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Patrick Willis says Randy Moss has been “unbelievable”

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The Randy Moss redemption tour continues to generate positive reviews from teammates and coaches in San Francisco, who have seen so far only the good and none of the bad that Moss has displayed during his 13 prior NFL seasons.

Linebacker Patrick Willis has become the latest player to gush about Moss, saying via Cam Inman of the Contra Costa Times that Moss has to date been “unbelievable.”

“It’s an honor to have a guy like that on our team,” Willis said.  “For people to say the things they said about him, that’s in the past.  All we know is what we’ve seen here, and that’s all that counts to us.”

But it’s not an issue of people calling Randy names or subjecting him to unfair criticism.  Moss has, at times, flat-out quit on his team.  When things are going well, it’s not a problem.  But once the losses mount and the passes are sailing over his head or not coming his way at all, Moss will disappear before his teammates’ eyes, fading into the background at best, creating problems in the locker room at worst.

The 49ers’ goal may be to nudge Moss toward behaving well by talking so much about his good behavior and acting as if tales of his bad behavior are exaggerated or embellished.  Coach Jim Harbaugh, for example, has said Moss is “like a coach,” and that his attendance and attention at offseason sessions has been “impeccable.”

If the 2012 49ers come out of the gates like the 1998 Vikings or the 2007 Patriots, the Niners may never see the other side of Randy Moss.  If, come November, they’re 4-5 and three games behind the Seahawks and Moss is getting targeted two or three times a game, Patrick Willis could once again be thinking that Moss is “unbelievable,” but for entirely different reasons.

Either way, here’s hoping that the food served to the team is at all times deemed fit for Randy’s dog.

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64 Responses to “Patrick Willis says Randy Moss has been “unbelievable””
  1. NoobTubeTV says: May 25, 2012 7:48 AM

    You think he is awesome now?… Wait until they give him 99 ratings in every category of Madden.

    VERTICAL HOT ROUTE!… every single play.

  2. igeorgiaboy says: May 25, 2012 7:50 AM

    Now where have I heard this before? oh yea thats right when he left Oakland…and we see how that worked out for the Pats. Randy with a chip on his shoulder = Best WR hands down, Randy on a terrible team = Annoying self centered Randy. People talk about his attitude so much, but you dont want to give credit where it is due. When Randy is on top of his game he cant be stopped. Prob the only WR that will go to the HOF and only runs 1 route. GO RANDY!!!!!

  3. bdert says: May 25, 2012 7:58 AM

    Randy Moss is an unbelievable athlete!! He owes it to himself to commit on every play throughout the entire season!!!

  4. bergeronforselke says: May 25, 2012 8:02 AM

    What are we talkin about? practice?!? practice?! not a game…..but practice?!?

  5. bullcharger says: May 25, 2012 8:12 AM

    49er fans are all a little to excited. Moss is clearly already a distraction. Why should anyone be talking about some old potential HOF veteran’s lockerroom behavior. That is how they all are expected to act.

    The fact is that he’s not the same Randy Moss from 2007. That would be impossible. Even with his best effort he couldn’t get open in 2010 any more. Now it’s 2 years later. He’ll keep the defense honest but his playmaking days and days of drrawing double teams are over.

  6. joeytorontosucks says: May 25, 2012 8:21 AM

    3 games behind the Seahawks? Pshhh

  7. chipwrecked says: May 25, 2012 8:21 AM

    The fact that teammates have to continue to “gush” about Moss speaks volumes. Seeing him in Tennessee last year tells you all you need to know. He’s not a “team” player… That is unless Brady/Belicheck are in his ear

  8. highonluck says: May 25, 2012 8:23 AM

    So what you are saying is, Patrick Willis won’t publicly bash his new teammate? Of course he is unbelievable… I am sure all WR’s in OTA’s are catching everything. Have they even put pads on yet?

  9. getadealdonealready says: May 25, 2012 8:26 AM

    I’m sure he does, wait till the pads are on and ask him to run a route across the middle. Let me know how he looks then. Oh, he can only run straight down the field and won’t sacrifice his body for the team. I’ve said this before, and stand by my words, no team with Randy Moss will ever win a championship. He is a great talent, maybe the greatest WR of all time (if he would have tried every play/game). However he is a festering cancer in the locker room, you can’t see it now, as it takes time to grow, but believe me it’s there, you will see.

  10. 49erstim says: May 25, 2012 8:34 AM

    I’m obviously rooting for him to succeed. Here is hoping that we get this version of Randy all year long. :)

  11. greasybeerfart says: May 25, 2012 8:35 AM

    3 games behind the Seahwaks?!?! What are you smoking? We will be fine. Moss will only help us. Plus if they target Moss like many believe we still have Crabtree, Manningham, Jenkins and oh, the best tight end in the league. Not to mention, a solid running game. I think we’ll be just fine. Life is good being a Niners fan.

