Is Randy Moss Finished? It Depends…

Mar 4, 2011

By Ryan Houle,
It would be a shame if the last image of Randy Moss’ NFL career was a Titans #84 and a seat on the bench.  Moss is fifth all-time in career touchdowns with 154, and third all-time in career receiving touchdowns. His touchdown per season rate exceeds that of Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.  Moss was also the touchdown leader on the two highest scoring offenses in the history of the NFL – the ‘98 Vikings and the ‘07 Patriots. Anyone claiming Moss is anything but one of the most productive wide receivers to ever step on an NFL field is focusing on the style of Moss’ personality and ignoring the substance of his production.
Even in 2010, with anger boiling over and his career crumbling around him, he was one of the most dangerous receivers in the game.  Through the first eight games of the season with the Patriots and Vikings he had five touchdowns, 22 receptions, and a 14.2 yards per catch average on 47 targets.  The bottom fell out in Tennessee, but the bottom fell out of everyone last year in Tennessee.
Years ago, in Oakland, it looked like Moss was done.  In 2006 he played in 13 games but had only three touchdowns and 553 yards receiving.  Everyone thought he was past his prime.  Too angry.  A quitter.  And he might have been all those things.  But when plugged into the right situation, he was still able to turn history on its end.
Obviously, Moss has profound flaws.  On a team going nowhere, or one with weak leadership at the top of the food chain, Moss can be a grizzly bear on meth.  But remember in 2008 when the Patriots went 11-5 without Tom Brady and Moss caught 11 touchdowns from an unproven Matt Cassell, and as late as 2009 he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns.
In 2011, everything depends on where Moss goes.  Don’t write him off until you see where he signs.  If he goes to a team with a  proven quarterback, and with someone under the headset who understands that managing personalities is the number one responsibility for professional coaches, Moss can still be a #1 wide receiver.  Will he catch 23 touchdowns like he did in 2007?  Probably not.  But 10-12 touchdowns and 800 to 1000 yards receiving are absolutely within reach.  And that puts him near the top of your draft sheet again.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. houlios1
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Just read St. Louis might be interested in Moss. Makes some sense with McDaniels there, awful wrs and a young stud QB. Great landing place for Moss, especially with an incentive laden contract.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    That wouldn’t be a bad spot. Plus, I think Bradford wouldn’t be intimidated.

  3. grandlarsony
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    That’s an interesting take…too bad it’s all wrong. Though the writing is flawless, flowing and returns me to the days of Grantland Rice and Herbert Warren Wind.

  4. LestersLegends
    March 4th, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    I think he can still have a decent year if he’s motivated. Of course, that’s a big if, but he should come at a discount. Depending on when you get him, it may be worth the risk.

  5. houlios1
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Moss was saying last year how he wanted one more big contract and to get endorsements and such. You’d think a heavily incentive-laden deal would get him back on his best behavior if he really wants more $$$.

    And yeah, you know Bradford and McDaniels will be close. They can handle Moss as long as Spags doesn’t go Full-Childress on the situation.

  6. LestersLegends
    March 4th, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Hopefully wherever he lands he realizes he’s on ultra thin ice.

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