I’m up here in Ashland Oregon, but I still read about sports — hey, I’m on Comcast next Monday and don’t want to come off as a dope. I’m reading that Randy Moss will address the media today. Moss is a Hall of Fame receiver and a good pick up by the Niners. A few things I want to point out. According to what I’ve read, Jim Harbaugh is waxing enthusiastic about Moss’ attitude etc.

It may turn out that Moss will be great for the Niners, and everywhere he’s been teammates like him. But preseason tells nothing, zilch about a player’s attitude. Get that straight. It’s easy to be a wonderful guy when nothing is at stake. How will Moss react when he runs down the field open, waving his arm and Alex Smith doesn’t throw to him? That’s the real test.

Another thing. In an article I read by Cam Inman – click here to read it — Harbaugh told Rich Gannon he asked Moss to sit in the front row in meetings as a way to lure other receivers like Michael Crabtree to the front row. Apparently Crabtree sat in the back hidden in a hoodie. Morse agreed to sit in the front row — he’d be nuts not to — and Crabtree followed suit.

Excuse me, but Harbaugh is Mr. Tough Guy. You’re telling me he couldn’t just order Crabtree to the front row. He needs Moss to get that done? Gee, this reveals a whole new side of the coach.

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  1. Vijay


    Good post. Given your infamous interactions with Moss, I definitely agree with some of the statements in here.

    July 27th, 2012 10:48 am

  2. mbabco

    ” Gee, this reveals a whole new side of the coach.” As does missionary work to Peru. He’s a complex guy.

    July 27th, 2012 10:56 am

  3. Stan

    Sounds like the H-man was being crafty.

    And Crabtree? THAT fashionista going for the mugger look?.

    July 27th, 2012 11:23 am

  4. Stan

    Krueger today Lowell,said that the first media people HE would cut out of his life he said were “the writers”..and last,Sports hosts because “more people now then ever listen to sports radio and the papers are dying”.
    I missed the start of that topic..I guess some player said something to be kept quiet and a writer used it in his story.
    So,on any lever do you agree? Writers will lie and stab you in the back and talk show hosts wont? for one.

    July 27th, 2012 11:58 am

  5. StevenG

    There’s a major difference in results between being forced to sit in the front row by your coach versus choosing to sit in the front row because you want to emulate a future hall of famer. Good strategic move by Harbaugh.

    July 27th, 2012 12:13 pm

  6. MJ

    If you order Crabtree to do it, he probably won’t, might fight it a bit, be stubborn (as 24 year old men are known to be) and what do you accomplish. You talk to the vet, a guy you played against, and get him to do it, knowing the other guys look up to him, and they will follow suit and it will just be apart of the norm going forward, with or without Moss.

    Pretty simple thinking really. Why are some sled dogs put at the front of the sled and some in the rear.

    July 27th, 2012 12:25 pm

  7. Dr. Feelgood

    That is a very, very interesting observation. When you get back in he building, maybe you could ask Harbaugh point-blank about it. That should be rich.

    July 27th, 2012 12:55 pm

  8. Cindy

    Come on Lowell. Which do you think would be more effective – forcing Crabtree to sit in the front row like what a grade school teacher would do to a child or the more subtle approach of having a role model show you the way? I vote for the latter.

    July 27th, 2012 4:25 pm

  9. Dennis

    Harbaugh is a good coach. What more needs to be said? What he lacks in knowing how to deal with the press it sounds like he more than makes up for in knowing how to deal with his players on an individual basis. He seems to know what buttons to push and when.

    July 27th, 2012 6:54 pm

  10. mbabco

    “He seems to know what buttons to push and when.” Could be he’s doing this with the press as well and enjoying it.

    July 27th, 2012 10:26 pm

  11. MJ

    Seems Harbaugh really only has a “problem” with select media, or better yet, select media have a problem with him. Players seem to love and play hard for him, most fans don’t have any real issues, other coachs (save for Schwartz, who isn’t a good reference) have no beef.

    Really seems like he doesn’t value select members of the medias questions, doesn’t care whether or not they like him, and his view on answering questions is, at best, on the level of making your bed.

    Not a bad guy, not a jerk, very smart and tactful, and if he doesn’t see the value in what you do, he doesn’t have much time for you.

    And Stan…it was Harbaugh himself who said he didn’t need or want Aldon to re-read what Harbaugh had already said to him about his offseason.

    July 28th, 2012 10:40 am

  12. CohnZohn

    MJ, You seem like a Harbaugh apologist, no matter what. Too bad. He isn’t making it hard on select journalists at training camp. He’s making it hard on all journalists. Is that OK by you?

    July 28th, 2012 11:00 am

  13. MJ


    Making it hard how? Is he being very short with answers or is he running through land mine infested fields to avoid talking to you guys(gals)?

    Who was easier(more entertaining) to deal with Harbaugh or Hue Jackson, and whose still employed. His job is not to make yours easy, I’m sorry. Is he a jerk to your ilk, does he call you guys names, push you down in mud, or make “yo’ mama” jokes at your expense?

    If he answers your questions in a way you don’t feel is adequate, oh well, thats life. Its like a child who asks for something, is denied, and says “but I said please”. As far as I’ve ever seen he’s been nothing but a moral, upstanding person, big deal if he’s a tough interview.

    July 28th, 2012 12:09 pm

  14. lameduck

    I’m glad Crabtree did the right thing.

    July 28th, 2012 9:30 pm

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