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Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss: Cowboys’ problem is coaching

Jason GarrettThe Dallas Cowboys have not made the playoffs since 2009, which was also the last time they posted a winning record. Despite having some talented players on their roster, the Cowboys can’t seem to win when it counts. Tony Romo takes most of the blame for that, but Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss see things a bit differently. The two former NFLers think coaching is the issue.

Under Monte Kiffin last season, the Cowboys allowed a league-worst 415.3 yards per game. They also gave up 27 points per game, which makes the fact that they even won eight games somewhat impressive.

“I think for the Dallas Cowboys it’s much more than just what we see from the defense and offense, I mean, let’s go upstairs,” McNabb said on FOX Sports Live, via The Dallas Morning News. “Let’s talk about the coaching staff. How do you go from Monte Kiffin and Marinelli being a position coach to [Marinelli] now being the defensive coordinator and Kiffin being like a position coach? And it’s the same on the offensive end. You had Jason Garrett calling plays, supposedly, then Callahan.”

Most defensive coordinators would have been fired in a heartbeat given how bad the Cowboys were last season. Kiffin was basically just demoted.

McNabb didn’t let Jason Garrett off the hook, either. He said it makes no sense that Garrett has kept his job while doing worse than Wade Phillips did before him.

“I’m still figuring out how he still has a job at this particular point the way we have continued to see this team just continue to crumble,” McNabb said. “(You played) behind hall of famers and you see how they carry the two-minute offense. He’s run the two-minute offense himself as a starting quarterback. The way that they control their offense in certain games, how can you lead games in the middle of the third quarter and you end up losing the game?”

Moss agreed, though he went much easier on Garrett.

“The thing that’s not really fair to Tony Romo is he really hasn’t had that coaching to be able to bring him along,” Moss said. “I’m not sitting here busting Garrett or trying to call Garrett out, but there has not been nothing steady in Dallas. It’s always coaches come and go.”

Playcalling has been a major issue for the Cowboys in recent years — there’s no debating that. They seem lost at times when playing with a lead, and most of that falls on the coaching staff. If Dallas misses the playoffs again this season, Jerry Jones will have no choice but to move on from Garrett.

LA earthquake terrified Randy Moss and TV anchor Chris Schauble (Video)

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area early Monday morning, and the reaction across Twitter helped tell the story of how widespread the rumble was. There have been no reports of major damage, but plenty of residents were woken up by their houses shaking. Others, like KTLA anchors Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson, had to seek shelter at work.

And then there was Randy Moss, who grew up in West Virginia and isn’t used to the whole earthquake thing. He wanted his mommy.

Apparently Randy got lucky during his two seasons with the Oakland Raiders and one with the San Francisco 49ers. From the sound of it, Moss handled the quake like Torrey Smith handled that earthquake in Baltimore a few years back. Jim Furyk should teach them a lesson on how to deal with the rumble.

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All joking aside, we hope all of our friends on the west coast wound up with nothing more than a scare.

Video via For the Win

Randy Moss thinks its ‘disrespectful’ Vikings gave his number to a rookie

Brad-Childress-Randy-Moss-Vomited-on-Vikings-Locker-RoomRandy Moss was one of the most electrifying wide receivers in NFL history. Cris Carter may have been with the Vikings longer and put together a more impressive career, but you could make the argument that Moss was more of a freak athlete and dominant force. That’s probably why Randy, who now works as an analysts for FOX Sports 1, feels that the Vikings should be more considerate when handing out his jersey number.

Moss’ old No. 84 is being worn this season by rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. On Sunday, Moss questioned the team’s decision to allow a rookie to wear his old number.

“That’s disrespectful to give a rookie my number,” he said, via USA Today Sports. “I don’t really believe in numbers but from a professional standpoint, I did make that number. He hasn’t proven anything yet but hey what can I say? I’m just Randy Moss sitting here in the studio.”

For what it’s worth, some people noted that Moss was likely joking. Moss also took to Twitter to insist he was not taking a shot at Patterson.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a major issue. Moss may have returned to Minnesota toward the end of his career and made nice with the franchise, but he dominated with the Vikings for just six seasons. He’d be better off taking the humble approach and saying that Patterson, who is a rookie with amazing potentialt, is a great young player to represent No. 84. Then again, he is Randy Moss. Humble isn’t exactly in his nature.

Vernon Davis disagrees with Randy Moss about rapport with Kaepernick

Vernon DavisVernon Davis defended his relationship with quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to Randy Moss, who said the San Francisco 49ers stars did not have a good rapport.

Moss, now an analyst with FOX Sports 1 after spending last season with the 49ers, said on a conference call Wednesday that Davis and Kaepernick did not have a strong rapport last season. His words are accurate; Davis’ stats plummeted after Kaepernick took over as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. The Pro Bowl tight end only had six catches for 61 yards in the final six games of the regular season before breaking out with 12 catches for 254 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.

