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Chris Houston says Randy Moss is a possession receiver

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Few players in NFL history respond more aggressively and decisively to external criticism than 49ers receiver Randy Moss.  What makes him great (i.e., the ability to muster a high degree of motivation when antagonized) also has been his greatest flaw (i.e., an inability to consistently muster that motivation absent external motivation).

Lions cornerback Chris Houston risked riling up Randy Moss on Monday, in advance of Detroit’s trip to San Francisco.  According to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News, Houston said Monday that Moss is a “possession receiver.”  Houston added that he doesn’t think Moss can “take the top off” the defense.

Given Detroit’s well-documented problems in the defensive secondary, it’s not the smartest thing Houston ever has said.  With Moss snaring a touchdown pass in the 49ers’ Week One win over the Packers, Houston shouldn’t give Moss any extra reason to try even harder to make an impact.

After all, Moss once racked up three touchdowns against the Lions after he was supplied external motivation.  And that motivation didn’t even come from the Lions; it came from ESPN’s Merril Hoge, who accused Moss of taking plays off.

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  1. realnflmaster says: Sep 10, 2012 8:10 PM

    Lol….I know the Lions aren’t the smartest team in the league. But this one just takes the cake. Enjoy the fluke run of last season.

  2. WestCoastVet says: Sep 10, 2012 8:12 PM

    Straight TDs homie!

  3. edggy1 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:13 PM

    Who’s Chris Houston & who cares what he says …!!

  4. blacknole08 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:14 PM

    Chris Houston couldn’t be more wrong. A possession receiver is not afraid to catch a pass in traffic over the middle, something Moss has always shied away from. Potent deep threat with spectacular catch ability describes Moss.

    Anyone remember the infamous words spoken by Moss a few months ago when he said “Just wait.” That literally sent shivers down my spine because he sounds motivated again. Sunday was just the beginning for the resurgence of Moss and Houston will be his next victim.

  5. dalucks says: Sep 10, 2012 8:16 PM

    I agree. I would like to see a team play Randy one-on-one and see if Randy can still beat press man one-on-one coverage. I just wonder if Chris Houston is good enough for the challenge. That remains to be seen.

  6. jtchernak says: Sep 10, 2012 8:16 PM

    Go out there and moss him

  7. goldrush36 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:22 PM

    Houston will eat those words real quick…. and then Crabtree will take it to him just for drill.. I see their mouths are already back to midseason form eventhough their play certainly wasn’t

  8. vavikingfan says: Sep 10, 2012 8:25 PM

    A couple of early hits or not getting the ball Moss will lay down like he always has……

  9. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 10, 2012 8:29 PM

    49ers don’t know what a real QB/WR look like. RGIII to Pierre Garcon the unstoppable toss is a real duo. I wish the Redskins played SF so we could deliver a real beatdown, DC Style.

  10. deangelo23hall says: Sep 10, 2012 8:32 PM

    I say Randy Moss is a Hall of Fame receiver

  11. flipadelphia says: Sep 10, 2012 8:32 PM

    The 49ers and their fans seem to think everyone is so scared of their team. The problem is nobody has gotten pressure on their pretty little qb. Moss is a shell of his former self…don’t get it confused.

    That’s all about to change Sunday night. Detroit is going to walk into San Fran and punch you in the mouth.

    Keep in mind you won last year on a last second drive, and the refs actually spotted you an extra 5 yards on that drive.

    Your arrogant, whiney coach needs to be taken down a few notches. The guy cries more than my 1 year old nephew.

  12. goldrush36 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:34 PM

    So now RG3 is better than Rodgers and Garcon is better than….Jennings or Nelson? lol lol lol hardest I’ve laughed in years… RG3 played good….. against the aints

  13. ppc50 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:36 PM

    VAVVikingfan – it is obvious that you are still bitter about your team losing Moss – it has been years now. Moss will lay down, in the middle of the field, if he knows that no more yards can be gained, pretty smart for the veteran. In regards to Houston’s comment – GB was laying off Moss all game because they were scared of the deep ball. Moss still has speed and will beat the Kittens deep, if they play him close.

  14. tombradyallday says: Sep 10, 2012 8:36 PM

    chris my friend, never wake a sleeping giant. when randy is motivated cant be stopped dont care what age he is

  15. thehighhat says: Sep 10, 2012 8:42 PM

    Who’s Chris Houston? One of their practice squad players?

