Moss fails to lead
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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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