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Beasley seems to target Lloyd with comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Fred Beasley wants teammates who care
about winning as much as he does -- and he doesn't see many of them
in the San Francisco 49ers' locker room.

The Pro Bowl fullback criticized the club's young players again
Wednesday for a lack of toughness, professionalism and winning
drive. Brandon Lloyd was the target for much of his ire, though the
starting receiver wasn't mentioned by name.

"I want to win. I want to get to the playoffs," Beasley said.
"I guess they care about how much money they can make. It doesn't
matter how long their braids are or how much bling-bling they can
wear."

Lloyd has artfully braided hair and an extensive jewelry
collection. Two days earlier, Beasley said the 49ers had nobody
with the guts to be a big-play receiver.

The hard-nosed Beasley's unhappiness with the flashy Lloyd is
the most visible sign of dissent so far for the 49ers (1-6), who
face Seattle on Sunday. San Francisco is off to its worst start
since 1979, and its veterans might finally be tired of the front
office's apparent willingness to sacrifice a season while digging
out of their salary cap mess.

Lloyd is fourth on the 49ers with 21 receptions for 248 yards
and two touchdowns. The second-year pro has been a minor
disappointment, since he was expected to have a breakout season
after tantalizing San Francisco fans with 14 catches -- mostly
spectacular ones -- as a rookie.

And according to Beasley, that isn't Lloyd's only transgression.
Again without naming names, Beasley criticized players for
complaining about not getting the ball enough, for not working hard
enough in practice -- even their demeanor on team flights back from
road losses.

"It's frustrating when you've got some guys playing 100 percent
and some guys not," Beasley said. "That's what I'm talking about,
that competitive heart. We don't have that."

Beasley is widely respected for his work ethic and unglamorous
style, and he never has hesitated to confront teammates about
clubhouse issues. He has a long-standing feud with running back
Kevan Barlow, once coming to blows with the younger player, but
they've been cordial this season with Barlow's move into the
starting lineup.

Though Beasley said he'd spoken with the 49ers' young receivers
about his complaints, they were news to Lloyd.

When asked if he had become too big-time, Lloyd first referred
reporters to comments he'd made on his radio show Tuesday. Lloyd
also said he'd never spoken to Beasley about the problems.

"We're all frustrated, that's all that is," Lloyd said. "I
don't know what he's trying to do. He doesn't mention any names.
... I think guys are working hard. It's not going to affect the way
I catch balls. If it was important, he would have come to us
first."

In fact, three of the 49ers' top five receivers hadn't heard
from him.

"I've never spoken to Fred ever, since I've been here," said
rookie Rashaun Woods, a first-round pick who's caught just two
passes. "I'm just trying to do exactly what he said some guys
aren't doing, and that's give 100 percent."

Beasley decried the selfish nature of those unnamed players, but
also praised the competitive fire of departed teammate Terrell
Owens, a superb talent, but an admittedly selfish player who
petulantly demanded the ball.

Earlier in the season, Lloyd said the 49ers were better off
without their selfish players, specifically Owens.

With a young roster and a raft of injuries, the 49ers are all
but assured a horrible season. But Beasley doesn't believe San
Francisco's lack of talent is the biggest problem.

He said fellow veterans such as defensive tackle Bryant Young
and offensive lineman Scott Gragg have noticed the young 49ers'
unprofessional attitudes, a stark contrast from previous San
Francisco teams.

"Of course it needs to be said. It's obvious," Beasley said.
"I've been here seven years, and when I see it, I see it. It's
just a huge difference this year from the last years I've been
here, a huge difference."