Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 3:11 pm

Get a bust ready for Moss

Idiot-talk of the day: Randy Moss, who is said to be retiring, shouldn't be a first-ballot selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Once again I have to remind my righteous peers that it isn't the Life Hall of Fame. It's the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and there is no denying he should be there, no matter what you think about him.

Moss was punk at times. I've watched him disrespect reporters. I've watched him wave off kids seeking autographs. He is not a nice guy. Don't dare try and tell me otherwise.

And, yes, he has loafed at times during games.

But there is no denying what he has done on the field. Look at the numbers. Look at the player.

He is eighth all-time in catches with 954. He is fifth in receiving yards, and all four guys in front of him played a lot longer. He is tied for second in touchdown catches with Terrell Owens with 153, both behind Jerry Rice. Moss had 10 or more in nine seasons.

He averaged 15.6 yards per catch in his career.  Owens and Rice are both at 14.8.

So don't tell me that Moss shouldn’t be an easy Hall pick.

Just because some higher-than-thou selectors might have had a bad experience with him, or he's not the greatest person, doesn't mean he shouldn't get selected.

If that were the case, we'd have to go back in and take out some of those busts in Canton, like the initial guys: O.J. and L.T.

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:57 am

Monday Musings

---I've watched the past two games Randy Moss has played live. One was his last for Minnesota in New England, the other came Sunday in his first for Tennessee. What was the common theme in both: He doesn’t always run hard. That's called loafing. He did it again Sunday. Take a deep look at some of his routes. He isn't running all out. He jogs on some of them. That's inexcusable. Moss had one catch for 26 yards against Miami Sunday. That's not quite the impact the Titans expected when they claimed him on waivers. He's playing for a new contract next season. But if he keeps loafing around, it won't come.

---In yet another reminder of who's catching doesn't matter as much as who's throwing, we bring you the New England Patriots. Tom Brady blistered the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night throwing to rookie tight ends, possession receivers and a speed guy with potential who hasn't done it yet. Like Peyton Manning in Indianapolis and San Diego's Philip Rivers for much of this season, these star passers are proving it's the guys doing the throwing, not the ones catching it that matter.

---You have to give credit to Jason Garrett for getting the Cowboys ready to play against the Giants. His no-nonsense approach might be just what they team needed. If Garrett continues to move the needle up, I think the Cowboys have to give him consideration to stay on after the season. It's too early to say that now, but his first game was sure impressive.

--I can't tell how tough it is to watch the Miami Dolphins offense. It's so predictable. They run on first down. Then run on second down. And then ask the quarterbacks to make a play on third down. When they actually do let the passers go on first down, they have success. Chad Pennington and Chad Henne are lost with injuries, which leaves Tyler Thigpen at quarterback. I think it's time that offensive coordinator Dan Henning quit being so blah in his play-calling. He's in the final year of his contract, and this is likely his last season. Let it loose.  Quit playing such a boring brand of football.

---You have to like what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are building on offense. They are starting a second-year quarterback in Josh Freeman, a rookie receiver in Mike Williams and they're getting contributions from rookie receiver Arrelious Benn and rookie runner
LaGarette Blount. That is a nice group to build around going forward.

---How's that decision to let Matt Leinart walk working in Arizona? Derek Anderson isn't good -- at all.

---The Houston Texans are horrible in pass defense. They can't stop anybody. The secondary features young corners still learning and older safeties that don't run that well. That's a bad combination. The Texans will not make the playoffs, but with Gary Kubiak getting a contact extension last winter, you have to wonder if it matters.

---I think the Browns have their quarterback. Colt McCoy understands the passing game. His arm might not be the greatest, but it's plenty good enough. Accuracy and seeing the field are keys to playing the position. McCoy has it. “No. 12 is a special player," Browns corner Sheldon Brown said of McCoy. "The poise is unreal for a rookie. I never saw anything like that for a rookie. The way the offense plays so hard for him. That whole drive, to see a rookie do that with calm [is unusual]."

---The Steelers have big problems on their offensive line. Both tackles (Willie Colon and Max Starks) are lost for the season with injuries and they played without left guard Chris Kemoeatu against the Patriots. Look for Ben Roethlisberger to run for his life the rest of this season. The defense also might have been exposed against the Patriots. One thing is clear: The way to beat them, as it always has been, is to spread it out and throw. The Pats worked that to perfection Sunday night.


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Tags: Randy Moss
Posted on: November 3, 2010 4:42 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 4:45 pm

Moss to Titans

Randy Moss is a member of the Tennessee Titans.

What does that mean?  Jeff Fisher is a confident head coach.

We know Fisher coaches with an arrogant style -- which I like by the way -- but by claiming Moss the Titans coach has to be prepared to deal with one of the big babies of the NFL.

I think Fisher can handle it, but it still makes no sense. The Titans were awarded Moss on waivers Wednesday, one day after he was let go by the Minnesota Vikings

What I don't understand is why the Titans want him. They are a run-first team with Chris Johnson. They aren't exactly known for their passing game. They have Kenny Britt emerging as a big-time player at receiver, so why bring in a guy who can impact a young player in a bad way. Britt has some injury concerns and maybe it's worse than expected.

