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Rex Ryan raves about Randy Moss

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It’s been nearly three weeks since the league meetings in New Orleans.  But intriguing tidbits from Jets coach Rex Ryan continue to emerge.

Last night, we posted on Tim Graham’s recent item regarding Ryan’s Louisiana lamentations on Vernon Gholston.  Now, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe explains that Ryan also spoke positively about receiver Randy Moss, who’ll be a free agent whenever free agency begins.

“Randy Moss, I’ve said all along, is a great vertical receiver,’’ Ryan said, per Bedard.  “And you have to roll coverage.  Most teams would have to roll coverage to him.  We never did, but we got burned for a touchdown.  But he was a weapon.  A vertical weapon down the field.’’

Actually, Ryan’s team was burned twice in 2010.  With the Patriots, Moss made a great one-handed catch in single coverage from Darrelle Revis (who tweaked a hamstring on the play).  Then, after Moss was traded by the Patriots to the Vikings, Moss got behind Antonio Cromartie (who otherwise handled Moss fairly well in single coverage) for a touchdown, the 500th of Brett Favre’s career.

For those of you wondering whether Ryan engaged in tampering by mentioning a player under contract with another team, Ryan added that he checked with team spokesman Bruce Speight to make sure that Ryan could say what he said.

It’s probably not tampering, given that the contract between Moss and the Titans had expired when Ryan said what he said, and the Titans have done nothing to hold onto his rights.  Still, if Ryan deliberately checked with Speight about Moss before saying what Ryan said, it looks like Ryan possibly was trying to send Moss a message.

Moss previously had expressed interest in playing for the Jets, when former Marshall teammate Chad Pennington was the starting quarterback.  When Moss was last a free agent in 2008, the Jets did not jump into the bidding.  Since then, however, the Jets have shown a greater willingness to pursue big-name veteran players, and Moss could fill a void if either or both of the big-name receivers for whom the Jets traded in 2009 and 2010 don’t return.

And Ryan surely thinks he can press all the right buttons on Randy Moss, getting the most out of him without Moss becoming a pain in the butt, like he last year was in Minnesota and, to a lesser extent, in New England.

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42 Responses to “Rex Ryan raves about Randy Moss”
  1. nepatriots128154 says: Apr 10, 2011 1:08 PM

    Nooo! Almost everyone in NE still loves Moss, if he went to the Jets he would become hated

  2. skoobyfl says: Apr 10, 2011 1:10 PM

    Get Plax Rex, punish the other NJ team for letting him go.

  3. FinFan68 says: Apr 10, 2011 1:15 PM

    I hope they do go get this turd…and pay him league minimum. He was great but is not worth the trouble/drama anymore. He has publicly said he wants to be a Patriot again and he proved his loyalty when he refused to even try to catch a gimme TD against his old team. That led to his 2nd “firing” of the year. Good luck to whoever signes this ingrate.

  4. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 10, 2011 1:15 PM

    Well the Mouth continues to ramble.
    Does this guy EVER shut up? Maybe only when he is slurping on some prettyfeet.

    Good coaches never pass on an opportunity to speak to the microphones/cameras to attempt to convince they are great.
    Good coaches make comments they cant back up.

    Great coaches are too busy preparing their team to win to care about microphones/cameras. And great coaches dont feel the need to make brash stements, they just go and get it done.

    Something to chew on Rex……. besides food.

  5. hosmachine says: Apr 10, 2011 1:17 PM

    Well randy it wouldn’t be the Pats but at least you could see “Hoody” and the boys twice a year to catch up. Rex and Randy Yeah that could work!!!

  6. bukes111 says: Apr 10, 2011 1:17 PM

    Please stay away Tannebaum and resign Santonio. Loved Randy but he’s washed up.

  7. clayjayhawk says: Apr 10, 2011 1:20 PM

    They should sign Burress too, that would give them 4 turds to NOT win the Superbowl with!

  8. crackerjack1 says: Apr 10, 2011 1:21 PM

    I honestly think Randy is in love with Belichick too much to ever go play for Rex.. call me crazy.

  9. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 10, 2011 1:24 PM

    He’s the missing piece to their SB run…lol

  10. CKL says: Apr 10, 2011 1:24 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and I could see Moss being a contributor there if his legs aren’t shot and his failsauce year last year was just a matter of “want to.” I think he would love playing there for Rex. He thrives when he isn’t the “top dog” on a team and he hates talking to the media. With the Jets he wouldn’t ever need to say a word to the media because there are lots of huge personalities (and some huge egos) to take that pressure off him.

