In the first quarter of Sunday’s Week 17 game against the Oakland Raiders, Talib got into it with Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and proceeded to rip Crabtree’s gold chain necklace right off. Talib was then seen laughing and bragging about his dastardly deed on the Denver sideline.
Aqib Talib yanks Michael Crabtree's gold chain right off of his neck.
Crabtree is far from the first opponent that Talib has mixed it up with over the years. But considering that Crabtree was held to just six catches for 27 yards the first time these two teams met this season in Week 9, it seems safe to say that Talib is in his head (as well as in his jewelry insurance policy).
Crabtree has never lived up to the hype after the 49ers drafted him in the first round in 2009. He has had multiple foot/leg injuries during his career and has only surpassed 1,000 receiving yards once. Part of his lack of production is due to playing with Alex Smith, who does not target wide receivers. His numbers saw an uptick in productivity with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, but that was just in 2012.
We expect him to be a nice bargain for the team that signs him.
After a 2012 season in which Michael Crabtree caught 85 balls for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns, many expected the former first-round pick to emerge as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Instead, a torn Achilles cost Crabtree most of last season. And this year, the 27-year-old doesn’t seem too pleased with his role in the San Francisco 49ers offense.
Crabtree hauled in a 51-yard reception at the end of his team’s win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday that helped set up the game-winning field goal. When asked about that play earlier this week, he expressed frustration.
When Crabtree was reminded that his big reception came on fourth down, his attitude remained the same.
“Fourth down. I guess when they need me, you know, I guess that’s when I play,” he said.
For whatever reason, Colin Kaepernick seems to trust 34-year-old Anquan Boldin more than Crabtree. Boldin has 51 catches on 77 targets this season. Crabtree has 40 catches on 68 targets, so the disparity isn’t huge. Crabtree also leads the Niners with seven drops.
While Crabtree is clearly frustrated, Jim Harbaugh said he doesn’t believe the former Texas Tech star is unhappy with his role.
“I don’t think so,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “Seems to be doing a fantastic job and getting the ball a lot.”
If Crabtree was happy with how much he was getting the ball, he wouldn’t have classified himself as a “third-down receiver.” Don’t be surprised if Kaepernick and the Niners make a more conscious effort to get him the ball in the coming weeks.
Colin Kaepernick’s intention behind signing his new deal with the San Francisco 49ers was to allow the team the ability to sign many other key players to long-term contracts. As a quarterback, one of his top priorities likely was to have the team retain wide receiver Michael Crabtree longterm. But that may prove to be difficult.
Crabtree is entering the final year of his deal, too. As everyone remembers, he was difficult to sign as a rookie when he had no outside negotiating power. It would be a major surprise if the 49ers reach an extension with him before he has a chance to test the open market next spring.
The Niners’ belief that they will be unable to retain Crabtree could explain why they dealt for former Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson this offseason. In addition to Johnson, they have Anquan Boldin signed through 2015. They also might need to negotiate with Vernon Davis, who has indicated plans to potentially hold out of training camp.
Crabtree is not a guy you want to lose, but they might not have much of a choice in the matter. At least they’ve proven the ability to re-stack their roster under GM Trent Baalke.
We all remember what happened between Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree during last year’s NFC Championship Game. Sherman tipped a pass away from Crabtree to seal the game and jogged over to the San Francisco 49ers receiver to shake his hand. Crabtree wanted none of that, and Sherman unloaded on him in his postgame press conference.
As the LA Times pointed out, you can find photos of the Seattle Seahawks cornerback taunting Tom Brady on eBay with the words “U Mad Bro?” written under Sherman’s autograph. Talking trash is his thing, so this should surprise no one. We all know he wasn’t really sorry.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman expressed regret on Tuesday for his highly-publicized rant after the NFC Championship Game. In another piece he wrote for Monday Morning Quarterback entitled “10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me,” Sherman started off by saying he should not have verbally attacked Michael Crabtree.
“If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don’t attack anybody,” Sherman wrote. “I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don’t have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.”
Many felt that John Madden was simply expressing the old-timer’s opinion when he said Sherman’s actions set a bad example for children, but it sounds like Sherman actually agrees. In fact, he admitted the NFL stage is even greater at this level than he could have imagined.
“How much does America love football? My one little rant made it onto CNBC and CNN,” he said. “I heard my name on The View. I got tweets in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Czech and Arabic. People identify with the struggle and the battle of a football game.”
Sherman previously said that calling a person a “thug” is an accepted way of calling them the N-word. Personally, we felt that the 25-year-old simply acted like an A-hole and it was the media that turned the discussion racial. Sherman, however, did not downplay the impact of race on how his rant was perceived.
“Race played a major part in how my behavior was received, but I think it went beyond that. Would the reaction have been the same if I was clean-cut, without the dreadlocks? Maybe if I looked more acceptable in conservative circles, my rant would have been understood as passion. These prejudices still play a factor in our views because it’s human nature to quickly stereotype and label someone. We all have that.”
As I’ve said before, I truly believe that if a white player said the exact same things as Sherman he would be ridiculed just the same. Listen to what he actually said. No one wants to hear players calling themselves the best and taking away from the team. Sherman previously apologized for that, and it certainly seems like he understands that when looking back on his actions.
Richard Sherman has been accused of taunting Michael Crabtree on the field after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, but you could actually argue that he didn’t. While Sherman had plenty of unkind words for Crabtree during his postgame interview with Erin Andrews, what he said directly to Crabtree wasn’t bad at all.
Sherman was mic’ed up during the game, and NFL.com’s SoundFX aired some of the footage on Wednesday night. If you watch the video of the game-clinching interception, you’ll see that all Sherman said to Crabtree was, “Hell of a game, hell of a game.” Crabtree then shoved him in the face.
So I guess you could argue that Sherman didn’t say anything bad. However, even he admitted in his postgame interview with Ed Werder that he doesn’t like people “running their mouth” and was basically telling Crabtree “nice try” by sprinting over to him.
Sherman didn’t swear or insult Crabtree to his face, but it’s probably safe to say he wasn’t being genuine. We already know the hostility between the two players dates back to an offseason charity event, so I don’t blame Crabtree for thinking (or knowing) that Sherman was mocking him. We all know what “hell of a game” really meant.