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Would San Francisco 49ers Have Winning Record without Michael Crabtree Holdout?

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 29:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball after making a reception during their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Candlestick Park on November 29, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Glenn Franco SimmonsAnalyst INovember 30, 2009

Today, I read a column by Mike Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News , and he stated that had Michael Crabtree been playing since the season started, the 49ers would have a winning record.

Purdy might be correct. He gets paid to be a sports commentator, so it's his job to wonder what should have, could have or would have been.

However, fans who share his view should not get overly caught up in what should have, could have, or would have been.

As Coach Mike Singletary says, what matters is who you have to go to battle with, not wishful thinking of who you could, would or should have had.

If you are still upset with Crabtree, chill. The guy came ready to play once he returned. That says a lot.

By the looks of many jersey-wearers at Candlestick, most fans seem to have already embraced the wide receiver as many were wearing his No. 15 prior to the end of his holdout.

If you are a 49ers fan, I suggest reading Purdy's column. He's one of the best columnists who writes about the 49ers, and he raises other interesting questions in today's column that are good for Monday morning contemplation.

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