“On the field, no question,” Smith said according to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. “He and I would both agree that we were–unhappy would be an understatement–for all our play last year. No question…There’s no question both of us are unhappy. We’d be the first to tell you that. We know we have to play better, both of us. Absolutely. No question.”
With Smith under center, Crabtree only had 11 receptions for 139 yards with no touchdowns as the 49ers went 0-4 to start the 2010 regular season. Crabtree would catch 17 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns in the next two-and-a-half games before Smith was injured against the Carolina Panthers. When Smith was reinserted as the starter for the final month of the season, Crabtree would catch just 14 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown, a series of games that began with a one catch for one yard performance in a 40-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Smith said he apologized to Crabtree for what appeared like a shot regarding the receiver’s lack of attendance at the team’s player-run workouts in the Bay Area. Crabtree appeared to fire back at the quarterback on Monday when he questioned whether or not Smith was actually the team’s starting quarterback.
“I’m not even on the roster,” a diplomatic Smith said. “I’m a free agent. I’m not on the roster. So for him to be confused as to the quarterback situation isn’t the strangest thing in the world in my opinion.”