Brandon Meriweather on D&H: Randy Moss ‘in a class of his own’
|11.01.10 at 1:01 pm ET|
Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show from Gillette Stadium during WEEI’s Patriots Monday and talked about Sunday’s 28-28 victory over the Vikings. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
“I think we’re jelling,” Meriweather said of the defense. “I think we’re making strides to be better. And I think we’re taking coaching. We don’t have any selfish guys on the defense. We don’t have any guys who are all about themselves. Everybody on the defense is taking strides to help each other out, and I think it’s starting to show. I don’t think we’re where we want to be yet, but I think everybody’s buying into the system.”
Meriweather said former teammate Randy Moss “was like my big brother,” and he insisted Moss is still one of the top receivers in the NFL. “As in judging the ball, it’s only one person out there like it, and that’s Larry Fitzgerald. As in hands, it’s only one person out there like it, and that’s Larry Fitzgerald. As in speed, when he runs, there’s nobody like it. And his size is what makes it worse. When you put those things together, you’ve got a great receiver.”
Added Meriweather: “Moss is in a class of his own. I think if you asked any of [the league’s other elite receivers], they will tell you Moss is in a class of his own. He’s Moss. He’s like no other. They would tell you that.”
Asked about criticism of Moss for his declining production, Meriweather said: “The thing with Moss is, the reason you see that is because he has two or three people on him every play. We were in Cover 3, and I still shaded to him, knowing that the corner is going bail and be over the top and play the 9 route, that I don’t have to be over there, I still lean toward him. No matter what coverage you’re in, you have to give him his respect. And that’s what people don’t understand.”
Meriweather committed an intentional interference penalty on Moss in the second quarter after the receiver double-faked him and broke down the field for what likely would have been an easy touchdown. “He double-moved me,” Meriweather explained. “He set up for the hitch, and I thought they were going to just throw it quick to him, which I would have done, and gave him a one-on-one with a safety. I like me, just to clear that up. Moss, if you’re listening, if you would have caught that hitch, me and you, one-on-one, I like me. I’m going to make that tackle 99 percent of the time. Better yet, 100 percent. If you’re listening.”