Michael Crabtree has had a horrible 49er career. His play on the field has been awful, but more importantly, he has been a horrific person on top of this. This fanpost will attempt to dive into great detail on how many horrific things this man has done.
We start with shortly before the draft of 2009. Rumors start buzzing that this guy is a big time diva in the mold of a Terrell Owens. He sets up some interviews with teams. Nothing noteworthy, until Eric Mangini tells the truth about Mr. Crabtree.
After a visit with the Browns shortly before the draft, we hear from sources that Mangini was upset with Crabtree's diva visit. It turns out Crabtree had the audacity to bring an entourage with him on his visit. Yeah, the horror. Because anyone with an entourage is a diva. This is a known fact. Mike Leach, Crabtree's college coach, then had the audacity to attempt to defend Crabtree.
“Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy as a coach at this point,” Leach said of Mangini. “Part of the reason is he’s (Crabtree) too shy to be like that. …
“My definition of a diva is someone who’s loud and self-absorbed. Michael Crabtree is the furthest thing from loud that I’ve seen. … Let’s see how all those non-divas do up in Cleveland this year.”
Well it's a little unsettling to see such nasty behavior from Mike Leach. What has Mike Leach ever done? He only compiled a 84-43 record as Texas Tech's head coach. Nothing all that impressive. He clearly has nothing on The Great Mangini, whose coaching excellence has lead to a career 33--47 mark in the NFL, getting fired after 3 seasons with the Jets and fired after 2 with Cleveland. As for Leach's insulting question about how all the non-divas in Cleveland would fare that year, they went 5-11. Clearly The Great Mangini wins that one.
But all that aside.....Let's move on to Crabtree's start with the 49ers.
Let's start with a question Mr. Crabtree answered after the 49ers called his name with the 10th pick.
(ESPN reporter) " Michael, are you disappointed with being passed up 9 times in the draft until San Francisco finally picked you?"
(Michael Crabtree) "No, I'm more happy that I was picked by an organization that wants me and one with a great history like the 49ers".
The nerve.....This quote obviously tells us that Crabtree had no desire at all to play for the 49ers. "Sources" and "whispers" told us that he hated the 49ers because he grew up a lifetime Cowboys fan. Well if that quote doesn't prove this theory correct.....I don't know what will.
So, at this point we have gathered that Mr. Crabtree is a diva with an entourage, and that he had no desire to play for the 49ers. Sadly, it only gets worse.
We move on to his contract holdout. This was the straw that broke the camels back on just what a horrible, greedy, pompous person Mr. Crabtree has. Crabtree had one of the longest holdouts of all time. It lasted all through training camp, preseason, and 5 games into the regular season. All that time spent holding out by a player who has yet to prove anything in the NFL. What a jerk-face. Have you ever heard of any NFL players holding out before they had played a down in the NFL? I sure haven't. Mike Singletary, a HOF LB'er rings a bell, but I doubt the validity of that rumor. I'm sure Crabtree, a person falsely rumored to be shy(remember...HUGE DIVA), didn't get persuaded in any form by a power hungry agent that was trying to make an example of an inexperienced Jed York. As we all know, players are the ones that handle contract negotiations. Not agents. Agents just get paid to.....sit there during meetings? Yes, that's it.
So anyways, finally, greedy, pompous Mr. Crabtree signs his contract. He proceeds to play the final 11 games of the 2009 season, being a jerk face on the sidelines and on the field. There were rumors of him throwing gatorade cans and shouting at offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye "get me the ball!" . I can't prove these rumors....but considering the person we're talking about, it's highly likely that this is the case. Remember, he's not quiet. He's a loudmouth punk diva.
