Michael Crabtree weighed in decisively and affirmatively on the UQB issue Monday, refusing to be nudged into supplanting the “U” with an “N(ame)”. You can hardly fault the guy, given his brief history in 49er land.
In his first year, he saw Shaun Hill replaced with UQB. Okay, no big deal. Hahaha. Just warming up. The following year, last year, he saw UQB go down, David Carr come in, Troy Smith replace Carr, UQB replace Troy, Troy replace UQB, and finally UQB replace Troy.
Not exactly a me and my guy scenario. Squeezing into Crabtree’s shoes for a moment, it would be no great stretch to figure there’s a good chance he’ll be catching passes from more than one QB again this year. And even if one QB manages to start the entire season, will that QB be here the following year?
As investments go, Crabtree probably figures gold is a better option than 49er QBs.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have UQB’s biggest homer, Vernon Davis, gushing away on a Tweetly basis about his long time teammate and delivery guy for VD’s record tying TE TD reception year of 2009. If UQB ever blossoms into a star QB for the 49ers, Vernon will probably promote himself to Assistant QB coach.
Then there’s Josh Morgan, who works out privately with Crabtree and publicly with UQB and is all in with everybody on the team. This is a guy who voluntarily stepped aside as a starting WR when Crabtree signed with the Niners — for the good of the team. This could be viewed as apple polishing to the max, or as an astounding and rare example of a guy who really does believe there is no “I” in team. Whatever, Morgan has the perfect personality and work ethic for a #2 WR.
Finally, there is the group of Delanie Walker, Dominique Zeigler, Kyle Williams, and Ted Ginn. Nobody knows what they think about the U in UQB, and probably nobody cares. These guys are just happy to be on the team and quietly doing whatever they can to remain so.
The best guys to interview about this U thing would probably be the 49er DBs, who regularly defend against the parade of Niner QBs in practices, but none of them are dumb enough to tip their hand on the matter. Now. If Nate Clements winds up on another team this year, maybe he’ll have some insider diss to impart as he departs. He’s got the mouth for it, no doubt about that.
Nineteen offensive personnel and five defensive guys showed up for Monday’s practice, which was closed to the media, after a tense debate between the media guys and Coach UQB. When the media guys threatened a law suit over the lack of any legal right by the Coach to ban the media from a public facility (San Jose State University), a compromise was fashioned, which basically eludes me as to the details, but it seems to mean we’ll be hearing the beat guys spin some baloney over the next few days.
Baloney is always good. We’ll take it. Perhaps we will learn whether Crabtree is running his routes enthusiastically or lackadaisically. Of course,we wouldn’t need the media to tell us that. Assistant Coach VD will no doubt boldly and loudly handle that chore.