Desire: Does Jarvis Moss Have It?

PunkusAnalyst IAugust 1, 2009

KANSAS CITY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jarvis Moss #94 of the Denver Broncos looks on the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 28, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 33-19.  (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


You have to want it, and you have to want it badly.

Life does not make it a habit of just handing you something, you have to work for it, you have to want it, especially when it comes to playing football.

Even at the High School level you have to put in the time, go to the weight room, watch the tape, practice until you can do it in your sleep, push yourself beyond your limits to succeed.

Jarvis Moss is no longer sure that he has the desire. 

Several team sources have confirmed that Moss left Dove Valley Saturday without practicing and has informed the Denver Broncos that he is contemplating whether he wants to continue playing football.  

Coach Josh McDaniels explained that,"[Moss] was excused [from practice] for a very personal reason. I am going to respect that, and I hope everybody else does, too."

Despite being drafted as the 17th overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, Moss never fully realized his potential as a defensive end with the Broncos over the past few seasons.

Hampered by a fractured right fibula in his rookie year, Moss played only sparingly for the Broncos over the past two seasons, amassing career stats of only 19 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Too small to play Defensive End in the 3-4 defense that is being implemented in Denver this year, Jarvis was moved to outside linebacker to make better use of his 6'6" 265 lb frame.  

Jarvis seemed to be excited about this change of position which many NFL scouts and commentators thought he was best suited to play coming out of college.

"It's a brand new start for me," Moss said. "I'm going to continue to work hard, pray, and everything will take care of itself."

Moss had been working out with the Broncos all offseason, and despite being low on the depth chart he seemed to be in fine spirits.

Something must have changed his thinking though, as he is now contemplating retirement.

Maybe he couldn't handle being that low on the depth chart, no longer the big man on campus that he maybe was at Florida, and couldn't handle the pressure that his high draft status put on him. 

Maybe he felt like he couldn't keep up physically with the other guys, and that it is only a matter of time.

Perhaps he feels unwanted, as it was reported that Denver tried to trade him for a seventh round pick during the draft.

Maybe he cannot hang with the rest of the team mentally, with the strain of learning a new more complex defensive system.

Whatever his reasoning is, Moss has doubts about whether or not he wants to continue to play football, and you cannot have that.

Moss is paid to play, and it takes a commitment of all that you are. Your body, your time, your energy, everything. 

But he doesn't know if he wants to play anymore.

It all comes down to how badly you want it. You need to live it, and if he has his doubts about it then this may be the end of Jarvis Moss' career.

After an action like this, the likelihood that Moss makes the Denver Broncos 53-man roster is remote. 

If you didn't have him there already, Broncos fans can officially call Jarvis Moss a bust.

If he is having doubts now, then I think it is safe to say that he no longer wants to play. 

He just doesn't have that essential quality.

You need to want it.

You need to have that Desire.