Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:11 pm
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Childress: Moss 'vomited' on Vikings locker room

ChildressPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s the best quote from former Vikings coach Brad Childress that you’ll probably ever see. But hey, WR Randy Moss -- supposedly retired these days -- brings out the best in just about everybody, even the coach who he sorta, kinda helped get fired.

While talking to NFL.com about Moss, who was handed to the Vikings last season after the Patriots decided they didn’t need him anymore, Childress said this about his former WR: "We had good guys, by and large [but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it."

Yikes, right?

Childress went on to say that perhaps he should have consulted owner Zygi Wilf before deciding to cut Moss, and that didn’t help his standing with the person who had the power to fire him (it also didn’t help matter that Childress wasn’t exactly known as a people-person and that he had led the team to a 3-7 record when he was canned).

"I should have gone up the chain," Childress said.

Childress obviously had no idea the situation would become so bad, especially when he first talked to Moss about playing in Minnesota.

"He called me and said, 'I can't wait, I can't wait. I feel like I'm coming home again,'" Childress said.

Instead, Moss caught 13 passes in four games and helped get his coach fired before he ended up as an irrelevant bench player in Tennessee. Now, both are out of work, and their return as a viable player and as a future NFL head coach is questionable.

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Hot Routes 8.10.11: Ron Rivera says he owes fans



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • It's with a heavy heart that Steelers Lounge suggests the team should extend linebacker Lawrence Timmons' contract now and wait until after the 2011 season to revisit safety Troy Polamalu.
  • Colts blog 18to88.com busts out the abacus to support the notion that Randy Moss was, in fact, The Quarterback Maker. (And no, this doesn't mean that Moss might be headed to Indy. We think.)
  • PFT's Michael David Smith, Lions fan and friend of the Eye-on-Sports blog, must be having flashbacks: Detroit is bringing in Matt Millen's son-in-law for a workout.
  • Related: just in case it wasn't obvious, new Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has a message for you, Carolina supporters: “Our fans, we owe them after being 2-14 last season which was not acceptable.”
  • More evidence that the NFL and Arena League are completely different games (in case you couldn't make that out by the shorter field, padded sidelines, and funny-looking football): video of an Arena League fan keeping a player from returning a kick and then getting high-fives from the other team. James Harrison body slams these people.
  • Shutdown Corner's Chris Chase pretty much captures the essence of this story with the very first sentence of his post: "Dallas Cowboys rookie Phillip Tanner is trying to make the leap from the concession stand to the locker room."
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Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 7:00 am
 

Jerry Rice rips Randy Moss on his work ethic

MossPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With WR Randy Moss announcing his retirement last week, there’s been plenty of talk recently about Moss’ legacy.

On Tuesday morning, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice weighed in on the topic, and he wasn’t completely complimentary.

During an interview on ESPN Radio, and transcribed by Pro Football Talk, Rice talked about Moss’ penchant for taking off plays and how that affects how people will think of him.

“It was hard for me to swallow because I was not as talented and I had to work harder,” Rice said. “To see a guy with that much talent not give it 100 percent, it was almost like a little slap in the face. But Randy was Randy.”

And if Moss HAD worked a little harder?

“He could have been one of the greatest,” Rice said. “I don’t think he wanted to give it 100 percent. You never knew what you were going to get with Randy. Sometimes you’d get the unbelievable guy, the amazing guy. Other times you’d get the guy that took a couple plays off.”

This, I believe, is one reason teams who need WRs this year will think twice about contacting Moss. He proved last year that instead of being effective while being a bad influence in the locker room, he’s now ineffective while being a bad influence in the locker room (does anybody remember the story about Moss yelling in front of the Vikings caterer the opinion that, “I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!”).

Which is why Moss probably will – and should – stay retired. And why HOF voters might remember his antics five years from now.

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 11:41 am
 

Dockett on Kolb: 'It's like night and day'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Arizona Cardinals have been an active participant in free agency and for good reason: the 2010 starting quarterbacks included Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall, a group that combined for 10 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, a 51 percent completion rate and five wins.

