Cris Carter says Randy Moss can still run a 4.3

AP

ESPN analyst Cris Carter needed a little coaxing (and a lot of public ridicule) before he put Calvin Johnson on the list of top five NFL receivers.  Carter apparently requires no such coercion when it comes to former teammate Randy Moss.

With Moss announcing on his 35th birthday that he plans to return to football, Carter said Monday night that Moss still has the speed that made him one of the best receivers in NFL history.

“The thing about Randy is, he’s never really been hurt,” Carter said, according to our own Evan Silva, who inexplicably was watching SportsCenter instead of NBC SportsTalk.  “And he still can run very, very fast,” Carter said.  “I know he can run 4.3 today.  I know he can still jump out of the bed and run 4.3.”

That remains the key question regarding the potential interest in Randy Moss.  Can he still run like he once ran?  If he can, he’ll have suitors.

If he can’t, he’ll be running with T.O. and the rest of the Allen Wranglers.

60 responses to “Cris Carter says Randy Moss can still run a 4.3

  1. There are other/younger/”safer” WR’s that can run fast in a straight line. Can he run the pattern you want him to, when you want him to? Is he out of money or does he want to do well down in his gut?

  2. I think he’s right; Moss never lost “it”. He lost motivation to play. In 2010, he was unhappy in NE because he felt he wouldn’t be brought back, so he didn’t really try. He was unhappy in Minnesota because he never liked Childress, and didn’t try. And I don’t think he ever wanted to be a Titan, so again he didn’t try. If the right team makes the move, he’ll be good. Not ’98 or ’07 good, but still productive.

  3. i can run a 7.2 40, i am 51 years old, and would accept league minimum. i cannot go across the middle however, as i have a wife and 2 kids to support. any team can feel free to contact me

  4. Moss’ talent on the field is only half the equation. What is he going to do to mess up your locker room karma. I’d be a little worried if Carter is your biggest booster. His street cred could use a little burnishing.

  5. Why should we keep caring what the f*** Cristine Carter has to say…he also said Megatron is an average receiver.

  6. Hey Cris. This is why you’re not in the HOF. You’re either delusional or a liar. Right now I’m not sure which one fits.

    Or maybe it’s simply loving the sound of your own voice and reading/listening to people react to it.

  7. @leatherface2012

    Hey, if you keep telling everyone that you’re the best around, you might make it to the pro-bowl.

    It worked for Chad Johnson. He ran faster than a 7.20, though.

  8. leatherface2012 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:01 PM

    i can run a 7.2 40, i am 51 years old, and would accept league minimum. i cannot go across the middle however, as i have a wife and 2 kids to support. any team can feel free to contact meleatherface2012 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:01 PM

    i can run a 7.2 40, i am 51 years old, and would accept league minimum. i cannot go across the middle however, as i have a wife and 2 kids to support. any team can feel free to contact me
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Hello Mr. Leatherface
    this is Jeff Ireland…

  9. “I know he can still jump out of the bed and run 4.3.”
    _____________________________________

    I guess that depends on which cop is chasing him.

  10. No, he can’t.

    And I put all my money on that he can’t.

    He will be lucky to even get under 4.6 with no training whatsoever.

    However, if he decides to play again, he still can bring it, the man is a freak of nature when motivated…

  11. I watched every game Moss played in Mn and he laid down on the team. It didn’t help that he was more mature than his first coach, Green, and nobody would ever lay the law down to him. But if you look at his career in college and the pros he always did what he wanted and never, ever, won a championship. If somebody wants an immature brat this is the guy!

  12. When Belichick gives up on you as he did with Moss after he tired of his theatrics, you definitely have reached the bottom of the barrel because Belichick will tolerate a lot if a player still can contribute. Problem is even if Moss promises to be a saint, you never know when he is going off the reservation and doesn’t care if he does regardless of damage to the team.

    As basketball coach Pat Riley once said, the “disease of me” generation personified.

  13. baous says: Feb 13, 2012 6:59 PM

    I think he’s right; Moss never lost “it”. He lost motivation to play. In 2010, he was unhappy in NE because he felt he wouldn’t be brought back, so he didn’t really try. He was unhappy in Minnesota because he never liked Childress, and didn’t try. And I don’t think he ever wanted to be a Titan, so again he didn’t try. If the right team makes the move, he’ll be good. Not ’98 or ’07 good, but still productive.
    ======================================
    Fangirl alert.

    To Cris Carter, two words: Prove it.

  14. Randy can run; that’s not the issue. The question is, can he and will he go up and get a ball in traffic? So many of this TD’s in 2007 were just Randy going up among 2 or 3 guys and taking the ball away. That was missing in 2009 and 2010. I don’t know if he lost the lift to go up and get it like he used to, or he just didn’t want to any more. But just running fast down the field? Sure, I don’t doubt that Randy can do that.

  15. I’d like Tampa to pick him up for three reasons. 1. He’s gonna come cheap for his skill level. 2. He can still teach the young guys on the team some stuff about being a great receiver. 3. I don’t think it could hurt Freeman that much to be able to throw up a ball to one of the best ever.

  16. poiuyt7 says:
    Feb 13, 2012 7:06 PM
    How exactly does Cris Carter know that Moss can still run a 4.3?

    They have the same dealer.

    Anyways, I say the Packers invite him up for a workout just to tick Favre off. Then when he shows up, Rodgers can fake-moon him while the current receiving corps, dressed as parking attendants, sips their Inta Juices.

