Randy Moss: A Look Back On One of the Greatest Receivers in NFL History

Chris JacobsenContributor IMarch 6, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss stands as one of the greatest receivers to ever play in the NFL. In my opinion, he is the second greatest in NFL history, only to follow Jerry Rice.

You don’t have to look any further than Moss’ stats to see his true greatness. But what I am about to show also helps to solidify Moss as one of the premier receivers and future Hall of Famer.

An interesting topic for discussion is how Randy Moss tremendously helped the QBs he played with. The stats below demonstrate this.

The stats will demonstrate how good QBs played with Randy Moss as their No. 1 target (no this does not include the Raiders quarterbacks while they played with Moss, they were not competent). I compared Dante Culpepper to himself with and without Randy Moss, and the same for Tom Brady. Lets take a look:

Daunte Culpepper (stats with Randy Moss)—five seasons
GS: 73
Cmp%: 64.4 percent
TD: 129
INT: 74
Yards: 18598
QB Rtg: 92.8
DYAR: 4664
DVOA: 76 percent

GS: 15
Cmp%: 64.4 percent
TD: 26
INT: 15
Yards: 3720
QB Rtg: 92.8
DYAR: 933 (would rank 12th in the NFL this year)
DVOA: 15.2 percent (would rank 13th in the NFL this year)
TD%: 5.4 percent

Daunte Culpepper (stats without Randy Moss)—five seasons
GS: 17
Cmp%: 59 percent
TD: 20
INT: 32
Yards: 5555
QB Rtg: 71.1
DYAR: -411
DVOA: -85.8 percent

GS: 5
Cmp%: 59 percent
TD: 4
INT: 6
Yards: 1111
QB Rtg: 71.1
DYAR: -82.2 (would rank 30th in the NFL)
DVOA%: -17.2 percent (would rank 30th in the NFL)
TD%: 2.4 percent

Tom Brady (stats with Randy Moss)—two seasons, not counting 2008
GS: 32
Cmp%: 66.1 percent
TD: 78
INT: 21
Yards: 9204
QB Rtg: 106.7
DYAR: 4958
DVOA: 101 percent

GS: 16
Cmp%: 64.4 percent
TD: 39
INT: 11
Yards: 4602
QB Rtg: 106.7
DYAR: 2479 (would rank second in the NFL this year)
DVOA: 50.5 percent (would rank second in the NFL this year)
TD%: 6.9 percent

Tom Brady (stats without Randy Moss)—six seasons, not counting 2000 and 2008
GS: 94
Cmp%: 62 percent
TD: 147
INT: 78
Yards: 21558
QB Rtg: 88.4
DYAR: 5531
DVOA: 93.8 percent

GS: 16
Cmp%: 64.4 percent
TD: 24
INT: 13
Yards: 3593
QB Rtg: 88.4
DYAR: 922 (would rank 12th in the NFL this year)
DVOA: 15.6 percent (would rank 15th in the NFL this year)
TD%: 4.1 percent

Everyone around Moss benefits. To prove my point, lets take a look at Randall Cunningham. Cunningham played just one year with Moss (full season). Let's take a look at Cunninham’s stats in 1998, which was Moss’ rookie season:

3,704 Yds (second highest total of career), 34 TDs (career high by 10), 106.0 QB Rtg (career high by 15), 8.0 TD percentage (career high by 2.3 percent)

It is no coincidence that Randall Cunningham had a career year with Randy Moss. Far from it. Culpepper, Cunninham, and Brady all had career highs in TDs, TD percentage, and QB Rtg. when Randy Moss was their No. 1 wideout.

The stats indicate that good-great QBs thrived with Randy Moss. Culpepper was never the same without Randy Moss. There is no other WR that Quarterbacks flourished this much with.

How good is Randy Moss? This should answer that question. Thank you for reading and all comments and replies are appreciated.