So when offseason rumors about landing Eagles' backup Kevin Kolb became a reality shortly after the lockout ended, it came as a surprise to absolutely no one.

And in just a few days of practice, Kolb has has already made an impression on his teammates. Defensive tackle and alligator caretaker Darnell Dockett got right to the point.

"It's like night and day from last year," Dockett said, according to ESPN.com's Mike Sando. "I don't want to disrespect nobody, but I mean, he's good."

We suspect Anderson, Skelton and Hall wouldn't disagree.

"He's the leader, goes out there and gets the job done," Dockett said. "You can tell the last couple days when he wasn't practicing, he was just so anxious to get out here. That is what you want from a quarterback. You want a true leader that is going to get the ball there and lead the offense down the field, no matter what pressure -- just go ahead and get the job done."

It's early, but this is a huge deal. One of our concerns about any team trading for Kolb wasn't that he could be a legit NFL starter but that it would cost too much to find out. The Cards had to part with starting cornerback and former first-rounder Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a high-round draft pick, and give Kolb a $63 million deal (including $20 million in guarantees).

But maybe for head coach Ken Whisenhunt, no price was too steep after watching Arizona's offense last season.

"I have been impressed with how he has handled himself, his demeanor," Whisenhunt said. "I think he'll quickly adapt and get better as we go, and that is exciting. He has the right makeup mentally and physically to be successful."

You know what might help Kolb get better sooner? A new (old) pass-catching weapon. PFT.com points us to recent comments from former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner who, appearing on 620 KTAR, made the case for Arizona adding Randy Moss, who is quickly becoming the retired wide receiver equivalent to Brett Favre.

“I don’t think there’s any question he could help,” Warner said, via PFT. “I still think there’s something in the tank for Randy. . . . He has a great relationship with Larry Fitzgerald. That could be a huge plus coming to this organization. I think a deep threat is something that they need. They need somebody that can stretch the field. As good as Larry is, that’s not the player that he is.”

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Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Mike Wallace wants 2,000 receiving yards

WallacePosted by Josh Katzowitz

Nobody in the history of the NFL has ever recorded 2,000 receiving yards in a season. Not Jerry Rice, who holds the record with 1,858. Not Terrell Owens. Not Tim Brown, Randy Moss or Marvin Harrison.

But that apparently is not going to stop Steelers WR Mike Wallace from planning on breaking that 2,000-yard mark. Sounds crazy, right?* Wallace understands your concerns. But he still believes in himself that he could accomplish something so monumental.

*That’s because it IS crazy.

"I'm not saying that I'm better than any of those guys, but I feel like I'm Mike and I'm my own person," Wallace said, via the Detroit Free Press. "I don't care what Jerry Rice did. I don't care what Randy Moss did."

For the record, in his first two seasons in the league, Wallace has combined for 2,013 receiving yards. His career yards per catch, at 20.3 yards per reception, is pretty darn impressive, but he’d need to record 100 catches this year with that kind of average in order to follow through on his prediction.

Last year, he had 60. So, let me make a brief prediction: it ain't going to happen.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:19 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 9:44 am
 

Podcast: Chris Kluwe Talks Music, McNabb and more

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who you may remember as one of the only players to call out four of the named plaintiffs in the Brady v. the NFL lawsuit, joins the podcast to talk about -- what else -- his lockout comments.

Kluwe also weighs in on his band, Tripping Icarus (you can download their music from iTunes here and listen at their Myspace page here), giving up his No. 5 to new Vikings QB Donovan McNabb, and the fact that we now have actual football.

Co-hosts Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson then break down Randy Moss' retirement, the various free agency comings and goings around the league, whether the Eagles are the "Miami Heat of the NFL," and if Chris Johnson is worth "Adrian Peterson money."

Talking starts below. (Just hit the play button and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.)



Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Randy Moss announces retirement

Posted by Ryan Wilson

After 13 NFL seasons, wide receiver Randy Moss retired Monday. "After weighing his options and contemplating offers, he's decided to retire," Moss' agent, Joel Segal said Monday, according to ESPN.

The Associated Press reports that Segal declined to comment specifically on the offers, instead saying his client felt the time was right to step away.