  16. goldrush36 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:45 PM

    flipadelphia says: Sep 10, 2012 8:32 PM

    The 49ers and their fans seem to think everyone is so scared of their team. The problem is nobody has gotten pressure on their pretty little qb. Moss is a shell of his former self…don’t get it confused.

    That’s all about to change Sunday night. Detroit is going to walk into San Fran and punch you in the mouth.

    Keep in mind you won last year on a last second drive, and the refs actually spotted you an extra 5 yards on that drive.

    Your arrogant, whiney coach needs to be taken down a few notches. The guy cries more than my 1 year old nephew.

    ___________________________________________

    Keep in mind Ted Ginn was the other starting wideout and Gore’s ankle had been bothering him….. oh and it was in Detroit, not the stick… This isn’t the lambs and Houston is gonna get destroyed out there. Just as last year, excuses and whining will flood the board and most of you won’t even come around to see it

  17. faulkn22 says: Sep 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    They won’t have time to throw it deep to Moss. I think they’re trying to get the 49er’s to try and do it. It’ll make for an entertaining game.

  18. abninf says: Sep 10, 2012 8:57 PM

    Hoge accused Moss of taking plays off? Nooo! Where on earth did he get that idea?

  19. timbertech says: Sep 10, 2012 9:04 PM

    I was really starting to miss hulkhogan trolling around the forty niner site with his rg3 bull…. Lucky us, now we have “voice of reason”…

  20. latopia says: Sep 10, 2012 9:08 PM

    He’s right. Moss still possess the skills to score touchdowns. He’s confused. Harbaugh isn’t about taking off tops. He’s about gutting you like a pig.

  21. latopia says: Sep 10, 2012 9:09 PM

    He’s right. Moss still possesses the skills to score touchdowns. He’s confused. Harbaugh isn’t about taking off tops. He’s about gutting you like a pig.

  22. shadcan says: Sep 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    I had Moss on the bench this week but now I’m defiantly starting him.

  23. misfitniner says: Sep 10, 2012 9:15 PM

    Everyone talking hish and hatin’ on our team is a good thing. It means the 9ers are for real, and opposing teams/fans know it. As for Flipadelphias’ comment, we’re the hardest hittin D in the NFL…..other teams might not be “scared” of it, but they damn well better respect it, or they’ll be picking those little field beads outta their teeth. And btw, Calvin will have the same amount of TDs against us as he did last year….zero

  24. zamp27 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:17 PM

    thehighhat says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:42 PM

    Who’s Chris Houston? One of their practice squad players?

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    He is the Lion’s #1 Corner and he practices against the best WR in the NFL who I know you have heard of, Calvin Johnson. So he is not afraid of Randy Moss or any other WR for that matter.

  25. preseasonchamps08 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:17 PM

    I was nervous about this game before the season. I was pretty nervous after watching SF dominate in Green Bay. Now that Houston has gotten Moss all fired up, I’m downright scared. He probably cost Detroit whatever chance they had…

  26. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Sep 10, 2012 9:21 PM

    I love the way Moss played with the Vikings and the Patriots. But he just isn’t what he used to be. His speed is only average at best now and that makes Houston right. I with it wasn’t so but it is. The SF fans don’t know what he used to be, but I saw every game he ever played and there was a time where he just could not be covered. Those days are over.

  27. rickrock6661982 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:32 PM

    Houston is wrong

    Randy Moss has been reduced to a red zone receiver/decoy

  28. jimmylions says: Sep 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    @goldrush36:
    We also had players out – including Javid Best who went down with a concussion during that game (the previous week he made the Bears vaunted defense look like little old ladies).

    Last year’s game was tight, went back and forth, and it was exciting. I have no idea why Niners fans seem to want to paint it as a massive blowout.

    Anyway – Houston should know better. His comment was as dumb as when Rob Ryan said the Lions don’t have any receivers as good as Dez Bryant.

    Moss played well week one … but … down the road? Let’s see if he falls back into old habits and starts taking plays off before y’all ordain him Captain Comeback.

  29. tdrundmc says: Sep 10, 2012 9:36 PM

    If Randy Moss was still good how come he stunk when he went back to Minnesota then once they got sick of him, stunk in Tennessee? The only way Moss is effective is if the defense forgets to cover him like Green Bay did yesterday.

