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Friday, June 22, 2018

Randy Moss Trade May Have Been Result of Halftime Blowup

I’m still sitting here in shock over the way the Randy Moss trade developed and was consummated so quickly. Steve DelVecchio says that means I wasn’t paying attention because Moss has been unhappy in New England for a while. What we didn’t know was that he reportedly asked for a trade after week one and that he truly was more concerned about his stats than his team’s win total. How do we know that?

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston says Randy Moss had a heated exchange with New England’s quarterbacks coach at halftime of the win over Miami. Keep in mind the team was down 7-6 at that time and Moss was only thrown to once — on a fake spike play. One player described the incident to Reiss as a “blowup,” which isn’t too surprising.

I suppose it shows us what kind of player Randy Moss is when I semi-joked (but really wondered) what Moss would do following the win since he was held catchless. At the end of the game, I saw what Steve noted — while Bill Belichick was high-fiving half the team, Randy appeared to be the only Patriot who wasn’t elated. I never thought his attitude would result in a trade (much less so quickly), but I guess we have our answer.

The more I think about this surprising blockbuster deal, the more I realize this whole thing could have been avoided had the Patriots followed the Keyshawn Johnson plan and just given Randy the darn ball. Honestly, Randy only had nine catches in four games. I realize they’re 3-1, but why didn’t they throw to him more? Do they not like touchdowns? I’m not saying force him the ball the way they did last year to try and prove a point to Darrelle Revis, but why not throw to your best receiver? That never made sense to me, and it could have solved the problems for all parties.

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