Beasley rips into receivers

Fred Beasley has seen enough. The Pro Bowl fullback called out some of the 49ers' younger receivers Wednesday, sending a cloud of disharmony over the usual pep and good-natured spirit in the team's post-practice locker room. "I guess their mentality is way different from mine," Beasley said. "I want to win. I want a ring. I guess theirs is, you know, how much money they make and how long their braids are, how much bling-bling they can wear."

Beasley did not specific any individual by name, but it's obvious who he was talking about. Second-year player Brandon Lloyd and rookie Derrick Hamilton are the only receivers on the team who wear their hair in braids, and Hamilton hasn't played a down this season while being inactive for each of San Francisco's first seven games.

Lloyd, on the other hand, is the team's starting split end who many consider the No. 1 receiver in San Francisco's passing game.

While Beasley apparently was leveling his ire at Lloyd, he also pointed the finger at others. After the team's offensive woes mounted last week in Chicago, Beasley doesn't believe all of the team's younger players are giving 100 percent effort.

"I said that because it's true," Beasley said. "Yes, it's frustrating when you've got some guys playing 100 percent and some guys don't. You got guys more worried about how many balls can get thrown their way. You got more guys worried about, you know, their next contract and how (good) they look, than making big plays out there, helping this team win. That's what I'm talking about, the competitive edge. That's what I'm talking about, you know, heart. We don't have that."

And while intimating some of his teammates are heartless, Beasley began ripping into the team's receiver corps.

"We don't have the big-play wide receivers," he said. "We don't have the guys that you can throw a five-yard hitch and (will) turn it into a 70- or 80-yard run. I don't want to harp on (Terrell Owens) all the time, but he was our big-play guy. And we don't have a T.O. So, it's got to come from somewhere. We just don't have it. We've just got to find it somewhere. Whether it's the guys that are not playing, or whether we have to bring in some guys to get the job done. Because right now, we don't have those guys."

When asked for specifics, Beasley said, "Of course, I'm not going to single anybody out. But those guys know who I'm talking about. My thing is, we've got guys still on the bench that can get the job done that I know will go out there and give it 100 percent, even though they're not as talented as our starting wide receivers. If we get 100 percent and guys that are going to have the heart and guys that are going to have that mentality, ‘I want to get this job done,' to be successful, that's all we need. I'll take those guys versus a guy that's raw talent."

Beasley remained adamant on the subject after he was asked why he felt so compelled to go public with his feelings. The seventh-year player, now one of the veteran leaders in a youthful San Francisco locker room, says the lack of full commitment shows up on the field and on the game film.

"I mean, I don't want to be the one that needs to (say it), but of course it needs to be said," Beasley said. "I mean, it's obvious. It's obvious. I don't want to be the guy that everybody looks at and says, ‘Ooh, Fred, you shouldn't have said that.' But, you know, hey, I've been here seven years, and when you see it, I see it. It's just a big difference. It's a huge difference from the (previous) years I've been here and this year. It's a huge difference."

The 49ers' passing game is actually way ahead of San Francisco's running game, which ranks 29th in the NFL this week. Lloyd, after a slow start that included missing two games with groin problems, has come on as San Francisco's most reliable receiver as of late.

Lloyd led the 49ers with five receptions for 63 yards in last week's 23-13 loss at Chicago. That was three more receptions than the combined total of the rest of San Francisco's wideouts in that game. Fourth-year veteran Cedrick Wilson and 12th-year veteran Curtis Conway – the team's Nos. 2 and 3 receivers – combined for one catch for only four yards

For the season, Lloyd has 21 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns, trailing Conway (26, 270, 1) and Wilson (23, 281, 1) among the team's wideouts.

Beasley's discontent also stems from the plane ride home from Chicago late Sunday evening, when he apparently overheard some of the younger receivers talking on the team flight

He did not like what he heard.

"I'm not going to beat around the bush or lie about anything," Beasley said. "I mean, I'm not saying that we don't have talent. We have talent. The question to me is, who's out there really giving 100 percent? That's all I'm saying. And it's obvious when you look on film who is and who's not. And then when you listen to the guys in the locker room, you listen to them on a flight back from an away game and what they're talking about, they're not talking about, ‘Man, we lost this game.' They're talking about how many balls got thrown their way, how many catches they got. That's what they're talking about. And that really pisses me off."

That much is obvious. And Beasley is doing his talking in the media, because he doesn't feel going face-to-face with the receivers has done much good.

"It's a waste of time, really," he said. "Because it goes in one ear and out the other. Whether they listen to me or not, these guys, when they come in here young, the sky's the limit to them … They just have to understand that if you don't give 100 percent out there, you're not going to win, no matter who you are, no matter how much talent you've got. Every team in this league has talent. It's who has the heart that are going to get the job done."

Beasley said other veterans also have talked to some of these younger players, "but it hasn't done any good so far." "It's a handful of guys," Beasley continued. "You just have to question their reasons. Do you want to be here? Do you really want to play? You've just got to question them. Hopefully they'll come around and see what I see. Which I know they do, but whether they're going to do anything about it or not. … It's the young guys that are out here starting, that's who I question. They just don't understand, man, you got to be lucky to do what you're doing. The odds are very low that people get to do what you do. And you're just taking it for granted. Don't take it for granted, man. That's all I'm saying."

Does Beasley wish he had said it sooner this season, before the Niners fell into a 1-6 hole?

The burly fullback just shrugged.

"Whether I said it sooner or later," Beasley said, "it's just like I'm talking to these little sons and daughters. They're hard-headed. They're going to do what they want to do. The only difference is, you can spank them on the butt. You can't do that to these guys here."

But Beasley's tongue-lashing Wednesday ought to qualify as a pretty good verbal spanking.


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