"I just got back from the 49ers’ locker room down here in Santa Clara. We spoke to Michael Crabtree, asked how new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson did on Sunday. This is what Crabtree said:
“Mike Johnson did his thing. He did what he was supposed to do. He got everybody the ball. Only thing is, Mike Johnson can’t throw the ball. He can just call plays.”
When Crabtree said that, many reporters exchanged glances. You could take Crabtree’s words one of two ways:
He was making a general statement about coaches not being able to play – players play and must execute. Players say this all the time.
Or Crabtree was saying Johnson called good plays but Alex Smith did not execute well enough. If Crabtree meant No. 2, he was taking a shot at his quarterback.
I honestly don’t know what he meant. I’m just telling you what he said."