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Roman Oben
Retired Football Player

Roman Oben

Played 12 years as a tackle in the NFL

Moss fails to lead


Last week, Randy Moss was one of the four Patriots sent home from practice for being late for team meetings. Regardless of whether people agreed with the manner in which Coach Bill Belichick disciplined his team, the response from Adalius Thomas was overblown to say the least.

The 2009 Patriots have had to re-identify their core leadership all season because of the absence of Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison and Richard Seymour; having leaders like those who represented the pride and integrity in which the winning tradition was built in New England could have prevented Thomas from airing his grievances about Belichick in the paper while also showing Moss how championship teams are supposed to perform on Sundays.

I was one of those waiting to see how Moss would respond on the field. Yet even in a victory over the Carolina Panthers, Moss failed miserably. When two Panthers defensive backs told reporters Moss "shut it down" on Sunday, he gave an accurate description of a future Hall of Fame wide receiver who has the tendency to quit on routes and lose concentration on easily catchable balls when he gets blanketed by defensive backs.

I'm not going to call Moss a quitter, but I can recall when he was quoted as saying, "I play hard when I want to." As the Patriots' other star wide receiver Wes Welker exemplifies how a player maximizes his abilities more than any other athlete in the league, maybe Moss needs to remind himself nothing is to be taken for granted in the NFL.


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By Roman Oben  |  December 15, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  | Category:  New England Patriots Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Yea I think Randy might feel like he's being phased out of the offense as well. His production the last 4 games has been suspect.

Randy Moss 11 rec 183 yds 2 tds
Wes Welker 41 rec 496 yds

I do agree on the new change of leadership in the locker room, it def changes things. Its a a different vibe and mindset in New England these days. Not sure how this translates in the playoffs especially if they cant win on the road.

p.s. Congrats on the Blog man!

Posted by: GSaundersSkinnypostcom | December 15, 2009 11:54 AM

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