Can Randy Moss play left tackle? Or defensive line? If not, there’s no reason for the Seattle Seahawks to try to acquire him.
In a bizarre move by the Minnesota Vikings, the mercurial 33 year old receiver is about to hit the waiver wire, where the Seahawks could claim him if 15 other teams decided not to. The 'Hawks reportedly have expressed interest to Moss’s agent.
It figures, considering the Seahawks were hot bidders for both Brandon Marshall and Vincent Jackson. But it doesn’t make sense, because the Hawks have more pressing concerns than receiver, despite injuries to Mike Williams and Golden Tate.
If Pete Carroll and John Schneider didn’t want T.J. Houshmandzadeh because he talked too much, why would they want a malcontent like Moss, who by his own admission does not give 100 percent on every play?
If the Seahawks managed to claim or sign Moss, it would be one of their three most mind boggling moves this year, along with trading Josh Wilson (whom they could really use right now) and paying Housh $6.15 million to play for Baltimore.
If the New England Patriots, the kings of turning other people’s castoffs into productive team players, gave up on Moss, why would a rebuilding team like Seattle want him?
What the Seahawks really need are some healthy linemen. The Curse of Hutch was in full force on Halloween as No. 2 left tackle Tyler Polumbus and starting left guard Ben Hamilton both were injured, joining No. 1 left tackle Russell Okung, starting right guard Max Unger and top reserve Ray Willis on the sideline.
Polumbus is likely out with a sprained knee, so if Okung can’t come back from his second high ankle sprain this year, the 'Hawks will have to lean on newly returned Chester Pitts at left tackle against the New York Giants. It obviously would be better if Okung returned and Pitts started at left guard.
Then there’s the defensive line, where the 'Hawks suffered two more casualties Sunday and could be without three starters this week.
Red Bryant, whose knee was rolled up on by teammate Chris Clemons, appears to be the worst off as Carroll told reporters, “He’s going to be out a while at best.”
With Brandon Mebane (calf) possibly out for a third straight game and Colin Cole (ankle) questionable, the 'Hawks could be without three D-line starters.
As for the receivers, Williams (bruised knee) seems questionable and Tate (sprained ankle) looks like he’ll be doubtful. But the 'Hawks still have Brandon Stokley, who apparently is close to healthy again after a strained oblique sidelined him for much of the past two games, plus Deon Butler and Ben Obomanu.
The receivers had a tough game in Oakland, with Williams dropping a potential touchdown pass, Tate having trouble staying in bounds on catches, Stokley playing only seven snaps and Butler not getting enough separation for Matt Hasselbeck’s throws. Of course, it would have helped if Hasselbeck had had more time to throw.
Speaking of Hasselbeck, he’s starting to get rocked like he has been for the past three years. He was sacked eight times by the Raiders and was pulled late in the game after he got dinged in the head. He has been sacked 13 times over the past two games and 22 overall, and now faces a Giants defense that, with 24 sacks this season, has to be licking its chops at the prospect of going against Seattle’s mess of a line.