Crabtree: 'We have our own style'


Crabtree: 'We have our own style'

SANTA CLARA -- There are no secrets with the Green Bay Packers' offense. Behind league MVP Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are going to throw the ball around.Meanwhile, the 49ers strive for a balanced approach."I feel like we have our own style," 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree said Tuesday. "Those guys (the Packers) are a spread offense. That's all they do is throw the ball. They got some run game, but that's their offense. We're really not like that. It's focusing on being us, and going out there and making plays."When asked to describe the 49ers' offense, Crabtree answered, "I wish I could describe it to you, but that would be hard."What makes it difficult is that even Crabtree probably does not know exactly what the 49ers plan for the regular season.The 49ers have more possibilities in the passing game with the additions of starting wideout Randy Moss and No. 3 receiver Mario Manningham. The 49ers gave very few glimpses in the exhibition season of how they plan to utilize their offensive players."The sky's the limit," Crabtree said. "We got everything we need. It just depends on us going out on Sunday and putting it together, making plays, making things happen. That's when it counts. We're looking good at practice. Been practicing real hard, running real hard. We just need to carry it over to Sunday."Crabtree led the 49ers last season with 72 receptions for 874 yards last season. He played the first three exhibition games of his NFL career this summer before he was one of 15 starters to be held out of the exhibition finale.Crabtree said he is running a lot and is stronger than ever, thanks to an intense weight program designed by 49ers strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama. It will not only help Crabtree as a blocker but also break more tackles, he said.
And he said he has already felt the benefits of being surrounded by one of the all-time great pass-catchers in NFL history."Man, I learn so much from him," Crabtree said of Moss. "That's my dude. (He makes) me feel like I can be myself. Seeing an old guy like that, and he's been himself for so long that you . . . I'm going to be myself and go out and play. You can learn from a guy like that. You don't have to change for nobody. All you have to do is be yourself and go play your game."On the field, it remains to be seen if Moss' presence will draw coverage away from Crabtree.
"I don't really know," Crabtree said. "We haven't played a game, yet, so I'd be crazy to tell you how it's changed. I'm looking forward to going out there."Everything should come into focus soon enough. The 49ers open Sunday at Lambeau Field against the Packers, who finished the regular season with a 15-1 record but lost their playoff opener against the New York Giants."They won the Super Bow two years ago," Crabtree said. "You know they're a winning team. So we'll just try to match that."Crabtree's fifth NFL game was at Lambeau, where he caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. The next season, 2010, he had three receptions for 45 yards at Green Bay."It's legendary. It's a good feel," Crabtree said of Lambeau. "It makes me feel like I'm in high school. It's got that good stadium, the bleachers, no seats. That's the old-fashioned style. You don't see that these days."

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.