  17. So much hating. Randy Moss had that problem with the parking attendant in Minnesota when he was like 25. Other than that he’s an inarticulate emotional player who was usually the best WR anytime he stepped on the field. He didn’t tear apart any locker rooms, whatever the hell that means. There are players on the Giants who don’t like each other, don’t like the coaches and grumble just the same, but that didn’t stop them this year. One player isn’t going to a stop a team from succeeding if they otherwise have what it takes. NE only lost one game during Randy’s record-setting season. Get outta here with that.

  18. And what exactly has changed with a year off for Mr. Moss? Is he faster? No. Is he better? No. Is he more mature? No. He is and always shall be a quitter. He bailed on the one team that would have him, in an ideal environment (seriously, how much better can it be than to be the only deep threat Brady has ever had on a team that is a perennial contender).

    Moss has repeatedly shown why he isn’t worth the trouble. And at age 35 whatever skills he had – and admittedly he has plenty – will only be diminishing at a fast clip. The Pats might be desperate enough to take him, but there won’t be too many other takes lining up at the door.

  19. spinmovr says:
    Feb 13, 2012 9:57 PM
    NE only lost one game during Randy’s record-setting season. Get outta here with that.

    Uh, actually, it was 2. The same amount of games the ’98 Vikings lost with Moss.

  20. binarybulge says:
    Feb 13, 2012 10:34 PM
    Uh, actually, it was 2. The same amount of games the ’98 Vikings lost with Moss.

    Ugh, nevermind, I just had a monumental brain fart. Either way my point is, both of those mammoth teams Moss was on couldn’t seal the deal.

  21. His talent was never the issue. He got moved from team to team to team because of his poor work habits and crappy attitude made him more trouble than he was worth.

    I’ve seen no indication that anything has changed in that regard and no reason to bother with him until he demonstrates otherwise. I have no idea how he would do that at this point, though.

  22. “I think he’s right; Moss never lost “it”. He lost motivation to play. In 2010, he was unhappy in NE because he felt he wouldn’t be brought back, so he didn’t really try. He was unhappy in Minnesota because he never liked Childress, and didn’t try. And I don’t think he ever wanted to be a Titan, so again he didn’t try.”

    ———-

    Huge LOL on this one. He’s never tried. Here’s his game plan no matter the team, place, etc. “Run in a straight line, catch it if it’s right in your hands only. Otherwise, act stupid.”

    I’ve seen smarter race horses been put down for less.

  23. All Im gonna say is I’ll believe he can drop a 4.3 when I see it.
    Whats up with all these retread WR’s coming out of the woodwork?
    You guys had your time in the spotlight now watch the young bloods and marvel. Bigger….stronger…faster.

  24. haha…no Chris, thats his car’s 0-60 time when u fools were running from the five-O in St Paul. Or was that 4 votes to 3 keeping u out of the HOF?

  25. After taking a year off, I think Randy Moss could get a good year or two out of his body. I don’t care what you want to say about Calvin Johnson, but in his prime, Moss was the best to play the position with an argument between himself and Jerry Rice. Either or is fine by me, but I think Moss revolutionized the position.

    Moss first five seasons: 414 catches, 6743 yards, and 60 touchdowns.
    Jonson first five seasons: 366 catches, 5,872 yards, and 49 touchdowns.

    Considering the changes in how to play a receiver from when Moss played to now is remarkable. Hands down Moss is the top and Johnson will always be just beneath him.

  26. The problem with Randy Moss has never been his talent, but his attitude. He can play lights-out when motivated, but he also tends to sulk if things don’t go his way. He might not be a locker-room cancer, but he can be a game-field cancer. It speaks volumes when three teams give up on a player in one season. Why waste a roster spot on a player that cannot be relied upon for the long term?

  27. Who started this crazy comparison of Moss and Megatron? Not taking anything away from Calvin but he is no Randy Moss. CJ is the best wideout in the game right now but Moss is one of the best period. Good thing GM’s don’t take advice from fans bcuz some of u fools would be crazy not to take Moss if he can still play. I’m not taking Cris Carters word for it I want to see his workout. If he can still run good routes and “Moss” opposing defenses someone will pick him up.

  28. What are Carter and Moss doing in bed together anyway? Didn’t know they were THAT close!

  29. Those of you who watched Moss in his youth and then saw the older version in his return to the Vikings know he’s lost more than just one step. His hands were fine, but his speed wasn’t. So unless he’s been training and found the two steps he’d lost… he’s done.

  30. Kinda sad seeing old diva’s develop wrinkles and bad breath. Might be good for a late-niter but you really don’t want to be seen in public with them at this point in their stupidity. Cause they get real ugly as they struggle to to be what they almost were.
    Moss is a tumor like T.O.

  31. Great day for me in NFL when Randy Moss has to prove to an legit SB contender that he can still play. Forget about the combine, I want to see coverage of this workout. If he runs mid 4.3’s or lower, and the football doesn’t hit the ground running routes, then the game will be on.
    Moss has never had surgery but does have history of straining back and hamstrings- but who doesn’t. The one thing no one is talking about is just how hard Moss loves to train. This guy works out harder than a lot of the other elite guys, and is too defensive to stake his reputation on workouts that he isn’t 100% positive will result in excellence.
    The Pats are flying under the radar!! and waiting like they did with Oak.!!!!!
    But if Moss plays with Brees, look out!

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