Will Moss put the Titans over the top?
The Tennessee Titans were the only team to submit a claim for the recently cut Randy Moss. The addition of Moss makes the Titans an immediate threat in the AFC. The timing couldn’t work out any better for Tennessee, as they have a bye this week and will have two weeks to incorporate Moss into their offense, which is currently ranked 24th overall.
The Titans are 5-3 on the season and sit just a half game behind the division leading Indianapolis Colts. Starting running back Chris Johnson has been less productive than a season ago, but adding a deep threat will open things up for him.
The move also helps quarterback Vince Young tremendously. Young, often criticized for his passing ability, is at his best when he is throwing down the field. Moss is exactly that type of player and will mesh very well with Young.
Tennessee plays in a tough division with the Colts and Texans. but, the addition of Moss gives them an excellent chance for a division title. However, it won't be easy as they still play four games against their two biggest divisional threats and one against the Jags, who are no pushovers either.
The real question is, what effect will Moss bring to Tennessee?
The effect he had on the Patriots a few years ago, making them one of the most dominant offenses of all time or the effect he had in Oakland and his second stop in Minnesota, in which he was not very productive and caused more headaches for his own team than opposing teams.
Personally, I think Moss will have a positive effect for the Tennessee offense. Somewhere in his mind, Moss has to realize teams are running out of patience with him and don’t feel that the risk he brings outweighs the potential reward (as evidenced by only one NFL submitting a claim on him).
The only question mark with Moss is his motivation. He was not motivated to play with Brett Favre and showed this with a lackluster effort to catch a long pass that was easily within reach once he knew a penalty would be called. Perhaps his motivation will be higher with a team that is 5-3 and in legitimate playoff contention than it was for a team that was struggling.
It appears that Moss respects Jeff Fisher not only as a coach, but also as a man. If any coach in the league can get Moss to play hard, it’s Coach Fisher.