The Randy Moss Titans waiver claim brings a new twist to this saga. With the Randy Moss-Titans merger, Tennessee hopes they can put up with the receiver for more than four weeks. They have nine weeks left in the season and need all the help they can get to keep up in the AFC South. Since the Colts are back ahead in the division, and since no one in the AFC South has a losing record, it will be tough for Tennessee to emerge in the playoff picture. No one knows if Moss joining the Titans will get them over the hump, yet Moss has no choice but to get them there.
Unlike the last team he abruptly joined, the Titans have a winning record. At 5-3, they are a half game back of the Colts for the AFC South lead, and are part of a crowded playoff chase. However, they are short on depth at wide receiver and have to switch between Vince Young and Kerry Collins at quarterback.
The Titans claimed Moss for nearly the same reasons the Vikings got him last month. The Vikings had lost several wide receivers to injury and needed a new weapon for Brett Favre. However, when Moss quickly got in trouble, and when their receivers healed, the Vikings had a pretext for dumping him early.
As for Tennessee, they also need him to replace injured receivers after Kenny Britt went down in San Diego last week. But unlike the Vikings, the Titans may rely more on their superstar running back, since Chris Johnson is the clear No. 1 weapon. With Collins and Young so vulnerable, they could be more reluctant to pass the ball, which would cause problems for their new receiver.
Before the Titans picked Moss up, many teams passed on him after he wore out his welcome with two teams in eight weeks. Presumably, he will stay in Tennessee for the rest of the season, although no one knows what to expect anymore.
However, the Titans are led by Jeff Fisher, the longest-tenured coach in the NFL. If anyone can get Moss to perform on the field, and keep him in check off the field, Fisher seems as ideal as any coach. Yet Bill Belichick seemed ideal to keep Moss in line as well, and that ultimately fell apart – although it took over two years for that to happen.
The wait for Randy Moss’ Titans debut will be another week, since Tennessee is off on Sunday. He will then join them in Miami – where his last game for the Patriots was held – on Sunday, Nov. 14.
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