What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Vikings are expected to close a deal with New England today to acquire Randy Moss. Forget that Minnesota ran Moss out of town in 2004. Forget that Randy Moss has never once passed the “Net Difference” test. And for now, forget that Randy Moss is in a contract year. We’ll come back to those points in a bit.
For right now, understand what an exceptionally stupid move this is on the part of the Vikings. Whether you are playing poker or making a business deal, showing your desparation is never a good thing. The Vikes showed that in spades when they begged Brett Farve to come back for another year. Now that Purple offense has looked like a fraternity touch-football team well into its third keg of beer, Minnesota decides now is the time to chase bad money with worse money. Why? Because even Stevie Wonder can see the desparation dripping off of this franchise.
Let’s do the math…first, the Vikings mortgaged their future to bring in Favre, all while completely ignoring the need for a quarterback for the future. Then, the Vikings doubled-down on that terrible move by doing absolutely nothing to shore up an offensive line which has allowed Favre to get shit-hammered every time he’s dropped back since the NFC Championship game. Now, the Vikings are making the future even bleaker by giving up a 3rd round draft pick for a wide receiver incapable of solving the largest problems facing this team.
First, there is the aforementioned offensive line. Unless Randy Moss plans on helping Bryant McKinnie look less like a turnstile, Favre isn’t going to have time to wait for the deep play to materialize. Then there’s the fact that the whole world knows the Vikes can’t run the ball when they need to, despite the fact they have the best weapons at running back this league has seen in the last 25 years. So even if you seal this deal, you can expect Moss to get double-covered everyday for the rest of his life, especially since the Vi-queens have no other legitimate threat to stretch the field.
Now, let’s get back to those opening points I told you to forget. You only need read back to yesterday’s post on this blog to see what I think about Minnesota sports fans. Moss was another classic case of a guy who got run out of town for albeit stupid stuff, but stuff that white guys got away with. So, now you’re going to bring back a guy with whom you already burned a previous bridge and expect that trying to sign this guy to a contract is going to be a smooth process. Good luck with that. Ask yourself what happens when those contract talks break down? Expect Randy Moss to be Randy Moss, meaning he will go right back to the petulant crybaby routine that is getting him kicked out of New England.
Then there’s the whole “Net Difference” test. This is something Moss shares with Favre on the last two teams he’s joined. Ultimately, the “Net Difference” test is a measure of what happened to the team you joined. For example, Brett Farve joined a mediocre New York Jet team that wasn’t a playoff contender, and took them all the way to being a mediocre team that wasn’t a playoff contender. In Minnesota, Brett Favre joined a division-winning team that couldn’t win a road playoff game and took them all the way to being a division-winning team that couldn’t win a road playoff game. Now, it really isn’t fair to apply that test to Moss’ days in New England because you can’t really improve a legitimate Super Bowl team, but look at his stops in Oakland and Minnesota. Moss took the Raiders from terrible to terrible, and he took the Vikings from a team that couldn’t win a big game to a team that couldn’t win a big game.
What this all boils down to is the Vikings are paying to get a guy with whom they’ve already had a bad relationship, who they already know ultimately doesn’t make a difference, and is six years older than when they first knew this. Yeah, that doesn’t seem desperate at all.