Tag:Michael Crabtree
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:13 am
Edited on: September 10, 2010 12:55 pm

Diva? What's a diva?

 Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Somebody needs to get 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree a dictionary immediately. Apparently, he doesn't know what a diva is.
“What is a diva?” Crabtree asked the San Francisco Chronicle. “Really, I have no idea.  

"Isn't a diva a female?" Crabtree said. "I don't know, I'm asking. I mean, come on, that makes no sense. A diva?"

Perhaps, a look in the mirror could answer his questions (or a look to the photo at right. Sunglasses indoors says it all). After all, as pointed out in the article, Crabtree reportedly acted diva-ish in his predraft interviews and he missed 71 days and five games after a holdout last year that basically was a waste of time. Then, recently, he and Vernon Davis had an exchange at practice.

Plus, he doesn’t like to wear the same outfit twice (actually, my high school girlfriend pulled off that stunt her final two years of high school: she never wore the same outfit twice, which was, I thought, pretty impressive) and has a thousand  pair of shoes (though, I have to admit, I’m a bit of a shoe maven myself).

Crabtree, by the way, wasn’t being sarcastic about the diva thing. Apparently, he’s legitimately confused by his association with the word.
From the story:

Crabtree is truly baffled by the label he can't shake. In a rare one-on-one interview, Crabtree did much of the asking about his very real perception as a football-style diva.

He wants to know where this reputation came from. He wonders why wide receivers are called divas, whereas a defensive tackle is just considered moody.

Above all, Crabtree wants to understand why people can't just leave him alone so he can play football.

"It's just people's opinion," Crabtree said. "The ones that matter, they know me and what I'm all about. You don't see me in no trouble. I do everything I can to keep my image clean.

"I'm just a regular guy going about my business."

For the record, coach Mike Singletary agrees with Crabtree. Still, somebody, at the very least, should show Crabtree this Wikipedia link.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:27 pm

Podcast: Leinart, Big Ben and QB controversies

Posted by Will Brinson

Podcast time, people. And what else COULD we talk about outside of Matt Leinart?

Well, Ben Roethlisberger, that's who. And Vernon Davis. And Michael Crabtree.

Those are all topics broached -- along with other possible quarterback controversies around the NFL -- when Andy Benoit joins me for the latest installment of our award-winning* audio efforts.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 3:56 pm

Crabtree, Vernon Davis have sideline argument

Posted by Will Brinson

Pretty busy day in the NFC West -- in addition to the ongoing Matt Leinart saga (MORE, somehow, on that in just a bit), 49ers offensive stars Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis apparently had some not-so-nice words for each other during the team's walkthrough.

According to our 49ers Rapid Reporter Michael Erler , Crabtree and Davis got into a little spat that garnered some unwanted attention from head coach Mike Singletary.

Earlier reports that Singletary came over to talk to the two players and "after Davis became animated, Singletary escorted both players to the locker room."

A little while later, Davis came out of the locker room and then was followed by Crabtree and Singletary shortly thereafter. They're now standing on the sideline with "a dozen teammates" between them.

There's no telling -- at least right now -- what caused the confrontation, but with both Davis and Crabtree, we're talking about reasonably explosive personalities. I'm sure reporters will ask about it when Singletary talks to the press, and I'm also pretty sure that he won't want to discuss it.

If there's anything we know about a trip to the locker room that involves Singletary, though, it could be a) pantless, b) motivational or c) both pantless and motivational.

Update (3:55): Singletary spoke! And he said, "I will not talk about the issue. They were both in the wrong." He also apparently called the beef (my words) between Crabtree and Davis the "elephant in the room" (his words), which certainly makes it seem like something more than just a little sideline blowup.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:14 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 8:40 am

Westbrook happy in SF

B. Westbrook said he's happy to share the RB load with F. Gore (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brian Westbrook landed with the San Francisco 49ers today for a couple different reasons. He wants to win. He wants to get paid (I assume). And he wants somebody else to help him carry the running back load.

