Originally Posted by DanMan
Rice: 22 TD's in 12 games I believe? Moss, well, you know...
Let me complete that... Moss 23 TD's in 16 games.
There's no doubt Randy's the more athletic and naturally gifted of the two. And Randy's had a great season this year for the Pats. He's a beast of a receiver. But to say Moss is the greatest of all time at this point is premature.
The comparison about Rice having 2 HOF QB's throwing to him doesn't quite hold up under closer scrutiny. It could be said that Rice made really good QB's look great. After all, Elvis Grbac looked great throwing to Rice. Grbac! He posted the same passer rating and essentially the same per game numbers as Young starting a 1/4 of the games.
Even in Rice's first year with the Raiders, he put up crazy numbers. Gannon was the QB during Rice's Raider years. Coincidentally, before throwing to Rice as part of the Raiders, Gannon's QB rating was pedestrian in Kansas City. After Rice, it was a more respectable 95-100.
Brady was already a HOF caliber QB before Moss came to the Pats this season.
So I don't know... was it the QB that made Rice looked that good or did Rice make very good QB's (Young namely) and mediocre QB's (Gannon) look great?
Tell you what, Randy stays a Patriot, puts up productive numbers for the next 5-6 years and I'll be ready to call him the greatest of all time. Doesn't even have to be a record breaking performance like this year, just consistently in the top 10 of all receivers. He has a really good chance of doing it, but until he does, the jury unfortunately is still out.