"Who's the Quarterback?" was Michael Crabtree's response to a reporter's question of if being thrown to by the team's quarterback (Alex Smith) was beneficial to improving chemistry. I'm guessing that response did not help improve their chemistry, whether or not the throwing had. Now he does clear up his comment a little bit after the initial response by saying "Whoever the quarterback is, I'm gonna do my job. I'm going to do the best I can to get whatever he needs. You know what I'm saying? That's just how it's going to be. I'm not one-sided. I'm for whoever's the quarterback. It's just how I've been. Everybody knows that.".
However, asking reporters who the quarterback is, probably is not the best way to build chemistry. After the reporter informed him their QB was likely going to be Alex Smith, Crabtree answered with "He is the quarterback? I'm just asking." but I'd say that was definitely not a ringing endorsement of the vastly under expectation performing Smith, who was picked No. 1 overall in the '05 draft. Jump over for more....
Now I don't blame anybody for believing that Smith has had enough chances, but when you are a top WR for a team that is trying to restore a tradition of winning, publicly questioning whether the guy will be their QB in the upcoming season does not make sense to me. What makes less sense is Crabtree's claim that he is not one-sided. He is one-sided, it is just that the one side is for himself and not whoever is throwing to him.
Crabtree is an incredibly talented young prima donna wide receiver and I am proud of the Raiders for not taking a chance on a player like him (or Dez Bryant). At the time I was incredibly irate that our Raiders had passed him up. However disappointed I am with the up-to-date performance of DHB, I am happy we did not add another selfish, immature wide receiver that comes in a similar mold of Randy Moss.
He has out performed all of DHB's career during his one half year as a rookie but I would take DHB's attitude of team first and just trying to get better over a Terrel Owens-esque player who, although tremendously talented, seems to be a danger to a team's overall continuity and chemistry. The Niners can have him. I will not be looking back wishing we had drafted him. Smith just organized the Niners team mini-camp, so if you don't have anything good to say about him during these workouts, then you shouldn't say anything at all. Even if Alex Smith isn't their QB when the season starts, right now he is their leader and deserves more respect than what Crabtree is offering at the moment.