When Randy Moss entered the league with the Vikings, he was mentored by veteran teammate Cris Carter. Now Moss is coming off an unproductive game with the Patriots and Carter is an analyst for ESPN, and Carter didn’t hold back today when asked about Moss’s lack of production in Sunday’s win over the Panthers.
“For me, as someone who teaches wide receivers how to be wide receivers and how to run routes and what type of effort and stuff it would take, it was pathetic, and I was shocked,” Carter said today on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. “Because I know it’s in him, but I thought he had matured to the point where I wasn’t going to see it anymore.”
Carter said he could tell while watching Sunday’s game that Moss didn’t feel motivated, and Carter noted that Moss was one of four New England Patriots players who were sent home from practice last week after showing up late.
“Something happened to Randy — something had an effect on him,” Carter said. “When they sent those players home, did that have an effect on Randy? I’m not going to say that in particular because I’m not there in the locker room — I don’t know that. But something happened that affected Randy and his approach to the game and what he decided he was going to give out there.”
Carter said that when Moss is at his best, he’s the kind of player who inspires his teammates to raise their level of play up to his. But he said Moss is also the kind of player who can drag his teammates down with his bad attitude.
“I know what Randy is capable of,” Carter said. “Because I know what he spurred me on to late in my career, and the energy he brings to a team. And when Randy is like that — like he was yesterday — it’s hard for the team to overcome that. So I was shocked by seeing that.”
Moss has become one of the hot topics of conversation in the NFL today, with many league observers agreeing with the Carolina players who said Moss quit on the field. The question now is whether Moss will use all that talk as motivation to play better, or as another reason to sulk.