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Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:52 am
Edited on: September 6, 2011 11:41 am
 
Tom Brady on Randy Moss: "I’d welcome him with open arms.” (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Sunday, our esteemed colleague Will Brinson wrote that Randy Moss, should he choose to come out of retirement, would be willing to return to the Patriots. This is like saying that, if you'd be willing to give us a Gulfstream G550 we'd gladly give up those coach seats that invariably have us stuck between the heavy-set fellow and that tin box passing for a bathroom.

Chip Fontanazza of the West Virginia MetroNews wrote recently that "Moss does regret leaving the New England Patriots and that would most likely be the only team he would play for in the NFL if he would return."

We'd expect head coach Bill Belichick to either ignore the speculation altogether or, in his best Stephen Hawking robot voice, say something like "Randy Moss was an important part of our success when he was here. We appreciate his contributions but we have moved on."

And while those may be the team talking points this week, quarterback Tom Brady apparently didn't receive his copy before going on Boston's WEEI Tuesday morning.

“You never know in the NFL,” Brady said, according to the Boston Herald. “I love Randy, he’s one of the greatest receivers in the history of the game, one of the greatest players I’ve had a chance to play with. But unfortunately, I don’t make personnel decisions. If I did, I’d still have all my friends here -- Troy (Brown), David Patten, Deion (Branch) would have never left. I’ve seen so many guys move on, some come back. … But I don’t know (if he’ll play again). Who knows? I can’t get into his brain. I love the guy, he’s a great friend of mine, and if he ever did come back and play, I’d welcome him with open arms.”

From Brady's perspective there's a lot to like. Brady's "go-to" receiver in 2006 was Reche Caldwell, who had 61 catches for 760 yards and four touchdowns. A year later, Moss' first in New England, he hauled in 98 passes for 1,493 yards and an NFL record 23 touchdowns.

During his four seasons with the Pats, Moss had 259 receptions for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns.

Yeah, it's hard to blame Randy or Tom for pining for the good ol' days.

Of course, Moss looked nothing like his Hall of Fame self after the Pats unloaded him on the Vikings four games into last season (4 games, 13 receptions, 2 TDs). And he looked worse than that after Minnesota cut him and he finished the season with the Titans (8 games, 6 receptions, 0 TDs). But that may have had as much to do with lack of motivation as diminishing skills.

Still, we wouldn't shut the door completely on a Moss-New England reunion. Belichick isn't a by-the-book personnel guy -- he's been known to mix things up. Like, say, when he acquired Moss from the Raiders for a fourth-round pick.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:41 pm
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Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

@ mavsncougs, 

How exactly did Rothlisberger take responsibility for what he did? He denied it and lied about the details. When that didn't work, he hired people to dig up dirt on the accusers making them look like whores who deserved it or were asking for it.

Pathetic.

He never took responsibility for a thing.


Money mouth 



Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:20 am
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

This is so pathetic.  You may think you've learned some "big" words but either you didn't proof read or you are uneducated.  You sound ridiculous.  Your point is ridiculous.  For no reason, you name around 6 qbs that could be #1 overall and it doesn't even come to a point.  "Remember there is no right or wrong just what people do."  What kind of a statement is that?  You also may want to put a comma in there somewhere.  Also, that statement sounds like you are from jail or an inner city school.  Finally, "I am an athlete and I know the competitive fire that fuels greatness".  Are you implying that you are great?  Uhhhh...do you know how many high school stars post on here?  I would love to hear that.  What is your name?  I bet you wouldn't come up on google.  This whole thing is terrible.




Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

I love Favre, but to sway him around like he's the greatest. Let's get real, the guy cost his team more than any qb you've mentioned.
He's the most talented qb to make the most IDIOTIC throws in the history of qb's. Sometimes you have to wonder whether he owed someone money or just didn't give a shit.
Well, I definitely think a case can be made for Favre, depending on which criteria you value more than others. Some value rings higher than anything, giving Starr the top spot, followed by Montana and Bradshaw. But that is too simplistic.

Others value playoff performance over everything else, which again puts Starr above all others, with guys like Bradshaw and Montana and Elway and Brady in that elite group.

Still others look at individual career accomplishments (excluding team stats like wins and rings). It would include TDs, yards, completions, MVPs, etc. Favre easily tops all others using this as the main criteria.

Favre may have cost his team some playoff games, but he also carried the team many times when they would have not even been in the game at the end without his style of play. You hope the good outweighs the bad, and in Favre's case, it did by a large margin. He brought home a Lombardi Trophy when no other QB in Green Bay could even get them to the Super Bowl for 27 years.

I can't forgive him for chucking the OT INT against the Giants in the NFCCG. I wonder how the Packers would have fared against the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl. To be honets though, it seems like the Giants had the Patriots figured out scheme-wise and were a better opponent than the Packers might have been in the Super Bowl. So I wouldn't say Favre definitely cost the Packers a ring. He gets more credit for the team's success than blame for their loss.

I felt for Vikings fans when Favre tossed away the game against the Saints in the NFCCG. But even had the Vikings beaten the Saints, Favre would not have been able to play. They taped up his foot like a hamhock in the NFCCG, but how effective would he have been in the Super Bowl once the ankle swelled up like a balloon after the NFCCG? His ankle needed surgery before he could play the next season. So he didn't really cost the Vikings a ring. He definitely got them to the NFCCG though. He gets more credit for the team's success than blame for their loss. Tavaris Jackson (or a gimpy Favre) was not going to outduel Peyton Manning.






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Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:38 pm
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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

I love Favre, but to sway him around like he's the greatest. Let's get real, the guy cost his team more than any qb you've mentioned.
He's the most talented qb to make the most IDIOTIC throws in the history of qb's. Sometimes you have to wonder whether he owed someone money or just didn't give a shit.

Two huge post season games where his choice of where to throw the ball cost the TEAM the game and countless regular season games where the same can be said.

Awesome qb, also int machine.



Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:33 am
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

Vick has taken responsibility for what he did. So has Roethlisberger. keep ranting and raving but you just look ignorant



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:31 am
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

One thing is true, Belichick, Brady and Moss do deserve each other. Nuff said.


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