Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:59 am

Hot Routes 11.11.10: Booing Braylon

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Braylon Edwards is correct that he will be booed when the Jets play in Cleveland this weekend. He is incorrect in thinking that he doesn't deserve his reputation for dropping the ball. After all, that's not like a rep for running hard or anything -- dropping the football is an easily quantifiable statistic, even if Derek Anderson is the guy throwing you the ball. Either you hold onto it or you don't. What makes his pre-Browns game behavior so bizarre is that by any account, Edwards should be humbled and thrilled that he got a chance to go somewhere else and pick up DUIs play football. And instead, he's just trying to hate on a city that deserves nothing more than pity when it comes to sports these days.
  • Rex Ryan has instituted a new "pushups for penalties" rule in Jets practice -- and said penalty includes owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum, who were forced to do pushups every time the Jets committed a penalty too. We need video of this ASAP. 
  • Brian Cushing is going to maybe move back to strongside linebacker after spending some time in the middle. Not that it really matters for Houston, since people have stopped bothering trying to run against them and now just have opposing quarterbacks throw the ball as high and as far as they can on every single play. Or at least that's what it feels like.
Posted on: November 10, 2010 5:55 pm

Randy Moss actually takes questions

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite declaring in Minnesota that he no longer would take questions from reporters and would, in effect, ask himself the questions and then answer them, Randy Moss gave the Titans scribes a little bit of time this afternoon for an introductory news conference.

It didn’t last long (according to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , it lasted all of four questions and 184 seconds) and there wasn’t anything mind-altering in the transcript.

But here it is anyway, courtesy of the Tennessean.

A couple highlights:

- He made sure to let his family know that “your baby boy is good … I’ve got these broad shoulders; I can carry a lot of weight.”

I don’t understand why Moss couldn’t call his family to tell them this news. Surely, they are allowed to ask him questions.

- He said he does NOT make the Titans a Super Bowl contender.

“Like I said, I told Coach Fisher this, I’ve had pressure on me my whole life and this is nothing new to me. Instead of coming in thinking about a Super Bowl, I just want to take it one day at a time and learn the plays. Take it one game at a time and if down the road is the playoffs or Super Bowl or whatever it is, we’ll handle it when we get to that.”

- And there’s this exchange:

On what the Titans can expect from him effort wise on a snap-to-snap basis :

Moss: What do you expect from me effort wise?

Reporter: Well other people…

Moss: I didn’t say other people, what do you expect from me effort wise?

Reporter: I don’t know what to expect.

Moss: I don’t know what to expect neither, next question.

Ah, you’ve got to love how Moss takes advantage of his change of scenery to make an honest effort to improve himself and his relationship with humankind. Good for him, I say.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 5:13 pm

One player piles on top of Childress

Brad Childress still doesn't have the support of his players in Minnesota.

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last week, we discussed how the Vikings felt about playing for their head coach, Brad Childress. From talking to people close to the organization, we determined there wasn’t much love lost.

Here’s what I wrote:

Brad Childress hasn’t been popular in the Vikings locker room for quite some time now.

Some in the organization believe Minnesota went to the NFC championship game last year in spite of Childress, not because of him. He came off looking awfully weak during the preseason when he traveled to Mississippi multiple times in an attempt to sweet-talk Brett Favre into returning for one more season. He’s made other people in the organization deal with his dirty work when talking to the media, and he’s made two of his top players (Favre and Randy Moss) look bad in recent press conferences.

…Many of the Vikings don’t like playing for him, and worse yet, they don’t respect him as a coach. You can be a hardass if you’re Bill Belichick, and yeah, maybe some players despise playing for guys like that. But there’s no question Belichick has the respect of the locker room. Childress simply doesn’t.

Today, the Chicago Sun-Times talked to an unnamed player who basically confirmed what we were talking about.

The Vikings apparently won’t quit on the season, despite not enjoying their time with Childress. But, because he bullies people and blames his players more often than he blames himself, they won’t be sorry to see him go (if he, in fact, is fired at some point).

“We know that Childress doesn't have our backs, so why should we have his?'' one player told the paper. ''We're playing for us, and we're winning despite him.''

The player discussed Childress’ lack of people of skills, but only when Childress turned his attention on Favre and WR Percy Harvin did he really begin to lose the team. When he bitched about Favre having a tough game vs. the Packers last month and when he questioned Harvin’s effort during a practice as he tried to recover from a bad ankle, that’s when things really got bad in Minnesota.

From the Sun-Times:

(Childress) threaten(ed) to make Harvin inactive for the game against the Cardinals.

Harvin was animated in defending himself, but Childress responded by saying, ''I can say whatever I want,'' according to a source.

The two had to be separated, but Harvin was applauded by several teammates and even coaches for standing up to Childress.

Another problem for Childress might be that Leslie Frazier, who surely will get to be a head coach soon, is the team’s defensive coordinator and seems to have the support of the team.

Clearly, unless the Vikings win the Super Bowl, this will not end well for Childress. Unlike Wade Phillips, who people felt sorry for because he comes across as such a nice dude, it sounds like there won’t be many tears shed when Childress departs.

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:43 pm

Terrell Owens joins elite company with 150 TDs

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bengals got a huge shot in the arm during the second quarter when Terrell Owens caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer.

And it so happens, that was TO's 150th career touchdown, putting him in some pretty elite company -- only Randy Moss (153) and Jerry Rice (like, 5,000,000 197) have more receiving touchdowns in their respective careers.

T.O. busted out a pretty sweet mime dance afterwards, which seems a little ironic, considering that he celebrated notching a huge milestone in his career with silence, something that his years in the NFL haven't actually been filled with.

