Top Six Reasons Randy Moss Would Be a Poor Fit in Dallas
Amidst reports that Randy Moss could be headed to Dallas (albeit from the biggest “gossip magazine” in sports, ESPN), we will detail six reasons why signing Randy Moss would be disastrous for the Dallas Cowboys.
1. He will want too much money.
If Dallas trades for Moss, it is likely that he would want a new contract. With $45 million invested in Roy Williams and a Miles Austin long-term deal evident, there would just be too much money tied up in one position. Even without a salary cap in 2010, teams are hesitant to overspend (yes, even Jerry) because of the current economy and the uncertainty of future NFL economics.
If Moss was to be brought in for just this season with no long-term extension given, it would still be a poor fit for of the following reasons.
2. It will stunt the growth of Kevin Ogletree.
Ogletree showed signs of greatness last season. He displayed good hands, above-average route-running ability, and tremendous explosiveness after the catch. Ogletree’s opportunities were very limited in 2009 and would be all but non-existent with the addition of Moss. In much the same way that Dallas saw Miles Austin’s talent after the release of Terrell Owens, the only way to discover Ogletree’s worth is to give him a shot.
3. His addition could force Sam Hurd off the team.
It is possible that the Cowboys could cut Roy Williams if they brought in Moss, but it is unlikely due to Williams’ contract. The team would have to eat $11 million to let Williams walk and then still have to pay Moss.
More likely, the addition of Moss would spell the end of Sam Hurd’s tenure in Dallas. It is possible the organization would keep six wide receivers, but with three of them not on special teams (Moss, Austin, Williams) and the team likely to use two roster spots on kickers, retaining six wide receivers would leave the squad dangerously thin at other positions.
Thus, adding Moss would result in either a lack of depth at other positions or the loss of one of the team’s best special team players.
4. He is old.
Moss is 33 years old. Enough said.
5. He dogs it.
A lot was made of Moss’ performance against the Jets in 2009 where he was called out for dogging it. We watched the film of that game to see for ourselves, and we can guarantee that Moss played no differently than usual– because he always dogs it.
People can say all they want about T.O., but at least you knew he was going to do everything possible to prepare himself for both practice and games. His effort made our own players better, and we would even credit much of the success of the cornerbacks in 2009 to the fact that they faced Terrell Owens in practice everyday the prior season (longer for Newman).
The same cannot be said for Moss. He does not practice hard, and he does not consistently play hard in games. His sub-par route-running on plays he knows are not designed for him makes it harder for teammates to get open. When a free safety notices Moss not running full-speed, for example, he can shade another wide receiver and make it more difficult for the offense to complete a pass to anyone.
Overall, we would call Moss’ lack of effort and poor attitude on the field much more of a distraction than Terrell Owens ever was in Dallas.
6. He wouldn’t take a back seat to Miles Austin.
We are a bit surprised at some fans’ yearning for “a legitimate number one receiver” when the team has already found it. Miles Austin is the real deal. He is phenomenally talented, works hard, and has the attitude which will allow him to continue to improve.
If Randy Moss joined the ‘Boys, who would be the top dog at receiver? It should be Austin, but we find it hard to believe Moss would really be fine being the second option. He already dogs it as the focal point of the Patriots’ offense. Imagine what he might do as the number two guy.
Ultimately, the risks and downsides of signing Randy Moss far outweigh any possible reward. Some may argue that, at the very least, the team would be better in 2010. We disagree. Signing Moss would create authority issues at wide receiver that could not only backfire massively this season, but would also set the team back in future years.