CRABTREE DISSES RAIDERS

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Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree participated in a live-chat session Thursday on NFL.com.
At one point, a questioner asked Crabtree his thoughts on playing for the Raiders.
“I’m not cocky at all,” Crabtree said. “People talk, man, but I’m a cool guy. As for playing for the Raiders, no comment.”
He later said it would be fun playing for the Dallas Cowboys, the team he rooted for as a child. He also has said that he wants to play for the Cleveland Browns.
So, why the slight against the Raiders? Crabtree didn’t expand upon his “no comment” remark. He did say later in the chat he didn’t mean he didn’t want to play for the Raiders and that he will play for “whoever chooses me.”
Still, that has to be a red flag to Raiders coach Tom Cable, who is working hard to build a roster filled with players who are about team and want to be here.
Crabtree’s failure to say the right things Thursday no doubt will filter back to Cable and be factored into the Raiders decision whom to pick with the No. 7 selection in the NFL Draft.
The Browns reportedly “have all but crossed off Crabtree from their draft board after meeting with him last week, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The report said that Browns coach Eric Mangini was put off by Crabtree’s “diva attitude.”
As a result, the Browns lined up last-minute workouts with North Carolina’s Hakeem Nicks, Rutgers’ Kenny Britt and Georgia’s Mohamed Massaquoi.
Don’t put it past Mangini, either, to bad-mouth Crabtree in an attempt to sway teams such as the Raiders from trading ahead of the Browns so that they could get Crabtree.
Regardless, Crabtree hasn’t done himself any favors by dismissing the Raiders only two days before they might consider drafting him, paying him millions of dollars and making him a focal point of their offense.

39 Responses to “CRABTREE DISSES RAIDERS”

  1. D-Raiders says:

    HES A COWBOY FAN THAT MEANS HE HATES THE RAIDERS. SCREW HIM DONT PICK HIM GO LINEBACKER MACLIN OR DT WE DONT NEEDED A HATER ON THE TEAM, GO PLAY FOR THE COWGIRLS

  2. Maverick says:

    Wait, that is not what happened. Anybody who knows anything about Raider football knows first off that the Raiders don’t have to trade down because of cash flow problems like the daily hit bogusly hinted at. Secondly, I listened to the Crabtree interview. He said “no comment”, just like every other player and agent has to do when they visit the Raider compound. They sign a no comment contract. You should know that by now. That said, I still am pulling for Raji…

  3. kgates56 says:

    i have said it all along, Crabtree is a “Diva” and will always be. We should trade down because if you really think about it, The 7th pick of the draft is guaranteed 20 million dollar signing bonus at least, why make that investment on someone who hasn’t accomplished anything as a pro? i say we trade down get a DL,we have addressed the OL, We need to get our front seven in order, second round get WR robiskie should be available, ramses barden should be hell even PAtrick Turner from USC you guys always talk about we have speed guys PT would be a great possesion guy and red zone. we have so much invested in JR DMAC and Robert galley why drop another 20 mill and get nothing in return not saying we JR or Dmac havent did anything its to early to tell. i just think we could do some much more and address other areas if we trade down get more picks. what do you guys think?

  4. ned yost says:

    Crabtree will not be an immediate upgrade to our WRS. He would simply be another young WR who will be a year behind guys like Schielens and Higgens.
    The notion that this guy is going to come into the NFL and catch 55-70 balls as a rookie and score 10 TDs in the NFL after playing in a spread offense at Texas Tech for 2 years is amazing to me.
    Just isn’t going to happen. He is going to struggle like all rookie WRs do. He doesn’t have the physical gifts of Calvin Jonson or Larry Fitzgerald which means he is going to struggle even more then they did.
    I think the Raiders can be a playoff team if they upgrade their line play.

  5. Raiders_in_Tx says:

    Im soo happy Crabtree said this.. Hopefully everyone will now listen and pass on him.. Im still crossing my fingers (for the last few weeks) that we get Maclin.. Higgins x2 would = more TDs.

    Would Tim Brown x2 be awesome? Punt Returner and speed WR.

