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Joe Montana: Randy Moss can’t do all the things Jerry Rice could do

Jerry-Rice-Joe-Montana-NinersRandy Moss made waves during the week leading up to the Super Bowl when he confidently proclaimed himself to be the greatest receiver to ever play in the NFL. Jerry Rice was not shy in expressing how strongly he disagrees with Moss, and he pointed to statistics and championship rings to argue that he, not Moss, is the best ever.

Naturally, Rice’s former quarterback also believes Moss is mistaken. During an appearance on PFT Live on Tuesday, Joe Montana talked about the differences between Moss and Rice.

“I just think that he can’t do all the things that Jerry could do,” Montana said. “Randy will get behind you and he’s pretty good at going up and down the field. But going across the middle and catching little 10-yard crosses and 5-yard shallow crosses and turning them into a big play by making people miss, that’s not going to happen. He may outrun you, but he’s not going to make you miss.

“He’s a great receiver, but he’s not Jerry Rice.”

One of the arguments Moss supporters will make is that Rice played with tremendous quarterbacks. Moss, on the other hand, bounced around throughout his career and played with some signal-callers who were average at best, with the exception of Tom Brady for more than three seasons and Brett Favre for a handful of games.

Moss may be the most physically-gifted receiver to ever play, but no one ever questioned Rice’s effort or work ethic. Whether you agree or not, the comments that Bill Romanowski made about Moss on Sunday would never have been made about Rice during his career. Had Randy given 100% effort  throughout his 14-year career and continued his career the way it started, he would have certainly had a chance to be the best. Rice simply did it more consistently and for a longer time period.

Bill Romanowski blasts Randy Moss for having ‘alligator arms’ in Super Bowl

Randy-Moss-NinersSunday night may have been the last chance Randy Moss will have to capture a Super Bowl ring, and his team came up short once again. The San Francisco 49ers turned Super Bowl XLVII into a close game, but the Baltimore Ravens were in charge for most of the night. One of the most devastating plays for the Niners came in the second quarter, when Colin Kaepernick threw an interception with his team already trailing 14-3.

The pass was intended for Moss, and although it sailed a bit high you have to wonder if he could have at least gotten a hand on it by extending himself. Instead, he watched it sail over his head and into the arms of Ed Reed. This infuriated Bill Romanowski, who laced into Moss during the Niners’ postgame show on Comcast SportsNet.

“Randy Moss alligator armed it, he didn’t go up for the ball!” Romanowski said while gradually raising his voice, via CSNBayArea.com. “He said he was the best receiver in the DAMN world — ok, you hear me? OH GOD! That’s what pisses me off! You’re playing in the SUPER BOWL, guys!”

Video of the play can be seen here.

Just as a 60-yard touchdown down the middle of the field is vintage Moss, so too is giving up on a play. He may feel that he is the most skilled player to ever play the position, but Moss never had a chance at being the best of all time due to a lack of effort. Would he have changed the outcome of the game had he broken up the pass? Could he even have reached it? We’ll never know, but we wouldn’t have to ask these questions if he at least made an effort. That’s simply Randy being Randy, and it may be one of the many reasons he’ll likely never win a ring.

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Randy Moss on gay teammates: We need to be able to move on and accept it

Randy-Moss-NinersRandy Moss raised some eyebrows earlier in the week when he decided to come out and call himself the greatest receiver to ever play the game. The statement may have been arrogant, but it certainly wasn’t the dumbest thing a San Francisco 49ers player has said all week.

Leave that to cornerback Chris Culliver, who made incredibly insensitive homophobic remarks during a media day interview on Tuesday. Culliver later apologized after he was ripped to shreds by media outlets, fans and many of his fellow players. On Thursday, Moss shared his thoughts on the topic.

“You see guys, you sometimes wonder but it’s not anyone’s job to call them out,” he said according to CNN’s Rachel Nichols. “I really believe we should be able to look beyond that. It’s 2013.”

Moss was then asked if he believed an openly gay high school recruit would be treated the same way other straight college prospects are.

“I don’t think we’re ready to move past that, but we should be,” he said. “We need to be able to move on and accept it.”

