Is the Brett Favre Randy Moss combination going to be the best quarterback to wide receiver combo the NFL has ever seen? The Patriots have shipped Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a third round draft pick. The Randy Moss trade could have prompted a potential quarterback to wide receiver combo the NFL hasn’t seen in a while-if ever. New England was apparently unloading some salary and perhaps even some possible lockerrom issues. The deal now puts together two future Hall of Famers on the same team. When you talk about a pure collection of talent, the Brett Favre Randy Moss quarterback to wide receiver combination might just be the best the NFL has ever seen. Throw in a future Hall of Fame running back in Adrian Peterson and the Vikings have their own Miami Heat Big 3 combo. It could be the best three man combo the NFL has ever seen-but that’s another story for another day.
Will the Brett Favre Randy Moss combination live up to potential? Or will it fade down the stretch like the Vikings did last season in the playoffs? Favre has certainly struggled early this season with 2 TD’s and 6 interceptions.
Favre lost top target Sidney Rice to an early season injury. It was imperative for this football team to land a top notch receiver after struggling out of the gates. In the process, the Vikings have snagged perhaps the best overall receiver the NFL has seen over the past several seasons. Say what you will about Terrell Owens, Ocho Cinco, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson and a cast of others–but Randy Moss presents the goods every time he steps on the field. He may draw so much coverage that other receivers are left as easy targets. Brett Favre is also a Hall of Famer without question. The NFL Iron Man has made miraculous play after play during a sparkling career. But has he ever had a receiver like Randy Moss to hook up with?
This rare quarterback to receiver combination only makes you think that this is Joe Montana Jerry Rice territory. These are basically uncharted waters for recent Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Who did John Elway have? Nobody like Randy Moss that’s for sure. Tom Brady certainly had Randy Moss, too. But can Tom Brady be called the quarterback that Favre will be referred to after his career is done? That’s another debate also for another day.
If Brett Favre was in his prime-this would no doubt be the greatest hookup between quarterback and receiver the league has ever seen. Favre put up ungodly numbers last season in Minnesota. All Favre did was throw for 33 TD’s and only 7 interceptions. That was without a top notch receiver like Moss. Is Favre capable of finishing strong now that Moss is on board? Can the big three of Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre and Randy Moss be the ultimate offense the NFL has ever seen? Or will the Vikings continue to underachieve in a very balanced NFC?
The questions are plenty as the Vikings return to the football field with much more realistic aspirations of a Super Bowl title now that this soon to be dreaded quarterback to receiver combination hits the field.
It will be interesting to see how the entire situation pans out. Favre is one of those rare quarterbacks who can ad lib on the field and even make his teammates that much better. Moss is one of those rare receivers who can make a bad quarterback look good by catching errant passes. It just seems like the kind of combination equivalent to a Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann that we saw from the Pittsburgh Steelers of years past. I am racking my brain to come up with a more potentially potent combination and I just can’t find many comparisons. Montana and Rice, Bradshaw to Swann and Favre to Moss seem to be in the same neighborhood. These three combinations have to be without question some of the most dangerous NFL combos ever regarding quarterback to receiver.
Some give Steve Young the edge in the Jerry Rice combo over Montana. But was Young ever regarded as highly as Brett Favre or Montana? Some mention a Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison combination. Harrison kind of dwindled late in his career and lost catches to Reggie Wayne. The stats are incredible for the Manning Harrison combo but the two only produced one Super Bowl win.
Favre and Moss have been on different sidelines but both have been part of Super Bowl championships. Aikman to Michael Irvin? These two were incredible, too. Do they belong in the same company as Favre and Moss though? Some would argue so. I am obviously not saying these tandems weren’t great-because they were incredible and most of the above mentioned combinations were the best of their own era.
There have been strong quarterbacks who have made receivers look good and vice-versa-but has there been a combination like this in the past 10-15 years that looks this good on paper? Where both players have that rare ability to make the other player look that much better?
I think the jury is absolutely out on how good this tandem will be. It looks incredibly smart on paper to add Moss to a team that boasts Favre and Peterson. But will the Vikings be able to gel in time to turn the season around?
It certainly makes for a Miami Heat type situation where the star power instantly makes the Vikings one of the favorites to head to the Super Bowl. Add a little defense to the equation and the Vikings could get it done in 2010.
If that happens, there will be no doubt it was truly because of what will could become known as the best quarterback receiver combination in the history of the NFL. Add Peterson and this big three of household names could simply dwarf the NBA Big 3 of James, Wade and Bosh.
The Top Five Quarterback To Wide Receiver Passing Combinations, Bleacher Report, John Parker
Randy Moss Traded To Vikings, FanHouse, Dan Graziano
Favre Stats from ESPN.com