Why the Patriots Won’t Get Randy Moss Back

According to various reports, the Minnesota Vikings have waived Randy Moss one day after his return to Foxboro to play the Patriots.  After the game Randy delivered a press conference for the ages in which he unequivocally stated his love for the New England organization.  Rumor is the Vikings weren’t happy with his press conference and they weren’t happy that he didn’t fly home with the team and instead stayed in Boston to be with his family.  Some have said that because Moss wasn’t officially on the waiver report today, that the Vikings may have reconsidered but Moss said he doesn’t want to be apart of that locker room so long as Brad Childress is in the locker room.

Many in the New England area, (who were so quick to bash Moss after he left) are already yelling for him to come back.  We know Randy would love to come back “home” but does the Kraft family or Coach Belichick want him back?  Moss would have to clear waivers of every team in the league even before the Patriots make their decision to claim him.  It is not often that a Hall of Fame caliber player is just there for the taking.

Moss is a game changer.  If he isn’t lighting up the stat sheet, he at least forces defenses to shift their focus solely on him.  In New England he freed up Wes Welker to do the damage he caused.  Since Moss left Welker has been a non factor.  Once Moss arrived in Minnesota, Percy Harvin was the beneficiary.  Harvin lit up opposing teams because all the focus was on covering Moss.

Moss still has tremendous value on the field. But he has shown his true colors this season, in being outspoken about getting a long term contract to his liking.  No team has stepped up and offered him that and for some reason he is feeling as if his employment is insecure.  Here is a look at the 32 teams and whether they will give Randy a chance. Teams in bold are teams that I feel actually have an interest in Moss.

No win teams

Buffalo- They are 0-7 and playing for draft picks. No point in them taking the salary on as a 9 week rental.

One win teams

Carolina- The Panthers are trying to rebuild and bringing the aging veteran will do them no good

Dallas– I’d venture to say the Cowboys would give Moss a look to make up for not drafting him years ago.  But they already have plenty of depth at wideout in Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and Dez Bryant. I wouldn’t put anything past Jerry Jones.

Two win teams

Cincinnati- They already have two head cases at wide out that have caused Carson Palmer enough grief.  They don’t need a third.

Cleveland- The Browns aren’t going anywhere this season and theres no need to bring in more salary.

Denver- The Broncos passing attack isn’t the problem.  They need a running game.

Minnesota- They had enough of him after three weeks and caused this post happen.

Detroit- As much as I would love to see Randy and Megatron on the same team, it’s not going to happen.

San Francisco– The NFC West is the worst in football and is still up for grabs.  San Fran needs another wideout opposite Crabtree to compliment Gore and Vernon Davis.

Three win teams

San Diego- Phillip Rivers is dying for someone to throw to other than Antonio Gates.  Yes Vincent Jackson is coming back but who knows what kind of shape he will be in?

Arizona- The Cardinals don’t have anyone that can get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald so what’s the point in bringing in Moss?

Four win teams

Miami- The Dolphins have a strong receiving corps in Marshall, Hartline, and Davone Bess. Marshall has already complained about not getting the ball enough.  This wouldn’t be a good fit.

Indianapolis- They have been hurt by the injury bug losing Clark, Collie, and Garcon.  Giving Peyton Manning Randy Moss opposite Reggie Wayne would be devastating to the rest of the AFC.

Houston- The Texans problems aren’t on the offensive side of the ball.  No need for Moss here.

Jacksonville– The Jaguars need a top receiver.  Mike Sims-Walker is not going to cut it if the Jaguars want to make a run at a wide open division title.

Oakland– Will Al Davis want to bring back Moss? The Raiders are in the conversation for a division title.  We know Al Davis loves big names.

Philadelphia- The Eagles have a strong receiving corps with Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

Washington– Donovan McNabb desperately needs someone to compliment Santana Moss.  Santana is more of a possession receiver and would greatly benefit from Randy’s presence. Daniel Snyder would be more than happy to fork over any amount of money to anyone.

Chicago– I’m more than positive Mike Martz is salivating at the present time praying upon prayer that Moss falls into the lap of the Chicago Bears.  With his system, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, and Earl Bennett don’t cut it for QB Jay Cutler.

Seattle- I don’t think I can name 5 guys on this roster.  But they already did part ways with Deon Branch with the theory being they had depth at the position already.

St Louis– Rookie Sam Bradford lost his number one receiver Donnie Avery in the preseason, then lost his number one during the season in Mark Clayton.  Now his number one is Danny Amendola.  Yeah, the Rams could use Moss.

Five win teams

New York Jets– The Jets would do anything to stick it to the Pats especially after the Pats swooped in and claimed Danny Woodhead.  They don’t necessarily need him but they will take him just to mess with New England.

Baltimore- The Ravens are doing just fine right now.  Boldin is a beast, Rice is coming back into form, and the defense is stellar.

Pittsburgh– The Steelers would be an interesting landing spot for Randy.  Mike Wallace has been ok opposite Hines Ward but Moss would make Pittsburgh very dangerous.

Tennessee– Kenny Britt went down with a hamstring injury a week after exploding onto the scene with 3 touchdowns and over 200 yards receiving.  The Titans have never had a big name receiver and may be intrigued by Moss.

Kansas City- The Old Patriot regime would surely like to bring in Moss opposite Dwayne Bowe to give Matt Cassell another weapon.

New York Giants- The Giants have no need for another receiver as they already have Nicks, Smith, and Manningham.

Green Bay- While the Packers are walking wounded, their receiving corps hasn’t been hit by the injury bug yet.

