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Lions’ Chris Houston: I would never talk trash to Randy Moss

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On Monday we passed along a quote from the Detroit News in which Lions defensive back Chris Houston referred to 49ers receiver Randy Moss as a “possession receiver.” The Detroit News reporter who got the quote from Houston wrote that “Chris Houston talked a little smack about Randy Moss,” but Houston says he did nothing of the kind.

Houston took to Twitter to give his version of the comments he made about Moss, saying that his “possession receiver” quote was actually a compliment in context: Houston was saying that Moss can do everything, including both stretching the field as a deep threat and moving the chains as a possession receiver, and that the Lions’ best chance to contain Moss would be to take away the deep threat and force him to be a possession receiver.

“Media sure do change your words to make a game and sale tickets,” Houston wrote. “No way I could talk negative about Moss he’s a legend HOF WR. . . . I said moss can take the top off of defenses and he can be a possession WR to move the chains simple and plain. How did they twist my words?”

The transcript of Houston’s comments at MLive.com seems to back up his explanation: He doesn’t seem to be “talking smack” and saying Moss is only a possession receiver, he seems to be saying he’ll have his hands full when he’s covering Moss and will try to force Moss to be a possession receiver.

Josh Katzenstein, the Detroit News reporter who initially tweeted the alleged smack talk, has now tweeted an apology, saying he thought Houston said Moss “can’t still take the top off” an opposing defense, when Houston actually said Moss “can still take the top off.”

“Apologies to @Chris23Houston. An honest case of mishearing ‘can’t’ instead of ‘can.’ Didn’t realize my tweets would be used for nat’l story,” Katzenstein wrote.

And so if Jim Harbaugh thought he had some bulletin-board material this week, he’ll have to look elsewhere. Houston showed nothing but respect for Moss.

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48 Responses to “Lions’ Chris Houston: I would never talk trash to Randy Moss”
  1. Johnny Chingas says: Sep 11, 2012 11:30 AM

    Who cares? I promise Moss doesn’t…Moss is like Chris who? Niners are on a mission and they don’t need bulletin board material to get their head in the game, these guys are focused on what they do not what other players say.

  2. Max says: Sep 11, 2012 11:32 AM

    You don’t want to get Randy Moss coming into a game with motivation.

  3. mrplow3 says: Sep 11, 2012 11:34 AM

    The young man realized what Moss has done to teams that speak ill of his talents in the past, so, he retracted.

    Me thinks Moss is still gonna be looking for a 50 yard score on Sunday to rub in that he is in no way a posession receiver.

  4. mattolikesthevikes says: Sep 11, 2012 11:39 AM

    Sounds like a boy with his tail between his legs.

  5. bryans49ers says: Sep 11, 2012 11:40 AM

    The only trash on that field will be the Lions secondary when Moss and his boys are done with it Sunday night

  6. bennyb82 says: Sep 11, 2012 11:45 AM

    “sale tickets” Really? I understand these guys play football and dont need to be good at anything else…but if the NFL really cares about perception, they would either ban twitter or keep these guys in English class during their NFL stay…and I am a lions fan.

  7. suhisabeast90 says: Sep 11, 2012 11:51 AM

    Really!?!?

    Alex Smith, Moss, Crabtree and Davis? That doesn’t strike fear into any secondary.

    A makeshift secondary against that? Sounds pretty even.

    Alex Smith will be on his back all night and Frank Gore will have 200 yards on the ground.

    Gore is still the only talent on that Offense. You better hope Harbaugh keeps his temper, or it will be a long game.
    I predict we see the most penalties ever in a game.

    Two of the most immature teams in the League, coached by two 5 year olds.

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    Nobody says “can’t still take the top off.” You would say, “can’t take the top off anymore.” I don’t believe Katzenstein’s excuse.

  9. jliskiew says: Sep 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    Either some of the 49ers fans posting here lack reading comprehension skills, or their Jump To Conclusions mats this morning told them “Don’t read full article, come to biased conclusion.”

  10. jliskiew says: Sep 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    Oops, see a Vikings fan on their too…

  11. seanje says: Sep 11, 2012 12:01 PM

    49er fans are more ignorant than I thought, judging by the above comments. I guess all the decent football fans in the bay area root for the Raiders.

  12. source7769 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:03 PM

    gore isnt having a 100yrds on the ground let alone 200 get a clue if they want to score they will be forced to do it by way of pass

  13. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:08 PM

    Great game this Sunday night. Good for both teams, it gives the rebuilding Vikings an example of how coaching and drafting can turn around a franchise.

    It’s not only the best matchup for the teams since maybe Barry Sanders retired and the 49ers still had Young, Owens, Rice and a decent D.

    Forget about the Packers vs 49ers.

    This could be a real NFC Championship preview.