  11. hawkeye6 says: Apr 10, 2011 1:28 PM

    At this point, Randy Moss needs to either play for a team and come up big (nothing less), or walk away and retire. Anything in between will add to the tarnishing of last season.

  12. ncoolong says: Apr 10, 2011 1:35 PM

    Tampering or not, I think his intention is to send a message to Santonio for lipping off about his playing time in the AFCC.

    Tone’s a free agent, and Ryan’s just letting him know his feelings of other vertical receivers who are likely available at the start of free agency.

  13. mattsffrd says: Apr 10, 2011 1:35 PM

    they deserve each other

  14. ezmoover says: Apr 10, 2011 1:36 PM

    “Rex Ryan raves about Randy Moss”

    Translation: “Moss has pretty toes”

  15. ny82jy says: Apr 10, 2011 1:38 PM

    Please no. I would be really mad if the jets signed him. He clearly doesnt have it anymore and i dont think him and Sanchez would be a good match at all. I would much rather the jets sign holmes and have him and j co at wr. Then draft a reciever in the later rounds and develop him. Go back to NE where you belong randy.

  16. dbellina says: Apr 10, 2011 1:44 PM

    I’m still pissed Moss is not still in Minnesota. Thank God Childress is gone!

  17. irchs1963 says: Apr 10, 2011 1:44 PM

    Always loved Randy Moss. He has had his share of problems… but has been critiqued to death by the Media, etc. Even at his current age believe, he could be an asset to a lot of teams…plus keep in mind – he didn’t ‘kill dogs’ or accidentally shoot himself. Good luck Randy…

  18. TurdSandwich says: Apr 10, 2011 1:52 PM

    Wonder how Mrs. Ryan feels about Moss…

  19. joetoronto says: Apr 10, 2011 1:57 PM

    What a waste of talent.

    Moss should have been the best ever, he’s not even close.

  20. JimmySmith says: Apr 10, 2011 1:58 PM

    At least Rex isn’t dumb enough to give away a 3rd round draft pick for a 4 game rental.

  21. august1969 says: Apr 10, 2011 2:05 PM

    Have you ever seen Randy Moss’ feet? They are sublime.

  22. FinFan68 says: Apr 10, 2011 2:09 PM

    CKL says:
    Apr 10, 2011 1:24 PM
    …his failsauce year last year was just a matter of “want to.”
    *********
    With Moss, it has ALWAYS been about “want to”

  23. Kave Krew says: Apr 10, 2011 2:11 PM

    All things being equal -Pats interested, minimum salary, keeps mouth shut, etc – Randy sign with the Pats.

    So if the Jets want to pay out bigger cash for a has-been, then please have at it.

    But, do you think Rex is dancing the dance in hopes that Belichick does sign him and therefore take the Pats down with him?

    Moss to the Jets would make things in NJ even more entertaining

  24. stixzidinia says: Apr 10, 2011 2:16 PM

    Good coaches never pass on an opportunity to speak to the microphones/cameras to attempt to convince they are great.
    Good coaches make comments they cant back up.

    Great coaches are too busy preparing their team to win to care about microphones/cameras. And great coaches dont feel the need to make brash stements, they just go and get it done.

    Something to chew on Rex……. besides food.

    ——————————————–

    I take it you’re a Pats fan? He’s got a winning record against your boy Belichick. And it seems to me he backed up his talk by pimp smacking the Pats right out of the playoffs for a 1 and Done last year.

  25. j0esixpack says: Apr 10, 2011 2:23 PM

    If you can’t trust the opinion of a coach who promises to turn Vernon Gholston into a player and win the Super Bowl, well, then who CAN you trust?

  26. 6thsense79 says: Apr 10, 2011 2:34 PM

    iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says:
    Apr 10, 2011 1:15 PM
    Well the Mouth continues to ramble.
    Does this guy EVER shut up? Maybe only when he is slurping on some prettyfeet.

    Good coaches never pass on an opportunity to speak to the microphones/cameras to attempt to convince they are great.
    Good coaches make comments they cant back up.

    Great coaches are too busy preparing their team to win to care about microphones/cameras. And great coaches dont feel the need to make brash stements, they just go and get it done.

    Something to chew on Rex……. besides food.
    ————————————-
    Oh please be quiet……Thanks for informing us all what makes a great coach Mr. Expert.

    For this particular Jets team Ryan is the perfect coach. He’s given them an identity and one of the more succesfull run in Jets history. He’s doing this with a QB who is not quite ready for prime time and a defense that is all Rex Ryan’s personality.

    You know what else “great” coaches do? They get the best out of their players and motivate them to play beyond what they think they can. All that trash talking and hype leading up to the NE away game in the playoffs this past season is an example of that.

