NFL teams take risks but when they do they prefer to take risks with younger players. While there are those who believe Randy Moss is worth taking a risk on talent-wise, there is one thing that could potentially hold teams back: his attitude.
Terrell Owens has a reputation as a prima donna and a locker room cancer which is one of the reasons teams have been reluctant to take a chance on him. Teams know that you won’t find many players that will work as hard as Owens and that the guy keeps himself in tremendous shape but teams are wary of his attitude.
What really hurts Owens is his combination of age (he’s 38), visibly declining skills, and the fact that he was coming off of a major injury his last season in the league. At this point in his career, no team wants to put up with Owens’ antics no matter how bad they are hurting at the wide receiver position.
So with that in mind, Moss didn’t help himself with his twitter tirade about former Minnesota Vikings’ teammate Cris Carter. Carter who is an analyst with ESPN commented that he believed Moss still possessed the speed and talent to contribute for a team, but said he believed Moss was a quitter.
Moss has made some spectacular plays in his career; one handed grabs, snatching a ball over defenders in traffic…but he has also displayed a lack of effort on numerous occasions during his career. Carter may have gone a little overboard in his assessment but he did have a valid point about Moss.
I mean this is a guy that played with Moss for four years in Minnesota. They played the same position and had a very intimate relationship. Moss even referred to Carter as a mentor in his tweet so if there is anybody who would be qualified to comment on Moss as a player or a person it would be Carter.
But Moss handled the situation the same way he has handled criticism in the past: he lashed out. One of the knocks on Moss throughout his career has been a perceived lack of maturity which has been on display this week with his handling of Carter’s remarks.
If teams were suspicious about Moss’s occasional lack of effort then they will definitely be apprehensive about his immature attitude. For teams that may potentially consider pursuing Moss he has given them another reason to reconsider.
Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and also writes for both The Penalty Flag and Outside The Redzone. He can be contacted at RHall_TPFB@Yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist and add him on Facebook Roosevelt Hall Thesportmentalist.