First off, let's take a moment to reflect on how lucky that the Falcons are not to the Minnesota Vikings. Not only are they losing, they're down a third round draft pick, their team is getting old and creaky and they just released Randy Moss for no compelling reason at all. Brad Childress is taking heavy fire in Minny right now, but I'd like to know who the moron was that gave him the kind of power to unilaterally fire Moss out of a cannon after four weeks.
Moving to our next slide, we see that Randy Moss is going to be out on waivers today. Where will he go? Whatever shall he do? There's no way to know—though my tattered Monopoly money is on a return to the Patriots—and so it should be a compelling afternoon. I can tell you right now with close to 100% certainty that Randy Moss will not be a Falcon. Nor should he be.
If hybrid Falcoholic and SBN Atlanta writer Jason Kirk couldn't change your mind on this, I'll give it my best shot. Hit the jump like you're Brad Childress walking into the back of the unemployment line.
His skillset isn't a good fit for this team. Once upon a time, Randy Moss was one of the greatest wide receivers the NFL had ever seen. Someday he'll retire and we'll have a chance to reflect on his career and appreciate that body of work, one that demands recognition in Canton. But these days, Moss isn't the explosive wide receiver with the huge vertical, the astounding agility and the physicality to get open. In those days, he was Roddy White on steroids.
Now he's old. Time has taken its whupping stick to Moss, robbing him of that speed, those ups, those quick cuts and the penchant for making things happen. These days, Moss is a talented possession receiver who still runs crisp routes—when he wants to. Because he still demands attention like the Randy Moss of old, his chief use in 2010 is drawing attention away from other receivers. It's no coincidence that Wes Welker's production has taken a nosedive since Moss left the Patriots, and it's no coincidence that Percy Harvin has been a monster in the month Moss spent with the Vikings.
Would that have its uses? Of course. It would make Roddy White even more ridiculously difficult to cover, and it would give Harry Douglas, Michael Jenkins and Tony Gonzalez more opportunity. That's certainly valuable, but consider that Moss himself isn't likely to contribute a lot of catches to the cause. Consider that as the season rolls on, teams will certainly be force to roll coverage over to White that might have gone to Moss. Is he going to rise to the occasion and force teams to account for him? Honestly, I'm not sure he can.
The Falcons also like their receivers to run block. While Jenkins has gotten a reputation he doesn't entirely deserve in that arena, he's at least willing and able to throw a few nice blocks. Moss hasn't blocked for a running back since 1999. While I don't think Moss's reputation for press conference eccentricity is worth worrying about, he does take plays off. All you need to do is look at his body of work in Oakland and New England to see a guy who can somehow repress his otherworldly talent when he just doesn't feel like giving 100% on a route.
So it comes down to this: I have no objection to signing Moss based on money, or character concerns, or any of that. I object to it because I don't believe he'd be the massive improvement on the field that many of us would hope he would be. If he's not going to be leaps and bounds above Jenkins, is he worth $3.7 million and a few headaches along the way?
That's up to Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff to decide. I'm going to guess the answer's no.