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Deion Branch won’t take Cris Carter’s bait on Randy Moss comparison

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Cris Carter said this week on Boston radio station WEEI that the Patriots had a significant drop-off at wide receiver when Carter’s old teammate, Randy Moss, was replaced by Deion Branch.

“The ceiling with Moss with their offense is a lot higher,” Carter said. “Deion disappears too much against regular corners. He disappears in the game. He’s made, like, three guest appearances since the Super Bowl. . . . Look at his stats. Look at his game. . . . He’s just a guy. You guys have to be real about it.”

Today Branch was told about those comments by reporters who no doubt were hoping to have a juicy war of words to write about. But Branch was bland in his response.

“Who me? I didn’t even hear it,” Branch said. “That’s cool. Whatever he said, that’s cool. I don’t know what happened and I really care less.”

Branch won’t say it, but I will: Carter is wrong. Moss is obviously a more talented athlete than Branch, but Branch is more than “just a guy.” Branch understands his role in the Patriots’ offense and has filled that role quite well.

And those who take Carter’s advice and look at Branch’s stats will see that Branch has 20 more catches for 183 more yards this season than Moss does. If Branch is “just a guy,” what does that make Moss?

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44 Responses to “Deion Branch won’t take Cris Carter’s bait on Randy Moss comparison”
  1. frankvzappa says: Dec 4, 2010 8:42 PM

    i could answer what that makes Moss, but you guys would ban me…a year from now he will be in the UFL

  2. ingloriousmaster says: Dec 4, 2010 8:43 PM

    Carter is r-r-wrong on Branch. Pats are 6-1 since Randy left (who’s 1-6) and the offense is clicking. Brady is no longer looking to get Moss the ball but rather hit the open receiver…as Branch was on that 80 yard td toss in Detroit.

    But then again..Branch is just another guy…with 2 rings and an MVP in his pocket. But at least Carter has….uh…a spot on the pre-game show

  3. boblavoie says: Dec 4, 2010 8:44 PM

    More importantly what does that make Carter? A big mouth, know-it-all trouble maker? I’m sure this certainly is not a drop off in character as Branch is the better man. Something Carter would not know about.

  4. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Dec 4, 2010 8:47 PM

    Branch was the MVP of one of those 3 Super Bowls he made “guest appearences” in, … Carter shows with these comments the MISTAKES Networks make [ESPN is the WORST OFFENDER in this regard] in hiring ex-jocks to commentate, when you hear the stupidity of those comments, it only makes you wonder IF they do any research, or they just throw that crap out there, so people will talk about them.

  5. boblavoie says: Dec 4, 2010 8:47 PM

    PS: Carter should have done a better job as Moss’s godfather in Minnesota.

  6. johnnyb612 says: Dec 4, 2010 8:49 PM

    CC is just in love with moss because they used to play together. Moss has a total of 4 catches in a month on the Titans. And carter is trying to tell us that branch is a drop off? Moss is done and all washed up.

  7. blackglass3 says: Dec 4, 2010 8:49 PM

    Branch can’t be sucessful unless he’s in the right system. However, he IS in the right system, and whatever crazy brainwaves him and Brady share wasn’t damaged by their 3 years apart. Brady can look at branch (without all the wacky yelling and arm flapping that Peyton does) and Branch knows to change his route and where Brady expects him.

    It’s quite remarkable, actually.

  8. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter says: Dec 4, 2010 8:51 PM

    Disappeared like Carter in those NFC title games?

    But seriously, they are better without Moss. As much as you want a guy who can stretch the field, when he just runs up and down the numbers, he can be a liability. Branch seems to fight to get open.

    That being said I wouldn’t mind Moss on my Chargers for 1 year.

  9. joetoronto says: Dec 4, 2010 8:54 PM

    And Carter is just an A-hole, always has been.

  10. mattlion says: Dec 4, 2010 8:59 PM

    Randy Moss, in his one Super Bowl appearance: 5 catches, 62 yards, 1 TD.

    Deion Branch, in his two Super Bowl appearances: 21 catches, 276 yards, 1 TD.

    Yep, Deion is the one who disappears when it’s crunch time.

    Is Cris Carter doing coke again?

  11. richm2256 says: Dec 4, 2010 8:59 PM

    I would have thought you were crazy if you had said befoe Week One that Dieon Branch would be more productive than Randy Moss this season……. but you’d have been right.

    Chris Carter is a jacka$$.