Atlanta– The Falcons may give Moss a look to alleviate some of the pressure on Roddy White.  White is targeted the most week in and week out.  Imagine the stress Moss would induce upon defensive coordinators opposite Roddy?

Tampa Bay- Normally, I’d suggest Randy Moss to the surprising Bucs.  But I feel Raheim Morris and company are confident they can get to the playoffs with their team as is.

New Orleans- Drew Brees can make anyone good and receiving isn’t the problem in The Big Easy.  They need their backfield to get healthy.

And that leaves us with…

New England-I don’t see Moss passing all the aforementioned teams in the waiver process.  No shot in hell.  But if for some reason he does I do think Belichick would take Moss back with the understanding that there is no contract extension.  I do think that the Pats don’t need him back.  In fact I have long said that the Pats are a better team without him.  And they have backed me up on that going 3-0 without him.  To be honest however, I would like to see Randy back in Foxboro just because I’m a sucker for the drama of it all.







What to Look For…

The New England Patriots are off to a somewhat surprising 5-1 start (tied for the division lead) and look to continue to build on the success and the development of their young players as the season progresses.  Contrarily, the Minnesota Vikings are off to a disappointing 2-4 start (3rd place in the NFC North) and are hoping that week 8 marks the beginning of their turnaround.  Here are a few things to look for during Sunday’s Patriots vs. Vikings game:

-How could I start this segment without mentioning Randy Moss?  Moss returns to New England, just four weeks after being traded to Minnesota for a 2010 third round pick.  There are a ton of questions swirling about Moss’ return.  Will he give the Vikings some of the Pats’ defensive calls/signals?  Will he be applauded or booed?  How will coach Belichick and Brady greet Moss after the game?  But the most important question in my mind is how will the Patriots’ game plan and coverage schemes look against Randy Moss.  As I continuously say every week, this secondary is very young and although they get a bit better every week, are guys like Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington ready to individually handle Randy Moss?  I look for a safety to be over the top of Moss all game.  But, one thing we can be sure of is that coach Belichick will have a great game plan on how to contain Moss.  What to look for: What defensive schemes the Patriots’ defense uses to minimize the “Moss-effect.”

-Speaking of game plan, how can you create a game plan for a guy like Adrian Peterson.  Peterson is a one of a kind, once in a generation type of back.  His combination of speed, strength, desire, determination, and just downright pissed-offness (yup, made that one up) is unlike anything that the Patriots have or will see.  Peterson runs harder than any back that I have ever watched play the game.  The key with him is that every year he seems to be amongst the league leaders in yards after contact.  It takes two, three, and sometimes four defenders to take Peterson down.  Tackling will be huge in this game, and I look for Jerod Mayo to lead the charge in attempting to contain Adrian Peterson.  What to look for: How the Patriots’ defense performs against one of the best running backs in the league.

-Last week the Patriots passing offense did not perform up to its usual standards.  I am completely aware that even soon to be Hall of Fame quarterback is allowed to have a bad week once and a great while, but if you put two performances together like that back-to-back, then I begin to worry.  I stand by my notion that this offense seriously lacks a deep threat (with both of the longest passes in each game going to Hernandez, where the yardage was attributed mainly to yards after the catch).  Brandon Tate hasn’t done anything since Moss left.  Deion Branch has been a pleasant surprise, but his production has led to a serious decline in Welker’s impact.  No one seems to be able to get behind the defense (Taylor Price earned co-practice player of the week honors this past week, maybe signaling some upcoming playing time for the young speedster out of Ohio), which after a couple of weeks of film, and safeties creeping closer to the line of scrimmage, will hurt this Patriots’ offense.  What to look for: How the offense continues to evolve, now four weeks (and three games) after the departure of Randy Moss.

-Speaking of practice player of the week awards, Price received the honors along with practice squad corner Tony Carter and the ever-elusive corner Darius Butler.  Butler’s role in the defense has basically dwindled to nothing ever since his disappointing performance in week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Butler’s playing time has essentially been limited to dime or quarters packages (6 or 7 defensive backs on the field).  This has been a major disappointment, especially for me because I really thought that Butler was primed to have a big season.  Receiving recognition for his work in practice may be the first step towards getting back on the field and having a real impact on this defense.  What to look for: How much playing time Darius Butler gets after a great week in practice, and against a talented Minnesota receiving corps.

-I wouldn’t be happy with myself as a source of information and wisdom if I didn’t at least touch on the Brett Favre situation in this post.  We all have heard it a thousand times, Favre is an iron man.  He plays through injuries that other guys would be out weeks with.  Yes, 291 straight starts is very, very impressive.  I’ve got it.  Sadly, Mr. Favre, you playing this week against the New England Patriots is NOT in the best interest of your team.  In 2007, Tavaris Jackson started 12 games (essentially his one season as a starter).  Jackson threw for almost 2,000 yards (with a 58.2% completion percentage), with 9 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.  He also rushed for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Jackson compiled a passer rating of 70.8.  In 2010, Brett Favre, through 6 games, has thrown for almost 1,200 yards (with a 58.1% completion percentage), with 7 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.  Favre has compiled a passer rating of 68.0.  After looking over those stats, let me restate what I said earlier: Sadly, Mr. Favre, you playing this week against the New England Patriots is NOT in the best interest of your team.  What to look for: How the whole Brett Favre/Brad Childress/Tavaris Jackson/Jen Sterger/Roger Goodell/Scottie (oh sorry, nix that last one) saga plays out.

-THIS WEEK’S PREDICTION – Patriots 35 – Vikings 34