The 49ers wideout was pretty honest with his answers.
Crabtree will be facing some of the top defensive backs in the NFL, but he was also quick to point out that his side of the ball will have weapons.
“It’s a good football team,” Crabtree said of Seattle. “We’ve got some good guys, too. So it’s going to be a good game.”
The response came after the fifth-year wideout said he doesn’t rank individual players as the best at their respective positions. More specifically, Crabtree was asked if Seattle's All-Pro, Richard Sherman, was the best cornerback in football.
“I don’t think so,” the 49ers receiver said of the NFL's leader with eight interceptions in the 2013 regular season. “I know nothing about the best cornerbacks in the league, I just know teams. We’re playing the Seattle Seahawks and hopefully we come (away) with a win. We’re going hard.”
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From the sounds of it, Crabtree didn’t want to make it about his individual matchup, but rather highlight his offense facing a challenge against a physical defensive unit.
“They move around,” Crabtree later said of Seattle’s defense. “They’re pretty good.”
If that’s the case, Crabtree is fine with it.
“I’m one of those guys, if you want to play physical, I’ll play physical,” he said. “If you want to play ball, I’ll play ball. If you want some routes, I’ll give you some routes.”
Crabtree won’t always be lined up opposite of Sherman, Seattle’s left cornerback. Byron Maxwell, a third-year pro, will also see time opposite of Crabtree.
Crabtree has reviewed Sherman’s film this week, but he’s also looking at the entire Seahawks defense.
“You study him and you study the defense, the overall defense,” Crabtree said. “A lot of guys play coverages, it ain’t just man-to-man the whole game.”
So no matter who lines up to defend Crabtree, the key will simply be playing football and not let back-and-forth bickering take place.
Crabtree explained the nature of trash talking and how it won’t bother him on Sunday should it take place.
“It’s competition,” Crabtree said. “If you’re playing to that level and you’re talking to the level you’re playing, it’s cool. But if you’re just out there talking and you’re not really doing nothing on the field, then that’s you’re you get irritated. Guys are just chirping and they’re not really doing nothing.
“At the end of the day, it’s football. Guys are talking. You’re gonna do your job and he better do his job.”