  12. profootballwalk says: Dec 4, 2010 9:00 PM

    Moss’s value right now is about a bag of dirt. I’m thinking he comes back to the Patriots next year for a veteran minimum/incentive filled contract and plays with Welker and Branch for small money.

    Unless the Patriots do some magic and take A.J. Green with that Oakland draft pick they have coming. Wouldn’t “the next Randy Moss” look good catching passes from Brady?

  13. boblavoie says: Dec 4, 2010 9:25 PM

    profootballwalk says:

    Unless the Patriots do some magic and take A.J. Green with that Oakland draft pick they have coming.

    ————-
    I say the “magic” the Patriots will make is turning their first two picks into four (or more) and still get quality players who (80 to 90%) will make the team.
    BB has, not only the ability to coach, but the ability to teach and make his players better.

  14. mistrezzrachael says: Dec 4, 2010 9:28 PM

    Cris Carter must be back on his cocaine binges again.

    Deion Branch has way outperformed Carter in playoffs…as well as Moss.

    Carter talks like he’s important…but his words dumb.

  15. pastabelly says: Dec 4, 2010 9:46 PM

    Branch has two more rings than Carter and was huge (double digit catches) in two Super Bowls. That’s not a bad ceiling. It is true that Branch has struggled without Brady. But he’s with Brady and that point is moot. The problem with Moss is that Brady felt pressured to get him his chances even if he was covered. Brady is better now as he is more free to just concentrate on finding the open man.

  16. pukey60 says: Dec 4, 2010 9:48 PM

    Just a quick little question for Mr. Carter. “Have you ever been the Super Bowl MVP?” Oh all right, one more. “Has Randy Moss ever been a Super Bowl MVP?”

    Well I know of one wide out has been and his initial are DB.

  17. tjacks7 says: Dec 4, 2010 9:55 PM

    LOL we’ll see when the Pats are one and done come playoff time. Defenses will key into that everything underneath offense, with no fear of the big play.

  18. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Dec 4, 2010 10:01 PM

    At least Branch isn’t a cancer or quitter, like Moss ! What a relief of getting rid of “The Diva “

  19. macker1283 says: Dec 4, 2010 10:02 PM

    Comments like this make you question if Carter truly understands the game, which is hard to believe considering he was a hall of fame player. Randy Moss is the one who disappears against average defenders. Its obvious Carter is just sticking up for his friend Moss to help him get a better contract next year. I wonder if ESPN cares that one of their analysts shows so much bias towards his friends and former teammate. Oh wait, why do I even wonder that, I know ESPN doesn’t give a crap as long as their talking heads say a lot of controversial things and get big ratings. And how much of a “higher ceiling” does he want the Patriots offense to have? They are averaging a league best 30 points a game.

  20. commandercornpone says: Dec 4, 2010 10:08 PM

    makes one wonder why no one ever went code red on randy, eh, cris…

  21. botully says: Dec 4, 2010 10:12 PM

    Carter’s a little late with the “losing Moss makes the Patriots worse” train. That one left the station November 1st.
    Branch is an excellent receiver, or at least Brady thinks so.
    Branch has two rings and an MVP, accomplishments Carter will never have.
    Of course Carter did have that excellent drug problem.

  22. j0esixpack says: Dec 4, 2010 10:15 PM

    I think Chris Carter meant to say that Deion Branch is “just a guy… with three more Super Bowl Rings than I have.”

    True, Moss is a completely different type of WR than Branch… then again, the Jets defense was assembled to stop a guy like Moss… not Branch and a lot of quick little guys who dance around bigger CBs.

  23. ravensrule says: Dec 4, 2010 10:18 PM

    Branch doesnt take plays off

  24. kisstherings says: Dec 4, 2010 10:24 PM

    What an idiot Carter is….you would have thought he would have shut his mouth after he already looked like a fool for saying “that trading Moss was the worst mistake they ever made” the day of the trade and talk about how the offense would go nowhere without him – They are the #1 offense in the league.

    Bottom line, Branch is MUCH better for the New England offense….and more specifically Brady. Moss is by far a better athlete, but he was not a good route runner in the Pats timing based offense and he took Brady out of the game plan too much by trying to force the ball to him.

    Pats won 3 Super Bowls by driving down the field playing small ball with winning drives with less than 2 minutes left in the game. The Super Bowl they had Moss…..Brady got the ball back with 55 seconds left and forced it Moss’s way 3 times – They lost. Against the Jets this year, they were controlling the game in the first half…then Revis goes down and Brady tries forcing it to Moss all 2nd half and they lose.

