49ers’ Jim Harbaugh defends WR Michael Crabtree



Today, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was on the podium and wanted to clear the air on the WR Michael Crabtree post-game interview. In fact, Harbaugh was the one who took initiative in speaking about the interview as he said, “I know you had some comments Tim (Kawakami) and I would like to address those.”

[Related: Michael Crabtree calls himself a third-down receiver]

Harbaugh then went on to say, “First of all, from my standpoint, we all have our opinions and everybody shares their opinions but again from the way I saw it was, had multiple disclaimers that I wasn’t there for the entire conversation, that I came in late, caught the tail-end of it. And, that I didn’t have it verbatim. I was careful to say that.”

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[Related: Michael Crabtree on down season: “I can’t do nothing about it; I play receiver]

Kawakami then asked why he brought it up in the first place and Harbaugh responded, “Because it was my perception. My perception is I came upon the scene, my view of the battlefield, which is really my perception. I heard or thought I heard or saw, and the way you put it in your column was from your recording which I’m glad you clarified was that ‘you haven’t been on the field all the time.’ I took that as, I was defensive for Michael and thought that he was as well about that.”

San Jose Mercury News Cam Inman then asked about whether Crabtree was ‘disgruntled’ with his role and Harbaugh said:

Inman then asked if Crabtree had a problem with the offense and Harbaugh said, “I don’t think so.”


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