Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:18 pm

Crabtree wants to go 'big' against Oakland

Posted by Will Brinson

In one of the dumber -- yet unexpected -- draft moves in recent NFL history, the Oakland Raiders passed on Michael Crabtree and took Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall selection in the 2009 draft.

It made no sense at the time, it makes no sense now, and the only reason it's even justifiable is that Al Davis is old and crazy. But that's not stopping Crabtree from holding a grudge against the Raiders for their decision.

"Of course you think about it," Crabtree said of the snub with the Raiders coming to Candlestick Park for Sunday's Battle of the Bay. "Anytime someone gets picked ahead of you, you think about it."

Good news, I guess, is that Crabtree doesn't hate Heyward-Bey for, you know, just walking up to the podium and then tossing up as mediocre a performance as everyone thought he would.

"I'm not worried about Darrius," Crabtree said. "I'm focused on winning the game. But at the same time, I'm thinking about the Raiders."

Randy Moss has a similar beef with the Dallas Cowboys after they passed on him in 1998 -- in the sense that a team that should have pulled the trigger on him didn't.

But that's where the similarities end; comparing Moss and Crabtree is futile in the first place, but it's not like the Raiders ever promised Crabtree they'd draft him.

In fact, everyone would have been almost surprised if Heyward-Bey wasn't Oakland's choice. And the Raiders didn't pass on Crabtree because they didn't think he was the best wideout in the draft. They passed on him because their front office is a freaking wreck.

So while it's nice to see that Crabtree has enough competitive fire to justify his rookie year holdout (the sole reason being he wanted DHB money), it's almost asinine enough to warrant rooting for Heyward-Bey to have a monster game as the Raiders throttle the Niners on Sunday.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 3:24 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 4:44 pm

Favre would consider not playing if elbow worsens

Posted by Will Brinson

For all the records that Brett Favre holds, the one he's most associated with has to be his consecutive starts record of 289 games(although most interceptions is close, zing!).

That's why it's so surprising to hear him admit, via the Minnesota Star-Tribune, he might miss playing time if his elbow injury (tendinitis) worsens.

"You're not going to make every throw but I would have made some of those throws," said Favre, who was wearing a wrap on the elbow during his weekly news conference at Winter Park. "From that standpoint, I don't want to play just to play."

Interestingly, the topic of Favre starting games or not was at the center of today's Faceoff between Pete Prisco and Clark Judge ... only they weren't talking about sitting him for injury. Instead, they were discussing whether or not he should sit just because he stinks right now.

I concur with both -- now that the Vikes have acquired Randy Moss, benching Favre doesn't make a ton of logic, but if Favre is right and the "most important thing is rest" maybe the Vikings have to consider putting him on the bench to let his elbow get better.

That decision probably can't come this week, though, as they're in a must-win against a desperate Dallas team and it's hard to imagine Favre losing his streak at Lambeau in two weeks when they face the Packers -- really the only two options for rest, provided the Vikings believe No. 4 give them the best chance to win, are against Arizona in Week 9 (away) and Buffalo in Week 13 (home).

Even with those potential Adrian Peterson parties, though, it's a crazy notion that Favre might break a streak he clearly covets so much.

Update (4:40):: Favre was on the field with the team during Wednesday's practice, but did not participate outside of a few handoffs to the running backs. It's worth noting that it was a short practice, however.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 8:36 pm

Brady speaks about Moss, offense

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have put the finishing touches on the Charley Casserly vs. New England Patriots saga that is winding down. Asked on WEEI if it was true that he had a run-in with Randy Moss over his long hair, Brady said, “No, certainly not. I don’t know why these things come about, but they just do. It’s just a competitive media culture out there right now. But certainly between Randy and I, I love the guy as a person, as a player. I don’t think I’ve ever had an altercation with a teammate. You demand a certain level of respect in the locker room, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of our players fight.”T. Brady (US Presswire)

This isn’t to say Casserly was erroneous in his reporting – he may have been the victim of some deliberately bad information. Who knows. It’s a story that is officially in the past.

Brady then addressed life after Moss. Asked if the offense can still be as effective, Brady said “I can tell you 20 different ways, but we gotta go out there and do it. You don’t replace with one guy Randy’s talents on the field, but you replace it with the strengths of other players. Randy certainly has his strengths, but Wes (Welker) has his strengths, the tight ends have their strengths... it’s up to the coaching staff to determine what players do best. It may be a little different from what we’ve seen, but we can definitely still move the football.”

On whether he was consulted about the Moss or Deion Branch moves, Brady gave the perfect company line (perfect because you get the sense that he genuinely believes this):

“Certainly not. I’m a player on this team, just like all the other players. I talk to all the coaches, but they’ve never come up and said, ‘What do you think of this?’ I’ve become emotional in the past about losing certain players and that’s affected the team. (It’s important to be) level-headed and unemotional, just go about your business and put it behind you with the guys you got.”

(Thanks to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald for putting Brady’s quotes to print.)

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:48 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 12:59 am

Favre, Moss combo might have magic for a run

Posted by Will Brinson

The outlook for the Vikings 2010 season has suddenly changed dramatically. And not just in a bad way, since they fell to 1-3 with a sloppy 29-20 loss to the Jets on Monday night. 

See, because they have Randy Moss, the dramatic shift is actually good -- and you don't have to look any further than Favre's 500th career touchdown, a beautiful teardrop into Randy Moss' breadbasket right as the wide receiver crossed the end zone, to see that once these two future Hall of Famers find their timing, things could be pretty, pretty good.

In fact, there's an easy argument to make that Favre hasn't adjusted to throwing the ball to Moss -- a lot of his throws weren't even close to spot on, and a few times he underthrew the speedy veteran; time and practice will fix that.