We flash forward to the Training Camp of the 2010 season. It's often talked about that Crabtree has never attended a training camp. Apparently, through some form of osmosis, Crabtree sustains a neck injury during practice. How, I don't know. He's never attended a training camp. Anyways, there was a scuffle between Mr. Crabtree and team leader, class act Vernon Davis. Many of the beat writers claimed this was caused by Vernon being upset that Crabtree was dogging it in practice. This was very unsettling news if you were a 49er fan at the time. When Vernon Davis gets into a scuffle with a player, you know it's a problem with the player besides Vernon. Vernon Davis has never gotten into a training camp fight. His rookie season, he was best buds with Parys Haralson. Vernon of course never answered why there was a scuffle. Why? Because he's a team leader and didn't want it getting out in the press. So without any evidence or concrete conclusions as to why Vernon and Mr. Crabtree had a scuffle....the rational course of action is of course to blame it all on Mr. Crabtree for being a low work ethic, pompous, greedy SOB. At least that's what the non-biased beat writers told us. I trust them for sure!
Crabtree proceeds to have a very mediocre 2010 campaign. 741 yards, 6 touchdowns, and a 5+ YAC average while playing with the best QB in football, Alex Smith. Very disappointing for a sophomore receiver battling injuries indeed.
We now flash forward to 2011 offseason. There is a lockout. Players aren't allowed at the facilities. There is no health insurance for players at this time. Alex Smith, a player not under contract with the 49ers, decided to try and organize player-led workouts at San Jose State. What a guy. Leader. Anyways, the beat writers and fans are getting upset. The first few days, Crabtree did not show up(surprise!). He finally decied to show his pompous, greedy butt to these obligatory practices. He runs routes the first day. He apparently is engaged in Alex's film sessions. After one day of practice, beat writers report that Crabtree is in a walking boot. This is a clear sign of course that he is faking an injury. He obviously did not want to be there. Even though he still showed up for every practice at this and was taking vigorous notes, it was clear to 49er fans everywhere what Mr. Crabtree was all about. Faking injuries so he can still show up and attempt to learn the new offense in the classroom. Infallible logic.
The beat writers, already turned off by Crabtree's jerk-ish behavior, finally got him to answer some questions.
When asked by reporters if he thought catching passes from Smith was important to building chemistry, Crabtree responded: "Who's the quarterback?"
When told Smith was the likely starter, Crabtree said: "He's the quarterback? I'm just asking."
The nerve of this jerk to say something like this. Who, in God's name, is he to question if Free Agent QB Alex Smith was the starter? Alex Smith is King of the 49ers. You don't blatantly disrespect your Free Agent Quarterback like that.
He then offered this gem as well;
Crabtree told reporters that whoever starts at quarterback for the 49ers would get his support, but he's still not sure who that player will be.
"I wish I could tell you that," he told reporters. "I know what you're all scratching at. 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."
He doesn't know? WHAT? Is this guy an idiot on top of being a jerk-ish cancer? This statement completely differs from Coach Harbaugh's statement that the QB job is earned in practice. And then to say that he's 100 percent "down" with whoever is at QB.....Obviously cancer, jerk-ish behavior once again.
Crabtree finally gets healthy(cough cough...he was faking it the whole time!) and plays 15 games in the regular season. He manages to post a season of 72 catches, 874 yards, 4 touchdowns. Keep in mind....the 49ers were well known for their aggressive passing attack. How could he only manage 874 yards? The Jim Harbaugh offense was like Mike Martz' offense. Constant, constant passing play calls. I'm sorry, but if your QB attempts roughly 400 passes during the season.....You, as a receiver, should be posting 1,500 yard seasons. Obviously, he was a liability in the passing game. And catching passes from All pro Alex Smith to boot.....Man, this guy really sucks!
Crabtree proceeded to have a horrific performance in the playoffs. He dropped about 10 passes in the Saints game( an NFL record) and had only 1 catch, 3 yards versus the Giants. He didn't drop any passes against the Giants...But when there are no drops to blame on Mr. Crabtree, the next step is to state the obvious which is that he is horrible at getting separation and simply wasn't open on any play for All pro Alex Smith.
What's next for Crabtree? I assume he will get cut shortly. No team wants him, and it's obvious that he is simply a horrible football player. You have read the evidence, make up your mind. I say get rid of this renegade scum as quickly as possible. He is clearly destroying the 49ers with his cancerous ways.