    Please Al, Pass on Diva Crab”ME” and his Diva, all about ME attitude..

    He is slow / short and after watching his youtube highlights on youtube a few weeks ago made me wonder and worry alot if would take him at 7.

    Maclin has the Break away ability. Crabtree isnt fast and his routes arent that good either… Good hands but he will never be open in space.. especially with tall CB and faster defenses..

  6. ned yost says:

    Raider_in_Tx Maclin’s YouTube highlight package didn’t do a thing for me.
    His fear of contact for example, stepping out of bounce and diving to the ground to avoid contact for example wasn’t very impressive to me.

    I expected to see a guy with another gear like Percy Harvin has. On tape Harvin is much more elusive and explosive, and Harvin does have a second gear.
    His love for the ganja might drop him down to #40. WHy not help the DL or OL and take Harvin who isn’t any more raw then Maclin or Crabtree.

  7. gr8r8er says:

    I didn’t take his comments as dissing the Raiders. Think about it, how many Texas boys say “the Oakland Raiders are my team and I’d love to play for them”. I read the whole transcript on ESPN yesterday and it wasn’t as bad as the headline points out.

    The bottom line is that the addition of Crabtree would bolster our receivers. He is not a Chaz Schielens, Armand Shields, or Higgins. He is Crabtree, a 2 time winner of the Freddie B award given to the BEST college receiver in the country. They just dont give the award to any bum off the streets. Draft Crabtree, snag the center Alex Mack in the second round and the Raiders will put points on the board again. We will have the line, QB, RB’s, and WR’s we need to score. Basically a substantially better team with Crabtree on it than without him.

  8. gr8r8er says:

    Makes sense ned. Im not sold on Maclin either. Seems too fragile.

    I like Harvin and especially his ability to step up when it matters most. If we don’t get Crabtree, draft defense and also try to get Harvin at #40

  9. Plata y Negro says:

    Raider_in_TX

    I don’t believe that Harvin makes it out of the first round. I don’t see how you can call Crabtree slow/short, his last recorded 40 time was 4.54(not blazing but adequate) and he 6′3″. He is a great talent!

    We should hope that Sanchez falls to 7 though, then we can have a bidding war for our pick!

  10. Eflo says:

    That NO COMMENT line is common ground with future draftees. For you to suggest that that is a diss only shows that your the rookie.
    Weak attempt at getting a rise out if THIS Raider fan.
    Eflo-Bleeder of Silver & Black

  11. [...] The remark came during a live chat on NFL.com.  According to RaiderBeat.com, Crabtree had this to say when asked about whether he wants to play for the Raiders (and, apparently, about whether he’s cocky):  “I’m not cocky at all,” Crabtree said.  “People talk, man, but I’m a cool guy.  As for playing for the Raiders, no comment.” [...]

  12. butterypat says:

    Oh, lord. This again. You know, this site is a piece of garbage. You people are ridiculous. You take Michael Crabtree saying “no comment” and then blaze a headline across your page reading “CRABTREE DISSES RAIDERS!!!” He said “no comment”. How is that “dissing” them? The whole point of saying “no comment” is that you aren’t making a comment.

  13. TheRaiderNation says:

    I agree just because a guy says no comment means he doesn’t or can’t say anything. How do you know it’s not a smoke screen because like it or not if he is there at #7 he’ll be a raider. So get ready it’s the new T.O.

  14. pcblack says:

    Great players have big egos. It goes with the territory,and it one of the things that makes them great. You gotta feel ur the baddest m-fer out there..We need more of that,not the im mailing it guys like huff,etc. That being said this article was sheet…pc

  15. raidr843 says:

    Look, most, not all of you guys are children or idiots. One, how viable is this story, two, who gives a crap if he said ” no comment”. You think that if he gets picked by us he wont play? This story is propaganda trying for us to take the lesser of the better WR’s. Oh forget Crabtree…lol..do you guys really think anyone wants to come to Oakland? Its not 2002, but one thing I know is that once you become a Raider, you are a Raider. Thats the way it is and always will be. He wont even remember who the Cowboys are once he dons the silver and black. You guys should be smacked for believing this hot smelly garbage. RAIDER NATION!

