By TED SILLANPAA
I just heard two national sports media guys swear that Randy Moss didn’t run pass routes very hard in Super Bowl XLVII. They said he was dogging it. Not hustling. We already know that Comcast analyst Bill Romanowski said that Moss didn’t make enough effort on the pass interception thrown by Colin Kaepernick.
Moss was flanked left in the formation that the 49ers used for the 2-point conversion try to, potentially, tie the game after trailing by 20 points. Colin Kaepernick threw to Moss on the play.
Moss was in the game, flanked left, on fourth down with the Super Bowl on the line in the final seconds. Kaepernick passed to Michael Crabtree, but … Moss was in the game when it was on the line.
These national media correspondents are saying that they saw something the 49ers coaches did not or they’re saying that the 49ers coaches thought, “Well, Moss isn’t hustling but we gotta have two wide receivers in there, so …”
Romanowski was absolutely wrong on the effort Moss made on the interception. Sure, Moss could’ve made some half-fast leap and flailed in the direction of a pass thrown well over his head and behind him. But, it would’ve equaled false hustle. He was never going to get a hand on that ball, but in the Romanowski’s wild, wild world … false hustle, fake toughness, that all matters. Putting on the show … showing how much you care even when caring and leaping and all that won’t help … it matters to blowhards like Romanowski.
Moss won’t be back with the 49ers, no matter what the 49ers are saying. But, he gave the best of his diminished ability on Sunday.