4 Reasons the Green Bay Packers Should Add Randy Moss to Aaron Rodgers' Arsenal
“You’re an idiot!”
I understand such initial reproach. Indeed, the Green Bay Packers are coming off a championship year resulting in an unfamiliar feeling of exuberance that Packer fans are presently basking in.
But, in order to preserve such an atmosphere, the Packers need to be proactive and that's where Moss comes in.
Granted, he's retired, but something tells me that a situation as enticing as the Super Bowl champions have to offer would be enough to persuade him to change his mercurial mind.
In The Mighty Ducks, the Ducks were initially apprehensive toward adding the volatile sharpshooter, Fulton Reed; but, decided his imposing slap shot was undeniable and ultimately conducive to upsetting the cocksure Hawks, and so they inveigled him to join their roster, despite his questionable character. In short, it worked out pretty well for them.
Now I'll delineate why the Packers' addition of Randy Moss would similarly prove to be not only advantageous, but maybe even (gulp) necessary for a repeat.
Here's four indisputable reasons for why Wisconsin needs to extend a hospitable hand to its former foe. The first, of which, is a reason that should be kept on the hush hush ...
The Packer Depth Chart Is Thin at Wide Receiver
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I've got a secret: The current Packer wide receiver corps is spurious—don’t bother looking up that word, I just did: it’s legit.
Ostensibly, the Packers boast a surfeit of quality wide receivers. This notion seemed reasonable enough given their contributions during the team’s Super Bowl run last season.
However, is it possible that Aaron Rodgers was simply THAT exemplary that it just didn't matter who was on the receiving end of his pinpoint passes?
The WR depth chart tentatively appears as follows: Greg Jennings and Donald Driver at the 1 and 2; Jordy Nelson at the slot; followed inexplicably by James Jones. Let's break down the potential problems with this group:
Jennings, I will leave out of this, as I wouldn’t dare besmirch his good name.
Donald Driver, bless his green-and-gold heart, saw his production basically cut in half last season. Despite starting 15 games, the 36-year-old caught a paltry 51 balls for 565 yards, both his lowest totals since 2001. Counting on him to remain a productive No. 2 just isn’t realistic, especially given his advanced age.
Jordy Nelson who, albeit adorable and solid, is much better suited as a slot receiver, doesn’t exactly put the fear of God in opponents.
Which leaves James Jones, who should petition to be on MTV's show "MADE: I want to become a real football player."
Furthermore, even with Jennings, the group is lacking in the height category; which, although not a prerequisite for success, wouldn’t hurt if one of them could at least dunk a basketball.
Moss, on the other hand, is a tall drink of water, who's extraterrestrial wingspan and video game vertical combine with his height to allow him to not only dunk a basketball, but defy physics.
Randy Moss Is Still an Offensive Assassin
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The Packers offense would be adding a fast, 6’4” behemoth who can catch anything, much like Ron Mexico.
Additionally, he’s only 34 and is one year removed from posting 1,264 yards and 12 touchdowns. To conclude that he’s simply “lost it” would be a little premature—and by “premature” I mean dumb.
Too old? Let’s put his age into context with a few other notable receivers who shared his age, as well as each ones’ corresponding season:
Terrell Owens 1,355 yds 15 tds
Marvin Harrison 1,366 yds 12 tds
Cris Carter 1,274 yds 9 tds
Moss has been labeled a lot of things. But one thing he’s never been accused of is being out of shape. He’s one bottle of blue body paint away from being eligible to join the Na'vi tribe on Pandora.
Packer fans, of all people, should know better than to doubt what Moss is capable of when he’s on the field.
There's No Risk Involved in the Pack Signing Moss
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The idea that Randy Moss might compromise the Green Bay locker room—especially, to the extent that it could jeopardize the Packers' season—is naive, overblown, and laughable.
There's simply just no risk involved, whatsoever.
He'll come at a reduced cost, a contract that will obviously be incentive-laden, and won't have any reason to do anything other than maximize the ideal situation he fortunately found himself in.
Everything points to him excelling in the Packers high-flying offense. But, if for some reason he doesn't or anything else goes wrong, then simply cut him. No harm, no foul.
With or without Moss, the Packers remain a contender, if not the favorite.
However, with him, the Packers become an unstoppable force.
Moss Excels with Talented Quarterbacks and Aaron Rodgers Qualifies
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Aaron Rodgers and Randy Moss would perform unspeakable acts on the NFC North. Whenever Moss has been paired with an elite quarterback, he has excelled.
Moss' marriage to quarterbacks Daunte Culpepper (pro bowl version) and Tom Brady resulted in dominant, and even historic, offenses.
Culpepper certainly enjoyed Moss' talents, as the two hooked up for no less than 1,200 receiving yards in any full season they played together. Brady was similarly smitten with his new receiver, seeking him out a record with 23 times in the end zone.
Give Moss a stud quarterback, and he'll channel his own inner-studliness.
Granted, Rodgers is no Alex Smith, but he nonetheless has his moments. Moss would present another deep-threat option and add a quintessential end zone target; which, given the relatively diminutive stature of the team’s current WR corps, would fill a rare void in the otherwise infallible offense.
Moss’ mere presence on the field would keep defenses honest and free up Jennings, creating even more options for Rodgers.
Moss and Rodgers’ relationship would be no Sammi and Ronnie. Moss would obviously respect Rodgers’ ability and depend on him to prove his critics wrong and end his career the way one of the greatest to play the position should end it: With a Super Bowl ring.
Green Bay Packers' 2011-12 Season Could Depend on Randy Moss
In summary, the aforementioned reasons notwithstanding, I get it: The Green Bay Packers are the residing kings of both their NFC North division and the entire NFL.
So, I know what many of you are still thinking: “Why even risk it?”
But there is no risk, and Rodgers would adore his new toy. In fact, the only risk is, whether you want to acknowledge it or not, the Packers need to buttress their dubious coterie of wide receivers.
Adding Randy Moss would not only allay such fears, but would also be beyond entertaining to watch perform.