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Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:29 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 9:49 am

I'll tell you what the departure of Randy Moss means: It's just another example of the high price of doing business with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

The Vikings were so convinced that Moss could take them to the top of the NFC North they were willing to trade away a third-round draft pick for him. Now, they eat the pick, and Moss is gone -- or, at least, that's what coach Brad Childress told his players. Beautiful. This is not how you run a franchise unless, of course, you want to run it into the ground.

But there's a lesson there, and the lesson is this: Be careful when Bill Belichick is willing to give up on a veteran. With rare exception, the players he is ready to deal don't go on to bigger and better things. Yeah, I know, Richard Seymour was a help to Oakland, and Matt Cassel solidified the quarterback position in Kansas City. But they're more the exceptions. Tell me where someone's been just as good as he was in New England.

Deion Branch? Nope. Seattle thought so little of him they sent him back. Laurence Maroney? Nope. Russ Hochstein? Ryan O'Callaghan? Daniel Graham? Nope. Nope. And nope. Randy Moss? Obviously not. You can make a case for cornerback Asante Samuel, but he was an unrestricted free agent who took the highest offer, and Patriots weren't going to make it.

Look, this doesn't mean Belichick doesn't make mistakes, and the signing of linebacker Adalius Thomas is proof. But, generally, when he doesn't care enough about a veteran to keep him it should be a warning sign that you're about to get fleeced. As I said, there are exceptions, but Randy Moss wasn't one of them. Belichick gave up on Moss because of something, and my guess is he didn't like his attitude and thought it could corrupt the rest of the team.

Now I can see why. Somewhere, someone is getting a good laugh in New England.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 1:30 pm

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

LOL. Yeah, beware when the Pats call. They won't say so publicly, but virtually without exception, every team in the NFL along with the players NE traded into NFL oblivion would be tickled to have the (most) winning record Belichick and Brady have. Personal records and money are important; but if you don't have the hardware, you'll always have a void in your career.

Personally, I'd LOVE to have Moss back on the Pats. He's an extraordinary team player, and he knows who buttered his bread these past few years - bringing him back from NFL oblivion to be a respected and equally respectful and hyper-productive star. I think I can safely add that if he hadn't signed with the Pats originally, no one would be talking about him today - certainly not for all his great accomplishments. 

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:59 pm

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Moss will be a Ram before the week is out....

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:53 pm

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Sadly I would agree with all of those who believe Randy will not be back in NE.  I would love to see it, but the fact of the matter is he was removed for a reason.  He will remain removed for that same reason.  Randy is Randy and NE looks dandy without him.  The offense looks stronger post Randy.  So I could not see the team or Randy bending to please the other.  Ce le Vie.  I am a huge Moss fan and had hoped for a far different ending here.  But my doubts.  I see Randy going back to Oak town to give them a boost.  He will want to prove the sceptics wrong again.  To show them how he CAN PLAY.  GO PATS!

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:29 am

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Clark championing his favorite team, who would have thunketh?

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 6:22 am

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Law, Milloy and Glenn were all cancer and needed to be removed from the TEAM.
Wiggins was expendable there are only so many roster spots.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:31 pm

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Billy B let him go due to Randy's desire for a contract extension. From Kraft; to BB, to Brady down the line he is a very likeable talented reciever. Even a great teamate especially to the Newbies he's helped.  He's a faN Favorite and after he clears waivers He'll be back. Branch hasn't cut it as the deep guy. I was at the game yesterday and Billy B did EVERYTHING possible to make sure he didn't make any plays. Plus getting away from Brett the narcissist sp? would do any player good!~!!!

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:15 pm

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Fact of the matter is this.. Bill Aproched Randy during pre season & asked him if he wanted to re-negoticate a contract extension & Randy told him no. Bill kenw that Randy was giong to walk in 2011 so he got what he could for him before he became a free agent!

No more no less. Randy left NE on good terms & I would not be surprised to see him in a Pats uniform again. 

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:51 pm

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Randy is on crack if he thinks Bellechick will take him back now...MAYBE for the league minimum.

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:27 pm

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Good points, romu44, but I don't think clark-judge is blaming the Patriots... He's just sayin' that if Belichick is giving up on a veteran player, there's probably a very good reason.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:09 pm

Moss lesson: Beware when Pats call

Moss & TO are very similar. How long will it take the next desperate NFL yeam to realize that there's a spot on the roster for Moss ? And he'll do the same there. It's easy to say that the team that they are on failed to win the Super Bowl any given season, but the only team that has a legitimate voice to make those kind of statements is the team that wins the Super Bowl. That means 30, perhaps even 31 of 32 teams can look in the mirror and say they didn't have the excuse that Moss was on their team and it was a divisive influence ?

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