  30. tdrundmc says: Sep 10, 2012 9:39 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:22 PM
    Houston will eat those words real quick…. and then Crabtree will take it to him just for drill.. I see their mouths are already back to midseason form eventhough their play certainly wasn’t

    Michael Crabtree…oh you mean the top 10 pick that is nothing more than a possession receiver. The 49ers have a bunch of possession receivers to go along with their dink and dunk qb.

  31. zillabeast says: Sep 10, 2012 9:57 PM

    Fun facts:

    -The Lions are 2-15 against the 49ers in the last 29 years.

    -Detroit is 0-11 at Candlestick since 1975.

    -Detroit has been outscored 286-128 at SF since 1975.

    Nothing changes this Sunday night. Niners win ugly, 38-9.

  32. alphabeta49er says: Sep 10, 2012 10:00 PM

    He hasn’t seen any game film so he’s just running his mouth. This team won’t grow up.

    That said they might be a tougher game at home than the Packers in GB. Pack look absurdly one-dimensional on offense and bush league on D. Things change fast in the NFL and the Pack might be exposed.

    Candlestick can be a weird place early season at night. Wind can do strange things. Plus the Niners offense morphs mid-drive with odd personnel packages. Not sure Lions will be ready.

  33. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: Sep 10, 2012 10:07 PM

    LOL 49er fans think they have a QB who can throw the ball downfield? Every pass is a 5 yard dump off. Moss is a possession receiver now, just look at who is throwing him the ball.

  34. descendency says: Sep 10, 2012 10:16 PM

    I think what Mr Houston means is that when he gets possession of the ball, it’s in the end zone and he usually doesn’t drop it there.

    Because I know he didn’t just dare Randy Moss to go off this week…

  35. sonoco says: Sep 10, 2012 10:26 PM

    flipadelphia says: Sep 10, 2012 8:32 PM

    The problem is nobody has gotten pressure on their pretty little qb.

    Keep in mind you won last year on a last second drive, and the refs actually spotted you an extra 5 yards on that drive.

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    Are you kidding about the no pressure line? Smith was one of the most sacked QB’s in the NFL last year. Nothing to be proud of, but the point is Smith can deal with pressure.

    Also, the mis-spot happened on the Lion’s sideline and if they didn’t have their heads up their a**es they could have challenged the spot.

    The Lions are going to get worked. The 49ers defense is still the 49ers defense in case you didn’t notice yesterday.

  36. vavikingfan says: Sep 10, 2012 10:32 PM

    ppc50–How many games did you see Moss play for the Vikings? I saw all of them –if you define bitter as having no use for a quitter, then yes I am. And alot of his teammates felt the same way…..tremendous talent , yes…team player , no.

  37. mistakenny says: Sep 10, 2012 10:54 PM

    Um redskins fan above niners beat yall and the saints last year …. Base your whole season on 1 win PLEASE !! Yall beat the saints wow , one more quater could yall have done it the way yall let the saints come back

  38. edenprairieballer says: Sep 10, 2012 11:01 PM

    Die hard Vikings here. Will always love Moss no matter who he plays for or how many caterers he harasses. With that said, shut your mouth Chris Houston. Moss was clowning fools while you were still in pampers.

  39. simplesimon1 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:25 PM

    People can say what they want…. Everything Houston said is 100% correct and it’s also a smart move… Now, the 49ers may be dumb enough to try and prove him wrong and focus on Moss to get catches early instead of just playing the game… Second, he’s not lying… If not for him going to NE with a great scheme he would have been done 6 years ago and it wouldn’t matter now

    Also, I would easily trust Houston covering Moss one on one… He did so to many WR’s better than an old Moss last year…. This game is going to be far from a blowout 49ers fans… Get ready for a very tough game, with Moss being the 5th best WR on the field.

    By the way, not saying Detroit will win… Everybody wants to point out how they barely beat the Rams on this over-reaction Monday… Trust me, get ready for a fight. Detroit has a better defense than the Packers, whether or not Houston and Delmas are there. This game will not be easy.

  40. mattolikesthevikes says: Sep 10, 2012 11:28 PM

    Moss will mow this nerd down!

  41. truetrue85 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:29 PM

    “With Moss snaring a touchdown pass in the 49ers’ Week One win over the Packers, Houston shouldn’t give Moss any extra reason to try even harder to make an impact.”

