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Keenan McCardell
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Keenan McCardell

A Pro-Bowl wide receiver who was drafted in 1991 out of UNLV.

Give Moss a break

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Randy Moss is the greatest wide receiver in the game today. When you have a talent like that, you've got to keep him interested -- that's the coach's job and Belichick is among the best.

In fact, I'm sure he's already sat Randy down, and told him what he needs to hear. I've been to meetings like that, I can hear his voice in my head. He probably said something like, "Randy, for us to win you're going to need to buy into everything I say 100%. You handle what you need to handle and I'll handle everything else."

But he understands Randy, he understands that level of talent. It's like dealing with a great artist or a genius. Anytime he wants, he can just flip a switch and smoke any secondary out there. When you have it that easy though, you can get distracted. Maybe something happened off the field to distract him, maybe something in his personal life, we don't know.

So Randy doesn't go 100% on every play, sometimes he takes a little off. But now, because the Patriots aren't the dominating team they were in 2007, people want to blame Moss. What people don't recognize is that maybe he wasn't playing at 100% all the time when they were undefeated. Football is a team game and you don't hear him complaining that the defense isn't stepping up.

This concept may be demoralizing to younger guys struggling to make a team, that Randy has so much talent and can dog it. The older guys, who know Moss, understand. Just cause he dogs it one play doesn't mean he won't go in there the next play and blow everyone away.

Great players, like Randy, need to take a break sometimes, and great coaches like Belichick understand how to exploit that. That's why Belichick rallied behind him, today. That's why Tom Brady came to his defense. With three games left the Patriots are going to step it up for the stretch run and as soon as they're in the playoffs people will forget all about this.

By Keenan McCardell  |  December 14, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  | Category:  New England Patriots , Tom Brady Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Amen, McCardell

Posted by: faraway1 | December 15, 2009 9:12 AM

Gadzooks, he plays pro football for the Patriots. What's the big deal?

Posted by: rmlwj1 | December 15, 2009 10:48 AM

Garbage, Keenan. As much as I respect you as a player, I respect Peter King as a sportswriter more. His informed take on Moss this week in si.com is scalding and spot-on.

I must say, though, this is literally the first defense of 'dogging it' I have ever seen in print. Nice.

Posted by: jd5024 | December 15, 2009 11:14 AM

Hey, back off! The guy runs! The guy catches a ball! The guy runs into cops! He's a genius!

Posted by: kguy1 | December 15, 2009 11:29 AM

Keep in mind the author "earned" his lone Super Bowl ring while on injured reserve with the Redskins, having caught a whopping zero passes that season.

But I get what he's writing, even if I don't fully agree. Whether Moss will stop phoning it in for these last three games is anyone's guess.

Posted by: RambleOn | December 15, 2009 11:34 AM

I have to laugh at the never-ending train of ginned-up controversies which are being used against the Patriots this year. First Bill Belichick is ridiculed for making the absolute correct call against Indy -- we make the 4th down, the game is over, and the computer simulations confirm that the odds were 70-30 in his favor. Now it's this BS about Randy. If Randy is dogging it so much, how come Carolina had to double-team him the whole game? And by the way, just which team won the game on Sunday?

Instead of Peter King and all of you other losers trying to take down Randy Moss, maybe you should be paying attention to Wes Welker, who is on track to break the regular-season record for catches. But then Mr. King would actually have to do some research and pretend to be a real sportswriter instead of a gossip columnist.

Of course, we all know what's REALLY going on here. You little babies are all terrified that the Patriots are going to put it all together and whip your team in the playoffs. Give me a break, losers...

Posted by: jerkhoff | December 15, 2009 11:45 AM

Randy may not have earned a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots yet -- the Patriots did lose to the Giants in 2007 after having a perfect regular season and going 18-0 -- but he did happen to set the NFL single-season record for touchdown passes (23) in 2007 as well. What a hopeless overrated loser, huh?

As a Patriots fan, I sure am glad Randy is playing for US, you sour-grapes whining losers...

Posted by: jerkhoff | December 15, 2009 11:49 AM

Those Redskins sure do rock, huh?

Posted by: jerkhoff | December 15, 2009 11:55 AM

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