It seems everyone in and around the NFL has had an opinion today about the way Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss played on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
The latest opinion comes from Jerry Rice, the receiver regarded by many as the greatest ever to play the game. And Rice didn’t like what he saw of Moss on Sunday.
“For me, I was very shocked,” Rice said today during a guest spot on SportsCenter. “The thing about Randy Moss — we know that he takes a few plays off, but just watching him during that game, he didn’t have any effort at all. You want your best play maker to be playing his best around this time and it was unfortunate to see what he did yesterday.”
This isn’t the first time Rice has had something negative to say about Moss: Two years ago, when Moss broke Rice’s record for touchdown catches in a season and then dismissed the importance of that record, Rice called it a “slap in the face, but that’s typical of Randy Moss.”
But with Rice and Cris Carter, we now have arguably the two greatest wide receivers of Moss’s lifetime saying publicly that they don’t like the way Moss plays the game. It will be interesting to see whether Moss responds, either with words or with his actions on the field.