Brian Billick: 'Keep Throwing it to That Guy'

Posted Sep 7, 2017

Brian Billick hardly watched film on Randy Moss before the 1998 NFL Draft. He didn’t think there was a chance the Vikings could get him at No. 21.

But once the wide receiver landed in Minnesota, the former Vikings offensive coordinator knew he had something special.

Cris Carter reiterated Moss’ talent to Billick.

“Cris Carter, he used to run a workout session down in Fort Lauderdale. Randy goes down there, and Cris calls and he says, ‘Brian, you have no idea how good this kid is,’ ” recalled Billick, now an analyst at NFL Network. “I said, ‘I know, Cris, his ability, and I watched the tape…’ And he says, ‘No, Brian. You don’t understand. You have no idea how good this kid is.’ When Cris Carter is blown away, it says something.”

Billick’s offense scored a then-record 556 points, averaging 34.8 points per game.

And in an offense that featured Moss, Carter and Jake Reed at receiver, Robert Smith at running back, Andrew Glover at tight end and future Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel at guard, Billick said he simply tried to stay out of the way of all the talent.

Billick said Moss’ performance on Monday Night Football against Green Bay will forever be etched into his memory.

“Denny Green was so great to coach for because he didn’t intrude on your play-calling,” Billick said. “But after the first two passes to Randy (against Green Bay), he flipped over (to me on the headset) and said, ‘Brian, I’m not telling you how to do your job, but I’d keep throwing it to that guy.’ ”

Moss finished with five catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Billick became Baltimore’s head coach in 1999 and won Super Bowl XXXV with the Ravens.

But he cherishes the one season with Moss and the chance to see his gifts up close.

“Randy Moss is the most talented receiver in the history of this game. Period. ” Billick said. “I can only speak to my reference point, but since I’ve been in this game as a player, coach and now analyst, he is the most gifted wide receiver in the history of the game.