A future Hall of Famer, Moss is a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent the first seven years of his career. Wildly talented, he was also considered an underachiever, regularly accused of pulling up on routes, refusing to block, and taking plays off altogether.

And it was this reputation that led to the Vikings trading him to Oakland in 2005, where Moss had two of his worst NFL seasons, prompting speculation that his best days were behind him.

Then the Patriots acquired Moss during the 2007 NFL Draft for a fourth-rounder and it revitalized his career.

In his first season in New England, and with Tom Brady under center, Moss caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was an integral part of the NFL's most explosive offense and helped lead the Patriots to an 18-0 record before the Giants upset them in the Super Bowl.

The Patriots traded Moss back to Minnesota last season, where he lasted four games before the Vikings released him. He played the final eight games with the Titans, where he caught just six passes for 80 yards and no touchdowns.

Segal told the AP earlier this summer that the receiver was training hard and determined to prove to the doubters that he could still dominate the game like he had in the past. "Randy has been a great player for a long time," said Bob Pruett, Moss' college coach at Marshall. "He's choosing this on his own terms and I think that's good. If that's what he wants to do, that's what he should do."

More via the AP:
Throughout his career, Moss earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous players in the game, when he wanted to be. His combination of size, speed and intelligence has rarely been seen for a player at his position, and he deserves some credit for the influx of Cover 2 defenses throughout the NFL that were designed in large part to prevent Moss from burning them down the field.

Trouble off the field in high school prevented Moss from attending Notre Dame or Florida State, so he landed at Marshall and scored 54 touchdowns in two electrifying seasons with the Thundering Herd.

The off-field questions hurt Moss in the 1998 draft. He fell to the Vikings at pick No. 21 and he spent the next seven years making every GM in the league who passed on him regret it. He scored 17 touchdowns as a rookie to help the Vikings reach the NFC title game and only once failed to score at least 10 TDs in a season in his first tour with the team.

He also got into several controversies along the way, bumping a traffic cop in downtown Minneapolis, squirting a referee with a water bottle during a game and leaving the field early in a game against Washington, just to name a few.
Before he announced his retirement Monday, Moss was one of the last high-profile players still on the free-agent market. As for the possibility that Moss stays retired, CBSSports.com's Clark Judge writes that "...[H]e's 34, for crying out loud, so there's plenty of time for him to pull a Brett Favre. All that's missing is the interest ... and what happened Monday tells you it wasn't there."

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

MossPosted by Josh Katzowitz

WR Randy Moss, who was tossed around the NFL last year like he was some kind of moody player with noticeably thinning talent (imagine that!), wants to become a force once again in pro football.

Basically, he wants to become the “old Randy Moss” when he was a moody, ultra-talented receiver that actually made an impact in the games he played. And coincidentally, that’s exactly what he’s become, at least according to his agent.

Not only that, Joel Segal told NFL.com that Moss is in “freakish” shape and is ready for the lockout to conclude so he can sign with his next employer.

"Randy has been working out, two-a-days, all spring and summer in West Virginia," Segal said. "He is determined, motivated and, quite frankly, has a huge chip on his shoulder. Whatever team ends up getting Randy, they're going to know they're getting the old Randy Moss. He's not just coming in to be on the team, he's going to be Randy Moss -- a difference maker."

Moss, though, has a few problems. He’s 34 years old, and his skills, simply put, have declined (perhaps “sharply” declined). Patriots coach Bill Belichick had no problem getting rid of him last year, and after butting heads with former Vikings coach Brad Childress, Moss found himself a non-entity with the Titans.

With the three teams last year, he combined for 28 catches. Yet, he managed to catch five touchdown passes, which lends credence to the opinion that Moss retains some of his deep-ball and jump skills. But other than that skill set, Moss has become a much more limited player.

Which might mean that no matter how freakishly in shape Moss is right now, it won’t really matter to those who sign free agents. His age certainly won’t change and I can’t imagine that his attitude will either. And unless Moss has the older-age skills of Terrell Owens (also, ahem, a free agent), his career as a viable NFL player is in jeopardy.

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