  16. Gutterboy says:

    I Agree with Maverick , i think he signed a no comment contract just like all the other ppl that visit the Raiders Compound . Good thinkin Mav .

  17. Gutterboy says:

    i still think it would be sweet to get Orakpo though

  18. In Al We Trust says:

    If he did say it,who gives a flying f. However,
    1. I dont remember crabtree visiting the Raiders. Maybe if he did he’d have a different attitude.
    2. When DM visited us last year he said what a tradition and talked about the chat he had with Al. So I doubt there was any say nothing thing signed.
    3. Almost all players just say they’d be happy and honored to play for any team that drafts them.
    4. If you think he ment anything other than I dont want to play in Oakland your nuts. Remeber the NY @ SD QB problem.
    5. I’d still draft him. he is the #1 wr comming out and anyone who says he was good cause of the “gimmick Offense”, well, he was the gimmick. Every team knew he was getting the ball and still couldn’t stop him. In the past 2 years Al has secured our QB, RB, and TE of the future. Al will complete the O, and draft Crabtree if he’s still on the board at 7. A very young foursome to grow together over the next 10-12 years.

  19. athletics220 says:

    He’s a young guy and said a stupid comment, so what. If you asked the same question to a lot of these prospects they would say the same thing because the raiders are down right now. Don’t burn the bridge on this guy quite yet cause he might end up here in Oakland.

  20. ned yost says:

    The WR in college football doesn’t mean he will be a great pro.
    You need to stop and evaluate the guys game at the Pro level. He has been in a spread offense his entire career.
    He is going to have to be taught how to work against press coverage.
    He is going to learn how to learn a route tree.
    He is going to have to learn how run real routes against DBs who are not afraid of his speed, and will challenge him.
    Biletnikoff Award winners have been good as pros and some have done absolutely nothing. It is no stronger an indicator of future success then the Heisman has been or the Butkus.

    Crabtree is a major crap shot like all WRs are and to draft one in the top ten unless he is an absolute freak of nature is dumb (see the Detroit Lions).

    A lot of Raiders fans are ignoring that this franchise has spent picks on WRs, the roster is full of young WRs. The problem in 2008 is that they were forced to play before they were ready because the vets for a range of reasons did not show up.

    If you draft WR with that pick all you are doing is adding another young WR, and in the case of Crabtree and Maclin you are not going to get much in 2009 because of the systems they played in and the lack of exposure they have had to a Pro style offense.
    If the Raiders have made the assessment that they need a WR they should draft one of the guys who are closer to being pro WR and who can be brought along faster because they at least know what a route tree is and have some familiarity with the terminology of a pro style offense. They all need to learn but the advantage of playing in Butch Davis’ program versus TT or Mizzou which play junk offenses cannot be under estimated. The lack of success of B12 WRs is staggering to add another addenum. Roy Williams and ????????.

  21. Oak14nd says:

    I wanted the raiders to get crabtree but if some one does not want to play.look at what moss did he dropped so many freakin tds with the raiders cuss he did not wanna be with us.how many drop td does he got with gay england.

  22. pcblack says:

    heres the winners from 1994-2008 lots of big names there..also all the experts say crabtree is the best wr on this draft,only his foot injury causes pause…pc

    Year Winner School
    1994 Bobby Engram Penn State
    1995 Terry Glenn Ohio State
    1996 Marcus Harris Wyoming
    1997 Randy Moss Marshall
    1998 Troy Edwards Louisiana Tech
    1999 Troy Walters Stanford
    2000 Antonio Bryant Pittsburgh
    2001 Josh Reed LSU
    2002 Charles Rogers Michigan State
    2003 Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh
    2004 Braylon Edwards Michigan
    2005 Mike Hass Oregon State
    2006 Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech
    2007 Michael Crabtree Texas Tech
    2008 Michael Crabtree Texas Tech
    Newver heard of mike hass but the others are pretty damn good…pc

