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How the Packers Should NOT Guard Randy Moss on Saturday

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There’s no reason to treat 2013 Randy Moss like 1998 Randy Moss

When the Packers play the 49ers on Saturday night in the NFC divisional playoffs, they need to remember that it’s 2013, not 1998, and treat Randy Moss accordingly.

Here’s video from the Packers vs. 49ers from week one. That’s Moss at the top of the screen. That’s Jarrett Bush lined up across from Moss, waaaaaaaayyyyyyy across from Moss.

In 1998, Moss’s rookie season — the season where he torched the Packers and altered Green Bay’s future draft strategies — Bush was 14 years old. He very likely has little or no memory of Moss’s dominance over the Packers from 1998, but you would never know that based on how Bush treats Moss on this play.

Bush lines up 10 yards off the now 35-year-old Moss, and starts back-pedaling as soon as the ball is snapped. It’s like Bush thought Moss must have taken a bath in the fountain of youth before the game.

Alex Smith connects with Moss for an easy 20-yard gain.

I know it’s Jarrett Bush, the same Jarrett Bush who will not be playing any coverage (hopefully) on Saturday night. But I don’t care who it is: There’s no reason to be scared of 2013 Randy Moss. Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, Sam Shields. Hell, even Charles Woodson if it comes to that. Regardless of who guards Moss, they need to get on him and not worry about getting beat over the top. No 10-yard cushions and immediate back-pedaling.

Moss is old. He’s still serviceable, but he’s no longer scary. There is no reason to poop your pants when matched one-on-one with Moss.

Dom Capers has said before that he gives his corners the option of playing press or playing off whomever they’re guarding. There’s a chance that the Packers’ corners are still buying the myth of Moss as a big, bad, scary deep threat, and don’t want to be embarrassed by getting torched deep on national TV.

That is nonsense, and Capers needs to make sure his corners know that this week. If any of them talks about giving Moss a big cushion, Capers needs to hit the offender with a stick.

I don’t expect Moss to be a major factor on Saturday. Hopefully the Packers don’t turn him into a factor by being scared of him.

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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7 Responses to “How the Packers Should NOT Guard Randy Moss on Saturday”

  1. JimR_in_DC says:

    Well said!

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  2. Tarynfor12 Tarynfor12 says:

    Agreed,don’t give him room to work and don’t simply forget he’s out there either.

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  3. Kal says:

    Wouldn’t that make Jarret Bush only 19 years old today?

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  4. Chad Lundberg says:

    OMG! Finally someone recognizes that losing that game was Bush’s fault!

    Look, we didn’t win in the trenches, I get it. But just about every completion Alex Smith made in that game was a receiver that Bush was defending.

    The most ironic thing is that it was Bush who said that “we beat ourselves in that game”. Yes, that may be true, but mostly because of you Bush.

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  5. Wilson Pano says:

    Randy Moss’s stint in Minnesota was short-lived, as he was waived by the team less than a month later, and claimed by the Tennessee Titans.

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