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A thousand times, no

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  October 6, 2010 06:37 PM

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Remember what I said about this being the most interesting Patriots team we'd seen in years?

Forget about that.

But the team will be well-behaved, respectful, and people will work and play well with others, which apparently is the most important thing.

Luckily for the locals, the Minnesota Vikings saved them from being the dumbest NFL franchise involved in this transaction. Renting Randy Moss to keep your endlessly high-maintenance quarterback happy is a strategy guaranteed to satisfy nobody. (By the way, Brad Childress? Your employment termination alarm is sounding a bit shrill.) Meanwhile, Tom Brady loses his deep threat -- It's clear, now. The Patriots believe he can win with anyone. Very flattering. Also stupid. Got a weapon? Get more weapons. That's the Chicago wa...oops, sorry. -- Wes Welker becomes a candidate for early decapitation, and, I suspect, unless Julian Edelman turns into Usain Bolt over the course of the bye week, the Patriots become slower and more easily defensed. I like the two young tight ends, too, but, really now.

The sub rosa "character" stuff is probably unevitable, and that's what a lot of fans don't understand when people complain about the Patriots and their DefCon-1 media relations strategy. It's not that folks like me "represent the fans" and all that J-school stuff. It's that, when this team wants to punish a player, and/or spin a management decision, suddenly, the high-security starts leaking like the Andrea Doria. That is not just inconvenient to reporters. It's a foul way to do business.

Randy Moss is going to be one of the best two wide receivers who ever played the game. He should still be playing here.

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