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September 5, 2012
Moss: Lambeau's a nice place to start a comeback


Randy Moss began an impromptu session with reporters by saying he didn't want to talk about his history at Lambeau Field. But that's exactly where he ended the 4:15 interview.

"I think I played in Lambeau maybe 14, 15 times," he said. "I've played there a lot of times. It's in the teens, double digit. I've had success on that field, won and lost. I just don't like people bringing up the old stuff."

"I try to have fun with the fans, try to have fun. But at the same time, I want to go out and compete. So I think it's a good thing that my comeback -- or whatever you want to consider it - Lambeau's a nice place to start it."

For the record, Moss has caught 15 touchdowns against the Packers, eight of them at Lambeau Field. He's visited Lambeau eight times. Here's the Q&A with Moss as he was coming off the practice field:

RM: Y'all got two questions. What are they? I don't want to hear nothing about Lambeau Field. Make it fast.

Q: Is preparing for a game like riding a bike for you?
RM: No, not at all. You've got to prepare yourself, because if you're not prepared, how are you going to have success. I prepare myself every day, from minincamp, training camp to now. Today is the first day of Week One. I feel pretty good and I'm excited. It feels good to be back in the league. It feels good I made the team. I'm very excited. I look forward to a good game Sunday.

Q: Has the film study changed?
RM: As far as the knowledge I have for the game, it hasn't really changed. Now that I'm back in the game, it makes me a little bit more eager to get in there and study and really know what I see. I've been in the league long enough to know what type of coverages I see and what type of coverages are going to be thrown my way. I just try to study hard and make sure I'm on top of my game when called.

Q: How did you feel about the preseason games?
RM: It kind of felt weird. It just felt weird because I was trying to get to know these guys, and they were trying to get to know me and how I play the game and things like that. I've never tried to be an individual. At the same time, I was new to the organization. Like I said, man, I just wanted to make this team. I just wanted them to be able to count on me when called. That's what I'm going to continue to do all season.

Q: What's unique about this team?
RM: Just being young and full of energy. I've said time and time again I love being around this group. These guys are so young and so energetic. They love to have fun. When you boil it all down, we're nothing but big kids. We have fun in the locker room. We're serious on the field, but we like to have fun also. It just feels good ..."

Q: What are you expecting to see out of Charles Woodson?
RM: I know that Charles is playing safety and he's the nickel back on their three-wide, four-wide packages. You know, Charles Woodson - I've always followed his career. We came in together. We were at the Heisman together. We were on the high school Parade first-team all-American together. So I've followed Charles throughout his whole career, his collegiate career. I'm very happy to see Charles doing what he's doing and still doing it at a high level. As far as our film study, Charles is still out there making plays like any other man in this league. So we're not singling him out, but at the same time we've got to know where Charles Woodson is at all times."

Q: There's been so much rotating of WRs in the preseason. Do you feel you have a good rapport with Alex Smith?
RM: No ... I don't think any receiver really feels that they're where they want to be going into the season. The only thing that I can really hang my hat on is, we've put enough work in to go into Week 1. That's all I can really say. I look forward to going out here on Sunday in a historical field such as Lambeau and all the history they have. Like I said, I'm ready for the challenge.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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