Moss is on his third team this season—Tennessee is his third team in just four weeks. That’s the way it goes for a guy who just might be the most skilled and least respected wide receiver to ever play in the NFL
Moss must take a lot of the blame for that.
One of Moss’s biggest problems is that he may never live down his infamous declaration—“I play when I want to play”—regrettably uttered a few years ago during the final days of his first stint with the Minnesota Vikings.
Moss’s harshest critics say the tall, soft-handed pass catcher will always be about himself. Even if that's true, is he so different from others who play his position?
We all know that wide receivers can be divas, craving the attention usually reserved for the quarterback. But the fact is, without the graceful, sometimes impossible, catches receivers make, most quarterbacks wouldn’t look so good—Hall of Fame passer Terry Bradshaw can certainly attest to that.
Critics will also point to the fact that he seems to only run one pass route—let’s call it the "go long Randy" route— but others will gleefully add, with little proof, that Moss is a locker room chemistry killer.
But for me, 154 is what stands out. That’s how many touchdowns Randy Moss has scored in his 13-year career, which is fourth all-time.
Then there's his deceptively fast speed. Moss has been clocked sprinting an amazing 4.2 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He’s still that fast by the way.
I could go on, but you get the point. Talent should be recognized, not moods.
That said, let’s look at the current state of affairs. Randy Moss is a member of the Tennessee Titans, a team contending for the playoffs and in dire need of the deep threat that Moss provides.
Moss’s talents will probably benefit quarterback Vince Young the most. Young will now have a real field-stretcher to throw to as a primary weapon for the first time in his career.
The addition of Moss will also open up the field for talented All-Pro running back Chris Johnson, who will likely see even more holes to run through as a direct result of Moss's presence.
In Minnesota, a moody Moss lavished a little too much love on his old team (the New England Patriots) while catching next to nothing playing against them in a losing effort. Further, reports are that he was extremely rude to a caterer who provided a team meal last week.
Hence, Moss became an easy fall guy for troubled head coach Brad Childress, who is leading a season gone bad in Minnesota. It was obvious to everyone that things were falling apart long before Moss arrived—right Brett Favre?!
Yes, I know it is hard to like a guy like Randy Moss, so talented and wealthy that it's infuriating when he gives minimal effort.
But the bottom line is that the guy can still play—when he wants to. That one-handed touchdown catch he made earlier this season as a Patriot over New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was one of the best I’ve ever seen.
My gut feeling is that Moss will want to play for the Titans.