  14. millerhour says: Sep 11, 2012 12:16 PM

    Upon entering the league each player should be forced to pass a grammar test, if they cannot they should be forced to take lessons every off season until they can pass.

  15. EJ says: Sep 11, 2012 12:24 PM

    To the poster that said Gore will get 200 yards on the ground…

    Um nope, I don’t think so, have you seen the Detroit run Defense? Gore is a good back, but 200? Not on Detroit. I think Gore would get 200 in the air before getting that much on the ground against the Lions run D.

  16. golfnutt67 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    Not to worry about us scoring Stafford will be good for a pick 6 or 2. He has the talent, but also the knack of throwing pics at the worst possible time you will see……

  17. EJ says: Sep 11, 2012 12:33 PM

    Even if Houston did talk trash to Moss, who cares? Trash talking in the NFL is like a group of teeny boppers getting together and gushing about Justin Bieber, Its gonna happen, and Its gonna happen a lot and nothing will change it. As a matter of fact, a player talking good about another player warrants more of a story than trash talking does now days.

  18. hgfrombc2 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:36 PM

    Max says:
    Sep 11, 2012 11:32 AM
    You don’t want to get Randy Moss coming into a game with motivation.

    Now why would you think that Chris Houston is able to do something his previous head coaches failed at?

  19. csimms23 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:38 PM

    Chris Houston wasn’t talking trash. This is clearly instigated. It’s not like he said Moss was trash, all he said was he is a possession receiver.

    1.) Moss is 35 going on 36. Yeah, he’s still fast, I’ll give him that much. But guess what, father time catches every one.

    2.) For you 49ers fans on this topic, I’m assuming you watched the game, did you not see the 49ers limiting Moss’s playing time?

    Do you know what we call that? A possession receiver. The big play receiver of the team is ALWAYS on the field. Michael Crabtree just had his first full off-season, a great preseason, and actually looks healthy. Him and Vernon Davis are their big threats in the air.

    Am I saying Michael Crabtree is better than Randy Moss? No. That would just be stupid. But with Randy Moss at 35, and missed a year of football. He’s not their #1 receiver or big play receiver. He’s a major contributor and a possession receiver, where he fits well as you saw seeing that he got a touchdown and a good amount of yards.

    They aren’t going to be sending him on a go-route every single play like teams used to be able to do, he’s going to be running real routes. Hitch, curls, slants. POSSESSION receiver routes.

  20. 1phd says: Sep 11, 2012 12:46 PM

    49er fans are more ignorant than I thought, judging by the above comments. I guess all the decent football fans in the bay area root for the Raiders.
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    Anyone with half a brain stopped rooting for the Faiders when Al Davis abandoned Oakland for LA. Only people that don’t get enough costume time dressing up for Halloween still support a team that still plays its home games on a baseball diamond. lol

  21. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:50 PM

    At least he shows respect for Randy Moss, unlike Darrelle MEvis and Brad Childress.

  22. khmer379 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:55 PM

    Why would he kuz at the end of the day moss will take his garbage out of the starting line up he may not run a 4.2 no more but am sure he kan still run by this thrash lol

  23. rexranius says: Sep 11, 2012 12:57 PM

    “The young man realized what Moss has done to teams that speak ill of his talents in the past, so, he retracted.”

    Come on. Really? Go back and read the article, not just the title. The reporter screwed up and retracted.

  24. jboyxl73 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:57 PM

    For this to work Moss would have to actually be on the field and Alex Smith would have to pull his head out of his A$$ to see him wide open instead of throwing to his first read and his comfort guy .Moss can be used a lot more than they are using him .The 49ers are a talented team with a mediocre QB ,Unfortunately Moss’s last couple of years will be relegated to being a decoy

  25. jimmylions says: Sep 11, 2012 1:10 PM

    The reporter misquoted Houston and also took statements out of context – deliberately created a controversy where there wasn’t one.

    How could that happen? (here’s my old Detroit bias) … It was an article in the Detroit News! Of course it’s inaccurate! That’s why people read the Free Press and the Ann Arbor News (now MLIVE).

    Glad to know Houston wasn’t as stupid as he was portrayed by the newspaper.

    I still think the game will be a shootout. Wouldn’t surprise me if Goodell shows up to make sure everyone is on their best behavior – no f-bombs during the post-game handshake.

  26. cruuuzcontrol says: Sep 11, 2012 1:14 PM

    What lazy, irresponsible reporting. At least the guy apologized, but that’s of little consequence here. Dude thought he mined gold and rushed to tell everyone about it. One of those old cases of “don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story”

  27. CKL says: Sep 11, 2012 1:20 PM

    I hope that reporter called Houston and personally apologized. I found it lame and defensive that he commented that he “didn’t realize it would be a national story”. He is a reporter, reporting it in his story in the paper, not making some comment to his buddies. Real journalists should realize anything they write can and will be passed along as “the truth”, and very rapidly these days.

