Wednesday, October 06, 2010
MORE THOUGHTS ON MOSS
After Week 1 of the season, Randy Moss asked the Patriots for a trade. He got his wish. Why? Why now and not in Week 1? Why did the Patriots grant him this, but not a similar request made by Logan Mankins?
Why trade him now and not in Week 1?
The Patriots know that Wes Welker is healthy. They know that Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski will contribute on offense. But what I think is that a guy like Randy Moss might ask for a trade, then a week later ask not to be traded. You don't just trade Moss on a whim. You wait, see if he feels the same tomorrow. There's also a possibility that the situation in the locker room had started to deteriorate. Do you think his teammates were big Randy Moss fans after his post-win tirade in Week 1?
There's already a story about Moss arguing with QB Coach Tom O'Brien during halftime of Monday's game. That seems like a small thing, but is more serious stuff unbelievable? Is it hard to believe that his teammates would get into arguments about Randy Moss, some supporting him, some annoyed by him? Is it hard to believe that the Patriots wanted to end the division before it became a problem? This is all theorizing, but is it an unrealistic theory?
But it would be stupid for Moss to pull any crap in a contract year.
Very true. Although, as great as Moss is, he has a history of pulling stupid crap.
But that's ancient history. So let's try some recent stupid crap-pulling...
But why grant Moss's wish and not Mankins?
Logan Mankins isn't anywhere near the team. He's perhaps not as much of a divisive force as Moss is.
Couldn't the Pats have waited until Moss became a bigger problem?
Perhaps. But the deadline is October 19th.
I don't like this trade. I don't like that it happened. I'm actually upset, and a bit worried that without the defense paying Moss so much attention, guys like Welker and Hernandez might suffer. But I also don't know what's going on day-to-day inside Gillette Stadium's locker rooms.
And guess what, neither do you.