Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by WINiner:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:I don't think people hate him as a player, I think his personality or lack thereof may rub some easily-irritated fans the wrong way. Having followed Crabtree since his college years, I really don't care what people say about his so-called character issues. Guy has been squeaky clean, with a -- backed up by coaches and players -- tremendous work ethic.
The media finds Crabtree as an easy target highly in part due to circumstance, and Zoners who believe everything they read take this stuff too seriously.
Crabtree is an improving player entering his third year. We should expect growth once again, and I think he'll do fine. He improved upon his rookie numbers last year, and he should improve again.
2009: 48 catches for 625 yards and 2 TDs
2010: 55 catches for 741 yards and 6 TDs
His coaches and teammates are saying what ANY coach or teammate says about a guy on their team, unless he is a complete a-hole and a major cancer. When the last time you heard a player cite Crabtree without being asked about him? Never. Never once is Crabtree mentioned when asked the type of question "Who has really impressed you?".
As for the comment of "Zoners believe everything they read", my opinion of Crabtree has NOTHING to do with what I read, but everything to do with what I see. When he bolts first chance he gets, my opinion will be substantiated. Crabtree does not want to be a 49er. Period.
Not true! VD mentioned him, without being asked, as one the the positives for the offense this year (and they aren't exactly buddies). Also, Morgan and A Smith mentioned him. I don't see great animosity toward him from team mates. I am frustrated with his injury prone TCs, but what can you say other than it's bad luck so far. Might it be attitude? The team doctors are good enough experts for me, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
All these opinions are based on pure speculation. People's speculative perceptions I think are a little over the top at this point. He's played roughly 1 2/3's seasons of football games. There is no real hard evidence to say Crabtree lacks drive or desire, or doesn't want to be here. Crabtree is known for having an unusual personality, and people are grasping at what little there is to form these random ideas.
As if it's a total fact he hates the 49ers and doesn't want to be here. What makes someone say that? Because he's had pre-season injuries? Because of his body language you see in a photo or something? (Yeah, people are really going this far). The guy is not very outspoken, and he's not exactly socially gifted either, so people are having to go look for anything else to try to validate these yet-to-be-substantiated claims.
Maybe they are true. Who knows.. But I agree with most of what the OP says. Sure it's been disappointing that he's been hurt before the regular season several times. Sure, attack him for his rookie/young player mistakes on the field, the drops, etc... but this off-field speculative bull should be given a rest. If he does well and doesn't want to stay a Niner when it's time for a new contract? Well, see ya later. At that point we'll truly