  23. Blaster says:

    Oh c’mon, that’s not a diss! Way to represent stereotypcial Raider paranoia!! Man, I hate when writers like you get all pissy about stuff like this!!! (& I’ll hate ya even more if this doesn’t get posted…)

  24. Raider Joe says:

    I don’t know that Crabtree dissed the Raiders or not. As far as being a Diva, could be. I would say his own words point in that direction. For one if a guy even has to answer questions about it, there obviously has been something to ask about. He’s from Texas, and I take his comments about growing up a Cowboys fan into the equation. A guy of his age that grew up a fan of the Dallas Cowboys watching them play,and becoming says one thing.He didn’t grow up watching Drew Pearson. No,it means Crabtree grew up idolizing #88 Michael Irvin, the original diva,and throw in Deion Sanders for good measure.The cocky me first primadonna WR mentality that is rampant in the NFL today from the likes of Moss, Ocho Cinco,TO, etc can be traced back directly to one Michael Irvin. I’m sure Crabtree has the Diva potential, hopefully he won’t try to emulate Irvin too much.

  25. ontheloose says:

    The Raiders have two possible senario’s to trade down and still get all that they want. Hopefully Stafford goes to DETROIT at #1. That leaves DIRTY SANCHEZ as a hot potatoe for all others to panic over. Raiders should trade down and get 5 picks in the first three rounds total. We need depth at D-LINE, SAFETY, and WR. Too many holes to fill to stay at 7….UNLESS CURRY IS STILL THERE! The Raiders rarely go LB that high but it would be the only player that the RAIDERS stay at 7 to pick.
    Here is a list of defensive players that would be a great fit for OAKLAND at the end of the first or somewhere in the second round:
    DE JOHNSON out of GA. TECH. Freak size/speed combo.
    DL from BC…RAJI’S team mate. DUDE IS STRONG
    Safety C. VAUGHN or the kid CHUNG from OREGON
    Plenty of options at wr too. DHBEY will be there if we trade down with another team like DENVER or PHILLY.

  26. radrntn says:

    is “no comment” a diss, or simply “no comment..If crabtree is there at 7, you take him unless Andre Smith, Monroe, or Curry are there.

  27. RaiderMikeNLA says:

    TRADE DOWN ..TRADE DOWN..

    WE TRADE WITH NEW ENGLAND FOR THEIR #23 AND THEIR #34 AND WE GET GET WR HEYWARD-BEY AT #23 AND C ALEX MACK AT #34. WE THAN SELECT WITH OUR #40 OVERALL DT RON BRACE OR DT EVANDER HOOD. WITH THE REST WE GET S MAYS FROM USC AND LB FOLLET FROM CAL. AND ANOTHER WR IN RAMSES BARDEN FROM LB. AND THAN WE SIGN THE REST FROM FA.

    DOING THIS SERIOUSLY MAKES A DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT..IF WE CAN TRADE FARGAS OR ANDREW WALTER FOR A 4TH RD I’M FOR THAT AS WELL. KEEP BUSH PLEASE.. AND IF WE NEED TO TRADE BURGESS I’M FOR THAT AS WELL..HE CAN BE GOOD FOR A 3RD RDR. FOR SURE. LET’S PLAY THIS ONE SMART AND STOCKPILE THE TALENT AS THIS IS A TALENT RICH POOL OF PLAYERS THAT WE CAN BENEFIT FROM THAT ARE WORTHY THAN THE FIRST 10 PLAYERS PROJECTED IN THE 1ST RD. GO RAIDERS!!! LETS ROCK TOMORROW BABY!

  28. gr8r8er says:

    pcblack, good list bro. Nice list to be on in my opinion. Ned Yost, quit hating. Sounds to me like your in love with linemen or something. Let’s get the best player/WR in the draft and complete our offense. CRABTREE is the man. Ned’s saying we have recievers already but what he fails to mention is that they are all role players and not legitimate #1 recievers. Crabtree is that guy, no matter how much you despise him. I say draft him, finally score some points and lets see how the D holds up. I think that if we had our offense on the field more often and actually sustaining drives, our D will finally step up.

