Randy Moss has an infatuation, and it doesn’t involve Miss Kentucky.
We’ve known for quite some time that Moss enjoyed himself in New England. We know this because he told us after his abrupt departure from under the wings of Bill Belichick. He’s tired of playing those patriot games now, and he wants to come home.
Moss–who is an unrestricted free agent whenever such a thing exists–repeated his desire to be Tom Brady’s deep threat again while speaking to KFAN 1130-AM in Minneapolis.
Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. Moss thinks he had the wrong coast.
“If you’re asking me where my heart and where I’m happy is, I love playing with Tom Brady. I love being coached by Bill Belichick,” Moss said.
Randy, are you just saying your heart is in New England, or is your heart really in New England? Because the rest of the league isn’t sure if your heart is anywhere near a football field.
The love story doesn’t end there. It never does with Moss. He continued, reminding us all that the NFL is a $9 billion business in his rant. It’s been nearly two hours since the last time I heard that jewel of information.
“I think that just the success as a wide receiver and everything that the New England Patriots stand for, you know, I’m a big fan of Bill Belichick’s. I really am, and not just on the field. I’m a fan of his off the field because, you know, the little grouchy man that you see on-camera is not what you see off-camera.
“And people say ‘Well, Moss, you got traded to Minnesota from New England!’ Well, I just told y’all this is a business, man. People have to understand the nature of the business. It’s not just a sport. The sport comes along with the business. If you really don’t think it’s a business, then why they sitting there, fighting over $9 billion?”
Just one year ago, Moss was still among the game’s elite receivers. He finished with 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009. He was 33 years old heading into what would become his final season with the Patriots, so a decline was expected. But Moss did much more than merely decline; he did his best imitation of Homer Simpson trying to jump the Grand Canyon.
In a tumultuous season that saw him exit New England before being banished from Minnesota and finally landing in Tennessee, Moss had just 28 receptions for 393 yards and five touchdowns. If his total numbers look bad, consider some of his splits. Moss went four games without a single reception, including a five game stretch to end the season in which he had only two catches for 31 yards.
The Titans are done with Moss after their failed experiment. But teams have seen a similar scientific recipe work just fine this past season with another veteran diva receiver. A 37-year-old Terrell Owens likely would have eclipsed 1,000 yards had his season not been cut short with an injury, and his production came despite his presence on a crumbling Bengals team.
So there’s a team out there willing to take a chance on Moss whenever football is played again, but it’s difficult to image why. There’s still speed in those legs, even at Moss’ advanced age. But his problem isn’t physical, it’s mental.
That team won’t be the Patriots either. New England went 11-1 without Moss this season and whatever is left in his legs, and without his malcontent act.