I mentioned earlier today that former Vikings receiver and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter ripped Matt Millen for drafting Charles Rogers and Mike Williams. Carter criticized Millen for not asking his opinion on either of the two busts since Carter worked out with both of them prior to their drafts and knew they wouldn't be good NFL receivers. Here's Carter's exact quote:
"Matt Millen, do a little undercover work," Carter said today. "Williams and Charlie Rogers both worked with out with me before the draft, and I could have told them, 'don't draft neither one of them.' ... Never asked me."
As it turns out, Carter is nothing more than a big liar. Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson dug up a couple quotes from Carter that prove just that.
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.”
I would be very interested in hearing Carter's excuse for making such different statements about Rogers and Williams now compared to back when they were each going into the NFL. Why would Millen ask for Carter's opinion when his opinion was known to the public? On top of that, would Carter's opinion behind closed doors be different than what he said to those two papers? Regardless of the answer to that question, it's pretty obvious that Cris Carter is a liar and really shouldn't be calling out anyone. Although Matt Millen is an easy target for criticism, at least be truthful when bashing him. It's not that hard.