It’s a shame that Culliver’s boneheaded remarks have made this such a major topic of discussion just days before the Niners will be playing for a championship, but Moss handled himself well. In the year 2013, these should be issues we can move past. As we know, they are not. The only thing more disappointing than homophobia is a professional athlete using his influence to perpetuate it.

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Randy Moss: ‘I really do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever play this game’

Randy-Moss-NinersRandy Moss has said hardly anything to this point in his first season with the San Francisco 49ers, but he may have tossed out the quote of the week at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday. While answering questions from writers and reporters on Monday, Moss labeled himself the greatest receiver of all time.

“I don’t live off numbers,” Moss said when asked about how much of a roller coaster his career has been, via Boston.com. “I live off impact. So I really do think that I’m the greatest receiver to play this game.”

Jerry Rice was quick to disagree with Moss and asked that their numbers be compared. Of course, ESPN obliged:

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Randy Moss: Colin Kaepernick throws so hard he dislocated my finger

Colin-Kaepernick-NinersColin Kaepernick had made a lot of plays with his legs for the San Francisco 49ers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t throw. Not only has he completed more than 67% of his passes this season, but Kaepernick is also capable of putting some zip on the ball and sticking it into tight spots. Randy Moss said that is the reason he recently suffered the first dislocated finger of his 14-year career.

“When he found me (on one play) it was kind of too late to throw it, but he threw it anyway,” Moss told CSNBayArea.com when discussing the play where he hurt his finger. He had to put one of them Randy Johnson fastballs on me. When it hit my finger I felt my finger pop. I dislocated it so I had to come back to the sideline and the doctor had to pop it back in.

“Kap throws hard. He’s very strong, he works out every day. I didn’t really say anything to him besides keep doing what he’s doing. My finger will heal up.”

Moss has played with Daunte Culpepper, Brett Favre and Tom Brady — three players who can be categorized as having strong arms. A dislocated finger can happen on any play regardless of how much zip is on the ball, but the fact that Moss brought it up is obviously an indication of how strong he thinks Kaepernick is. When you spend some of your free time lifting up a 115-pound pet tortoise, arm strength is probably easy to come by.

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Randy Moss returns home to 7-Eleven at Rand University, takes picture by dumpster

Randy Moss returned to his hometown of Rand, West Virginia this week and paid a visit to one of its most famous landmarks. As Moss’ close friend Donnie Jones once said, all they had in Rand was a 7-Eleven store. The people in the community would say that the town’s athletes were doomed because of their upbringing and would be going nowhere for college except Rand University.

As a future NFL Hall of Famer, Moss has obviously broken the mold. He graduated from Rand University and went on to score 155 touchdowns and counting. Upon returning to Rand on Monday, Moss tweeted the following along with the photos you see above.

“I’m at the university. In my hood checking on grade point averages (gpa)!!!boom”

Happy returns, Randy. You’ve certainly earned the right to say you graduated from 7-Eleven.

Randy Moss answers ‘next question’ when asked about lack of playing time

Randy Moss wasn’t interested in answering questions about his lack of playing time after the 49ers’ 24-13 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.

When asked about his lack of playing time after the game, Moss answered “next question.” He only fielded three questions from reporters.

The “next question” response was a continuation of what Moss did during the week leading up to Sunday’s game. Maybe this is his way of telling reporters to find something else to ask him about.

Moss had three catches for 27 yards on six targets, and he hardly saw any action late in the game. The receiver was thrown to five times in the first half, and did not see another target after the team’s first drive of the second half. The 49ers even went with Kyle Williams in their three wide receiver sets late in the game. That could have bothered Moss, who was overthrown on a potential touchdown pass early in the game, and dropped another pass.

There was a report from 1500 ESPN’s Tom Pelissero that Moss was sitting on the bench late in the game away from the rest of San Francisco’s offensive players.

It’s too early to make any conclusions about Moss’ behavior on the 49ers, but given his history of implosions, it wouldn’t be surprising if this were the beginning of a meltdown. The odds are against him behaving well for the entire season.

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