Only one NFL team, the Tennessee Titans, claimed wide receiver Randy Moss off waivers this week. The Washington Redskins need more help at that position. They are also renowned for collecting famous veteran players. Yet the new Mike Shanahan-Bruce Allen regime took a pass. Right decision? Redskins Hog Heaven analysts Greg Trippiedi and Anthony Brown debate the issue.
Greg Trippiedi: The Redskins should have claimed Randy Moss
The way Randy Moss is playing, he offers only a little reward to a team that acquires him, and of course, Moss always offers a ton of risk for a team that can't manage him, in that once he's unhappy, it takes a lot to appease him.
With all of that said, the Redskins really needed to take that risk.
The last time the Redskins receivers were playing this well, Antwaan Randle El was having a breakout 2007 and Santana Moss was healthy and getting open across from him. But Moss would have complemented Anthony Armstrong and Santana Moss quite well, in that the Redskins are clearly a vertical offense which fits the strengths of Moss.
This is another reason that Randy Moss would have added an irreplaceable dimension to the offense. Santana Moss has flourished in an underneath-only role out of the slot, and Randy would have added another downfield option, which would have complemented Anthony Armstrong.
And above all, it would have kept Joey Galloway off the field. Although I imagine that's ultimately the reason that Randy isn't here: our coaches love Galloway for some reason.
Rookie wide-out Anthony Armstrong is a nice story. At mid-year, he has 17 receptions for 368 yards and a score. He also has the attention of every defensive coordinator on the Redskins' schedule. How close he gets to 51 catches and another score is a question. Whether his 5 ft. 11 in., 182 pound frame can survive a big safety hit is another.
So it must have been tempting for the Redskins to pick up the legendary Randy Moss off waivers. They chose not to do so and I support that decision.
The good Randy Moss has the measurables (6-4, 210 lbs.) and performance (2009: 83 receptions, 13 TDs) that should make any team drool...as long as Moss wants to play for that team. Moss this year has shown that he only wants to play for the New England Patriots.
The Redskins (and their fans) should look at Randy's 2005-'06 Oakland Raiders performance to assess how well he would have contributed here. It's clear Moss wanted out in his last days in Oakland. When his leadership and stabilizing influence was most needed, it was least delivered.
Point after: Just when you think Randy Moss is out of our schedule (Vikings November 28), somebody pulls him back in (Titans, November 21). Both Trippiedi and Brown held their noses when weighing in on Randy. How dangerous Randy will be that day depends on how he feels about the game and his role in it. For my money, Santana will be the best Moss on the field.