January 20, 2013

NFL Notebook: 49ers' Crabtree questioned about alleged assault

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree voluntarily met with police in their investigation into an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team's playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers last weekend, his lawyer said Saturday.

"Michael fully cooperated with the inspectors and will continue to do so throughout this investigation," the lawyer, Joshua Bentley, said in a brief statement emailed to The Associated Press.

Bentley provided no additional details and had no further comment.

The statement comes after police said they were investigating a sexual assault allegation involving Crabtree in a San Francisco hotel early Sunday. Crabtree hasn't been detained or arrested, and has agreed to be available for more questions in the future, police said.

The 49ers said Crabtree made the trip to Atlanta for the NFC championship game. The team referred all other questions about the matter to Crabtree's lawyer.

This season, Crabtree became the first San Francisco wide receiver to log more than 1,000 yards in a season since Terrell Owens in 2003. He had a career-best 1,105 yards, including a single-game high of 172 on eight receptions in a win over Arizona.

JAGUARS: New coach Gus Bradley turned to former colleagues for his first two hires.

Bradley hired Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to the same position, charging him with remodeling one of the league's worst offenses. And he hired longtime Chicago Bears assistant Bob Babich as defensive coordinator.

Fisch, 37, takes over an offense that ranked 29th in the league this season, slightly better than its last-place finish in 2011.

He spent the past two years as Miami's play-caller and quarterbacks coach, and his pro-style offense was consistently one of the most efficient in the country.

His biggest task in Jacksonville will be getting better quarterback play.

The Jaguars won just seven games the past two seasons with Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne and Luke McCown taking snaps.

They played behind a shaky offensive line -- they were sacked a combined 40 times -- and didn't have the benefit of having star running back Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) for the entire season.

RAIDERS: Oakland hired former Jacksonville quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as its offensive coordinator.

A person familiar with the hiring confirmed that Raiders Coach Dennis Allen picked Olson to run the offense. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced the move.

Olson previously served as offensive coordinator with Detroit, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

Olson plans to bring back the power running game that star back Darren McFadden excelled in under Hue Jackson. McFadden struggled this past season under fired coordinator Greg Knapp's zone scheme.

BILLS: Buffalo hired Pat Morris to be its offensive line coach.

Morris has 15 years of NFL experience -- the most on Coach Doug Marrone's newly assembled staff. He spent the 2011 season coaching the same position with Tampa Bay, and he has also been an assistant in Minnesota, Detroit and San Francisco.

Morris-coached lines have played a role in helping three teams lead the NFL in rushing: the 49ers in both 1998 and '99, and the Vikings in 2007.

NFL DRAFT: A record 73 underclassmen, including six first-team All-Americans, were approved for the NFL draft.

The six All-Americans are safety Matt Elam of Florida, tight end Zach Ertz of Stanford, tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M, defensive end Bjoern Werner of Florida State, linebacker Jarvis Jones of Georgia and cornerback Dee Milliner of national champion Alabama.

Only Elam is not projected as a high first-round pick, but all six easily could go in the opening round on April 25.

Also approved was former LSU cornerback-kick returner Tyrann Mathieu, a 2011 All-American. Mathieu, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist, was dismissed from the team in August after reportedly failing a drug test.

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