Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 5:43 pm

Report: Wilf nearly fired Childress, kept Moss

Posted by Will Brinson

After a two-day vacation to recover from the nightmare that was Randy Moss moving through waivers, what's more exciting than a Friday afternoon report that Zygi Wilf, who's been in Minnesota just hanging out for a few days, was so upset at Brad Childress for circumventing his authority and dumping Moss that the Vikings owner nearly fired his coach and kept his star wideout?

The answer to that rhetorical question is "nothing," so let's break down the noise ESPN's Ed Werder is making -- according to a team source, Wilf was so "irate" that he nearly canned Chilly and retained Moss. This, presumably, is why Moss wasn't actually released on Monday.

Additionally, Werder reports that a Vikings player informed him of individual meetings Wilf held with the players in order to determine "how much support remained for Childress among veteran players."

This is obviously a bombshell, but it's not entirely mind-blowing considering just how things went down with Moss' release.

Childress recently got an extension that doesn't have a buyout clause, so Wilf would probably prefer to avoid throwing a ton of money down the drain by firing him.

That being said, anyone who thinks Chilly's pants aren't a little warm right now is just flat-out delusional.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 4:25 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:58 pm

Five Questions (or More) with Keyshawn Johnson

Keyshawn Johnson had strong comments today regarding R. Moss, Brad Childress and Mike Shanahan (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Keyshawn Johnson is a busy man. Since retiring from the NFL in 2007 after an 11-year career in which he made the Pro Bowl three times, he’s been an ESPN analyst, the host of an A&E show called Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design, and a business man.

Now, he’s partnering with Captain Morgan for a year-long project that allows fans to post their own Captain Morgan’s pose on Facebook , and for every pose uploaded, the company will donate to the First Mate Fund, which was created to benefit non-profit organizations. “It’s all for charity,” Johnson said. “Every time you upload a picture, Captain Morgan donates a dollar.”

We caught up with Johnson, and he gave us some interesting answers regarding Randy Moss, Brad Childress’ authenticity, Mike Shanahan’s truth-telling skills, and why the Bengals haven’t produced with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens lining up on the field.

Previous Five Questions (or More):

Oct. 29: Chargers LS Mike Windt

Oct. 22: Bengals WR coach Mike Sheppard

Oct. 15: Redskins WR Anthony Armstrong

Oct. 8:
Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich

Oct. 1: Kent Babb of the KC Star

Sept. 24: Texans WR Kevin Walter

Sept. 17: former Bengals, Titans DT John Thornton

Sept. 11: Seahawks RB Leon Washington

1. CBSSports.com: Obviously, the big topic this week was Randy Moss. Now that he’s going to Tennessee with a guy you know pretty well in Jeff Fisher, how do you think he’ll do with the Titans?

Keyshawn Johnson: I think he’ll do well. You have a strong-minded coach with a strong head there, and I really think Jeff has done a tremendous job in terms of getting players to play for him and do the things he’s asked in his 16-year tenure. He gets players to respond for him. There are only a handful of coaches who can do that, and he’s one of them.

CBS: Is that what you need for a guy like Moss? Obviously, it didn’t work with Brad Childress, but it did work with Bill Belichick. It seems like Fisher is a coach that can command that kind of respect.

Johnson: It’s really about how you approach people and how you talk to people. You don’t have to scream, you don’t have to yell. It’s the way you approach a guy like Randy. If you approach him and you’re authentic and not being some phony fake-ass guy, he’s going to respect it. You think he was born yesterday? He knows phony when he sees it. I’m sure he realized Brad Childress isn’t for real and that he’s a phony guy. He went in with no respect for him. Then, Childress recognized it and thought the best thing he could was to cut bait.

2. CBS: When a guy yells at the people who cater the food in the locker room, though, what …

If that happened, it’s shame on Randy. You don’t demean somebody for their cooking skills. Just don’t eat it. I’ve been on many teams where I didn’t like the food. So I brought my own food.

But when you have a guy being a jerk like that, how does that affect the rest of the locker room?

Johnson: I wouldn’t say that it would affect the locker room. It’s always one or two guys on the team who are trying to be the coach’s pet and who are going to stand out and take on the big fish. There are always one or two guys. That’s the realness about it. That’s the normal way it goes. Every team, you have one or two guys that side with the coach and not the players. The other 50 guys side with the players.

CBS: If that’s the case, how do the rest of the guys respond to those one or two players?

