10 Biggest Stories of 2010 NFL Season, No. 6: Randy Moss Saga

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJanuary 21, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Randy Moss #84 of the Tennessee Titans has a touchdown pass called back for offensive pass interference against the Washington Redskins at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Redskins won 19-16 in overtime.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss is perhaps the most physically gifted wide receiver in the history of the National Football League. He is 6’4", he can catch anything, and he can jump like LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.

But he is a total nutcase and the 2010 season was easily the craziest of his career.

It began when Moss told CBSSports before the season that he did not feel wanted by the New England Patriots. After the first game of the season, he announced that this would probably be his last season on the Patriots. According to the Boston Herald, he requested a trade.

Back in January 2010, Darrelle Revis, the NFL’s best cornerback, called Randy Moss a slouch. Moss responded before the week two matchup against the Jets by saying that Revis better be ready for the slouch. Although the Patriots lost the game, he provided a highlight-reel one-handed touchdown reception over Revis in the back of the end zone.

In Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, Randy Moss did not record a single catch for the first time in his career, despite a fake spike pass from Tom Brady that bounced off his hands in the end zone.

After the game, the Patriots traded Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a third round draft pick in 2011 and a seventh round selection in 2012.

Ironically, Moss’ first game with the Vikings was against the Jets and Darrelle Revis. Moss provided four catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.

He faced the Patriots a few weeks later, catching just a single pass for eight yards. After the game, Moss criticized head coach Brad Childress, saying that Childress was unfit to coach in the NFL and should be fired.

Although the Vikings’ owner actually considered following Moss’ claims, Childress waived Moss the following day. He did so without informing Vikings’ management, which cost him his job a few weeks later.

Moss was picked up by the Tennessee Titans, the only team to submit a claim for the 33-year-old wide receiver. He made virtually no contribution for the rest of the season, finishing with six catches for 80 yards and zero touchdowns in eight games, four of which he started.

For the year, he caught 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns. It was the worst season of his career. His teams won three of the 11 games he played in. His average game was 2.5 catches, 36 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.

And worse, Moss completely damaged his reputation. He already hurt his reputation in Oakland when he announced that he only played when he wanted to, but he managed to revive his career with a record breaking 2007 season in New England (and two other great seasons).

Now he’s going to be a stretch to make an NFL roster next season. He’ll be picked up by somebody, probably, but he’ll be 34 and every team in the league now knows what a hassle he is.

The Oakland saga was forgotten because of his success in New England, but it now almost sums him up as a player.

A once great receiver is no longer even a lock for the Hall of Fame.