Lately, numerous articles, blog entries and tweets from Pats fans have been about the realm of possibility of bringing back wide receiver Randy Moss.
I'm going to steal a line from 98.5 The Sports Hub's Michael Felger: If Bill Belichick shows any remote interest in bringing back Moss, the Patriots, as a franchise, are selling their souls to the devil.
Moss is absolutely against everything that Belichick has made the "Patriot way" out to be. He is egocentric, and his antics in the 2010 season as a Patriot proved him to be immature and extremely insecure—which results in inconsistency.
Don't get me wrong; Moss does have a lot of talent. However, he's on the wrong side of 30 years old, and he acts like he's 12 years old. He's immature, simply put.
Moss became the first player in NFL history to play on three different teams in one season...I wonder why.
Three teams in one season? That should throw up some major red flags to any casual sports fan.
How can so many New England fans actually want this guy back? So many are simply overlooking the fact that the Patriots do not need him and that their offense is better off without him.
Sure, the Patriots were dominated by the New York Jets in the playoffs, but do you really think Moss would have made a difference?
No, he wouldn't have.
Pro-Moss fans might say, "Oh well, he would have stretched the field! He would have let players like Wes Welker and Deion Branch get open. He would have opened up the running game and maybe even caught a few passes!"
What fantasy world are they living in?
When the playoffs come around, top players like Tom Brady excel. Moss, on the other hand, does the exact opposite: He goes into the fetal position.
Moss curls up into a little ball and sulks in self-misery.
"Moss stretches the field and opens up so many holes in the defense."
Really? How so?
Any fast guy can run along the numbers off the field, just like Moss. Big deal. Any player who goes flying down the field you're still going to have to cover.
How does that make Moss so special and so important? It doesn't.
When you look at the New England Patriots, you expect Coach Belichick to put out the most talented and smartest players on the field. Those players are expected to play as a team and on occasion do things that aren't natural to their positions.
For example, former linebacker Mike Vrabel used to play tight end in the goal-line package. Wide receiver Troy Brown played as a defensive back in the nickel package and numerous linemen have lined up as fullback in short-yardage plays for New England over the years.
For Moss, all he wants to do is run deep. That's it.
That's great and all, but he's a wasted receiver. In addition, if Brady doesn't throw him the ball, he goes from a 12-year-old boy mentality to a five-year-old mentality.
The Patriots were better off without Moss this season and were the league's top offense. They do not need Moss or even a big-play receiver.
What the Patriots really need are tall, physical receivers who can get open by using their bodies—rather than Welker and Branch being shifty, hard-working route runners. New England does not need a player like Moss.
Moss does not fit the "Patriot mold" and should never suit up in a Patriots uniform for the rest of his miserable career.
For all of the pro-Moss New England fans out there: Be realistic and open up your eyes.
New England already sold its soul to the devil once by trading for Moss in 2007. Brady and the offense became obsessed with the "new toy," which ended up hurting them in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants.
Belichick will not sell his soul to the devil for another time. He's learned his lesson, and Moss playing in New England is history.
NOTE: This article was first seen at PatriotsPlus.net.
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