Randy Moss Could Bring Something Special to the Philadelphia Eagles
Last week I wandered into a bar on the verge of starvation.
Everyone, including myself, hyped up the wings to the point it was all I could think about. Before the bartender could ask me what I wanted to drink I placed an order for wings with extra blue cheese.
About 10 minutes passed when I heard the bartender mention the special. It was a prime rib sandwich with broccoli rabe and provolone cheese. I shrugged it off until I saw the culinary piece of artwork served to another patron.
Kicking myself I wish I had thought of all my options before I let temptation get the best of me.
Such is the case with Plaxico Burress.
This entire offseason Eagles fans are crying for a red zone threat to help out an explosive offense that sputters near the goal line.
Burress seems like the most logical fit when he emerged from prison on June 6.
Similar to how I felt going into the bar that one fateful night, Eagles fans have their minds made up without at least hearing about the special, who in this case is four-time All Pro Randy Moss.
With those as your options, do you want Burress or Moss?
Burress clearly has the motivational advantage.
Following a gun possession conviction Burress has one last shot to earn a decent contract and play a couple years in the NFL.
If he comes out flat in his first season and proves to be more of a headache than a heartthrob he will be out the league next year.
Moss on the other hand routinely checks out of games mentally and doesn't mind how it affects his teammates.
The one upside Moss has when it comes to motivation is he still wants to win a Super Bowl.
No one has an advantage with age as both players will play 2011 as a 34-year-old wide receiver.
But what about physical condition?
Burress hasn't played in an NFL game since 2008, which can be viewed as an opportunity for his body to avoid beatings from linebackers and free safeties. Or the more logical thought would be he is not in football shape.
I don't think anyone can define the term football shape, but I think it's safe fans view it as meaning everything from your legs to your hand-eye coordination is not acclimated to playing at the speed on NFL level.
The Eagles would have to slowly inject Burress into the offense and give him at least six games before they can begin to see what Burress can offer.
If the lockout takes away time spent in training camp Burress will need more time to acclimate himself with an NFL team and lose value.
Moss may have taken some games off during the 2010 season, but he won't need a half dozen games to adjust, The Eagles could instantly plug him into the offense and expect great results.
And that's where things clearly go in Moss' favor.
Moss has career highs that include 111, 106, and 98 receptions along with 23, 17 and 17 TDs.
Burress has never caught more than 78 passes and 12 touchdowns.
But those stats raise yet another question: Which player is better to take on a role as a possession receiver who will see most of their passes come inside the red zone?
Moss doesn't strike me as a guy who is willing to his role in an offense diminish until you look at how well he played with Wes Welker in New England. During that time Welker had more receptions, but Moss caught more touchdowns.
Perhaps that's the key. If you want to keep Randy happy throw him the rock near the goal line.
It's not like DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin are touchdown catching machines as only Maclin reached double digits in touchdown receptions, which came last year with 10.
Burress has numbers that suggest he is okay with playing a lesser role, but he's always been "The Guy" at receiver in his career. The only reason his numbers are relatively low is because he played on run-oriented offenses.
It's a lot to consider.
At the end of the day I don't want to kick myself for not going with the special again.
Give me Moss and a Bud bottle.
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