  12. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: May 25, 2012 8:39 AM

    if he doesn’t catch many passes alex smith will assure him that stats are for losers and point to their 13-3 nfc west record to fondly recall his one year of remote success by not playing ball like a guy who lives in a dumpster.

  13. mike83ri says: May 25, 2012 8:40 AM

    TO wishes he were half the player Randy still is.

  14. jteekalall says: May 25, 2012 8:44 AM

    Moss to the 49ers is a great move for him. The 49ers are for now the team to beat in the west come 2012.

  15. aliquickk says: May 25, 2012 8:45 AM

    Moss this Moss that… He’ll play when he wants to play.

  16. realtimeeyes says: May 25, 2012 8:45 AM

    They have some great WRs, with some HUGE EGOS..and a QB with a weak arm and spotty accuracy. Looks good on paper; but it smell like drama and problems!

  17. pftcensorssuck says: May 25, 2012 8:49 AM

    Never mind all that ….. what’s really important is how’s the food in the Niner’s training camp????

    I wish Randy Moss no ill, I just can’t really give a crap about him since he bit@hed his way out of New England, Minnesota, and wherever else he wound up after that.

  18. tinbender2000 says: May 25, 2012 8:57 AM

    Sorry but I still remember the buttwipe that is Randy Moss from his time in Oakland. I’d take T.O. any day over this jerk.

  19. toolkien says: May 25, 2012 9:08 AM

    All that needs to be known about this situation?

    Alex Smith ≠ Randall Cunningham
    Alex Smith ≠ Tom Brady

  20. jrock3x8 says: May 25, 2012 9:12 AM

    I think his stint with the 49ers will determine whether he is a first ballot hall of famer or not

  21. rdly49ers says: May 25, 2012 9:12 AM

    Niners#1. That’s 4 all ur haters …..

  22. ronnielottspinky says: May 25, 2012 9:15 AM

    Am I the only one to think that if he steps out of line the organization may just boot him.

  23. japadacktle49 says: May 25, 2012 9:17 AM

    The 49ers are a long shot to win the NFC West, Alex Smith has no arm, the 2011 season was a fluke, etc..etc.. Some of you homer fans may believe that but the other 31 teams in the NFL don’t the 9ers are back and they aren’t going away anytime soon..

  24. norseyapper says: May 25, 2012 9:18 AM

    Why so many negatives? When the pads go on Moss will still do what he does, and that’s it.

    This is the perfect situation for him since no one is expecting him to be out there every play, mainly running decoy routes to keep the safties out of the box. He doesn’t have the gas left in the tank or the mental make up to do that.

    BUT, if the plan is to have a guy who can give you 20-25 plays a game, stretch the field, force the defense to game plan differently when he is out there, and make the occasional play off a go route giving the 49ers an extra 10 TDs that they otherwise wouldn’t have this season, then Randy Moss is your guy.

  25. eyeh8goodell says: May 25, 2012 9:22 AM

    Just be careful who you have catering food to the locker room.

  26. unclerico14 says: May 25, 2012 9:23 AM

    I’m sure the Hall of Famer looks fabulous in shorts and a helmet. Bottome line is that Alex Smith is an inconsistent QB in a convservative offense.

    Randy won’t be happy.

  27. schmitty2 says: May 25, 2012 9:25 AM

    The telling tale of Randy Moss will be the game that another WR on the team is catching more balls then him. Watch closely how his “effort” dwindles

  28. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 25, 2012 9:26 AM

    A year out in the hard, cruel world will “get your mind right” as cool hand Luke would say. Nobody kissing your arse must be a sobering experience for the ultimate diva. This should be a cautionary tale for all the other divas but it won’t. Reason: they wouldn’t be divas if reality mattered.

  29. duanethomas says: May 25, 2012 9:28 AM

    4-5 three games behind Seattle in November? Not going to happen. I see them and The Eagles in the NFC Championship game.

  30. lordbelichick says: May 25, 2012 9:28 AM

    At greasybeerfart;

    Best TE in the league? I didn’t realize Gronk was traded to sanfran.

  31. doctorfootball says: May 25, 2012 9:29 AM

    Can we seriously stop with all these “player x looks great in OTA’s” articles? I mean, aren’t there any players out there who don’t look good in these non-padded, non-contact practices?

  32. sonoco says: May 25, 2012 9:31 AM

    Yes he could turn into the pain in the butt Randy . . . then he’d be unemployed Randy. There is zero money guaranteed in his deal.

  33. doctorfootball says: May 25, 2012 9:34 AM

    Niners #32. Now that’s for all us haters!

