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Whitner Remembers Facing Moss

Posted by Scott Kegley on May 10, 2012 – 5:46 PM

Donte Whitner knows what Randy Moss can bring to the table all too well.

Whitner matched up against Moss for three seasons when the two were AFC East foes on the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, respectively. Out of those six contests, Whitner singled out one play during “Monday Night Football” to describe how dangerous Moss can be on a football field.

“Perry Fewell, who’s with the New York Giants now as defensive coordinator, came up with some defense that he thought was going to confuse Tom Brady,” Whitner recalled. “On third and long, we had only two men rushing. Tom Brady stood back there for about 10 seconds and threw an 80-yard touchdown strike in the air. That’s what I remember and we scrapped that defense right after the play.”

Those types of moments were common throughout Moss’ career and Whitner has seen several defensive coordinators look foolish trying to stop him along the way.

“I know what he can do on the football field,” Whitner said. “I know the types of things defenses try to do against him and a lot of stuff doesn’t work.”

Whitner said the biggest challenge for defensive backs can be judging Moss’ speed. At 6-foot-4, Moss tends to take long strides, which make it appear like he’s running slower.

“It’s very deceptive for a safety when you have a guy who’s a long strider,” Whitner said. “As a safety, when you have a guy with that skill level and the things that he can do going up and getting the football, it really makes you nervous.”

Whitner said Moss has already been a positive influence on some of the 49ers younger receivers. The 49ers safety has been working out in the morning group with Moss and Michael Crabtree, who often partner up during drills.

“Whenever you’re doing something where you need a partner, they’re always together,” Whitner said. “They compliment each other on what they’re doing and they compete against each other. They’ve been competing since I walked in. They talk a little smack to each other here and there, but that’s just the competitive nature of two really good football players. They’re going to make each other a lot better.”

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12 Responses to “Whitner Remembers Facing Moss”

  1. By JJ on May 10, 2012 | Reply


  2. By 49fsince67 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    sorry JJ hit the wrong button I actually could not agree with you more..I owe you 1
    Crabtree working buddy up with Moss..couldn’t be better

  3. By decirp on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    so pumped for this seaon, I hope Moss shows the world he still has it and lights it up in SF. Or at least open it up for Crab & Davis.

  4. By J.R. Baca Albuquerque New Mexico SF 49er on May 11, 2012 | Reply


  5. By JRobzilla on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Crabtree learning from Moss, Jenkins training with Rice….I’ve got to say I’m psyched for this season!

  6. By songdog on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s just hope that Crabtree learns the right things from Moss.

  7. By wso2hi on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    I was hoping that Moss would coach up Crabtree and from what it sounds like if anything they are becoming partners. Moss loves to make his younger WR’s better, just ask Percy Harvin. and that along with his well known capacity for learning play books faster than most players, is just stoking this fire out in SF.
    this team will go as far as Alex Smith’s ability/tolerance to excel with the deepest offense in the NFL. incredible.

  8. By rjdniner on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    how is Rice doing espn and mentoring to Jenkins

  9. By suddled on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    The best case scenario is Moss wins a Superbowl with the 49ers this year and retires on top!

    RE: “how is Rice doing espn and mentoring to Jenkins”
    Not sure what you mean, like as in conflict of interest or not having time? I don’t see either issue as a problem for Jerry Rice. If you have seen the twitter exchanges between Rice and Jenkins you would know they have been talking and working together already. Having such young talent working with great pro’s like Moss and Rice will only make our team stronger in the future, I can’t wait to see the outcome.

  10. By rjdniner on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    Suddled tweeter I can see that in todays medium. Thanks

  11. By b weeks on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    for this to work, the 49ers are going to have to protect Alex Smith. Everyone knows that the best way to beat Moss is to place your DB’s deep and get after the QB.

  12. By mdell49 on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t sleep on Mario, he may have the biggest impact of any of the new WR corp.

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