Alert The Media: Niners Don't Need Crabtree To Lead Division

Joey GrissoContributor ISeptember 20, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Running back Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers gets a hand off from quarterback Shaun Hill #13 and runs for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter during the home opener at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

And we all thought we needed him.

After week two, San Francisco sits alone atop the NFC West, a place they haven't been in nearly two years.

Frank Gore is finally delivering as expected. Shaun Hill is responding well to the pressures of a starting quarterback. One time draft bust Vernon Davis is looking like not so much of a bust anymore. And first round draft pick Michael Crabtree, who was supposed to complete the teams offensive puzzle, hasn't even signed yet.

Wait, what?

It is true that we as fans expect our team's first round draft picks to be all-pro's someday, but it just doesn't happen that way. More likely than not, a high draft pick will play one or two great seasons and then fade away. Before you know it, the future of the franchise becomes a trivia question.

Well, sure, but how could that possibly happen to Michael Crabtree? I mean, this is a guy that won the Biletnikoff award twice, right? In only two seasons? He made Texas Tech into a powerhouse, how could he possibly slip up in the NFL?

How about him not signing?

Don't worry, fellow Niner fans. While this may affect your fantasy team (it certainly affected mine) it does not mean the end of the season.

In fact, I think the Niners may be on to something great here.

Frank Gore will try to challenge AP next week in the duel of running backs. Today in the first quarter, he ran it up the middle for a- um- 79 yard touchdown, a career high which he later bested by one yard in the third quarter.

Gore finished with 207 yards on only 16 carries, which stands as the second best rushing effort in franchise history.

Playoffs, anyone?

Not excited yet? As mentioned earlier, Shaun Hill may not be Brady or Manning, but he is still a proven, solid quarterback who leads the team well. Issac Bruce looks poised to do well this season as their top receiver, and the addition of rookie Josh Morgan sure doesn't hurt. And Glenn Coffee adds depth to the running game should Gore somehow get hurt. And Vernon Davis is no longer looking like such a huge bust anymore. And we finally have a solid defense, with guys like Patrick Willis and Nate Clements leading the way. And our head coach is a knowledgeable, former NFL legend whose no-nonsense attitude gave them momentum at the end of last season that should carry over well into this year.

And St. Louis looks like it will be terrible again this season. And judging from today we are better than Seattle. And Arizona has a pair of curses looming over them. (Lost Super Bowl, Fitzgerald donned the cover of Madden '10.)

If Crabtree really does want to get good money and play for a contender, he better wise up and sign already.

Because this team is going places, with or without him.