Having taken an obligatory shot at Owens, though, it's worth noting that he's an all-time gamer, and despite the locker room problems he can cause, he's as hard a worker as they come, he kills it on the field and to be producing like he is at his age is a testament to his skills and dedication to the game.

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:38 pm

Fisher sees playoffs in Moss-y Titans' future

Posted by Will Brinson

While the Minnesota Vikings haven't been able to avoid becoming the focal point of NFL-related drama without Randy Moss, the world was treated to a nice little break from any Moss-related news for the past few days, as the Titans are on a bye.

But don't worry, he's baaaaaaaaack. Or will be soon anyway; Moss will start for the Titans in Week 10, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter earlier tonight.

Which means, he'll get eight games with the Titans. Or more if they make the playoffs, which coach Jeff Fisher thinks will happen, apparently.

"I am expecting that we’ll play more than eight games," Fisher said, according to our Titans Rapid Reporter Bob McClellan.

Fisher declined to discuss whether or not Moss would be with the Titans longer than this year, but did point a common bond between he and the oft-troubled wideout.

"He’s got years left; our thing right now is this is a good fit for us and for him," Fisher said. "I don’t have a ring, he doesn’t have a ring, so we’re going to try and change that."

So everyone's happy with Randy Moss. Again. There's a great argument to be made that Tennessee is the perfect fit for Moss, but the exact same thing was said when he was traded from New England to Minnesota, meaning it's only fair to reserve judgement until the Titans are all happy and holding trophies and making it rain with new contracts and whatnot.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 5:54 pm

Casserly: Moss was a bad influence on Harvin too

Posted by Will Brinson

Randy Moss left Minnesota under plenty of scrutiny -- there were questions about both his ability to coexist with Brad Childress and his locker room behavior.

On The NFL Today CBS Sports' own Charley Casserly reported that Moss' bad influence on young wideout Percy Harvin also helped hasten his departure (Casserly also pointed out that a 'number of things' resulted in Moss getting released).

Particularly this story -- Casserly reported that Moss, in the middle of a practice, took off his pads. Harvin approached Moss and asked him, "Randy, practice over?"

Moss' response? "Well, it is for me."

That fits in nicely with Moss' previous behavior ("I play when I want to play," etc.), but clearly, Brad Childress didn't think having Moss hang around, poison his team teach and Harvin how to be a malcontent was a good idea.

This is fairly reasonable, but it doesn't justify Chilly flexing his power over team personnel (without consulting ownership) on such an important and high-profile decision.

Although it may not have even mattered -- provided that the reports that Childress and Harvin nearly brawled are true, it's pretty clear that Moss' already blackened Harvin's soul made his influence known.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:26 am

Harvin, Childress had to be separated

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This Brad-Childress-vs.-the-rest-of-the-
Minnesota-Vikings situation is getting very, very ugly.

Ed Werder, citing a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, writes that WR Percy Harvin and Childress had a heated confrontation Friday afternoon, and it got so bad, players had to separate the two. We wrote about this Friday, but the fact the argument almost turned physical deserves another post.

Harvin, suffering an ankle injury, hadn’t practiced until Friday, and during the portion open to reporters, he was limping badly. Childress then questioned Harvin’s effort, and Harvin didn’t like the implication. It escalated until it nearly became physical.

"You just did what a lot of us have been wanting to say for years,” a teammate said to Harvin, according to a Werder source.

We wrote about the team’s view of Childress earlier this week, and the confrontation with Harvin isn’t surprising. 1) Childress doesn’t seem to be real popular with any of his players (or his owner or the team’s fans, etc, etc.) at this point. 2) Harvin viewed Randy Moss as a big brother – “He followed him around like a puppy in the locker room,” one person told me this week – and Childress releasing him couldn’t have made Harvin happy.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:38 pm

Hot Routes 11.06.10 interesting Randy Moss news

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, the Titans would not have claimed Randy Moss on waivers if not for the Kenny Britt injury.

Fitz calls trip to Minny a 'business trip'. (What else would it be? Oh, wait, he grew up in Minny, that’s right. Gotcha.)

Ravens might not see much Wildcat from Miami, but if they do, they've got 'a guy' who'll get them ready for it -- Curtis Steele, who ran the Wildcat in high school and at Memphis, which is totally the same as doing it in the NFL. 

The fellas at the Bills' blog Buffalo Rumblings are always on the lookout for quarterback prospects, and they make a good point: five of the best signal-calling prospects are on television Saturday (Andrew Luck, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Nick Foles and Ryan Mallett).

As everyone knows, if Bill Belichick even vaguely references Eric Mangini's team, he is taking a BIG-TIME CHEAP SHOT IN THE MEDIA at him. Like when he talks about the West Coast offense that the Browns are running.

No blackout for the Raiders this week! Not a joke. We repeat, No blackout for the Raiders this week!

Rex Ryan likes Vernon Gholston (and he also won’t try to convince us that the guy should have been the No. 6 overall pick).

In case you really don’t have a life, here’s our obligatory once-a-month link to a story about a long snapper. This one plays for the Rams.

Bucs LT Donald Penn believes he’s prepared to go up against Falcons speed-rushing demon John Abraham.

Don’t laugh: someone actually found a way to handout midseason awards for the 49ers.

When DeSean Jackson takes the field again (likely this Sunday vs. Atlanta), he’ll be wearing a bigger helmet (newer model).

Deon Grant shared with the Giants inside knowledge of his former Seahawks team. (Not sure how helpful he could be though, given that Seattle has a different coaching staff than it had when Grant played).

Have the Packers fixed their penalty woes?

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