Chargers expect to see Moss at his best

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CPiSS (Chargers Post Season Syndrome)
Staff member
Mar 5, 2006

SAN DIEGO ---- The Chargers expect to see a new Randy Moss on Monday night in Oakland, which is to say they expect to see the old Randy Moss.

Clearly, they didn't take Moss' best shot last year.

"We didn't," cornerback Quentin Jammer said. "We know we didn't."

The 74 receiving yards the Raiders' wide receiver tallied in parts of two games against the Chargers last season would usually represent a decent half's output for the five-time Pro Bowler.

And it wasn't just a good scheme and tight coverage.

Moss sustained injures to his groin and abdomen in the first quarter the first time the Raiders and Chargers met last season, and he was largely held in check in December when the two teams met again. He never regained his Hall of Fame-caliber form after his health problems and the numbers back that up ---- he had 466 yards in four games before getting hurt, 539 the rest of the way.

Jammer said Moss looked healthy but tentative in their late-season matchup a year ago ---- perhaps hoping not to aggravate the injury while playing out the string in a lost 4-12 season. And now?

"We know this year he's healthy," Jammer said. "He's going to come into this game running full speed and trying to make some plays. We know they're going to get him the ball as much as possible."

There's another reason to expect a breakout from Moss.

Some believe former coach Norv Turner's misuse of Moss had as much to do with those paltry totals as did Moss' health. With Art Shell taking the helm in Oakland, the Raiders plan to take their attack vertical to take advantage of one of the NFL's most dangerous weapons.

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