Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) is unable to catch a pass in the end zone while defended by Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) on a fourth down play in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Crabtree Doesn’t Blame Refs, But Throws Colin Kaepernick Under the Bus


The San Francisco 49ers final offensive play of Super Bowl XLVII was controversial. Many believed that the Baltimore Ravens could have been called for defensive holding on the fourth and goal play, but 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree saw the play differently.

Crabtree lunged for the ball after initial contact during his route, but the ball sailed past his finger tips and fell incomplete.

Following the game, Crabtree had the chance to call out the refs for the perceived missed call on the play, but he seemed like he was prepared to take the high road.

“It is what it is, man,” Crabtree said, via CSNBayArea.com. “It was the last play, and I’m not going to blame the refs. It is what it is. It came down to the last play and it didn’t happen. (If) somebody grabs me, you always expect the call, but you can’t whine to the referee.”

Crabtree appeared to have a mature response, but he didn’t stop there. Crabtree decided to say what he believed would have helped get the call — a better throw from his quarterback.

“I don’t even want to say this, but if the ball had been a little lower, giving me a chance to make a play, I’m sure they would’ve called it,” Crabtree said, per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

It would be easy to attack Crabtree for throwing his quarterback under the bus, but in this case he was just being honest. A lower throw would have taken away any judgement call on whether the ball was catchable and the ball would have gotten to him sooner.

Crabtree will catch some slack for his comments, but you can bet Kaepernick will not take these comments personally.

This team is very young and still growing. They will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Times like these are just part of the growing process.

Tags: Colin Kaepernick Michael Crabtree San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII

  • http://twitter.com/bluenotebacker Sean Jeffries

    Crabtree strikes me as the kind of me-first type of player Vernon Davis was in 2008 before being called out by then-coach Mike Singletary. I don’t base that on any knowledge, it’s only my first impression of the receiver. That said, I don’t think he meant any disrespect to his QB by his comment. As Josh says above, it’s simply a fact- the lower throw almost surely would’ve resulted in either a catch or a penalty call. The Niners’ offense has many good years in front of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622313157 Shakira Graham

    I can;t say I disagree, if the ball was thrown lower and more catchable then he would have either caught it or got the penalty, the fact the ball was un-catchable is why no call was made. It’s a learning experience for them and they will grow from it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristy.d.besant Kristy Besant

    I think he is lame, you do not do that to your team mates. You handle that kind of business with in the team not through the media. He sounds very selfish and he is not a team player. Maybe he needs a lesson Coach Singletary style. He may not have meant to disrespect him but he did. He should have taken it to the source so that it could have been a lesson learned and not something for the media to use to hurt the 49ers and cause tension between players.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mgretzky Mark Gretz

      Crabtree has grown alot the second half of 2011 and all of last season. He has become the # 1 WR that we drafted. The press jumps at the opportunity to create drama esp. in the off season. In the first place Kaep would be the first to agree that it was a poor throw. I assure you there isnt any tension between those two. There is a reason why we dont have a fade route on the books, just like the traditional screen play we just don’t execute them. I’m not surprised at Mr. Sanchez for HIS lame excuse of an article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChrisWyman15 Chris Wyman

    i think what he said was harmless unless ur a woman