  28. dublindemonszfl says: Sep 11, 2012 1:20 PM

    Twitter has no place in the NFL, why do sports writers even bother with it? Do your job and write a story, and use more than 140 characters. Your boss should give you a paycut.

  29. ripster65 says: Sep 11, 2012 1:23 PM

    I can put ‘em up as fast as you can knock ‘em down, ed…

  30. throwdeepbaby says: Sep 11, 2012 1:24 PM

    Moss is washed up forreal. Fortyniners were just desperate for a WR so they had no choice but to take a chance on him. Alex Smith is a bum and Moss is washed up. Lions will handle them with no problem and the rest of the niners.

  31. kleppnasty says: Sep 11, 2012 1:28 PM

    Guess you didn’t watch on sunday. Crabtree was the guy open when Smith was throwing to his first read Moss, not the other way around. And when you take a three step drop back, you throw to your first read when he’s open, the routes don’t give you enough time to scan for the third or fourth receiver.
    As for everyone talking trash on Houston, please read the article. I’m a 9ers fan and it is right there in the article. Houston never talked trash, the reporter “misunderstood” him (ie changed the quote to make the article more interesting). This should be a great game but Detroit can’t play like they did on Sunday or this will look more like last night’s Ravens vs Bengals than a repeat of last year’s epic game.

  32. conormacleod says: Sep 11, 2012 1:32 PM

    khmer379 says:
    Sep 11, 2012 12:55 PM
    Why would he kuz at the end of the day moss will take his garbage out of the starting line up he may not run a 4.2 no more but am sure he kan still run by this thrash lol
    ——————————————————
    What in the hell did you just say?

  33. abninf says: Sep 11, 2012 1:36 PM

    Max says:

    You don’t want to get Randy Moss coming into a game with motivation.
    =====================================

    That’s good because half the time he doesn’t. He plays when he wants to play. Still laughing at his little miscalculation that got him booted from NE.

  34. turkish49 says: Sep 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    Gore put up 141 yards on 15 carries on Suh, and the vaunted lions rush D last game…just sayin.

  35. sixjak says: Sep 11, 2012 1:43 PM

    Lots of stupidity be here on this thread. It’s clear that Houston was not dissing Moss and that he was misquoted.
    That said, you delusional Leo fans really have no ability to be objective. This may or may not be a game. You can continue to cry fowl over some 5 yd spot last year on your home turf as though that really definitively made the difference. There were some pretty screwy calls on both sides of the ball last year. Plus it was in your house “the loudest stadium in the NFL”. Why after that game, was DET a .500 team? Because Harbaugh showed the rest of the leage how to beat Detroit. Chances are good that he’ll do it again. Last year it was considered an upset that the 9ers walked into your house beat DET and made both Suh and Mongotron look ordinary. This year it will simply be the natural order of things when SF does it again.

  36. sixjak says: Sep 11, 2012 1:50 PM

    And keep dissing Alex Smith, Aaron Rogers > Matt Stafford all day every day. Alex Smith outplayed AR in GB so it’s not him who needs to pull his head out.

  37. packerhater says: Sep 11, 2012 2:02 PM

    How many people have to put really on their posts? It got old a few years ago. You sound like Packer fans who try to be hip or cool , try thinking for yourself. At least its better then “not so much ” or ” seriously ” or “just saying” and for the love of God please stop talking to yourself like this person “Am I saying Michael Crabtree is better than Randy Moss? No”.

  38. sevdolo says: Sep 11, 2012 2:03 PM

    Frank Gore: Since he came into the NFL as San Francisco’s third-round draft pick in 2005, Gore has averaged 120 yards rushing per game against the Lions, which ranks first among all NFL players over that span with a minimum of three games against the opponent. Gore has rushed for 360 yards and three touchdowns and also has 127 yards receiving in three games against Detroit. Lions haven’t beat my 9ers squad since 1995 by a field goal so try winning and stopping Gore before poppin off Detroit Kittens – yall ain’t even in the top 10 power rankings just released so how about winning something first to have a reason to talk – 9ers and Gore own you until further notice

  39. jmontana16 says: Sep 11, 2012 2:14 PM

    All this talk is nothing, but pure fluff. My former team, the 49ers, with whom I won 4 Super Bowls will crush the Detroit Lions this Sunday, 34-10. Alex Smith is for real and so is our stingy Defense.

