A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
I’m feeling a little Mossy
After the Patriots big 40-14 Monday night victory over the Miami Dolphins which Moss caught no passes, Patriots ownership decided to trade him.
Moss, who was in his final year of a three-year $27 million deal with the Pats, had only nine receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns in the first four games of the 2010 regular season.
And even though, this trade seemed as if it happen overnight, it had been brewing since the Patriots season-opening 38-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Because during the press conference after that game, Moss, who had five, catches for 59 yards in the victory, showed his frustration with the Patriots organization and people of New England.
“Around here in the New England area, I don’t think alot of people want to see me do good…”complained Moss. “The reason why, I don’t know but I really don’t care.”
Psychologically, however, when a person like Moss says “I don’t care” they really do.
Moss, who looked like a Hollywood hobo during the press conference, “rocked” a red do-rag with a San Francisco Giants baseball cap tilted slightly to the side while sporting some large head phones wrapped around his neck, didn’t hesitate to make his grievance with the media known.
“Before this season gets started, I don’t want it to be week 10, week 12, and we’re still sitting here talking about a contract” frown Moss.
“Basically, what I want you all to know; I know this is the last year of my contract. And I am here to play it out. And I’m going to play some DAMN good football.”
With his beard rough and rugged and his lips a little ashy, Moss continued to express his feelings and frustrations. “I understand my role….My role is to take the ball deep and take the top off the defense”
“(But) Sometimes, you want your boss to tell you, you are doing a good job “confessed Moss.
NFL Network’s sports commentator Deion Sanders jokingly tried to explain Moss’s salty attitude during that press conference on the highlight show Game Day Final.
“Randy Moss is just setting the record straight. I have been a perfect citizen, a modern Patriot.” laughed Sanders.
“You just gave a man (Tom Brady) $20 million a year, can I get 10. Appreciate me……Just pay me.” Sanders said.
Sanders was correct in his analysis. Moss definitely wanted to get paid.
He, in fact, was simply saying “Show me the money!!” like the infamous scene from the movie, “Jerry Maguire”.But contractually, the NFL is going to pay a player for what he can do in the future. Not for what he can do in the here and now.
With that said, it was obvious that the New England Patriots front office had decided that Moss, a 33-year old wide receiver, was pass his prime.
Unfortunately, for Moss, football is a cut throat business.
And after a certain age, regardless of how great you once were, or how great you think you still are, they still view you as used and damaged goods. Just ask Terrell Owens?
Or LaDainian Tomlinson? But now, Moss is back in Minnesota, where for seven years from 1998 to 2004, he scored 90 touchdowns, caught 574 passes and collected 9,142 yards.
If Moss didn’t feel appreciated in New England, he will be in Minnesota?
Matter of fact, for Viking QB Brett Favre, Moss is a dream come true.
The new and improved Vikings can be seen this Monday night when they take on the New York Jets!