Re: moss willing to play for incentives only?
posted at 2/28/2012 3:00 PM EST
In Response to Re: moss willing to play for incentives only?
In Response to Re: moss willing to play for incentives only? : When exactly or how long ago was Moss's good years? 2009 Playoffs vs Ravens Player Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Tgts R. Moss 5 48 9.6 0 19 7 J. Edelman 6 44 7.3 2 24 8 Hmmm let's see. Moss let a Rookie backup slot receiver playing in his first playoff game in the NFL, in his first ever season playing WR period(QB in college), forced into the starting lineup due to injury, best him in performance for the game. Not exactly the kind of argument you want to bring when you are looking for convincing reasons why the Patriots should bring him back. Not sure that was your point of the post or not but if it was, just sayin'. Heck just the fact you chose to compare Moss to Edelman I think says more about Moss in present day times than it does about Edelman.
Posted by Low-FB-IQ
Hey Low-FB-IQ---just to clarify where I stand on this issue, here's what I posted on page one of this thread:
He was starting to show signs of decline late in 2009 and was very inconsistent by 2010. Yes, he still made a few spectacular plays, but he also was dropping balls, getting beat deep by corners, not winning battles in traffic, etc. He was terrible over the middle and increasingly teams (especially the Jets) were single covering him even on the sideline and deep balls--and even in single coverage they were still sometimes getting interceptions against him (can you say Cromartie?).
My opinion is that Moss is past his prime and probably would not help the team now. However, if he were to come back and prove me wrong, I certainly wouldn't mind being wrong. I do think Moss had a lot of talent still in 2007 and 2008 and, if he could play at that level, would help the team a lot. I just thought he really started to decline in 2009 and was not very good in 2010 (despite the catch against Revis in the Meadowlands).
As far as Brady throwing to him when he wasn't open, I think Brady did that and Moss won most of the battles early on, but by 2010, Moss was losing the battles. I sometimes wonder, however, if Brady's early success with Moss even when Moss was covered made Brady less hesiitant to throw to any covered receiver--hence mistakes like the throw to Edelman in the Ravens game. (I saw that from the stands and haven't seen a reply, but my recollection is that Edelman was single covered--but covered tightly--and Brady forced the ball hoping Edelman could beat the defender. But Edelman is not Randy Moss in Moss's prime.)