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Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:14 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 3:01 pm
Carter and Moss, in happier times. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Once upon a time, Cris Carter and Randy Moss were teammates with the Minnesota Vikings. As such, when news arises about Moss, ESPN trots out Cris Carter to make some comments. And over the past couple of days, Carter's managed to make Moss, who recently announced his return to football, something that doesn't resemble happy.

Carter initially said that Moss could hop out of bed and run a 4.3 40-yard dash. But then he added later that Moss has a lot of "quit" in him.

“The one thing you have to address with Randy Moss is not a conditioning thing," Carter said. "It's not an age thing. It needs to be addressed. I believe it's the elephant in the room. It's that thing called quit.

“And Randy, not like any other superstar I've met, he has more quit in him than any of those other players. So I need to addresses that. That's what (New England Patriots coach Bill) Belichick did when he brought him over from Oakland. He told him he wasn't going to have it."

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Moss had taken criticism from Carter pretty well, not mentioning it on one of his many USTREAM sessions. He's also been surprisingly contrite since announcing his return. But then he took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and fired some shots back at his former teammate.

"@criscarter80 its sad how u stroked ur own ego when u were suppose to b my mentor!then u wonder why karma bites u in the ass! #goodlukwithhof," Moss tweeted.

Quick translation: we're not boys anymore. I mean, it's one thing to fire back at Carter for something he did during his career, but ripping Carter for not making the Hall of Fame when one of the arguments against Carter is that Moss overshadowed him in Minnesota is kind of tough.

That being said, Carter stood up on his analyst pedestal and took some shots at a guy who's supposed to be his boy. He shouldn't be surprised if said guy, who doesn't usually operate with a filter in place, fires right back.

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Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:08 am

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Too bad Randy can't do what I do. Not give a damn what Chris Carter has to say. Easy to see why he can't, he knows the guy and all. But it seems like it'd be even easier to not care what Chris Carter thinks if you knew the guy.

Two guys who were good at catching footballs, talking trash. Guys who catch fish probably talk a lot of smack too. I'd assume anyway, it's how a lot of people work. (And I'm commenting on an article written about what a guy tweets. Should have spent my time reading about what Jeremy Lin did. Chris Carter probably has an opinion on point gaurds, but I don't care.)

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:41 pm

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Hey If your team doesn't care about winning why should you?  Moss complained because he played for a team that hired him to be a dancing bear instead of a player.  They couldn't care less about winning in Oakland.  They haven't for decades.  Why act like it makes a difference if you work hard.  He wanted a QB that knew how to throw him the ball.  Moss told him how to do it.  The team and the QB wouldn't listen.  Moss played a very intelligent brand of football in college at Marshall and he just wanted a QB as good as his college QB (Chad Pennington).  They were better than Roethlisberger and Miami (OH.) every time they played each other.  The Raiders played like a high school team at the time.  Why kill yourself playing stupid?  Too many receivers get talked into killing themselves for hopeless systems like that.  At NE Moss was already getting old and he probably thought the system was too complicated.  It is but it works.  Still when the legs don't get you there you can't get there. 

If Carter was half the receiver Moss was the days at Minn. would have been great for both.  But Moss had to carry Carter and they still couldn't win.  Some players really want to win and they get surly when they don't.  It's hard to complain about them when they can walk the walk like Moss could.  I know he wouldn't run crossing routes either.  I don't think any pro receiver with a brain he wants to keep should be forced to run crossing routes.  Sooner or later a pro strong safety will knock your lights out and it's career over.  Teams don't mind sacrificing players too often.  I was a receiver in high school.  I always ran crossing routes but then I was the baddest guy out there.  It doesn't work that way in pro ball.  You sacrifice your health and large portions of your life by playing that way.  Yes pro football players die much younger than the rest of us.  I don't blame Moss for being smart enough to want to avoid that.  There are other ways to make plays work if you're smart enough and Moss is that smart.

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:05 pm

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Cris Carter's own coach said all he does is catch touchdowns , and the sad thing is that would only be about 5 or 6 a year  !!!!  Carter is such a clown and Vastly overrated by himself Mostly  hahaha

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:48 pm

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Wait...Cris Carter stopped talking about himself long enough to comment on another athlete? No way...

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:47 pm

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Moss is a quitter if you dont throw him the ball... And not winning. Lately the hall of fame voters have been killing Wide receivers. I wouldn't be surprise if they Owens and Moss out their first year.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:37 pm

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

He is right about the quit comment.  But overall, Cris Carter isn't bright enough to be an analyst.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:35 pm

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

And remember, Cris Carter said Calvin Johnson is not a top 5 WR and can be covered one on one.

Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:30 pm

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Chris Carter is not known for tiptoeing around a question. He can be blunt but he says what's on his mind. I think Chris just spoke the truth. Hell any one who has watched Moss over his career has seen him quit at times in games when things aren't going well for him. Moss was spectacular at times in his career but he let down his teammates on more than a few occasions.
During his career Carter often didn't give interviews with the media and on other occasions when granting interviews he could be aloof with reporters. These media people haven't forgotten this and that's why Carter isn't in the HOF. He definitely has HOF numbers.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:17 pm

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Cris Carter says that Randy Moss is a quitter, Randy Moss points out that Carter may not be HOF material (and as background we all know that Randy is first-ballot himself). Everything said here sounds right on. So whats' the problem, that they don't like each other? Don't expect two diva wideout on the same team to be buddy-buddy, not too common...

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:14 pm


People are still confusing ability and productivity with personal opinions regarding effort in which there is no way to measure.....................HIS PRODUCION BLOWS CC AWAY.....there is nothing else to say.    He caught 30 more TD's in 3 less seasons.   How do you win in football?   He does not have to play D....  just needs to put ball in endzone.    Not to mention how much easier CC's life got when MOSS got double teamed all those years.
If you look at film notice which side there is always someone over the top as well as how often it didnt matter.  MOSS got all the attention and still outperformed him

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