When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Randy Moss in 1998, Cris Carter was there. Carter said today that Moss gave the team at the time a little bit of "sizzle and pop" when he arrived.
More than 10 years later, Moss is taking that back with him to Minnesota and leaving the Patriots offense with a void. Carter, who is an ESPN analyst, played four seasons with Moss and said the Patriots may have to rely on their old ways offensively.
When Carter was asked if he believed the Patriots are a championship caliber offense without Moss, he said, "Absolutely, not."
"... They're going to go back to a lot of the ways they won their three Super Bowls," Carter said. "You have to remember, they broke all the scoring records, but they haven't won any championships the last three years. When they won all their championships, they were a grind it out football team on offense with a very inexperienced quarterback. ..."
Now that Brady has become an elite quarterback, Carter said the Patriots can rely on him to lead the offense and the team should draft a running back and get more explosive players on defense.
"When they won championships, they were rock solid in their return game and their special teams," Carter said. "The kick game was at an elite level and offensively they were just able to grind it out. That's the kind of team that Belichick is going to have to put on the football field because that's the kind of personnel he has."
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reported today that Moss and quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien, who also calls the offensive plays, were engaged in a heated exchange at halftime of the Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins.
Carter said if that happened, it's not unusual for any team.
"That happens every Sunday in every NFL locker room," Carter said.