  40. bobhk says: Sep 11, 2012 2:30 PM

    jboyxl73 says:
    Sep 11, 2012 12:57 PM
    For this to work Moss would have to actually be on the field and Alex Smith would have to pull his head out of his A$$ to see him wide open instead of throwing to his first read and his comfort guy .Moss can be used a lot more than they are using him .The 49ers are a talented team with a mediocre QB ,Unfortunately Moss’s last couple of years will be relegated to being a decoy
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    Of course I’d take a decoy who’ll score TDs. Now, if you say that Moss won’t score another one (or few) you’re just trash talking.

    All the detroit fans here trash talking (especially the guy who said that niners fans are ignorant) are boring.

    All you need to do is see what the niners did to a one dimensional team like the packers. Why would lions fare any better? They too don’t have a running game.

  41. meandtheweight says: Sep 11, 2012 2:35 PM

    A motivated Randy Moss is a very scary thing.

  42. goldrush36 says: Sep 11, 2012 2:39 PM

    They brought in Moss to break up constant double coverage on Davis and Crabtree while also opening up the box. Anyone who thinks they were hoping to get 2007 Moss is a fool. He was intended to be a decoy regardless of the QB all along and obviously it is working so far because its all people talk about.

  43. 2ruefan says: Sep 11, 2012 3:42 PM

    Randy Moss was open a BUNCH of times on Sunday when Smith didn’t have time to get the ball to him.

    And he was NOT open when Smith went to him at the 10 yard line, but Crabtree was WIDE OPEN in the endzone PURELY because Moss had been double-teamed.

    Smith needs to capitalize on those opportunities.

  44. hart089 says: Sep 11, 2012 3:48 PM

    EJ says:Sep 11, 2012 12:24 PM

    To the poster that said Gore will get 200 yards on the ground…

    Um nope, I don’t think so, have you seen the Detroit run Defense? Gore is a good back, but 200? Not on Detroit. I think Gore would get 200 in the air before getting that much on the ground against the Lions run D

    Yeah your right, Gore going for 200 yards against the Lions would seem impossible…….Unless you look at the stats from last years game as a reference. You know Gore going for 15 carries 141 yards for a 9.4 yard average and a touchdown…..You’re right, would never happen….smh

  45. achamarro1 says: Sep 11, 2012 6:14 PM

    Last years starting d line for the leos sucked against the run so far they look good. Stafford threw those 3 picks in the first half two in the first quarter hardly at the worst time. That rams team is a text book example of being “coached up” jeff fisher is like hannibal smith from the. A- team you give him a week he is good you give him a whole offseason to work out his strategy he is really really good. Staffird went 80 yards in 1:38 to throw the game winning td. Aex smith would have been benched after throwing 3 picks cuz he would be crying into gatorade towel and his coach has no confidence in him and you would see kapernick in there . Gonna be another great game

  46. situsavaisprier says: Sep 11, 2012 7:20 PM

    Wait, the media not putting the correct quote out there and making something that isn’t even there? That’s new…………..(sarcasm off)

    I live in NJ and all I have to say to everyone that isn’t from NY or NJ, be thankful you don’t have this type of media. You talk about if the team plays up to their ability they can compete and the ability to even beat the best teams, and then they will say that you said your team will beat the best teams.

    Glad to see/hear this was straightened out because Houston didn’t diss Moss one bit.

  47. jimmylions says: Sep 11, 2012 9:26 PM

    Just looking at NFL.com, the stats seem to say the Lions have a strong O and a stronger D. Niners have stronger running, Lions have stronger passing. But stats don’t win games.

    I think it will be a fun game, and I’ve got no idea why the Niners fans are so insecure that they need to talk so much trash.

    I’m looking forward to all the talk the week prior to the Nov 19 matchup between the Niners and Bears — the two most whiny fan bases in the NFL — will get together and talk each other to death.

  48. wso2hi says: Sep 23, 2012 12:26 AM

    posting after the fact, but to I personally think it’s great that Moss is getting “props” for moving he chains. Moss learned to work the sideline from the great Chris Carter; reads coverages as well as all the great ones, and still threatens the safety coverage with such devastating intention that he really does change every play he’s on the field for, passing and running.
    the one thing I’d like to see Harbaugh pull out of his sleeve this year is to play Moss at a single high safety on third or fourth and long when he can play centerfield and have the time to read the play and take it away. If Brady sees Moss back there on a critical fourth and long, he will be shaking in his boots. Moss sees the field like no one else and with the running start at the deep high safety, anything past thirty is his,…
    come’on Harbaugh, this makes sense.
    also, let Moss return a punt or two just to freak out the opposition. and first and foremost, start making a habit of just one deep ball a game, preferably off playaction and ideally early so the D will have to sweat it out the rest of the game.
    Harbaugh has as many chess pieces as some of the great ones: Jimmy Johnson’s SB champs and Bill Walsh’s dynasty. they had Deion, but Harbaugh has Moss. just ask Deion what he thinks Moss is still capable of.

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