New York Media Q&A With Santana Moss

The New York media talk to the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week about his performance, his brother, and his abilities.

Q: Congratulations on your Player of the Week award.

A: Oh, I appreciate it.

Q: You're getting those pretty often now, right?

A: I mean, I'm taking them as they come.  I'm not turning them down, I know that for sure.

Q: Are you disappointed you won't be going against your brother this week?

A: Not at all.  I know people will be making a big deal out of this, but we're trying to win a game.  My brother will get his chance and I'm pretty sure he wouldn't mind getting it this coming weekend, but right now I'm thinking it's more important to win a game.  It would be nice to see him play and everything, but he's a young guy and he has plenty of time to play.  My main focus is trying to win.

Q: Do you get a sense of how frustrated he is by this injury and how things have gone?

A: No, I don't have a sense.

Q: Do you guys talk about it?

A: Yeah, we talk a lot, but we don't talk about that, because that's stuff that you can't worry about.  You can't mope around about something that you can't control.  This is something that we do, so things like that happen.  He's dealing with it the best way he knows how to.  I don't try to mention it because I know that's not helping it, by talking about it.

Q: You can sympathize a bit with your rookie year, can't you?

A: I don't go through all of that now.  I'm not trying to bring that up right now.  I'm beyond that.  I like to move on.  That's way back in the Wonder Years, if you ask me.

Q: What do you see in him that reminds you of yourself?

A: It's crazy, I can't really see that there's a lot of things…I mean, people might look at him and see it more than I would.  I feel like he's his own self.  I think he has some attributes that I have, when it comes to speed and stuff like that, but when it comes to his style of play, I think we're different.  People are looking at us saying we're similar because of the way we run, or we're similar because of this or that, but I really just let them deal with all of that.  I really don't critique him that much to know how much we have similarities. I just critique him on stuff that I think he needs to get better at.

Q: In what ways do you think his style of play is different than yours?

A: He's more of a script-runner.  He's a stronger runner.  I'm more of a short sprinter (and) he's a longer runner.  I short-sprint, and he can run pretty much whatever he – He can run around the track.  He can run the long races, he can run the short races.  I'm more of a short runner.

Q: Based on the way you played last week, and your last game against the Giants at the end of last season, are you expecting big things this week?

A: I take whatever I get.  I just go out and work and whatever comes up, I'm going to take advantage of it.  I've never been a guy to shoot my horn before it's time.  I know the Giants aren't stupid.  They know what I can do.  They've seen it every week and they also remember from the last time they played me.  I don't know what to expect from them, so before I go there, I expect the worst.  I'll get triple-teamed, double-teamed, I never know what I might have, so I have to get that out of my mind and be ready for whatever.  I never go into a game and (think that) because I did this to you last year it's going to happen again.  I know people better than that on this level.

Q: You've had some excellent success against the Giants, especially in the past couple of seasons.  Does that give you confidence, or is this a whole new set of defensive backs you'll go against?

A: I'm going to be confident regardless of who I face and who I go up against.  I don't really look at a team and see what I've done to them to give me confidence.  My confidence is way within.  I'm just going to go out there and be me.  I'm confident enough to do that.  I think that what I keep in perspective about this game is, you get game-playing around.  I'm not going to be out there wondering is Santana going to catch everything and have a hell of a day today and try to top everybody else.  I know that's not how this game is played.  If I was a defense, I'm going to take away their script, the people that I feel like are the most important people and let somebody else beat me, and that's what I'm expecting. But if it happens differently, I would be more than happy to assess in a different fashion.

Q: Where does your ability to run after you catch the ball come from?

A: God-given, I guess.  It's just a (feeling) inside, knowing I might not get the chance again.  I pretty much – You know how people say, ‘live life like it's your last day'?  I kind of take my catches like that.  Catch this ball and leave some wind like this might be your last catch.  I sprinted in high school.  In high school I played on the varsity team --My first year of playing varsity was 10th grade.  I didn't even play ninth grade.  I came to varsity in my 10th-grade year and as a starter, I didn't even have a catch until the last three games of the season.  That was my only attempt, was the last three games of the season.  And people might look at it as seeming strange, but I didn't see it as strange that my head coach kind of put me through a time of just being hungry and just being able to appreciate what he had given me.  He gave me a bit of perspective of I'm not out here just to be this guy, or be the star all the time.  You have to work for yours.  From that day on, even when he did start throwing (me) the ball that next year, my junior year, I was getting a ball a game, and it was like if you missed that ball, you won't get a ball again.  It was almost like he was just trying to make sure I was hungry.  And then my senior year, he came to me and said, ‘Hey, it's time.'  And I'm looking like, ‘Dang,' so I guess I proved to him that I was hungry enough to get more receptions or to get more attempts.  I kind of think that today I appreciate it because it built me to be the guy that I am.  It built me to be the guy who's not worried about the ball.  It built me to be the guy who'll just be patient and know that my number is going to be called, because they're not going to let somebody go to waste out there.

Q: One thing Coach Gibbs said about you was that you have this great ability to adjust to the long ball in the air.  Where does that come from?  Is that another god-given thing?

A: I guess over time when you just keep doing it and you just get good at it, it might be just repetition.  I've always been a guy who'll go after everything that I can.  I've tried to always judge it the best that I can, and when you do it over and over and over – In college I used to always be a guy who was a victim of outrunning a lot of quarterbacks, and I used to have to adjust to come back and get balls.  That's not saying that the quarterback didn't have an arm, it's just that I might be off a little bit.  I'd always have to come back and get balls, or come back and jump up to things.  When you have repetition of something a lot, you get better at it and it's natural now to me.

Q: When you were with the Jets, there was a belief that you were soft.  Did you believe that, or was that something you had to deal with?

A: You show me a fact and then I can talk to you about it.  I don't speak on stuff that's not fact.  That's fiction to me, because it never was said to me.  It never was told to me.  That's something that I can't even comment on.  If you pick up my rep sheet at the Jets and watch me catch balls across the middle and watch me do the things I did at the Jets, it won't be said that way.  You know I have a problem talking to people?  The reason I have a problem talking to people is because people find things that they hear from one person and they try to take it as what it is.  If that was the case, then I wouldn't be the guy on the field doing what I was doing for the Jets.  It is what it is.  Like I said before, that stuff is way back there, and I'm going to leave it back there.  I knew with them what I could do, and that's why the Redskins have me over there doing it.

Q: Your youngest brother is now in college.  How much is he like you and Sinorice in terms of body size, speed and ability?

A: He's a different type of – He's a taller guy, a much taller guy.  He has probably the better hands of all of us.  He has big hands and he can run about 4.4, 4.5, so he's fast and everything.  He's a much different style of receiver.

Q: How much taller is he?

A: He's 6' 6".

Q: A couple of weeks ago everyone was wondering where the Redskins' offense was.  What happened in the last couple of weeks where you guys found it?

A: We were just trying to find ourselves.  It takes time.  We have a new offense.  We have to do things the way they're supposed to be done, and when it happens, it happens.  The thing takes time.  Everybody wants to see something now, and that's the thing that we don't realize in life.  We all want something now, and it's not always going to happen now.  It was almost like us being patient, just making sure that we took care of the little things, and when the little things are taken care of then the things that you see now will happen, and that's what's happening. 

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