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Freeman: Moss is dogging it, again

Posted by Mike Florio on September 28, 2009 1:50 PM ET

We read with great interest Mike Freeman's new column regarding the efforts (or lack thereof) of Patriots receiver Randy Moss during Sunday's 26-10 win over the Falcons.

Freeman, of CBSSports.com, chronicles with great detail the return of Randy's classic lollygagging. Per Freeman, Moss didn't block on running plays. And often the men he was supposed to impede ended up making the tackle. On pass plays not designed to go his way, Moss jogged off the line of scrimmage, letting the safeties know that there was no reason to worry about Randy running past them.

But he still caught 10 passes for 116 yards, and coach Bill Belichick praised Moss after the game.

So what gives? In April 2007, the notion that the Patriots would want Moss on their team was unthinkable. He was the exact opposite of everything for which the organization stands.

And so Moss was on a short leash. One false move, and he would have been gone. Indeed, rumors snaked through the league in early September of that year that Moss possibly was in danger of being released. Though no one took the rumors seriously, the intended audience consisted of one person.

Moss.

So now that he enjoyed the best season of his career in 2007 and kept his head down and mouth closed during the lost season of 2008 as he waited for 2007 Part Two to unfold in 2009, he realizes that the switch can't be flipped as easily as he thought.

It's possible that Moss isn't deliberately taking plays off, but that he merely has retreated to his nature now that he has attention span has expired. But it's also possible that Moss wants out, and that this is his way of making it happen.

Indeed, if the Pats made it clear two years ago that they wouldn't tolerate this kind of stuff from Moss, common sense suggests that, if Moss engages in this kind of stuff, they'll send him packing.

But Belichick is no idiot; he won't be letting Moss walk away. Belichick knows that Moss has a friend in the league. A quarterback friend. And that quarterback friend is now playing for the team with which Moss initially made his mark. And that quarterback friend could be putting ideas in Randy's head regarding the possibility of finishing together the job that Moss started 11 years ago.

It's pure speculation, but it comes from our basic understanding of how things are in the NFL, and how things get done. Despite Sunday's uncanny last-second catch from a little-known player whom the Pats jettisoned before the season, Brett Favre knows he needs a field-stretching receiver in order to duplicate John Elway's ride into the sunset.

And Favre knows the perfect man for the job.

And Brett Favre openly has lobbied for Moss when Favre played for the Packers. So what better way to fulfill his repeatedly denied yet undeniable desire to stick it to Ted Thompson than by finding a way to bring Moss back to Minnesota?

UPDATE: In fairness to Moss, he was dealing with a back injury that, as one source told us, left him "really struggling" and in a "ton of pain." That said, we're also told that there were indications last year that Moss was taking plays off, primarily in the immediate wake of quarterback Tom Brady's season-ending knee injury.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/09/28/freeman-moss-is-dogging-it-again/

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This Freeman dooshie may have had an argument during a few games last year, but Moss leads the league in receptions, is fifth in total yardage, led the team in reception and yardage last week, is a team captain, is quite engaged on the sidelines, works with the staff and players after practice (or so it's reported) and is vocal in meetings (or so it's reported). If that is "dogging" it - I'll take it.

Freeman is an idiot.

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This Freeman dooshie may have had an argument during a few games last year, but Moss leads the league in receptions, led the team in reception and yardage last week, is a team captain, is quite engaged on the sidelines, works with the staff and players after practice (or so it's reported) and is vocal in meetings (or so it's reported). If that is "dogging" it - I'll take it.

Freeman is an idiot.

Then why is Mike Florio is saying the same thing?

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Then why is Mike Florio is saying the same thing?

Because he's an idiot too? It's a slow week? Let's recycle stuff that will generate hits?

As your team enjoys successes, you will see the media slowly trying to bring you down. It's just the way the media works. Watch what happens when the Jest lose their first game. The stupid stories will blow your mind. Just wait.

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Next week Moss punches Belichick right in the face knocking out some teeth.

The Cheat releases Moss.

Moss signs with Jets to get back at the Cheat.

The Jets go 16-0 and win the super bowl with the first perfect season sticking it in Nick Buonicontis fat ****ing face along with the rest of that **** team from 72.

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Because he's an idiot too? It's a slow week? Let's recycle stuff that will generate hits?

I would agree if I didn't see it first hand. I can't blame Moss for prefering a HOF QB and the top RB to a system QB and an ancient Fred Taylor.

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I would agree if I didn't see it first hand. I can't blame Moss for prefering a HOF QB and the top RB to a system QB and an ancient Fred Taylor.

what you saw was Revis defensing Moss perfectly. Jam him hard and throw off his timing. Since when was Moss ever Hines Ward? To tell you the truth, I was pleased with the way Moss tackled after the interception.

BTW - Fred Taylor killed Atlanta Sunday.

the rest of your post deserves this: :rolleyes:

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what you saw was Revis defensing Moss perfectly. Jam him hard and throw off his timing. Since when was Moss ever Hines Ward? To tell you the truth, I was pleased with the way Moss tackled after the interception.

BTW - Fred Taylor killed Atlanta Sunday.

the rest of your post deserves this: :rolleyes:

Ofcourse Fred Taylor killed against Atlanta. BB remembers to just run at John Abraham. Overall Atlanta is a weak defense. Revis did have great coverage - but Moss clearly put less effort into blocking and getting open after the Revis pick.

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what you saw was Revis defensing Moss perfectly. Jam him hard and throw off his timing. Since when was Moss ever Hines Ward? To tell you the truth, I was pleased with the way Moss tackled after the interception.

BTW - Fred Taylor killed Atlanta Sunday.

the rest of your post deserves this: :rolleyes:

FT is not taking u to promised land..No young bucks in stable

mcphoney is a bust to say the least

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Ofcourse Fred Taylor killed against Atlanta. BB remembers to just run at John Abraham. Overall Atlanta is a weak defense. Revis did have great coverage - but Moss clearly put less effort into blocking and getting open after the Revis pick.

Whatever. Think what you want. Your a Jest fan. You'll see.

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This Freeman dooshie may have had an argument during a few games last year, but Moss leads the league in receptions, is fifth in total yardage, led the team in reception and yardage last week, is a team captain, is quite engaged on the sidelines, works with the staff and players after practice (or so it's reported) and is vocal in meetings (or so it's reported). If that is "dogging" it - I'll take it.

Freeman is an idiot.

RAR RARARARARARARARARARARAR

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This Freeman dooshie may have had an argument during a few games last year, but Moss leads the league in receptions, is fifth in total yardage, led the team in reception and yardage last week, is a team captain, is quite engaged on the sidelines, works with the staff and players after practice (or so it's reported) and is vocal in meetings (or so it's reported). If that is "dogging" it - I'll take it.

Freeman is an idiot.

Dont worry, you have Wes Welker and he is the key to your offense.

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This Freeman dooshie may have had an argument during a few games last year, but Moss leads the league in receptions, is fifth in total yardage, led the team in reception and yardage last week, is a team captain, is quite engaged on the sidelines, works with the staff and players after practice (or so it's reported) and is vocal in meetings (or so it's reported). If that is "dogging" it - I'll take it.

Freeman is an idiot.

what a JOKE of a team captain that is

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