    PLEASE! The corner let Moss go thinking the safety was covering, and the safety dropped down to cover the run/short pass thinking the corner was with Moss… thus leaving Randy Moss WIDE OPEN in the endzone for a basic pitch and catch uncontested touchdown. Other than that busted coverage, Randy Moss hardly looked very impressive. Let’s not make it out to be more than it really was.

  42. larrybrown43 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:33 PM

    I have no dog in the fight here but teams don’t game plan against Moss anymore.

    He did a lot of standing on the sidelines yesterday so I’m guessing Harbaugh sees him as a contributor not a franchise receiver.

    Not sure he’ll even be there next year. People have a hard time letting go with this guy. Three teams had him the last two years and let him go. Only the Niners brought him in now.

  43. kevpft says: Sep 10, 2012 11:45 PM

    The 49ers just beat the Packers in Green Bay. The Lions just barely squeaked by the Rams in an embarrassing Keystone Kops routine at home.

    The Lions are toast.

  44. wtfru2 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:03 AM

    Don’t moss with me homie! I’ll show you…………

  45. patpatriotagain says: Sep 11, 2012 12:18 AM

    randy’s td was a blown coverage that i could have scored on. detroit may not win, but randy will have little to do with the outcome.

  46. sactomkiii says: Sep 11, 2012 12:18 AM

    Doesn’t really matter with Detroit’s retarded nine technique niners will probably just run it every down for 7+ yards a carry again.

  47. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 11, 2012 1:04 AM

    I am a lions fan and I do not approve of Chris Houston’s message.

  48. scalfor3 says: Sep 11, 2012 1:13 AM

    wish the niners would be more aggressive with moss. they had him in one-on-one coverage several times and ran the ball.

    if you have randy moss in one-on-one coverage, you throw him the ball, even at his age.

  49. dougy1970 says: Sep 11, 2012 7:06 AM

    NFL DBs don’t give 5 yard cushions to possession receivers.

  50. cwhat32 says: Sep 11, 2012 9:22 AM

    Who cares. Nobody is afraid of Randy Moss anymore.

    He had a wide open TD that I could have caught. Every other pass he caught, he just fell straight to the ground like a nancy.

  51. therealwags says: Sep 11, 2012 10:00 AM

    Maybe the reporter (and the owner of this site) should read what was actually said:
    “Q: Randy Moss, at this stage of his career, what is he?

    Houston: “He’s a smart receiver. Possession guy. He can still take the top off the end, but most defenses are going to play him to where, don’t let him beat you deep, let him catch a little curl. He didn’t make his name Moss by catching curls. He made his name by going up and getting the ball. If you don’t let him do that, keep it conservative, then that’s how teams are going to play him. That’s how Green Bay played him a lot, too.””

    As usual, more media sensationalism. What happened to the ‘reporters’? They all got lazy, especially since Twitter.

  52. suhnami says: Sep 11, 2012 10:09 AM

    wow – talk about taking a quote completely out of context (Florio of course, life time Vikings fan) – here’s the actual quote before everyone starts their usual Lion hate:

    Houston: “He’s a smart receiver. Possession guy. He can still take the top off the end, but most defenses are going to play him to where, don’t let him beat you deep, let him catch a little curl. He didn’t make his name Moss by catching curls. He made his name by going up and getting the ball. If you don’t let him do that, keep it conservative, then that’s how teams are going to play him. That’s how Green Bay played him a lot, too.”

  53. purpleguy says: Sep 11, 2012 10:51 AM

    The best thing the Lions sieve of a secondary could do this week is do nothing but speak in succint cliche-ridden praise of the 49ers and their offensive weapons, lull them into complacancy, and hope like hell the defensive line bails them out by pressuring Smith.

  54. billb49 says: Sep 11, 2012 11:20 AM

    This is pure bull. I don’t see disrespect for Moss in Houston’s statement. He’s just saying Moss can “still take the top off” so you have to just give him the curls. Nothing wrong with that statement. I think that if we see guys playing up on Moss this week, he’ll surprise a few people (evidently not Houston) and run past them.

    That said, it’s amazing how some Harbaugh and Niner haters are still underestimating this team. That was the Packers offense the Niners held to 15 points last week. At that was Lambaugh field where the Niners scored 30 points. And last year, the Lions lost Javid Best (who I like a lot) because the Niner defense beat the crap out of him. Megatron had a grand total of zero TD’s in Detroit. Hey Lions fans, if you think you can hold the current Niner offense to just a couple of TD’s and a couple of field goals, great, but even that might not be good enough.

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