Niners need to get more out of Moss

AP

Randy Moss made be a starting receiver in San Francisco, but he’s still waiting to get reps like one.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com recently pointed out that Moss was the No. 4 wideout on Sunday night against the Lions, with only 16 reps.  Maiocco said Moss simply isn’t better than the other receivers, with both Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams getting more work ahead of Moss because they’ve earned it.

Coach Jim Harbaugh says Moss isn’t miffed, but we’ll defer to Moss on that — if Moss would ever talk and he likely won’t.

With Moss making his return to the Metrodome for the first time as a member of the opposition, Tony Dungy thinks Harbaugh will finally unleash the man once known as “the Freak.”  If Harbaugh continues to keep Moss on ice, it’s hard not to wonder whether he’ll mentally disengage.

Here’s more from Maiocco on the Niners, including the team’s travel plans for back-to-back road games that begin at 10:00 a.m. local time.

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28 responses to “Niners need to get more out of Moss

  1. The 49ers are winning, and doing so in a pretty convincing fashion. Why do they need to get him more involved? He knew what he was getting himself into when he signed with them. No need to fix what aint broke.

  2. All due respect to Moss, but he’s a 35yr old reciever w/a 1yr deal on the most complete team in the NFL. This team is also 2-0.

    In other words…don’t over think this people, you might hurt yourselves.

  3. I think it’s just the opposite. He hasn’t talked to the media. He hasn’t been a distraction in the locker room. And the 49ers WR corps is pretty solid already. When he is in the game, teams STILL have to keep their eye on him with at most two defenders. Oh, and add Vernon Davis and Frank Gore to that mix too.

    What this means is that he has bought in.

  4. I’m not a 9ers fan, but if they happen to go all the way, I will be rooting for Moss. Who knows, maybe he can even put together a SB MVP performance if he gets a couple of TDs…

    Wouldn’t that be awesome?!

    Alpha

  5. Similar to my earlier comment about Moss – he is still a very effective receiver who will be rested and a factor on their run to and through the playoffs. It is week 2 and he didn’t play last year. He has performed fine and the opposing teams take time planning for him. Anyone, including the local beat reporter, should know that he is better than Williams and, most likely, Manningham, who is pretty good. Give Moss some time, more opportunities, and the results will come in large numbers. Also, the Niners use their TEs and running backs a lot – Smith had 220 yards passing last week, not 350.

  6. DBs appear to be respecting Moss and double covering him still. He opens the field up for guys like Crabtree, Davis, Manningham, etc.

    Randy doesn’t need 10 catches per game for the 49ers to be great. His game in Green Bay was a good example of how he should be used for that system. I’m a long life Vikings fan and miss the days of him and Cunningham/George/Culpepper but he no longer has that early 20’s youth speed.

  7. If they can get Jared Allen blocked, hopefully we’ll see some deep throws. But this is not the Saints. This is truly a balanced team, and they force defenses to stay honest no matter what

  8. In two games, Moss has caught one TD and set up another from the one-yard line with an interference call in the end zone. And, watch the film, he’s clearing space for the other receivers by taking the coverage deep. Finally, he has made some key blocks on big plays down field. This is just a case of a few in the media wanting to poke the man with a stick to see if he’ll jump. Stay cool, homey.

  9. “In other words…don’t over think this people, you might hurt yourselves.”

    Well if they didn’t do that here they wouldn’t have any articles to write.. like this one.. they are always grasping for some kind of angle or drama that they can start.

  10. Could it be that they’re not playing Moss that much to prove a point? Like they’re not going to cater to a former diva like Moss, but make him buy into the system all while not complaining. It’s like if Shanahan’s crazy antics actually worked.

  11. Randy will likely receive a standing ovation when he is introduced at the Metrodome. The fans will be wearing their old purple 84’s……Hey, we owe him one. He got rid of Col. Klink for us.

  12. he’s still getting red zone targets and he’s still attracting red zone attention from defenses. Should be enough for him. He’s helping the team a lot…

  13. I think that Moss understands his role with the 49ers. The team is 2-0, Moss’ play has not been criticized by his coaches, and his teammates seem content with him. He’s not causing any trouble that we know of. He’s kept his mouth shut and played well enough.

    So who’s unhappy here? Evidently it’s the media hacks, who evidently expected and demand the kind of sturm und drang that got Moss run out of several towns during his previous time in the league. Perhaps they thought they were getting TO/Chad theatrics when the Niners signed Moss, and now they’re disappointed and irked. He is NOT doing what they expected, and they can’t handle that. How dare he not follow The Script!

  14. the niners are 2-0, and they have so many weapons that it seems needless to force throws to moss, especially when he still draws a lot of defensive attention, freeing up crabtree for the m2m coverage. this seems like a non-story, written to bait moss into acting out like he has throughout his career. how many writers are talking about manningham’s similar lack of targets? alex smith has mostly targeted the guys he’s worked with for years, like davis and crabtree, with whom he has developed a rhythm with. maybe in february, we can discuss this sort of thing, after we have had enough time to get a real statistical sample.

  15. blacknole08 says:Sep 18, 2012 3:23 PM

    I think it’s just the opposite. He hasn’t talked to the media. He hasn’t been a distraction in the locker room. And the 49ers WR corps is pretty solid already. When he is in the game, teams STILL have to keep their eye on him with at most two defenders. Oh, and add Vernon Davis and Frank Gore to that mix too.

    What this means is that he has bought in.
    ———————————————————
    No, what this means – to anyone who has any experience with Randy Moss knows – is that Moss will go off his nut about week 8 of this.

  16. Hey I love the Super Freak but he was wrong – everyone knows that Tinuccis is some dang good food and that’s where we draw the line. If thats what he feeds to his dog then woof woof homeboy!

  17. been a moss fan since 98 will be great to see him again in the mall of america “Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome” this weekend love the fans go 9ers straight win hommies

  18. They’ve been running most of the time, and why waste him to block. I think Harbaugh has a plan with him and will use him quite effectively as the season rolls on. Manningham is an average WR, dropped an easy pass last week, and is a foot shorter and slower than Moss. So, when they need a pass beyond 10 yards, there’s no doubt who will be entering the game.

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