Originally posted by HessianDud:
some people just can't let that holdout go. Take away the holdout and I bet you the perception of Crabs would be that he's a very good player who hasn't hit his stride yet and who has had some bad luck with injuries in the offseason.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since VD got a lot of hate that has pretty much disappeared once he had his breakout season. That will happen for Crabtree soon and then all this dumb threads can stop.
Agree with most of your post, but VD changed his behavior to a major extent. He was immature--pointing to himself, puffing. Now, he is a team oriented guy and his success has made him a vocal team leader.
Crabtree is being criticized unfairly but much of it he has brought upon himself. He is a quiet guy and doesn't say enough to overcome the speculation. Not his fault perhaps, because his injuries are real and identified as such by the team, but some many fans have a bad feeling about him because of his draft position and his not playing during preseasons. Many of us expected him to be dominant by now and he is not...yet.
This argument seems similar to the Smith arguments...albeit six years compared to two. Crabtree has a great deal of talent, and though his talents do not include self expression, he sould be given a break until we seen how his year with Harbaugh goes. Oddly, one of my disappointments with Smith is also his inability to articulate well. His comments are barely coherent at times and he is one of the worst public speakers among the QBs in the NFL. This has not helped his image, but isn't very important on the field of play.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Sep 10, 2011 at 11:10:37 ]