  34. jeff061 says: May 25, 2012 9:41 AM

    These weekly reports on Moss are hilarious…it’s helmets and shorts, no contact, and his contract isn’t guaranteed. After week #1 there is contact, his contract is guaranteed and he’ll be the dog he’s been the last 3 seasons.

    Good talent wasted.

  35. blacknyellablacknyella says: May 25, 2012 9:42 AM

    “igeorgiaboy says:May 25, 2012 7:50 AM

    Now where have I heard this before? oh yea thats right when he left Oakland…and we see how that worked out for the Pats.”

    you need to be paying a little more attention in science class, boy. it’s an interesting hypothesis to suggest that because the experiment worked once, it’ll work again. in this second test, however, you need to be reminded that the variables have changed. adding the tom brady formula to the equation the first time around resulted in a powerful explosion. now, adding the alex smith formula to the equation . . . well, you might as well just pee in your erlenmeyer flask.

  36. fcs34 says: May 25, 2012 9:47 AM

    Willis went on to say “I mean just yesterday he beat my high score in angry birds and refinished my deck ! This guy is unbelievable ! “

  37. trollhammer20 says: May 25, 2012 9:49 AM

    Yep. And Braylon Edwards was tearing it UP in camp last year.

  38. jikkle49 says: May 25, 2012 9:56 AM

    Need to remember his contract is a one year can get cut at any time deal.

    So if he produces than fantastic and if he becomes a problem cut him and it’s the next man up.

    Moss is a no lose scenario for them and I would take that bet any day.

  39. spankygreen says: May 25, 2012 10:02 AM

    I’m sure he does, wait till the pads are on and ask him to run a route across the middle. Let me know how he looks then. Oh, he can only run straight down the field and won’t sacrifice his body for the team. I’ve said this before, and stand by my words, no team with Randy Moss will ever win a championship. He is a great talent, maybe the greatest WR of all time (if he would have tried every play/game). However he is a festering cancer in the locker room, you can’t see it now, as it takes time to grow, but believe me it’s there, you will see.

    The above statement is the most idiot statement ever written…….#1 what does running across the middle prove?…..would YOU as a coach ask Brady, Brees, or Manning to run a naked bootleg on the 50 yard line and and not slide, or go out of bounds?…..So you’re saying if he goes across the middle, get’s hurt and is of no value to the team, you would consider him a success?….Glad you’re not a coach………Randy Moss is a thoroughbred receiver. A COACH knows that. You do not ask a thoroughbred horse to wear a bonnet, pull an ice cream cart and expect him to be happy….If there is a smart Off Coord on that 49er staff, he would be wise to put Moss in position to be successful which in turn makes the whole team successful..

  40. castleofcheese says: May 25, 2012 10:03 AM

    The niners must have a really good caterer.

  41. CKL says: May 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    Moss has, at times, flat-out quit on his team. When things are going well, it’s not a problem. But once the losses mount and the passes are sailing over his head or not coming his way at all, Moss will disappear before his teammates’ eyes, fading into the background at best, creating problems in the locker room at worst.
    _________________________________
    See that’s just it…this is what everyone thought…he just hates losing, blah blah blah. The Pats were a good, competitive team every single year he was there. He got plenty of looks in the passing game and had a great QB throwing to him and great coaching. And he STILL quit on them and complained about his money. The truth is, the guy is just a complicated person and not easily figured out as far as what makes him go into his little shell. I think he knows himself best: “I play when I want to play”. As to when exactly that is? No one knows but Randy. And that is why he’s never stayed with one team for too long.

  42. rickrock6661982 says: May 25, 2012 10:16 AM

    In fairness to Willis, the corpse of Moss is an upgrade for San Francisco’s WR core.

    Too bad they still have Alex Smith throwing them the ball

  43. mrmarcus55 says: May 25, 2012 10:22 AM

    Ok let’s get some of your lifes up to date. First Niners don’t need moss to win the nfc west, if your trying to compare randy moss to braylon edwards just stop your embarrassing yourself, Alex arm looked ok on those two playoffs games and lastly if you think last year was a fluke becuase it makes you feel better about your medicore team, by all means feel better LMAO!

  44. hatesycophants says: May 25, 2012 10:45 AM

    You “heard” me… Randy Moss is 2nd greatest receiver of all time. He doesn’t owe you (media prostitutes [better?] and sycophants) or the fans a gd thing.

    I hate the 49ers and Coach D. Bag, but I will be rooting for Randy.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  45. sj39 says: May 25, 2012 10:45 AM

    I can’t wait to see the long faces on Niner fans this season.

  46. rickrock6661982 says: May 25, 2012 10:52 AM

    Alex looked ok?

    0-13 on third downs with the superior defense and special teams unit says otherwise..

  47. fashlol says: May 25, 2012 11:10 AM

    Moss ran across the middle and blocked well in new England. he just needs to be happy with his situation in order to be amazing unfortunately.

