Behind the scenes and on the gridiron itself, Randy Moss has endeared himself to teammates and coaches with the San Francisco 49ers.
The veteran wideout with a resume worthy of inclusion into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is coming off his best performance with his new team, a Week 8 effort on “Monday Night Football” that saw Moss level a Cardinals defensive back and score a 47-yard touchdown within span of four plays.
Moss’ hard-work in the run game was recently spotlighted by offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who had plenty of positive things to say about some of the guys on offense who are doing the dirty work behind the scenes, Moss included.
Truth be told, Moss has added value to the 49ers in the run game, not just the pass game. That aspect was covered in depth by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
“Moss has been only a small part of the 49ers’ success on the field. He has 13 catches – fifth on the team – for 235 yards and two touchdowns,” Barrows wrote. “He’s been the team’s third- or fourth-most used wide receiver, depending on the game. On many plays, he’s merely a decoy, lining up far wide of the formation and taking a cornerback and safety downfield with him as Alex Smith hands the ball to Frank Gore.
Barrows went on to write, “The fear heading into the season was that a disengaged Moss would be a disruptive Moss. That he hasn’t had a large role in the passing game, however, doesn’t mean he’s not plugged in. Along with everyone else – the media, opposing coaches, opposing linebackers – Moss appears to be rapt by the 49ers’ complex running attack.”
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle checked in with FOX analyst Tim Ryan on the toughness shown this season by Alex Smith.
Branch also examined the matchup of right tackle Anthony Davis facing Rams defensive end Chris Long.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News offers a notebook from 49ers headquarters, including a look at new Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan.
Barrows also relayed the comments from defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who compared 49ers safety Dashon Goldson to one of his former players, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com examines Roman’s comments on utilizing run plays he learned from George Seifert when the two worked together in Carolina.
49ers.com looked at the challenge of facing St. Louis’ rushing attack, Anthony Davis’ development, shared the latest Niner Talk podcast with tight end Delanie Walker and previewed the Week 10 matchup in a Cover 2 segment presented by AAA.
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Wayne offered comments on the experience in this blog post.
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