What? Never! Cries of blasphemy echo across the once fruited plain.
Idiot! "Look at the stats, there's no comparison", cry the unconverted.Well, OK, lets look at the statistics, "they don't lie".
RECEPTIONS YARDS AVERAGE TDs
Jerry Rice 1,549 22,895 14.8 197
Randy Moss 901 14,092 15.6 142
Jerry's is over a 20 year career, Randy's is 12 years and counting. The only stat that Moss has a realistic chance of overtaking is the total TD mark and that would take 5 more years at 10 plus TDs per.
The Prima facie evidence is in, its no contest you say. Not so fast.
As a 47 year Minnesota Viking fan, I have argued long and loudly that if Chris Carter had played for the San Fransico 49ers and Jerry Rice had played for the Vikings, that their stats would have largely been reversed.
Quarterbacks are the reason. JR had Joe Montana and Steve Young for the majority of his statisical career. C2 enjoyed QBing ranging from laughable to competent. None were Hall of Fame caliber by a long shot.
One only has to look at the two seasons Randy Moss spent with the Oakland Raiders. Incompetent quarterbacking combined with an O-line that was largely on strike due to a bizarre O.C. The result? A reciever many considered washed up and questioned New England's decision to trade for him.
Fast foreward to the Colts-Patriot game the other night where Moss showed not only his speed and hands, but a quietly developing ability at route running, seam splitting and even possession receptions for first downs.
It brought to mind the Montana-Rice machine of old, only better. That's what three seasons with a world class quarterback with an equally gifted reciever can achieve. What might have the numbers looked like if Moss had the same benefits that Jerry had? A record tying 23 touch downs from a "questionable" reciever.
Some recievers make their QB. Some QBs make their recievers. Bradey-Moss is as every bit as good as Montana-Rice ever was, in my opinion.
Nothing here is intended to diminish JR whatsoever, its to give Randy Moss his due and if we are fortunate enough to have this duo continue for a few years, maybe others will share my view that Randy Moss is the best reciever of all time.