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Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 12:24 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

There probably aren't a whole lot of people who are confident that Alex Smith will return as the 49ers starting quarterback in 2011. And that's okay. Even if Jim Harbaugh is on board, fans have reason to question whether or not Smith can succeed.

But you would think that, at the very least, the team's No. 1 wide receiver might be on board with Smith's return. However, that might not be the case based on the conversation Michael Crabtree had with the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

Barrows reports on Tuesday that he asked Crabtree if thought "throwing with the quarterback was beneficial toward improving chemistry."

"Who's the quarterback?" Crabtree responded.

Barrows then told him that Smith was.

"He's the quarterback? I'm just asking," Crabtree said. Crabree later clarified his remarks at the practice. Well, kind of.

"I wish I could tell you that [Smith is the quarterback]," 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."

Now, bear in mind that this was at a voluntary workout that Smith was kind-of, sort-of leading. And this is kind of a tumultuous time in the NFL with most players really sticking together.

So for Crabtree to almost laugh off (again) the prospect of Smith starting for the 49ers, well, it tells us that if we ever get the players back on the field, we're at the very least going to have some spicy drama by the bay.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:28 am
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Since: Jul 16, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:35 am

Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

Leave it to a Cowgirls fan to post such a bright, witty, intelligent comment.  First off, you may want to familiarize yourself with the saying "Those who live in glass houses should not cast stones."  For all that "talent" the Cowboys have, they continue to be a perennial disappointment to the league and their fans!  Next, you may want to check your stats there chief.  Crabtree outproduced one of the Dallas starters (Roy Williams) and is not far behind the other (Miles Austin).  More than that, I would venture to say that Crabtree has not exactly had a top tier QB tossing him the ball either.  Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, Troy Smith??  Not exactly top notch talent at the QB spot so it's a bit unintelligent to rate Crabtree's talent level on his time in the league so far. 

Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:07 pm

Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

YoungnSons, that's exactly what I was saying, we're on the same page here. Maybe the media should decide who everyone's starting lineups are going to be, because they sure decide what players mean when they say things like "who's our quarterback?"

And Iggles, I hope you weren't talking about my statement, because if you were you need to read it again, my friend.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:27 am

Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

You all are completely missing the point of Crabtree's comments. His statement was made regarding him "not knowing who his QB is" because Alex Smith does not have a contract signed with the 49ers, it has nothing to do with Smith being the backup/starter nor his performance nor the relationship between he and Smith at all... It has to do with Crabtree's frustration that there are players floating in limbo regarding where their future will be and this bum reporter is trying to create a story by asking him about his QB...  If Crab had said "Yeah I have been catching balls from Alex and we will be in sync once the season gets under way." The headline would have read "Crabtree wants Smith to start for the 49ers". The media is just twisting words to get a half assed story. The point of Crabtree's statement is a passive aggressive way for him to say "I have absolutely no control over what happens with our QB situation and for me to waste my time working with a QB that might not even be on my team the next time I take the field is just plain dumb, about as dumb as these half-a**ed workouts that I am forced to show my face at. Now go bother the frickin owners who are the reason I have to deal with all this BS"

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:44 am

Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

I don't know what should be more painful to 49ers fans, the fact that Crabtree doesn't know who the QB is going to be, or that you have to refer to him as your #1 receiver.  Good thing you held out the way you did Michael, you're freaking awesome.  (Sarcasm font)

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:22 am

Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

Alex smith has never had a good system in place and we would never know what he can do cause he has to learn a new sytem every year! same with jason campbell, derek anderson, and a few more off the top of my head i cant remember..  derek anderson went to the probowl one year and was benched the next?  give the man 3 years.. jamarcus russell got a chance and he was a fat ignorant slob

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 7:29 am

Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

Craptree hasn't earned enough credits yet to make comments like this.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 7:06 am
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Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:23 am

Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

Maybe Crabtree was actually asking the reporter who their quarterback is going to be? How would he know who his QB will be? He can't ask his coach, now can he? Crabtree is a talented receiver, and as a Cardinals fan, I'm kinda pissed about how good he's going to end up being, actually, and he's probably frustrated that he can't possibly know who's going to be throwing the ball his way. Speaking of talented receivers, go ask Larry Fitzgerald who his quarterback is going to be, and then bash him for supposedly making fun of Skelton by not naming him the starter.

Brinson gets a failing grade on this piece, for sure.

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:24 pm

Crabtree on Alex Smith: 'He's the quarterback?'

Hm. I thought the SF 49ers' QB was Joe Montana...?

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