  48. theandy59 says: May 25, 2012 11:17 AM

    I won’t be surprised a bit if Moss has a big year for SF. He’s a singular talent and he has the capacity to make Smith and the other receivers better. As always with Randy, the key is whether or not he’s mentally engaged. I see no reason why he wouldn’t be for this one season. After that, all bets are off.

  49. jetstizzi85 says: May 25, 2012 11:18 AM

    a 1 route running WR (be it a great WR and HOF) who couldnt do anything his last season in the league and somehow is going to change that after being OUT of the NFL since then….hmmmmm

    If Bill gets rid of you I think he would know more than most in the game

  50. mrmarcus55 says: May 25, 2012 11:21 AM

    hatesycophants, you mad bro coach d bag squeezed your coach hand to hard?

  51. radrntn says: May 25, 2012 11:35 AM

    the only thing i know is the word “unbelievable” covers everything…no doubt about it he was unbelivable as a raider as well.

    Personally I could not believe what a POS he is down to his core. He is a quitter, and not a pro, and if they ever put a guy like that in Canton, it will make a mockery of the hall of fame……..Good luck niners, you will need to go thru chemo therapy, and radiation with him on your team…i hope you survive it

  52. mesta1 says: May 25, 2012 11:36 AM

    Straight unbelievable homie

  53. hatesycophants says: May 25, 2012 11:42 AM

    Hey mrmarcus,

    Nice! I hated Coach Tool before the handshake. All the Harbaughs are douches. You’ve got a family like them in your neighborhood. If you can’t think of which family it is, it’s yours.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  54. khmer379 says: May 25, 2012 11:50 AM

    Doesnt matter if he unbelievable but can Alex Smith give him enough touches if not you’ll get the I play when I want to randy this coming from a Viking fan

  55. camsfakesmile says: May 25, 2012 11:57 AM

    Alex Smith and the 49ers receivers will be a middle of the road team statistically. But 3rd down efficiency/redzone efficiency is where there should be a marked improvement. They won’t be able to improve on their 13-3 record, because their schedule is much tougher this year. But this team has made improvements on offense(draft picks) and defense(Perish Cox and they lost no defensive starters)

  56. SOBEIT says: May 25, 2012 3:15 PM

    It’s San Francisco….high quality food will never be a problem! That is the important takeaway.

  57. alldonesmith says: May 25, 2012 4:12 PM

    Can’t wait for the 9ers to go 12-4 this season and get to the Super Bowl. The looks on the haters’ faces will be absolutely priceless. You can bury your head in the sand all you want, but San Francisco is back.

  58. 1historian says: May 25, 2012 4:56 PM

    Best of luck to the dude but if he can’t just zip it and do his damn job when Tom Brady is throwing passes his way – how is he going to react when things get a little hinky with Alex Smith?

  59. realdealsteel says: May 25, 2012 4:59 PM

    When Randy was in Oakland, he had no real QB and we saw how that turned out. Now he’s with another team that has no QB and Moss will fade away by week #4 of the season. Because he’ll realize that Alex Smith is a bum.

    Randy should have waited and hooked up with a team that had a real QB. He’s going to end his career with one big, loud THUD!

  60. RedRuffensor says: May 25, 2012 5:23 PM

    It’s not unusual for someone with great talent (physical, artistic, etc.) to be a one-of-a-kind personality, too. Moss is like that. Talent-wise, Moss is the #1 WR of all time. Even Jerry Rice admitted that in recent comments he made.

  61. tweeter75 says: May 25, 2012 10:31 PM

    Moss was like that early in his career in Minnesota too.

    For 49 fans, I wouldn’t get too excited just yet. As soon as a team faces adversity or Randy isn’t getting the ball enough, he’ll be the first one to bail on the team and his teammates.

    I do hope he’s turned over a new leaf though. If he has, I wish him the best.

  62. nodindenver says: May 26, 2012 12:19 AM

    Hilarious, somebody on this thread commented that Perrish Cox has upgraded the Niners D. Randy Moss will only scare police officers in cruisers, team catering operations, and the ladies when him and Perrish hit the clubs! I can only hope that we get the two ring circus of the Jets and Niners for Hard Knocks.

  63. 1historian says: May 26, 2012 7:19 AM

    Talent-wise Moss is the #1 receiver – Jerry Rice said that.

    RESULTS -wise – receptions, yards, and RINGS – no contest. Rice didn’t say that because he didn’t have to.

  64. Thomas says: May 27, 2012 12:37 AM

    Of course Moss has been unbelievable. He’s had a year off and it’s training camp at a new team. The big knock on Moss is that he disappears half way through the season and that was true even in NE. I’m sure he’ll be great in the first two maybe three games. Let’s see how he does after game six or eight.

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