Johnson: You deal with those guys at face value. You don’t give them much. You don’t tell them anything, because basically, you know they’re going to snitch.

3. CBS:
The other big story this week was Donovan McNabb and how Mike Shanahan pulled him and replaced him with Rex Grossman with the game on the line. I was watching that game, and when he did that, I was very confused.

Very, very confusing to those of us that don’t really know how coaches work. Since I know how they work, it wasn’t confusing to me. But he could have explained to Donovan or explained to the media a little bit better than just lying. All you have to do is lie to me once, and I won’t let it happen again. Players know it. But they’re not going to say it, because they have families to feed.

4. CBS:
Regarding the Bengals, with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens and a good running game, did you think T.O. and Ochocinco would have had more of an impact on the team? Did you think that team would be better than it is?

Johnson: I thought they would be better. But statistics aren’t going to make you better. You need to have some cohesiveness in terms of how you deal with each other and the team and players around each other. There has to be something there to be able to deem yourself a championship-caliber football team. They don’t have that. That’s why they struggle. They’re 2-5, and at the end of the year, they’re probably going to have be looking for a new head coach.

5. CBS: How much of it falls on Marvin Lewis? I know he was a popular guy in the locker room …

It’s so hard to win in places like that. It’s just hard. It’s a constant losing vibe. You can win 50 games, and you feel like you lost. It’s just a whole perception, and it’s hard deal to deal with.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:16 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 3:21 pm

NFL Week 9 Podcast Preview

Posted by Andy Benoit

Will Brinson and I did our usual Friday routine, running through all the Week 9 action in the NFL. And don't worry, we went quickly through the boring games and only spent about 90 seconds talking about what a jerk Randy Moss is.

It was good stuff. Promise. Go ahead, have a listen.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 8:29 am

Nate Washington's retroactive gaffe

Posted by Andy Benoit

Give Nate Washington an A+ honesty and a C- for judgment. Here’s what the Titans starting wide receiver told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean about Randy Moss (disclaimer: Washington made these comments shortly BEFORE Moss joined the Titans):

“I don't really think we need him. I'm going to speak up and say that we have so many good young guys. If it so happens he does come to this locker room, we'll find a way to make it work. That's the type of guys we are. We aren't individuals ... We have a team goal in mind. That's what we're reaching for."

This is why so many players take the “no comment” route when discussing other players.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:16 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s our favorite time of the week (or, more accurately, my favorite time of the week. Maybe not everybody’s favorite time of the week). It’s time for the weekly prop bets from bodog. As usual, we’ll skip past the newly-crowned Super Bowl favorites (though the Steelers and Patriots are at 15/2) and go straight to the fun stuff.

Randy Moss - Total receiving yards as a member of the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Regular Season?

Over/Under  475

At this point, how do you go over? Hell, he might not be with the team in three weeks. Plus, aside from taking defenses away from RB Adrian Peterson in Minnesota – Chris Johnson can expect similar results in Tennessee – Moss simply doesn’t have the gaudy stats this year.

Shawne Merriman - Total sacks as a member of the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 NFL Regular Season?

Over/Under 2.5

At this point, how do you go over? Hell, he might be injured again next week.

Who will be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Jon Gruden  3/2

Bill Cowher 5/2

Jason Garrett 4/1

Wade Phillips 50/1

Any Other Coach 1/1

I might be tempted to put a few bucks on Phillips just because the odds are so high. But otherwise, I’m going with “any other coach.” I don’t think Cowher will take it, and I don’t think Jerry Jones would offer Garrett the job. I think there’s a chance with Gruden, but I’d still take the even odds at 1/1.

Will Marvin Lewis be the coach of Cincinnati for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes Even

No 130

I’d go No every day of the week.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:43 pm

Cris Carter explains Randy Moss' problem

Posted by Andy Benoit

Remember what a great mentor Cris Carter was for Randy Moss when Moss first entered the NFL? Carter was a talented receiver who had developed genuine sagacity after nearly flushing away his career with substance abuse and attitude problems. He was credible and straight-talking.

So who better to assess what’s going on with Moss these days than Carter? Now an ESPN analyst, Carter talked about his former teammate on Mike and Mike in the Morning Thursday.

“Randy’s problem is that Randy does not have a great deal of respect for male authority," Carter said. "If you’re wishy-washy, if you’re not a man’s man, if you don’t shoot it to him straight, Randy Moss is going to give you problems. He sure enough is going to give you problems."