Davis initially supported the switch from Alex Smith to Kaepernick by saying he felt like the handcuffs were taken off of him, but he later tried to support Smith too by saying the former No. 1 pick would regain the job.

Whatever barriers he and Kaepernick had last season are definitely gone now. Linebacker Patrick Willis said during training camp that the two were unstoppable. Davis agrees.

“I feel me and Colin are on a different level than where we were last year,” Davis said Thursday, via the San Jose Mercury News. “You have to think about it: When a quarterback just steps in, it takes time to learn his receivers.

“I don’t think you can base everything on what happened last year, because a lot can change in six months. Colin is a different man. Some of the things I learned this training camp, I didn’t learn last training camp.”

It was obvious immediately that Kaepernick liked targeting his receivers more than his tight end. His usage of the team’s weapons was completely different than Smith’s. Michael Crabtree’s numbers exploded for the first time since he was drafted by the team. But with Crabtree out, and he and Davis working well in training camp, I would expect the two to have a great connection this season. We’re going to see very few zero, one, or two catch games for Davis this season.

Randy Moss hired as TV analyst for FOX Sports 1

Randy MossGreatest hire ever or greatest hire ever?

Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss is joining new sports TV network Fox Sports 1.

The wide receiver tweeted this note on Friday, which confirmed a Pro Football Talk report.

Moss now joins the same company as announcer Joe Buck, who infamously hammered the receiver for pretending to moon the Green Bay Packers crowd after scoring a touchdown in the playoffs. Moss retweeted a follower who said Moss can now moon Buck on a daily basis:

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Marvin Lewis: Randy Moss did nothing for the 49ers last season

Marvin-Lewis-BengalsThe Cincinnati Bengals are not interested in signing any veteran free agent wide receivers. On Sunday, Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer urged the team to stop sitting on its hands and be more active in free agency. In particular, he said the Bengals need to bring in a veteran receiver presence rather than stick with Mohamed Sanu as the team’s No. 2 receiver behind AJ Green.

Head coach Marvin Lewis disagrees with that notion, to say that least. Lewis defended Sanu while using Chad Johnson and Randy Moss as examples of why bringing in a veteran free agent would accomplish nothing for the team.

“Mo Sanu (is) way ahead of where one certain receiver (Johnson) was in his second year playing in the National Football League. I’ll go on record saying that,” Lewis told the Enquirer’s Joe Reedy. “That’s the uneducated putting dumb thoughts in people’s minds. It’s why you have an opportunity to go after these guys and go get these guys. So you continue to make your team better.

“You are not a positive in making your team better when you keep adding old guys. What did Randy Moss do for those guys last year? He did nothing. He got in the way of a younger player performing.”

Moss’ numbers in 2012 were nothing to get excited about, but he did catch seven passes in the postseason, where every play counts a little more. Some would argue that he helped stretch the field and provided leadership for the team’s young receiving corps, but we have no way of measuring such things.

During his rookie season with the Bengals, Johnson caught 28 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown. He burst onto the scene in his second year with 69 catches for 1,166 yards and five touchdowns and was one of the most productive receivers in the league for the next five seasons. Sanu caught 16 passes for 154 yards and 4 touchdowns with Cincinnati last season, so their rookie production was similar. Plays like this remind us that Sanu is a tremendous athlete, so he is certainly capable of making the type of jump Johnson made in his sophomore season.

Obviously, Lewis would rather develop his younger guys than try to to incorporate a veteran into his offense. Coaches all have their own methods, but Lewis’ have resulted in zero playoff wins in his 10 seasons as coach of the Bengals. Just saying…

H/T Pro Football Talk

49ers reportedly will let Randy Moss go

Randy MossRandy Moss‘ tenure with the San Francisco 49ers may be short-lived.

Pro Football Talk reported Saturday that the 49ers made it clear at the Combine that they were not intending to bring back Moss next season.

Moss seemed to be disappointed with his lack of playing time, even though he didn’t vocally complain most of the season.

Moss said in January that he wants to play another season, though he said “next question” when asked if he wanted to return to the 49ers.

Moss sent a tweet Saturday evening a few hours after the report was published, and he made it seem like he’s anticipating and accepting of a split:

Moss just turned 36 and played last season after taking the 2011 season off. He had 26 catches for 406 yards and three touchdowns. Though he is still a deep threat, he offers little else at this point. He was said to be a good influence on the Niners’ other receivers, but his attitude is always a concern.

It’s hard to imagine too many teams being interested in signing him, and it’s hard to imagine him being too productive for anyone else.

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