    Great coaches also don’t worry about what some no name blogger is posting about them and does everything to motivate his players to win.

  27. help me says: Apr 10, 2011 2:48 PM

    I’ve been waiting years for this turd and the other turd, Terrell, to become irrelavant.

    Now, the joke’s on them.

  28. tomservo24 says: Apr 10, 2011 2:50 PM

    Every time Moss faced the Jets, Revis and others would go on and on about Moss being a ‘slouch’ and giving up on plays. Gee, what could possibly go wrong in that locker room if Moss signed with the Jets? I’m sure Ryan’s huge ego believes he can make it work, too.

  29. thefiesty1 says: Apr 10, 2011 3:10 PM

    Ok, as long as his brother, Rob, doesn’t try to bring him to Dallas. Rex is all mouth, go get him before JJ thinks he might want him.

  30. thetooloftools says: Apr 10, 2011 3:58 PM

    Ok then….
    Randy Moss, Santonio Holmes…. why not just bring in Plexico Burris and they can exchange “gang signs before the snap !
    Word to all the Homey’s that ain’t down.

  31. melikefootball says: Apr 10, 2011 4:05 PM

    I don’t get all this aculades everyone wants to put on Moss, he USED three teams last year with not one bit of outbut or loyality by Moss. Teams truly deserve waht they get with him. All this plays when he wants to play. How do you sell this to offense and defensive lineman.

  32. obamaczarofussa says: Apr 10, 2011 4:22 PM

    Sounds like Mrs Ryans gonna have some tired feet, if Moss winds up in NY ?

  33. rushbacker says: Apr 10, 2011 5:10 PM

    So Rex apparently doesn’t think Moss is a slouch?

  34. sjoyner59 says: Apr 10, 2011 7:32 PM

    Moss and Owens were neck and neck for years,T O has taken better care of himself and can still play fora old guy ….stick a fork in Moss b/c he is done….

  35. bluefan204 says: Apr 10, 2011 7:37 PM

    skoobyfl says: Apr 10, 2011 1:10 PM

    Get Plax Rex, punish the other NJ team for letting him go.

    The Giants let him go to PRISON

    Something tells me that they didn’t have much of a say in the matter, genius.

    Jests fans. Gotta love ‘em…

  36. commoncents says: Apr 10, 2011 7:38 PM

    Is there anything this loudmouth jerk can say that WILL get him fined???

  37. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 10, 2011 8:16 PM

    Awww apparently I upset some of Rex’s nerdy lil followers. TOO BAD!!
    Cry , whine, and snivel all you want but the loudmouth fatboy is the coach you are stuck with. He that is first to speak to a microphone. He who makes statements that he or his team of softies cant back up. He who makes ridiculous Super Bowl boasts year in and year out so that one day, perhaps even 10 years down the road he can say “see I told you so”. He who thinks being a great coach is talking a great talk. He who hasnt learned that being a GREAT coach is out scheming, outsmarting, outcoaching, and outpreparing your opponent. He who is just as happy sucking down ten toes as he is sucking down 10 meatloafs.

  38. nyjalleffingday says: Apr 10, 2011 9:16 PM

    @iamtalking

    Now you’re just spilling out vitriolic nonsense like an enraged retard. You can’t even maintain a non-biased discussion like a civilized human being, so you just take the time out of your life to pollute the internet with your garbage insulting a man far more successful, wealthy, and talented man than yourself who could not care less about the fact that you exist. To cap that all off, you don’t even follow the team! Definition of pathetic, right there.

  39. descendency says: Apr 10, 2011 9:50 PM

    Does Randy have great feet?

  40. MichaelEdits says: Apr 10, 2011 10:29 PM

    I would love to think Ryan’s trying to convince Belichick to take Moss back, but that’s probably just me being really stupid again.

  41. joyjoy69 says: Apr 10, 2011 10:57 PM

    That would be awesome if the Jets dropped one of their other big name receivers to get the washed-up Moss who all of the Patriot’s CBs know like their own brother. No, more likely this wasn’t about an interest in Moss. It was a message to Edwards and Holmes and all the other receivers on the roster playing at half their potential and being paid twice what their potential implies. Moss and Burress would both be bigger risks than the current starters, but they are great threats to the starters to get it together.

  42. ytsejamer1 says: Apr 11, 2011 10:02 AM

    I think Ryan is trying to trick the Pats into possibly going after Moss again…so their offense can become more predictable. Jets CBs match up very well against Moss…moreso than against the types of receivers we have now on the Pats roster. Jets are trying to play Jedi mind tricks with the emperor.

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