Following the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Michael Crabtree answered some questions outside the locker room. It did not make it into the official transcript but Jennifer Lee Chan, in attendance at the game with a press pass through Niners Nation, was there for it and able to put together a transcription of Crabtree's comments.
Through his comments this year, it is pretty apparent Crabtree wants to be more involved in the offense wherever he might be in 2015. As the season has worn on, most people have assumed he is out the door. There was chatter just before the season that a deal might be close, but that stopped once the season began.
And now, one has to wonder what a new coaching staff would mean for Crabtree and all the free agents. Just as important for the 49ers front office is what the market will be for Crabtree. He is coming off a season in which he produced at times, but the game plan seemed to turn away from him for stretches. He dealt with some injuries, but even when healthy, something was missing in the Kap-Crabtree connection. The 49ers are in the midst of figuring out their coaching staff for 2015, and one has to wonder what kind of approach the changes will bring. We'll probably have to wait until March to find out what the next step is with Michael Crabtree.
What is your reaction to the 49ers and Harbaugh going to part ways?
I don't have a reaction, you know, I just play receiver. I don't have too much to say about it. Like I said, Jed, that's my dude, coach, that's my coach.
He won a lot of games with you guys.
Is it interesting that they are going forward without him?
I don't even know where I'm going, you know what I'm saying? I can't talk about coaching, I can't talk about nobody. I know you want me to, but I can't.
What did he mean to you?
He meant a lot, I told you the last time I talked to you. He's one of my favorite coaches, I don't know how many times you are going to ask me that, but it's cool.
Are you going to watch the Super Bowl?
Watch the Super Bowl? I watch the Super Bowl every year. It's football. I'm a football player, that's all I do, watch football.
Do you have any favorites out there with the 49ers not in it?
Nah, man, it's going to be a struggle. But I can't wait to see what happens.
What can you say about Frank today?
Do you feel that Kap can still be a dominant QB of the future?
I don't know about the future. Hopefully he can, you know.
What do you have to say about the fans out there?
I love the fans. 49er fans are probably the best thing that happened to me, through the good times, and the bad times, you know. Like I said, die hard 49er fans, I love y'all.
What's been your most memorable moment here?
Probably the Super Bowl. It's a lot of excitement. Trying to bring the 49ers back, that was our journey.
Was it strange to you to see how this season kind of come off the rails like it did after all of the success you've had?
I guess they say, every good thing comes to an end. I guess we're living that.
You and Kaepernick seemed to have such a good connection when you first came on, what happened this year?
What do you mean?
I didn't seem like your numbers were quite the same, didn't look like he was going to you quite as often.
That's what happened.
Is there a reason for that?
I don't know man, like I said, I just play receiver, man. Whatever.
What was Jim Harbaugh like, post game, talking to you guys?
Passionate. It's Jim Harbaugh. Same Jim Harbaugh.
Was that "Who's got it better than us?"
Yeah, the last "Who's got it better than us" and I said it as loud as I could.