Randy Moss

Randy Moss

My son has every jersey Moss ever played in, I think, home and road … :- ) After Moss’ 175 yards (or whatever) in the 2007 opener for the Patriots, we were listening to John Clayton on the radio. Clayton may be the best-prepared sportswriter I have ever listened to.  Love the guy.  He is what a sportswriter should be. But.  Clayton was asked about Moss’ chances to have a renaissance in New England and he’s like, “forget it. I watched that game and he is slow. They’ll adjust next week and that will be the end of it.” John (my son) and I just about fell out of our chairs. I’m thinking, either Mr. Clayton or I do not understand the game of football … seriously, that is exactly the thought I had at the time… True. Nobody is as fast at 30 as they were at 26. But that doesn’t take away what makes Jerry Rice, or Steve Largent, or Randy Moss what they are. This one was a no-brainer, and it seemed like nobody (other than the Pats) saw the coal pile in the ballroom. Sixteen games and 23 touchdowns later, Moss and the Patriots had emerged from the pile of crumpled paper cups rather cleanly, we think...

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Check the year-by-year receiving TD leaders. Moss had (roughly) enough touchdowns in 2007 to LEAD! ... L-E-A-D the NFL for BOTH 2005 and 2006. Moss didn't just put up two seasons' worth of performance in one year. Moss put up two (2) GREAT seasons' worth of touchdowns -- in one season. Combine Steve Smith's sensational scoring in 2005, with Terrell Owens' superstar performance in 2006? And Randy Moss did both of those things in one year. …………………. Moss isn’t a freak of nature; he is Steve Largent with more athleticism. It is Moss’ concentration and his field vision that make him who he is. His essential attributes are suburban Larry Bird, not inner-city Shawn Kemp. Moss knows where the defenders are, when other WR’s do not, and that is precisely what allows him to go around or over them for the ball. He is not just grabbing for the ball hoping to get lucky; he is picking the ball clean like an NBA guard who flashes his hand to the inside of an opponent’s hand for a steal. Moss hangs on to the leather with one hand when he is being rocked, why? … because he chooses to pay attention to the leather, and he chooses not to pay attention to whether he will get poked in the eye or not. Moss throws no-look laterals because he is aware of where teammates are, earlier than other players do. The incredible leaping ability camoflages Moss’ real talents, which are talents of the mind. We shouldn’t pigeonhole black players as being athletes first when it is just as possible that their work ethic, toughness, and will to win are the keys. It is true that Moss was physically blessed with huge, strong hands. It's also true that Michael Jordan was blessed with very long lower legs. For a long time in the 80’s, people thought Michael Jordan’s essential attribute was his body. It was not. Jordan's essential attribute was a determination to impose his will. That is precisely what you are seeing when Randy Moss wrestles the ball away from two defenders. It's the NFL version of MJ thundering around the corner to dunk over a center. ……………. Personally don’t prep for NFL roto drafts (much) any more, but there is a field-level view that is much MORE important in football than it is in baseball. Now we can understand why Salisbury gets so frustrated with Clayton sometimes. Clayton is a work fanatic though. Gotta love the guy. Glad he’s in the HOF. …………… Rice, Largent, and others were stars well into their 30's. I expect Randy Moss to be a great receiver for the next six years, at least. The Patriots may become the NFL's greatest modern dynasty. ………………… Chuck Knox once said, "when one of theirs beats two of yours, there isn't a thing you can do about it, from a coaching standpoint." :- ) So imagine yourself preparing for Moss and Brady. It's just about as hopeless a situation as you could face from an X's and O's standpoint. ……………. You wonder why GM's in all sports gamble on players with injury and character issues? It's because you can wind up with a Randy Moss by taking a player nobody else would. One hit like that makes up for an awful lot of swings and misses :- ) 2007 was a whale of a fun year to watch sports in Boston. Sometimes a dice roll comes up box cars. Cheers, jemanji