Future Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss was claimed by the Titans after Vikings head coach Brad Childress released him.
Moss, who talked himself out of Minnesota with a locker room tirade and a bizarre post-game rant, will suit up for his third team this season. The Titans were the only team to place a waiver claim on Moss.
This is a perfect situation for Moss and for the Titans. Moss will be with the only team willing to pay his full salary, and the Titans will get much-needed receiver help after losing emerging star Kenny Britt to a hamstring injury.
The Moss-Titans marriage will work for a number of reasons.
Kerry Collins, a former teammate of Moss with the Oakland Raiders, gave the receiver a positive endorsement:
“The year I spent with Randy, I never had a problem with the guy. He was respectful, he was a team guy. I think a lot of stuff you see and hear gets overblown. The guy speaks his mind, is very truthful with what he says and that doesn’t always play well. But as far as what kind of guy and teammate he is … he was a great teammate and I never had a problem with him.
He speaks the truth a lot of times and that is hard for some people to hear. But I know what kind of teammate he was for me and what kind of player he was, so I wouldn’t have a problem with him being here. He is a really bright guy and I would expect wherever he goes he’ll pick it up pretty easily.”
Moss has a great reputation among other NFL players. His issues appear to be with authority and with people in positions of authority whom he does not respect.
Enter Jeff Fisher.
Fisher has a reputation for being a players’ coach. For the most part, Fisher has handled delicate personnel situations well. Players like playing for him.
Also, you don’t last as long as Fisher has in the NFL without the ability to deal with, and not be threatened by, players’ strong egos.
Fisher has said many times this year that Vince Young is playing with the most talented receiving corp the quarterback has had in Tennessee. Imagine Moss lining up opposite Britt, with Nate Washington in the slot, and Chris Johnson in the backfield.
This has to be a frightening scenario for opponents in December and January.
Hats off to Titans management for making the statement I’ve been waiting for them to make: we’re in it to win the big one, and we are willing to take a calculated risk with a great player to help us reach our goal.
I have been a Randy Moss fan since his rookie season. I hope I am still a Moss fan when his days as a Titan come to an end.