My question to you Santana is this, how do you like playing for a conservative offensive system like we have here in Washington under Coach Joe Gibbs? Just like to see what you feel about what Coles use to say.
I think that, when you look what weíve been doing offensively, itís not very conservative. We know what we set out to do, and thatís to find mismatches and to find out, with the guys we have on the field, the playmakers, what they can do to help this team. And thatís weíve been doing pretty much this year. So, Iím enjoying what weíve done this year with this offense.
First off I want to say that I really respect the way you donít "show-boat" or dance around in the end zone when you score, to me that shows character and a good football player, itís something to idolize. My question for you is, What is the difference between your offense in New York to the one here in Washington that has helped you be more of a threat and a playmaker for this offense. Thank you!
Thatís a good question. I think the difference is, this offense has really given me a chance to do things that Iím known to do, and thatís use my athletic skills. I think in New York, we really didnít focus on what I could do. We just pretty much put me in the offense and let me just run around, not give me a chance to be the guy I am here. What this offense has done for me is find ways to put the ball in my hands early and often to help me get into that zone and help me be that player that I am now.
As you know, you are a hero to a large number of people this year. What do you say to the younger fans, who may dream of following in your footsteps?
I can say ĎI was once in your shoes, watching other guys doing what Iím doingí. Always believe, if you really want to do what Iím doing, just always know that regardless of what someone says to you or about you, you have the last say so about that. So always believe and go out and do what you truly believe in, not what someone else says you canít do.
You seem to be able to neutralize most any defender. Do you think the tendency towards larger DB's contributes to that, in that you can outrun them?
I think itís a blessing that I do have speed, because Iím not that big. You know, when Iím going against different defenders I pretty much, you know, watch them a lot during the week and know whatís best for me to get open on them. And so I use that to my advantage. I kind of know if I have a guy that likes to use his strength, I make sure I get in and out. If a guys as fast as I am, I just make sure I do nice, sharp cuts in and out of my break. I pretty much scout Ďem all week and just know what I can do with my ability, using my speed and, I guess my shortness.
What are your thoughts on the possibility of playing with your brother in the future?
Itíd be great, but at the same time, I would like for him to be at this level and not have to be under me, or not have to be around me. I donít want to see his growing pains. I think when youíre a player of his caliber and you have a brother thatís a little above you and that knows a lot, I think its best for me to just be able to coach him up or talk to him over the phone and not be there on the same team with him. But if weíre fortunate and have that opportunity, Iím pretty sure we are loving and weíd both make sure itís the best for both of us. But Iíd rather him go somewhere and just be able to be his own man, not be my little brother all over again. Because Iím pretty sure heís tired of all that and wants to be on his own anyway.
Every week we hear, "Moss canít continue this pace, surely teams will double cover him." Besides opening the field up for Patten and co., what are some things you can continue to do even against double coverage?
Well, I think that the thing that I can continue to do, if I canít keep it up and keep doing what Iím doing, Iím pretty sure someone else is going to pick it up. I think thus far, weíve seen that. Weíve seen a lot of other guys on this offense excel because of some of the things that Iíve done. With that in mind, once they get out there and catch the passes that I was catching and making the plays that theyíre known to make, then you can come back to me again. But itís all pretty much a team effort. So whatever I can do to get someone else open, Iím going to do that, because Iím pretty sure itís going to come back around to me.
Santana--- You played with a generally well-respected QB in Chad Pennington while with the Jets, but have now blown up upon being paired with Mark Brunell. What do you feel is the difference between those two QBs that is helping you to achieve such high levels of success so far?
I think that Mark Brunell and Chad Pennington are both great quarterbacks. Mark Brunell might have a little more games in him and a little more knowledge of the game because of how long heís been playing at this level. Thatís probably the only difference. The other differenceÖI can say that Chad PenningtonÖhis scheme of offense that heís running is more of a different type of offense. Itís more of a timing offense. Itís about steps and about being at the right spot at the right time. I think arm strength could come into play too, because Mark might have a little more strength in his arm. And when youíre dealing with a receiver like myself, I think Iím better with a quarterback who can get the ball downfield to me.
Not really a question, I just wanted say Thank You!
We fans have waited a long time to have a true playmaker on offense, especially at the WR position. Thank you for giving us fans something (and someone) to really cheer about.
Oh wait, I do have a question. Gas or Charcoal?
how do u feel about the terrible officiating?
I feel like thereís so much I could say, but thereís so much I canít say. Therefore, you just have to go out there and play and deal with it because, you never know, it might come back to you one game down the road when they make some bad calls on the other team and help you win. You know, it sounds crappy, but thatís how this game is played and thatís how weíve been going through some of these losses and youíve got to deal with it.
Watching you this season has given me flashbacks of Gary Clark. Do you have the Redskins receiving record set by Bobby Mitchell with 1,436 yards in the back of your mind?
Not really. You know I never knew much about what other receivers have done here in history Ė I know theyíve had some pretty good ones. All Iíve set out to do is do what Santana can do and try to be consistent with that and do more every year coming round. Iím pretty much thankful for whatever I have, whatever I get and Iíll just look forward to doing more of the same the following year.
Hey Santana, do you ever play Madden? and if so how do you think your ratings on the game compare to your actual abilities?