He told the 49ers media that he’s still an every-down back. But as he prepares for his ninth season – and his first year without the Eagles – he’s not expecting to start in place of Frank Gore. In fact, he’s OK with that. That's partially why he chose to sign with San Francisco.

“Frank’s the man,” Westbrook said during tonight’s news conference. “He’s done tremendous things in the past. I’ve respected his game from afar. I’ve studied him an awful lot. I’m going to go and push him as much as I can and help him as much as I can. Of course, he’ll be the starter, and I’ll be the guy behind him pushing him.”

The 49ers almost came out of nowhere to sign Westbrook, who actually was offered more money from the Rams. The Redskins also showed interest in securing the two-time Pro Bowler.

But ultimately he chose San Francisco.

“I add a lot of value to this football team,” Westbrook said. “Offensively, you’ve got Vernon (Davis), (Michael) Crabtree, (Ted) Ginn, Alex Smith – a young quarterback who has a lot of weapons around him. You add to that me and Frank Gore, a very talented running back, and we’re going to be a hard offense for a team to stop.”

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 10:13 am

Hot Routes 8.12.10: injuries, absences and morons

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USA Today reports that people living in the New York and New England area will get a chance to see the September 2 Patriots-Giants preseason game in 3D. No word on when fans will get a chance to see NFL starters in 3D.

Bills fourth-round rookie receiver Marcus Easley will indeed need knee surgery. Easley's 2010 season is over. Also, wideout James Hardy is out 7-10 due to injury. This likely means that Steve Johnson will capture Buffalo’s No. 2 receiver job.

Something people need to realize about the story of the fan who was told to remove his McNabb jersey at Eagles camp: that “fan” had a guest to be at practice. Team-issued credentials usually carry the unwritten – though sometimes written – rule of not wearing NFL apparel with them. And, the fan gladly removed his jersey and bought a Kevin Kolb jersey later in the day. In other words, this whole thing is no big deal.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had this to say about super talented right tackle Andre Smith: “Andre’s doing OK. That’s not a well, that’s not a jumping jack. That’s not a backflip, he’s doing OK."

Michael Crabtree strained his neck in yesterday’s practice. It happened when Crabtree went up for a ball and came down hard on his back. No word yet on the severity.

Brad Childress still doesn’t know when Percy Harvin will return.

Since we’re on the Vikings, we’ll just get this over with for today: Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre…undecided.

Ladies and gentleman….Martellus Bennett: "What really counts is the season,” Bennett, who is sitting out with an injury, recently told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “S***, I had a hell of a preseason last year. That s*** didn’t mean nothing. I had 300 yards or whatever in three games, but that doesn’t mean nothing. But what really counts is the season, not the preseason or whatever. I just want to get to the season and do my job."

Former Cowboys first-round pick Bobby Carpenter can’t even keep a starting job in St. Louis. Larry Grant has supplanted Carpenter at weakside linebacker.

Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:04 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 8:12 pm

Dez Bryant becomes first 1st-rounder to sign

When agent Eugene Parker said publicly that he wanted to get a deal done before his client, first-round pick WR Dez Bryant, had to report to Cowboys camp, many of us nodded and smiled.

Parker’s first-round clients, after all, aren’t exactly known for their refusal to hold out. Take Michael Crabtree with the 49ers last year as an example.

But Parker was correct in this instance.

This evening, the Cowboys, who open training camp this weekend, said they have come to terms with Bryant – the first of this year’s first-rounders to sign a contract – and according to ESPN.com , he’ll receive a five-year deal worth $11.8 million with $8.5 million guaranteed.

Now, we let the first-round signings circus begin.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area makes a wonderful Tweet. Wrote Maiocco: “Looks as if Dez Bryant will get 71 days more of preparation for his first regular-season game than what Michael Crabtree got a year ago.”

UPDATE (8:10 PM ET):
This Bryant quote, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News : "This was very important to me to be able to get this done in time for the first practice," Bryant said "I want to help this team. I want to compete. I can't wait to start playing football again."

--Josh Katzowitz

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