    Raider Mike, nice posting too man. That idea is tangible and makes sense. I also say keep Bush and trade Fargas if we can.

    Here is my dream draft day scenario:

    1. Pick Crabtree at #7
    2. trade Fargas for either another pick or a veteran offensive or defensive lineman
    3. draft C Alex Mack
    4. pick up a good safety via draft or free agency. Make room if necessary.
    5. pick up a LB via draft or free agency. Make room if necessary.

    These moves are made, we win at least half of our games this year. We’ll have the line, the QB’s, TE, RB’s, and WR’s. Basically all the essential pieces on offense.

    I can’t wait to see Chump Bailey get burned by Crabtree next year!

  29. Christo says:

    For what it’s worth: My Draft…
    1. Crabtree(WR)
    2. Mack(C) or Gilbert(DT)
    3. T.J. Lang (OT)
    4. McBath(S)
    5. Moore(DE) or Brinkley (ILB)

    I really don’t think Raji is worth a #7 and there’s no other real difference maker worth a #7 unless Curry falls to us. The more I read about Raji, the more I think he’ll be an overweight bust. Dorsey was ranked higher than him and he did next to nothing for K.C.’s run defense last year.
    That leads me to believe Al will go WR with pick #1.
    OL or DL with pick #2 and 3.
    Finish off 4 & 5 with best available at Safety and/or linebacker.

    Of course they could offer Fargas up for trade; it would be nice to get another 3rd or 4th round pick.

  30. RaiderMikeNLA says:

    WE MAY ALSO NEED TO TRADE OUR 2ND RD TO MOVE UP TO SNAG ALEX MACK AS PITTSBURGH HAS HIM LOCKED ON AT #32

  31. makoa says:

    yeah he said no comment and what …if crabtree is availabe its a no brainer u have too get crabtree yeah maclin runs a 4.4 so what crabtree is right behind him with a 4.5 hope al makes the rigth move if crabtree is available game film alone will show that hes more then worth it ..Go RAIDERS

  32. JSpicoli says:

    It could be a HUGE red flag that he has been told by the uber-secretive Raiders to keep his mouth shut about the fact that they are going to draft him with #7. With all the made up shiite about the Raiders in the media, why not this? No one really knows anything about Crabtree’s response, but 100% of conjecture on the Raider is negative. The media will get theirs when we get out of this funk. Mr. Davis should find some kid straight out of college and give him all the scoops in the future.

  33. RoadKing says:

    Defense! Defense! Defense! What do you mean we don’t need a LB! We got talent there but not a beast in the middle like we need! Ca you imagine if we had Ray Lewis in the middle to help stop the run? He is a beast and so is Rey M. He is not polished and has so much upside and is a beast! Bringing it every play to take your head off. RaiderMike I like Robiske and Hood also! We need to stop the run or it won’t matter what offense we have cuz they will never be on the field!!

  34. GasBag says:

    >>So, why the slight against the Raiders?

    I’ll tell you why, he doesn’t want to play for Oakland.

    Crabtree is a WR. He doesn’t want to be with a team that threw fewer than 100 (93) cathchable passes to its wide receivers. Think about that. NO WR ON OUR TEAM HAD more than 25 cathable balls thrown to them ALL SEASON!

    If 50% of all passes thrown to a WR were thrown to him and he dropped half the percentage of the average receiver then he would have 44 receptions and be labeled a bust.

    Clue in people, the problem isn’t the wide receivers.

  35. Snoopy says:

    Ahhhh let me say it for the last time this year…

    T H E R A I D E R S H A V E N E V E R T R A D E D D O W N T H E I R N U M B E R O N E P I C K !

    WHY IS THAT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND????

  36. Snoopy says:

    nO EDIT BUTTON HUH?!?!?! wELL COULDN’T FIND ONE SO HERE IT IS EASIER TO READ:

    T H E - R A I D E R S - H A V E - N E V E R - T R A D E D - D O W N - T H E I R - N U M B E R - O N E - P I C K !

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