    Branch fits in perfectly and is a much better fit for this offense. Nice job BB!

  25. snnyjcbs says: Dec 4, 2010 10:28 PM

    Moss is like a bad cold. Where ever he has gone for what ever reason the Team has fallen in time. The game is about Playoffs and Championships period. Stats are for the losers of the game, give me a Champion any time. That is what makes you great, not catching 10 balls for 160 yards in a lose during the season. Carter was much the same and could never lead his team to the glory land, lot of talk with 0 results.

  26. patriotsworld says: Dec 4, 2010 10:50 PM

    Cater and Moss are old buddies. That’s all. Anyone who would say Branch is a drop off from Moss is obviously full of it. All 3 teams have watched Moss “take a play off” and get burned by it. He sucks, period.

  27. bcgreg says: Dec 4, 2010 10:50 PM

    I must change Buddy Ryan’s old quote about Cris Carter. Here goes.

    “All Cris Carter does is sound like a jackass!”

  28. bradybunch12 says: Dec 4, 2010 11:01 PM

    Dec 4, 2010 8:49 PM
    Branch can’t be successful unless he’s in the right system. However, he IS in the right system, and whatever crazy brain waves him and Brady share wasn’t damaged by their 3 years apart. Brady can look at branch (without all the wacky yelling and arm flapping that Peyton does) and Branch knows to change his route and where Brady expects him.

    It’s quite remarkable, actually
    ————————————————–

    I was actually thinking the same thing

  29. macpac86 says: Dec 4, 2010 11:11 PM

    Good piece. Its as you say, Branch “understands his role in the Patriots offence.

    Brady is the man who showed Branch his role in the Patriots offence and when he and Branch are on….. its a beautiful thing to watch.

    Watch out NFL ………Brady to Branch will be something to pay attention to going forward. I have seen and remember almost every Brady to Branch throw. You all shoud watch if you want to see some of the most beautiful completions the NFL has to offer.

  30. bigbear12 says: Dec 4, 2010 11:11 PM

    Branch is just another guy…with 2 rings and an MVP in his pocket. But at least Carter has….uh…a spot on the pre-game show…

  31. mashoaf says: Dec 5, 2010 12:16 AM

    Don’t forget to look at games played, since Branch was injured almost every game he played with the SeaChickens.

  32. bnwpnw says: Dec 5, 2010 12:36 AM

    He disappeared for several seasons in Seattle. Maybe he just plays when he wants to play.

  33. hobartbaker says: Dec 5, 2010 12:45 AM

    Clear away the Moss so the Branch can grow.

  34. hobartbaker says: Dec 5, 2010 12:48 AM

    The photographer used a special lense and disguised himself as a dog turd to capture that unique look of disgust on Randy’s face.

  35. watters7 says: Dec 5, 2010 3:08 AM

    How many rings to Carter & Moss have?

  36. serifyn says: Dec 5, 2010 3:45 AM

    Even if Branch is “just a guy” right now it works for the patriots, they have one of the top offenses in football and have won alot of games by outscoring people.

    What Cris Carter needs to understand is that the 2007 Randy Moss is gone and whether they kept him or not that wasn’t going to change, you’d have to look real hard for someone else Brady trusts as much as branch.

  37. patpatriotagain says: Dec 5, 2010 4:10 AM

    SB MVP. show’s over folks, nuthin much to see here.

  38. CKL says: Dec 5, 2010 5:57 AM

    Deion’s just a guy…who runs more than 1 route, Cris.
    Cris is just butthurt because his ego is wrapped up in being Moss’ mentor and he probably feels it reflects badly on him when Moss fails. I never wanted Moss on the Pats in the first place so I am happy he’s gone. He did to Brady what some other high profile squeaky wheel type WRs do to their Qbs. Meaning they make those QBs do things to placate them rather than throw to the open guy. Brady’s back to HIMSELF now, not Moss’ nanny. Thank goodness. If anyone thinks that Moss didn’t have to have his ass kissed 24/7, I refer you to the CONSTANT LAVISH public praise Bill Belichick was always heaping on him. Bill Belichick has never in my entire football watching life (since the late 70s) heaped public praise on a player like that. He was placating Moss too. It was sickening to listen to really since it isn’t HIM. It was the football equivalent of catching your spouse cheating on you.

  39. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 5, 2010 8:00 AM

    Someone forgot to tell CC that Randy Moss is DONE. He is no longer a factor in the NFL. For him to call Branch just a guy, in a conversation about Randy Moss this year is simply foolish.

