Harbaugh Says Crabtree Is Not a Problem

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    Jim Harbaugh says he is not worried about Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree getting along.

    San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh finally had something to say about a player not named Alex Smith.

    The new guy in charge at 4949 Centennial Dr. went on KNBR radio Wednesday morning to talk about his team and the reported lifting of the lockout that could come in a few days.

    After taking time to praise his players -- namely Alex Smith -- for organizing their own workouts at San Jose State University last week, Harbaugh was asked about wideout Michael Crabtree's attitude and whether it will be a problem for the team moving forward.

    Crabtree and Smith made headlines last week after the receiver refused to admit that Smith would be the starting quarterback once the season starts.

    Smith, for his part, stroked the flames the previous week when he said he couldn't explain why Crabtree was in the Bay Area but not working out with his teammates, some of whom regularly meet in the South Bay.

    The former No. 1 overall pick did his part late last week to squash any signs of trouble between Crabtree and himself. And his new coach did the same Wednesday.

    "Crab to me is a good guy and a good football player," he said.

    But Harbaugh didn't completely put to bed all talk of a Smith and Crabtree not being on the same page.
     
    "When your kids and working it out and sometimes when you get into tussles, shirts get ripped and noses get a little bloody but that's just part of figuring it out," he said. "I know he's a good guy.

    You can listen to the entire interview on KNBR's website.