Cris Carter Hammers Matt Millen On-Air With His Ego And A Flat Out Lie

Monday, September 29, 2008

I thought Cris Carter was a good hire for ESPN when they brought him on to replace Sean Salisbury, and while he hasn't really disappointed, he's certainly not doing much to improve his reputation. He verbally threatened Will Leitch a few months back and now he's taken to flat out lying on-air.

The topic of Matt Millen's firing came up on Sunday Countdown and when drilling the former Lions GM's drafting downfalls, he had this to say....

“Matt Millen – do a little undercover work. (Mike) Williams and Charlie Rogers both worked out with me before the draft. I could have told him, don’t draft neither one of them. (He) never asked me.”- Cris Carter
Okay then. That's kind of an egotistical way to go about discussing a topic, and I guess Carter's opinion is well thought of in the Football community, but there's one small problem. According to Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, he actually WAS asked back in 2003 and 2005 by two separate newspapers, and he had a completely different view of the two receivers before they were drafted....
That’s interesting because here is what you said about both players just before they were drafted. Carter’s comments about Rogers, to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel just before the 2003 draft: “He’s very similar – and I don’t like to make a lot of comparisons – to Randy (Moss) in a sense, a big basketball player playing wide receiver. He’s the only receiver that’s come out since Randy that you can make an honest comparison to. He has a yearning to learn.”

And Carter’s comments about Williams, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press just before the 2005 draft: “I think he’s going to be a great player. I think people will be surprised at the kind of person he is. He’s really a hard worker. He takes his training very seriously and wants to be very good.”

So much for consistency.
It's one thing to forget a prediction or two as you go through the season, but something like this is pretty egregious mistake. I still find it funny that media members rarely go back and look up what they said when they spout off at the mouth like this. I'm no pro at the Internet, but it should be pretty easy to just Google "Cris Carter Mike Williams Draft", if you can't remember what you said 3 to 5 years ago.

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Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:38 PM


"Hi. My name is Chris Carter and I'm a liar."

Shit, wrong picture to caption.

jeff m said...
Sep 29, 2008, 2:02:00 PM  

When was the last time a former jock-turned-analyst had anything worthwhile to say? Maybe Tom Brookshire?

Bruce said...
Sep 29, 2008, 2:27:00 PM  

Brookshier was great, Carter is impossible to listen to, yelling, bragging, begging any NFL team to shovel money into his pockets for another failure at playing NFL ball.

Dan Fouts wasn't too bad, Solomon Wilcots, not bad either.

Cris Carter is a loudmouth douche.

Does he mention every week how he could still play? Seems that he does.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 3:09:00 PM  

You'd be bitter, too if you realized that every week you looked more and more like Steve Urkel.

Stiller guy said...
Sep 29, 2008, 3:45:00 PM  

I'm not defending Cris Carter, but remember something you guys what these guys say to the media is completely different compared to what they say to coaches and GM's off the record. Sure he said that they were great players but that doesn't mean he wouldn't have told them behind closed doors, don't take certain players because they may not fit their system or might not be a great pick in the top 10.

i'm not saying he's a liar or not a liar, I'm just saying that what people say on camera are totally different than what they say behind closed doors. He gave the media the "politically correct" answer. I have never seen someone say before a draft that was asked about a top player say, "Oh yeah this guy sucks, I wouldn't even take him in the third round." No way Carter would have said that.

I believe Cris Carter's opinion is well thought of in the football community if he worked with them before the draft. Carter saying that about someone that he has never worked out is not good, but Carter worked these guys out himself and he knows what makes a great receiver and horrible receiver.

Don't call him a liar until you think about all the possibilities involved.

MKRob said...
Sep 29, 2008, 4:01:00 PM  

MKRob, I understand you and that's a valid point, but, if Carter didn't really think much of either guy, then why is he comparing them to Randy Moss?

GMoney said...
Sep 29, 2008, 4:13:00 PM  

Any receiver that is 6'3, 6'4 or 6'5 with good hands could be compared to Randy Moss just because they are tall and have good hands. That's the only thing you could use size and hands because neither Williams nor Rogers ran even close to Randy Moss' 40 yard time. A full comparison to Randy Moss is Calvin Johnson, size, hands and speed. Mike Williams and Charles Rogers only had 2 out of the 3.

Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams were compared to Randy Moss as well. I have heard people compare Bills rookie wide receiver James Hardy and former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tyrone Calico compared to Randy Moss as well.

Comparisons are sometimes some similarities not the complete package of the guy they are being compared to.

They never compared Randy Moss to anyone because there has never been a receiver like Moss in the league. The last tall receiver like that was Harold Carmichael and he was slow as Christmas.

Bottom line: From now on any receiver than comes in at 6'4+ and some good hands will be comapred to Randy Moss. Whether they suck or not. said...
Sep 29, 2008, 6:25:00 PM  

Cocaine's a helluva drug.

Anonymous said...
Sep 29, 2008, 6:26:00 PM  

Rogers ran 4.28 at the 2002 combine, moss ran 4.25 at FSU. Rogers is 6'3", Moss 6'4". Rogers was unreal his last year at MSU. People forget that.

Anonymous said...
Sep 29, 2008, 7:17:00 PM  

This site has Rogers running a 4.40, big difference between 4.2 and 4.4. said...
Sep 29, 2008, 8:59:00 PM  

Maybe Millen will go back to broadcasting.

Referee: "Offsides, Defense, #97, unabated to the quarterback..."
Millen: "He was baited."

Anonymous said...
Oct 2, 2008, 12:04:00 AM  

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