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The Randy Moss trade from the Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings has been a media sensation since the story broke. How the Patriots fare without his services for the remainder of the 2010 season will be a hot topic all year. Felger & Mazz offered their views on the endlessly compelling story and how it’s about much more than just a single trade.

Felger: “This is why we’re in this business. I still believe all the time that we’ve spent on it and will spend on it is worthy. It is beyond just the face of it. To, me it speaks to how you feel about the game of football. What do you think wins? What do you think is important- in sports? What are your values as a football fan? Whats important for you to watch? This Moss story speaks to some of those things. It’s a big important story with a lot of good guys and bad guys. There are a lot of bad guys involved, whether you think its Moss or Belichick or the Krafts. There are bad guys all over it, but there will be some good things coming out of this. Whatever happens, it’ll be the gift that keeps on giving.”

Mazz: “When a story like this forces you to gauge what your values are, at what point does it get to be too much? At what point does the player’s attitude overtake his talent? It’s a fascinating philosophical question…But I also think it is easier to have values that you believe in when the expectations for your team are relatively lower than they were in the past…What was Randy Moss’s reputation three years ago- in everybody’s mind? If the Patriots were willing to bring him here then, what does that say about their values? They were willing to sacrifice them because they got him cheap. The thing that has changed is the expectations are not as high as they were three years ago.”

Comments (2)
  1. Pete says:

    This gets overstated as a referdum on Moss’ character and attitude. I believe it is a long term $ issue for the Pats. I don’t think the Pats were concerened about the character or attitude of Moss when they picked him up, almost all of his fomer teamates and coaches usually have postive things to say about both – I haven’t heard one current Patriot player speak with anything but reverance for Moss both as a player or person. I believe the majority of times a player’s “attitude or character” are used as issues along side $$$$ when being traded (let go, etc.), it is managment’s attempt to justifty the latter reason more with the former.

  2. Mike says:

    Randy Moss’s source of joy is the long-ball touch down, period.
    The Patriots offense is evolving and Randy was not going to get the number of passes he expected.
    Randy Moss was/is not content of with being a draw on the opposition’s defense. If he runs down the field, he expects several passes in a game. Otherwise, he would have become increasingly disenchanted, something the Patriots can ill-afford in the lockerroom. The Patriots are better off without Moss than have him as a pissed-off long ball threat that does not get the ball to his own satisfaction.
    Tom Brady did have pressure to pass on him- Keeping a tempermental Randy happy means feeding him the long ball, even when another play would have been a better choice. With a Randy Moss, there is the tempation to go for the quick-strike touchdown– unfortunately these numbers are no great.
    Bottom line, it was in the best interest for Randy to move onto the Vikings who will feed him the ball. It is in the best interest for the Patriots to transition into an offense using players who play as a team and have no preconceived notions they are getting the ball XX number of times to keep them happy.
    Personally, I do not believe there was an “incident” or “incidents” that trip-wired Moss’s departure. Rather, Randy was unhappy without a new contract, Randy was becoming disenchanted about not getting the number of long-ball passes that keeps him happy. Randy wants to enhance his career records before retiring. Randy had to go. There are other players that lack his glitter and skills. However, you get more touchdowns, however, with shorter plays that throwing the long bomb to Moss.

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