Carter has been critical of Moss lately, saying a 33-year-old should “have graduated from [misbehavior]”. But few people in football probably understand the enigmatic receiver as well as Carter.

Moss never had another mentor once Carter left. Of course, Carter left after Moss’ fourth season; a player isn’t supposed to need a mentor at that point.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 7:27 pm

Titans have history of failed veteran WR pickups

Posted by Andy Benoit

We think of the Titans as one of those teams that has never prioritized having a top-notch wide receiver. But the reality is they’ve brought in plenty of big name wideouts over the years. The problem is the Titans, like the folks who invented Cha-Cha, come up with their good ideas just a little too late. Or, like just about anyone who purchased a Dell three years ago, they spend big bucks only to see the thing break. R. Moss (US Presswire)

In 1998, the Titans (or, at that time, still the Oilers) brought in Steelers star receiver Yancy Thigpen. Thigpen had registered over 1,300 yards receiving in ’95 and ’97. But the soft-handed veteran could never stay healthy wearing light blue and red. Thigpen lasted three years in Tennessee, never totaling more than 648 yards or 10 starts in a season. He was out of football by 2001.

In Thigpen’s final season (2000), the Titans tried again. They acquired prolific Bengals wide receiver Carl Pickens, assuming the 30-year-old had a second wind in him. He didn’t. Pickens had surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in five of his previous seven seasons, but as a Titan, he played in just nine games and caught only 10 passes.

Yes, the Thigpen and Pickens moves were 10 years ago – but that’s still in the Jeff Fisher era. And besides, there’s more.

In 2006, the Titans gave a five-year, $24 million contract to rising receiver David Givens, one of the premier free agents on the market that year. The ex-New England Patriot played just six games for the team before a knee injury truncated his career. (Givens later sued the Titans for $25 million for mishandling the injury, though the courts dismissed it.)

Finally, in 2007, the Titans acquired former Bills Pro Bowler Eric Moulds. Perhaps it’s unfair to include Moulds in this discussion, as the organization, clearly realizing that Moulds was probably washed up, invested very little. Indeed, he fulfilled expectations, catching 32 passes for 342 yards in 16 games.

Obviously, none of these failed veteran receivers were future Hall of Famers like Moss. But if you have to bet on whether the 33-year-old ex-Viking/Raider/Patriot/”re-Viking” will reclaim his stardom or join the list of failed Titans wideout acquisitions, the smart money is on the latter.

There’s a reason Tennessee was the only team to claim Moss off waivers. Besides the fact that all reports indicate the guy is exactly the type of narcissistic athlete that you’d see in a movie, there’s the fact that Moss can run basically only one route these days: the 9 route (aka fly pattern). Moss has become too stiff to change directions or explode in and out of his breaks. And, obviously, he never developed the fundamentals to compensate for any athletic decline. He might be Tennessee’s most dangerous deep threat, but as all-around receiving goes, he’s behind Nate Washington, Justin Gage and Kenny Britt (who, by the way, is unfortunately a young receiver in need of a role model).

At least this time no one seems to be saying that Moss may have found his true home. We’re not hearing the “He’ll finally stay happy and play hard for THESE guys” talk anymore. Moss couldn’t stay happy the first time around when he was the face of the franchise in Minnesota. He couldn’t stay happy when he was with a Raiders organization that let the players do basically whatever the hell they wanted. He ultimately couldn’t stay happy when he was a member of the anti-Raiders organization in New England. And, over just four weeks, he couldn’t stay happy (or get happy) when he returned home to play with his dream quarterback, Brett Favre.

Will Moss cause a problem in Tennessee? Aside from team morale (which is important), it almost wouldn’t matter because he won’t be a major contributor anyway.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 7:10 pm

Podcast: Clay Travis talks Moss to the Titans

Posted by Will Brinson

Perhaps you've heard about Randy Moss ending up in Tennessee? Well, he did. And to get the local lowdown on what this means for Tennessee, we brought Clay Travis of FanHouse and 104.5 The Zone's Three-Hour Lunch (Nashville radio) to talk about what Moss' addition means.

We discuss whether it was the right move for the Titans, if Jeff Fisher can contain Moss, what it means for Vince Young, whether the Titans are the favorites for the AFC South now, how many touchdowns Moss will score the rest of this year and much, much more.

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