No offense to Jerry Rice, Randy Moss says, but Rice wasn’t the greatest receiver of all time. Five guesses as to who Moss thinks is Numero Uno.
A rolling stone gathers no moss, unless its Randy Moss, maybe.
In 2010, the controversial wide receiver rolled from the Patriots to the Vikings to the Titans. After sitting out 2011, he landed in this year’s Super Bowl. The 49ers signed him in March. He played in all 18 games, including the NFC Championship at Atlanta.
The last of his 10 1,000-yard receiving seasons was in 2009, but he still talks a big game.
In one breath Tuesday, Moss said he is “just trying to fit in.” In the next, he boasted that he is in a class by himself.
“No disrespect to Jerry (Rice),” he said, “but I think I’m the greatest receiver to ever do it.”
That is arguably ridiculous. Rice helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls, racked up 22,895 receiving yards and scored 208 touchdowns. Moss has played in one Super Bowl, a losing effort with the 2007 Patriots. He has 15,292 receiving yards and 156 touchdowns.
Stats don’t stop Moss.
“You talk about defenses going from single safety to cover two, then to drop three and drop four, and I still make it happen ...
“I really feel in my heart I’m the greatest receiver ever to play this game,” Moss said.
Moss understands that his words raise eyebrows.
“I’m just a country boy from Rand, W.Va., who speaks his mind,” he said. “I’m just a guy who speaks out and doesn’t care about the consequences.”
Moss said he stands out in a politically correct world.
“There is a lot of politics in sports,” he said. “I try to keep it as real as I possibly can.”
Moss said second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick is unreal.
“That young man can throw the ball,” said Moss, who has dislocated a finger playing catch with Kaepernick. “I never had a problem with my fingers before, and for one to all of a sudden pop out ...
“He’s an incredible talent, man.”
Moss has an opinion on everything — even Sunday’s halftime show.
“I respect Beyonce,” he said, “but that’s not my kind of music.”
Ray of hope?
New Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton played his last game with the Bengals (1988 season) in a Super Bowl loss to the 49ers. He played his last NFL game (with Dallas, 1992 season) in a Super Bowl win over Buffalo.
That gives him two more Super Bowl games as a player than the Browns have ever reached as a team.
There is concern about how long it will take the Browns to even be a wild-card contender now that Horton ostensibly is switching them from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4.
Page 2 of 2 - Horton tried to dispel the worries Tuesday:
“The most important thing is what do we look like, not what we line up in. We may be a 3-4 on one snap, a 4-3 on another snap. I guarantee we’ll be a 5-2 sometimes and we’ll be a 4-4 sometimes.
“We are a multi-front, attacking defense, and that’s the most important thing.”
San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh won’t go out of his way to do Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco any favors this week, but he did help get his brother into Stanford.
“My brother (John) walked on the football team, and obviously Jim helped out,” Flacco said.
Harbaugh was Stanford’s head coach before taking over the 49ers in 2011. Harbaugh’s brother John is Joe Flacco’s head coach
“My brother was on the waiting list out there, and I just kind of called up and said, ‘What are the chances of him getting in?’ Jim took it from there.”
Clay and iron
Ray Lewis is wrapping up a career likely to get him in the Hall of Fame, but he isn’t the iron man Clay Matthews was.
Matthews, who has not received enough support to suggest he will ever have a chance at the Hall, played in 278 games in a 19-year career, including 16 years with the Browns. Lewis has played in 228 games in 17 years. He sat out more than half the season in 2002, 2005 and 2012.
• Rams head coach Jeff Fisher wants Dick Jauron to be his defensive coordinator, according to the St. Louis Post-Disptach. Jauron, 62, has been in the NFL as a player or coach since 1973, but he has never been in a Super Bowl. He spent the last two years with the Browns, who didn’t fire him until Monday.
• One of Jauron’s favorite overachievers in Cleveland was defensive tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen. Kitchen went undrafted out of Kent State in 2012, then spent training camp with the Ravens. After Baltimore cut him, Kitchen became an important part of the Browns’ defensive line rotation. It would not be a surprise to see him pop up with the Rams in 2013.