Even so, Moss makes little sense. I think his influence on young receivers could hurt the Titans.

I can hear the conversation now.

Moss: Kenny, don't run hard when the play isn't going your way.

Britt: Really, Randy?

Moss: Yeah, save your energy.

Britt: I get it now.

That's called dogging it. If Moss rubs off on Britt that way, it will make this a horrible move.

The Titans and Randy Moss? It just seems like a mismatch to me.

It's like marrying Linday Lohan. Her looks blind the fact she's a train wreck. Moss's speed does the same for him.



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Tags: Randy Moss
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:08 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 4:10 pm

Loafing Moss cut

When it comes to Randy Moss, coaches can tolerate his questioning their authority.

They can handle his crying for the football, and his lack of respect for the media.

They can't handle laziness.

If you're searching for a reason why the Minnesota Vikings took drastic measures by releasing Moss Monday just weeks after trading a third-round pick to the New England Patriots, to get him, you might want to look at a play from the second quarter of the Vikings' 28-18 loss to the Patriots Sunday.

I saw him loaf with my own eyes. At the time, I didn't think it was too big a deal at the time -- after all we've come to expect that -- but it's a pattern with him at almost every stop, one that makes him not worth the aggravation.

This particular loaf came in the second quarter. With the Vikings facing a second-and-11 at the New England 13, Brett Favre threw a pass to the right side to Greg Lewis. It was clear that the play wasn't going to Moss, lined up on the left side, so he jogged his pattern. There was no effort. There was no threat. He loafed.

Later, when he was interfered with on a deep ball, he had a chance to catch the pass after the contact. He didn't even try. That's the stuff that had to get him sent packing. He also had just one catch for 8 yards, although he was doubled much of the day.

Forget the crap after the game where he answered his own questions and dissed the media and the league and his own coach. The team cares nothing about that.

The questioning of coach Brad Childress was the reason either. If that were a reason to release a player, the Vikings would have a tough time suiting up 22 good ones. And Brett Favre might be at the top of that list.

By the way, Moss was right about Childress not kicking a field goal at the end of the half. The Vikings should have gone to the half up 10-7, but instead were tied when Childress decided to go for a fourth-and-goal from the 1 that got stuffed.

Moss questioned that during his weird post-game press conference in which he took no questions, but instead answered his own. Earlier in the locker room, he backed off the crowd of media members around his locker room by barking something, which led to his teammates to howl as if we were wolves.

Now Moss will be begging for attention. But look at the bright side, Randy. You have time to answer all those questions you ask yourself.

Here's one: How can a player be so talented, yet so stupid?

If he actually smiled, Bill Belichick would have a grin from ear to ear on this one. He was right. The Patriots don't need Moss. I was wrong about that, although his absence has shown up in terms of stretching the field for the Patriots.

It's not that Belichick didn't love that talent, but it's just not worth all the loafing.

Brad Childress and the Vikings might have found that out the hard way. It's too bad they got robbed in the process.





Category: NFL
Tags: Randy Moss
Posted on: October 5, 2010 11:08 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 10:01 am

Trading Moss: Bad both ways

The Minnesota Vikings' trade for Randy Moss means one thing: desperation.

Don't get me wrong. I think Moss can play. I think Moss is still a legitimate deep threat.
But the Vikings have to part with a 2011 third-round pick, and then pay Moss a long-term contract.

That's risky for a receiver who is 33 years old. Does he help this season? Yes. And that's what this is all about.

Brett Favre is in the final year of his career -- or so he says -- and the Vikings have to win now. With Sidney Rice out with an injury, it means they lack a big-play receiver.

Moss is still that, but for how long? It;s not a good move for the long-term viability of the franchise.

From the Patriots end, I ask this: What are you thinking doing this?

The Patriots are 3-1, tied for the AFC East lead, and they don't have a deep threat to replace him. Do they think Wes Welker and Julian
Edelman and any other slot receiver can do what they do without Moss's presence on the field?Moss makes those guys go with his ability to stretch a defense. Without him, the dynamic of the offense changes in a big way.

"It would be a lot easier to defend when he isn't there," said one NFC defensive coordinato Tuesday night.

Yes, Moss is unhappy in New England. So what. His job is to play and as long as he's under contract he has no choice but to play.

The Patriots are dumb to trade him. The Vikings are even dumber trading for him.

If you recall, Favre pushed the Packers brass to acquire Moss when he was with Green Bay. Are his fingerprints on this one? Time will tell.

The way I see it, this is a lose-lose for both teams.

Moss will help the Vikings, but it's clear it's Super Bowl or bust for them now. Anything less is failure. It's all about the now. Favre and Moss together. Whew.

As for the Patriots, they are in rebuilding mode. At 3-1, that doesn't make sense. Do they think their special-teams will get two touchdowns every week?

Then again, Bill Belichick's track record on personnel hasn't been so sparkling lately.

I just don't get this one at all.

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