Randy Moss and Kenny Britt: Two's a Crowd on the Tennessee Titans
It may seem like an eternity away, but already eager NFL fans are speculating the Tennessee Titans bright future and potential playoff spot, after the Music City successfully acquired wide receiver Randy Moss just three days ago.
In Tennessee, just three simple things matter: music, a solid portrayal of patriotism and of course the states only child, the Tennessee Titans.
But what Tennessee is less than famous for in its 50 year history (including the Houston Oiler days), is an obsession with requiring egotistical talent, or in modern day folklore, diva receivers.
No, the Titans have always been a clean organization. Perhaps this is a replica of the entire states attitude and perception of life, but for the most part the Titans have managed to keep their noses clean and out of trouble—if you exclude Pacman Jones in 2005-2006.
So what have the Titans done to stand out amongst a rather brute and unforgiving AFC South crowd?
Nothing too major. Who am I kidding, Tennessee have gained one of the most controversial wide receivers in today's game, one of whom has now seen the locker rooms of four total NFL teams in his 12 year career.
In the Titans defense, they have answered their needs quite well. Wide receiver Kenny Britt was injured in Week 9 against the San Diego Chargers, and in the typical NFL checkmate way, head coach Jeff Fisher saw it necessary to take advantage of Brad Childress' waiver-happy ways.
Speaking of Kenny Britt though, perhaps it is fair to say that No. 18 is a little put out by Randy Moss' latest team decision.
Okay, so in all fairness Kenny Britt is more than likely happy to be sharing the field with an NFL veteran and surefire Hall of Famer in the coming years.
But aside from the praise and happy days during Britt's injury, how will these two work on the field later in the year?
As of several days ago, the status on Kenny Britt's injury doesn't look overly good. With a hamstring injury in hand, the longest possible absence for the talented wide receiver appears to be six to eight weeks, differentiating on whether or not the Titans make the playoffs.
Therefore, Randy Moss has plenty of time to settle in Tennessee.
However, if Tennessee somehow topple the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South, this explosive duo may be displayed for the whole world to see in a matter of time.
And how will the two perform?
It's a question that is tough to answer.
First, it is important to take on board the recent series of events that unfolded in Minnesota, considering that Randy Moss has been more or less labeled as one of the main reasons for the Vikings down turn, and his lack of performance has only made matters worse.
Second, Randy Moss is the kind of player who strives to fill the "go-to guy" role. In the 1990s, Moss was privileged enough to be the franchise player in his first round with Minnesota, and later on in life with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, Moss was also target No. 1 above Wes Welker.
Now it's Tennessee's turn to take on Moss and his problems. With 313 yards and five touchdowns, Moss' stats have been padded a little due to Tom Brady, especially since he only played in a total of four games for the Vikings.
Relating this situation to the past for a moment, we have seen the issue of two talented wide receivers on the same team, working out quite well. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin managed to accumulate a Super Bowl appearance during their time in Arizona, and although no championship success was seen, this is a prime example of what good recruiting can do for a team.
On the other hand however, there is also the negative aspect, and who better to illustrate this point than Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, who continue to cancel each other out in Cincinnati, as one of the two is struggling at the present time.
I guess what I'm trying to say here is that the Titans have a situation on their hands. Luckily Jeff Fisher won't have to deal with the issue of both players on the field just yet, and who knows, Randy Moss may overstay his welcome down south, and be deported on the next team plane to another new city.
As long as Randy Moss is in Tennessee though, Kenny Britt may have to get used to the second best role. The young Rutgers recruit has already become a prime target for former Texas Longhorn Vince Young, and has managed to add some serious spice to the Titans receiving game, something that was lacking in years prior.
Already Britt has added to this stellar resume this season, piling on the yards and touchdowns. 434 yards and seven touchdowns are phenomenal statistics for a second year player, and it's a shame that a potential Pro Bowl season has been cut short to a career defining injury.
Still, the Titans continue to count their blessings after acquiring Randy Moss. After a recent interview, Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher stated how bigger turning point this signing is for his team.
"This is a great opportunity for him," Jeff Fisher said. "It's a fresh start. We've got a great locker room. They'll accept him. I'm confident he'll accept his new teammates as well."
Maybe the final four words of that sentence will be put to the test when Kenny Britt returns. Yes, it is a long way off just yet, but while Randy Moss looks to turn his woeful ways around in Tennessee, let's all keep in mind that head coach Jeff Fisher doesn't take to nonsense kindly, so Moss will need to be on the best of his behavior down south this season.
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Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports.
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