Yes, I do play Madden. And I have to say, this year, coming into this season, I guess Madden just knew. And he had me about the best he ever had me on the Madden game. Iíve been playing for the last 5 years now, and I think my rating this yearís been the best since Iíve been in the league.
from the perspective of a receiver, how do Mark Brunell and Patrick Ramsey differ as Quarterbacks, and what do you think is the missing piece from Patrickís jigsaw to make him a starting back?
I think both of them are very skilled quarterbacks with different abilities. Mark, you know, he just has the ability to sit back there and make something happen, from all those years that heís played, he knows the game well. Ramseyís a guy with a strong arm and Iím pretty sure if he gets in an offense that lets him use the arm that he has, Iím pretty sure that heíd be a real good weapon. With that in mind, I think that whenever Ramsey gets his chance, wherever heís at, here or anywhere, Iím pretty sure heíll excel at being a pretty good quarterback.
quick question, who is the hardest cornerback, (that you've gone up against) to play against?
I donít know. I can say that I went against a lot of good cornerbacks. I think that in this day and age, when it comes to cornerbacks in the league, you have to compare them on what kind of defensive coverage they have on you. All of them, pretty much, are good. I can say that the hardest defensive coverage that Iíve played against was back in 2001, the Dolphins, that secondary was really tough. When you have Surtain and Madison across from each other and theyíre playing that cover 2, man, I mean that was the toughest coverage to me to get open in.
Santana -- Obviously you always believed that you were a #1 receiver, but at the time of the trade, the general consensus was the Skins were getting hosed in the deal. Most people felt that you were a #2 at best. How did it feel to face so much skepticism from the media? Also, how does it feel to see the Jets and Coles struggling this season?
That was a good question. I never listened to all that because, to tell you the truth, regardless of what I am as long as I do what I do, Iím satisfied. You can be a #1, you can be a #2, or you can be a #3, Iíve seen all those receivers excel on this level. So regardless of what number they classify me as, as long as I get out there and do what I do, I canít complain because you canít complain about what someoneís opinion is about you. I donít ever wish bad on anybody. I know the Jets are going through some tough times right now. Iím pretty sure in the future, they can correct it and bounce back from it. But itís tough to watch it. Iím just glad to be a Redskin now. I pretty much donít even look back at whatís going on over there in New York.
Playing in D.C now, you are not going to be able to avoid it. Hillary or Condi ?
(uncomfortable silence)Ö.Neither of them.
Coach Gibbs has mentioned that you have a wonderful way of adjusting to a deeply thrown pass and getting underneath of it. Speed is the most obvious and most talked about contributing factor. What isn't mentioned enough is your fantastic hand, eye coordination.
Are there special drills that you perform to develop superior hand ,eye coordination, or is it just all natural ability and instinct? Thank you sir.
Itís something that I think I was born with, but at the same time I just practice on it. I mean, itís nothing that I consciously knew that I had. I just, being a receiver, youíre going to do all the things that you can do to be the best at what you do. So, I mean, any drill that I was taught, Iíd just make sure that Iíd go over it as many times as I could to be who I am and catch the ball the way Iím catching it.
How bout them Redskins. Man it is great to see you guys pull it out against the Eagles, it has been a long time comin but it is nice. It is amazing to watch you catch that screen pass and do your work, so that brings me to this question, What is your favorite play to run and why? Thanks for the time man, keep up the good, no great work.
To be honest with you, this year, my favorite pass IS the screen pass. Anytime they call it, Iím dying to get it in my hands and do wonders with it. Itís crazy that over the years, the screen pass, as much as Iíve been running it, this has been the most yards Iíve gotten out of it since High School. To see it work the way its working now, that has to be my #1 play right now.
From Santana Fan
Santana, youíre my idol receiver, and I'd really like to thank you for making a major contribution to our team. But my question is, are there any other players from (Miami U) who you wish we're also on the Redskins now? And how does it feel to see your brother play the same exact position and University, does it bring back memories, like picturing yourself?
There are a lot of players that I could name, but I canít think right now Ė I had a brain freeze (laughs). Actually, itís wonderful to see my younger brother do the things that he can do. I feel proud about it, because I know how much time we put into it together, being young and being out there on the field while everyone else was doing something else, we were practicing and playing ball together. So itís great to see him get his chance and finally be able to be that guy for the University of Miami wide receivers. Iím just hoping the best for him and Iím pretty sure he knows where heís going and heís going to follow my footsteps and be the best he can be at this level too.
From Leonard Washington
who's the best dancer on the team?
I ÖhaveÖ.NOÖ.idea (laughs).
From jets 83
I used to watch you every Sunday when you were on the Jets, and now i sometimes watch the Redskins to see how your doing down there, but you said one time that you would be happy if you caught one pass per a quarter, so four a game, have you risin your goal or expectations for the Redskins since they have a different offense?
Even though you may wanted to be traded ( i'm not sure ) but i still have your jersey from the jets, and i will always be one of your fans.
Thatís a great question jets 83, and I do remember you from when I was over there with the Jets. I did say that. That was one of my goals. That was one of my wishesÖat least give me a pass per quarter. I think over here, theyíve been giving me two or three passes per series. And itís wonderful just to be a part of it. I think when you want to be your best, and you want to be one of those receivers thatís talked about, you have to have opportunities. And thatís what the Redskins have given me thus far, and thatís what receivers want, to have opportunities to be who they can be. I appreciate you and I appreciate the question.
Closing Statement, Santana Moss
To all my fans out there, I appreciate the questions. I appreciate you. Please keep rooting me on and Iíll continue doing my thing. Thank you!