team. Period.

    Personally I hate the media. For example, the media tells everyone that Terrell Owens is a cancer in a locker room, and everyone believes them. Has anyone reading this blog been in the same locker room with T.O? No. But MANY ACTUAL NFL PLAYERS have come to T.O’s defense on this matter, Carson Palmer most recently.

    My question is why choose believe a reporter who was cut from every organized team he tried out for in his life? Who has only spent the time allowed for a reporter in a locker room after a game? (about 15 min) Bottom line, I wish more coach’s challenged the sorry arsed media the way Jim Harbaugh does.

    They will soon, because the NFL is a copycat league. Harbaugh will lead the 49ers to another 14-2 season or better, then every NFL owner will insist that the coach’s they employ stand up to the media for their players and organization with the same passion as Harbaugh. Play close attention.

    I have already seen where some of these media folks are getting uptight about Harbaugh’s responses.

  33. ninerdynasty says: Aug 10, 2012 3:14 PM

    @AlanSaysYo – hmmm he was coaching losing teams in SD, Standford and the niners .. HE MADE THEM INTO WINNERS! smh..

    As for the Media getting in his jock over Williams doing punt returns on a PRE-SEASON game is just silly.. let the man evaluate the team… thats what the pre-season is for.. find out what you got to make the decisions during the season.

  34. sixjak says: Aug 10, 2012 4:58 PM

    Can’t get enough of the 5 #1 receiver routine. It never gets old. Not even after a hundred times or anything. Held over for two weeks: LAAAADIES AND GENTLEMEN PFT presents ” The 5 #1 WR ROUTINE” yet again and again and again and again. More plz! Just can’t get enough of the “5 #1 WR routine.”. Hey did I tell you how much I love the 5 #1 WR routine? It’s reeeeal funny.

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