Is the Patriots' Randy Moss worth the aggravation?

4-CORNERS

Teams must weigh pros (playmaker) and cons (high maintenance)

December 16, 2009

Is there any question?
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

Would I want Randy Moss on my team? Is there any question? He's one of the best receivers in NFL history and an incredible playmaker.

Yes, he's had his lapses in motivation and that's not ideal. But listen to the way Bill Belichick has defended him. Listen to Tom Brady talk about him.

Listen to Tedy Bruschi. Moss was a huge factor in the Patriots going 16-0 in 2007 and the fact the Patriots got him from the Raiders for a fourth-round pick makes him the steal of the decade.

But the biggest reason I would want him playing for me? So he wouldn't be playing for the other guys.

sfarmer@tribune.com

Tolerate the flaws, until ...
Dom Amore, Hartford Courant

Vince Lombardi, the legend goes, would tell a player, "I'll put up with you - until I can find someone to replace you." .

If you're a football coach and you don't want, say, Randy Moss on your team, you'd better have a suitable alternative. And in this case, that would be ...?

Part of the challenge of coaching at the highest level is learning what makes players tick, finding creative ways to enforce discipline and getting the most difficult ones to perform.

A professional coach's priority is to win, and he would want any player who can help him win - tolerating the flaws until someone as good or better comes along.

damore@tribune.com

To win, Patriots need him
Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel

Some tough guys and sports moralists say they don't want Randy Moss on their team. . But the tough guys and moralists don't have to win Sunday. Bill Belichick does.

Of course the New England coach wants Moss on his team. His Patriots can overcome their flaws when Moss is the best receiver in the league not named Andre Johnson. Which Moss is when his head's right.

Moss ranks sixth in the NFL with 1,074 receiving yards (teammate Wes Welker is second because Moss demands a double team). Moss is tied for fourth with nine receiving touchdowns (two behind the leader). After Tom Brady, Moss is the Patriots' best player. Some days they might not like it. But they desperately need him.

dhyde@tribune.com

Under certain conditions
Ken Murray, Baltimore Sun

I would because he still has the ability to change a game. But only with conditions attached. The team would have to be a playoff contender, to keep him committed. The quarterback would have to be established, someone Moss can respect. There would have to be other veteran leaders, so Moss' voice blends in, not drones on.

Ravens receiver Kelley Washington said he learned to be a pro during the two seasons he spent in New England. Watching Moss prepare for games, Washington learned the value of having a good rapport with the quarterback, the benefits of taking care of his body, and the importance of tape study. So Moss can be a role model.

But without his commitment, it's not worth the effort.

kmurray@tribune.com

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