  40. drewbo22 says: Dec 5, 2010 9:12 AM

    When it come down to it Moss will be a HOF and Branch will not. Alot of people fail to understand that Moss has for the majoroty of his career made defenses adjust to him, with constant game planning by defenses to stop him. He is doubled on almost everyplay. Even at this stage of his career.

    Branch has never received that type of attention from defenses. So when you look at Moss’s numbers you really have to appreciate them more because what he has to face from defenses week in and week out. I watch alot of NFL fotball, and alot of your BIG-TIME receivers do not receive the defensive coverage that Moss does. Not even Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, or Larry Fitzgerald.

    Right now, with the inept Titans passing game, defenses account for Moss on every play. Heck, what defensive coordinator is afraid to play joe-blow corner man-to-man on Branch or not even roll coverage to him the 99 % of the time? The answer is ‘None of Them”.

  41. stanjam says: Dec 5, 2010 11:10 AM

    Liked having Moss in New England. It was fun watching him for a few years. Now we have Branch back, and he is clicking again with Tom. NE is back to the precision offense they are so good at, and that helped them win SBs.

    Carter is just plain wrong here. Sure, Deion did disappear when he wasn’t with the Pats, but just look at his numbers when he plays with Tom! Some receivers need a certain QB to get it all together, it is as simple as that.

    Deion left NE looking for the big payday. He realized that was a huge mistake, and he isn’t going to let this second chance go by. Moss came to NE to try and revitalize his career, and he now knows what a huge mistake he made in leaving. He would be back in a flash if he was given the chance.

  42. mike32303 says: Dec 5, 2010 11:22 AM

    @ tjacks7

    Based on ur name alone, you are already a loser. Secondly, you say that teams will key in on the underneath offense of the pats??? damn well pittsburgh and baltimore couldn’t key in on it. And they have two of the best defenses in the league. Sorry you lose. 9-2 bitch. hope ur a big Tavaris jackson fan.. He’s probably the answer in minny.. LMFAO!

  43. botully says: Dec 5, 2010 12:10 PM

    drewbo22 says:
    Dec 5, 2010 9:12 AM
    When it come down to it Moss will be a HOF and Branch will not. Alot of people fail to understand that Moss has for the majoroty of his career made defenses adjust to him, with constant game planning by defenses to stop him. He is doubled on almost everyplay. Even at this stage of his career.

    Branch has never received that type of attention from defenses. So when you look at Moss’s numbers you really have to appreciate them more because what he has to face from defenses week in and week out. I watch alot of NFL fotball, and alot of your BIG-TIME receivers do not receive the defensive coverage that Moss does. Not even Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, or Larry Fitzgerald.

    Right now, with the inept Titans passing game, defenses account for Moss on every play. Heck, what defensive coordinator is afraid to play joe-blow corner man-to-man on Branch or not even roll coverage to him the 99 % of the time? The answer is ‘None of Them”.
    ——————————————————-
    Except Branch is having a better year, two teams have already released Moss, twenty teams passed on Moss after the Vikings, and Branch has that SB MVP.
    Ask a player if he’d rather be in the Hall of Fame or have a ring.
    Do you think Moss will have regrets when he’s 50 years old and thinking about what might have been?
    Moss has amazing ability, no doubt, but teams who choose players based on stats alone never go anywhere.
    The answer to the question “Are the Patriots better without Moss?” seems to be, surprisingly, yes. Thanks to Branch.
    T.O. and Ochocinco are probably “better” receivers with more athletic ability than Branch. So how’s that working out for the Bengals?
    Calling Branch “just a guy” insults all of those players who give 100% all of the time, and make their teams better with hard work, dedication and selfless play.
    Would you rather have a team with 53 guys who have Branch’s attitude or Moss’s?

  44. dienavinjohnson says: Dec 5, 2010 1:18 PM

    Chris Carter is a good example of why there isn’t a SINGLE former wide receiver that is a head coach in the NFL (and maybe in Division 1 college-I haven’t checked that out.) All they know is run down the field and catch the ball. Also, they only care about their individual stats in most cases.

    Ask Randy Moss if he would rather be in the Hall of Fame or have 3 Super Bowl rings and I bet he’d say Hall of Fame. Same for Chris Carter. Probably the same for Deion Branch. Ask any other position player besides RBs and QBs and they’re all about winning. That’s why they make good head coaches.

    Chris Carter is a clown. He proves it everytime he opens his mouth.

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