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How Moss trade will affect New England

Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:16 am
With R. Moss gone, look for B. Tate to get more attention from opponents (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some of you were introduced to Patriots WR Brandon Tate on Monday Night Football when he used his immense speed to burn the Dolphins special teams and return the second-half kickoff for a 103-yard TD. Well, if you liked what you saw, get ready. You’ll be seeing a lot more of Tate now that Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings.

You might not believe this, but with his nine catches, Moss ranked fourth on his team in receptions. As the season wore on, Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t target Moss quite as much and elected to throw the ball to Wes Welker, TE Aaron Hernandez and Tate.

On the surface, it seems like Welker will be the most affected by the Moss trade. In the same way Minnesota’s Percy Harvin will benefit in the slot when Moss – and the stretching-the-field ability he brings to each snap – is on the field, Welker loses perhaps the best deep threat in the game. The Patriots obviously hope Tate can grow into that role. This also might provide a good opportunity to see what third-round pick Taylor Price, who's been inactive for all four games this year, can do on the field.

You also have to wonder if Moss had become a distraction (no, not Randy Moss!). He bitched about his contract after the Patriots beat Atlanta in the season-opener, and according to a few reports, Moss was lazy in his blocking (what, Moss lazy in his blocking?!?) during the Miami game in which Brady targeted Moss just once.

Unless we’re talking about addition by subtraction, this move doesn’t do much to help the 2010 version of the Patriots. I’ve already mentioned how Minnesota feels the need to win the Super Bowl this year, and I imagine New England also wouldn’t mind hoisting the trophy at the end of the season. But does trading Moss away get the Patriots any closer to that goal?

I don’t think that it does.

The defense has been unimpressive – it ranks 28th in the NFL - and until the Patriots special teams began to dominate the Dolphins, New England struggled to score points on offense (I realize the Patriots, at this point, are the No. 1 NFL team in points scored, but they also rank 11th in total yards per game).

Plus, the wide receiving corps is simply not as good as it was yesterday.

But think about this. The Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Those years, the top WRs were players like Troy Brown, David Patten, Deion Branch, and David Givens. Solid guys, but nobody extra special. Nobody like Moss.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:12 pm

How Moss trade will affect New England

I'm not a huge fan of this deal but very optimistic for what will unfold.  This will surely loosen Brady back up to use the whole field as I felt he focused on Moss more-so forcing the ball at times.  I don't think we have seen the same Moss since 2007.  I am by no way knocking Moss as a player/teammate but this is just the way this Franchise does business.  It's hard to make the tough decisions, and when I hear people talk about the Pats as being a dying Dynasty/Franchise.. "Seriously?"  Sometimes you make the decisions that are unpopular and granted, something like this couldn't happen in another city if you didn't have a BB track record.  The City would burn.. "Really?" LOL. With the exception of a handful of teams (You know who you are) The New England Patriots are what you wish your team Was (about).  This team is starting to gel and the trend is going upwards for the Pats.  They will be very successfull and as BB says.. "It matters how you're playing after Thanksgiving"

P.S. Stop Hating!

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:45 am

How Moss trade will affect New England

On paper this may look like the wrong thing to do.  Paper doesn't play the game though.  New England has a lot of players that could step up an play very well.  Granted some are untested and have yet to see extended playing time.  Wasn't Tom Brady in the same boat when he replaced Drew Bledsoe?  Bledsoe was a very good quarterback, but had trouble winning the important game.  It seemed like he couldn't get over the top.  He goes down and enter Tom Brady.  The Patriots win the Super Bowl that year.  If you had told me that the Patriots would lose Bledsoe and win the Super Bowl, I would've asked what you were smoking or taking.  I will admit that I think Bill Belichick is trying to do too much.  He needs to find coordinators he can trust like he did when he had Romeo Crennel and Charlie Wies.  I don't think this is going to be a traumatic as everyone is sounding.  Let's see what happens the rest of the year before we call the crash cart for the Patriot's season.

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