Look, the Vikes could easily be 0-4 and two things from Monday night (Brad Childress' inability to manage a game and Favre's ability to provide costly turnovers at crucial times) should scare folks away from thinking that Minnesota can make a Super Bowl run.

And, yeah, the locker room could completely implode (apparently Randy Moss wouldn't do interviews with the press after his first game back, which is a swell start for chemistry). And, no, you're not looking at a Favre apologist -- if anything, it's the opposite.

But Favre still threw three touchdowns against a very good defense, and that shows just how potent the Vikes offense can be with Moss now on the field.

They have a deep option (in fact, the greatest deep threat of all-time) and Percy Harvin's big game (five catches, 97 yards, two teeters) is a great indication of how improved his play will be now that he's not the focus of opposing defenses.

In a close game that was sloppy early because of nasty New York weather, you'd like to see Adrian Peterson get more than 20 carries, especially when Favre's slinging the ball around, but, again, that's a Brad Childress problem.

And even Chilly can't stop Moss and Favre from creating some deep ball excitement for the rest of 2010 -- that facet alone gives them a shot to make a run at in a suddenly vulnerable divison, even if their upcoming schedule (Dallas, Green Bay, New England) is brutal.

1-3 isn't where you want to start a playoff run, sure, but given how close they've been to winning a few of those three games, a wild card run absolutely isn't out of the question.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:29 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 11:38 pm

Favre gets 500 TDs, 70,000 passing yards Monday

Posted by Will Brinson

It's easy to hate on Brett Favre for various things, but the fact remains that he's one of the all-time greatest players in NFL history. On Monday night, after nearly three full quarters of the Vikings offense being utterly stagnant (including two fumbles by Favre), he hit Moss on a beautiful long bomb for his 500th career touchdown pass.

Just a few plays earlier, Favre became the only player in NFL history with 70,000 passing yards in his career, a number that is absolutely mind-boggling.

He's also the only player in NFL history with 500 yards -- Dan Marino is second with 420, a distance that really emphasizes Favre's longevity and success in the NFL.

And yet, the craziest thing about the two passes that put him over the the respective milestones is that they were to Randy Moss -- something that never, ever seemed possible when they were dueling it against each other a few years back.

That pass, though, was indicative of what you can see the rest of the season from these two -- even though they've been off much of the night, and even though Favre looked more 80-something than 40-something for the majority of the game, deep balls to Randy Moss shouldn't be that infrequent.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 10:09 pm

First Vikes pass? Moss to Favre, of course

Posted by Will Brinson

If you predicted that the first pass thrown by the Vikings would involve Brett Favre and Randy Moss, well, congrats, Captain Obvious.

However, if you predicted that the first pass thrown by the Vikes would be FROM Randy Moss to Brett Favre, you should probably quit whatever you're doing right now and buy a bunch of lottery tickets. Either that or just admit you're lying.

Regardless of your dirty little fibbing problem, the play below is pretty nuts. Basically, the Vikings decided to open up Moss' return a reverse end-around handoff that went from Percy Harvin to No. 84. However, when Moss got around to the other side of the field, things were closed off and he tossed a pass to Favre who was open about 10 yards down the field.

Unfortunately, as we all know, Favre's not eligible after taking the snap from under center, and the Vikings got penalized, one of their three on the first drive. Still, it's a fun video to watch, via Michael Tunison at SBNation.

Posted on: October 11, 2010 3:44 pm

Week 5 NFL Podcast Review & MNF Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

Five weeks of NFL football is in the books, folks, and do we know anything? Maybe not -- we do know some things, like the fact that the Bills and Panthers stink.

But there are plenty of questions to be answered, so Andy and I hopped on the old podcast machine to find some answers.

First of all, is it time for the Packers and Cowboys to hit the panic button? Who's the favorite to win the NFC East with the Cowboys struggling, Kevin Kolb looking decent and the Redskins just finding ways to win? Should the Chiefs be willing to take a moral victory from their loss to the Colts? Are Peyton Manning, Kyle Orton and Philip Rivers producing numbers that are sustainable over the course of the year?

All that and more answered below when you hit the play button. Or, make it easy on yourself and  Subscribe via iTunes .

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 12:10 pm

Patriots refuting Casserly's report

Posted by Andy Benoit

Charley Casserly’s report about the Brady-Moss hair feud might make good fodder, but it could also be based on erroneous information. According to Pro Football Talk , two “very highly-placed sources” with the Patriots organization say the incident did not occur. One of those sources told King, “Someone is lying to CBS.”

Gauging this story is difficult, as Casserly and King are two of the best in the business. PFT reminded everyone that Belichick did not take kindly to Casserly’s report last season that Tom Brady played with three broken ribs.

"Who's been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins,” Belichick said. “His percentage is like a meteorologist.” Belichick added, “(Casserly) has no relationship to this team. I'd say less than zero. Based on what? He's never at a practice, never at a game."

Whether he feels that strongly or not, Belichick was clearly deflecting attention away from the meat of Casserly’s story at the time (Casserly’s credibility has not been questioned by others). You can judge for yourself how that history might be playing into this latest string of events.

UPDATE 11:20 a.m. ET: CBS's Boomer Esiason chimed in on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show : “[Casserly] has been accurate almost every single time,” Esiason said. “I don’t remember a time where he was inaccurate. … Charley does not go in front of millions of people on Sunday and make a fool out of himself unless he has something on lockdown. I would stake my own reputation on it."

UPDATE 12:10 p.m. ET: Belichick on Casserly's report: "That's news to me."

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