There is so much to dissect concerning Minnesota’s deal for Randy Moss, and we’ll go through it all until we’ve sufficiently run the topic into the ground.
For the Patriots, there are many angles we’ll go over. Bill Belichick decided that whatever was happening with Moss behind the scenes no longer made his talent worth keeping.
Belichick is betting on the Patriots Way, on the power of the Team, of the notion that he won Super Bowls with Troy Brown, Deion Branch, and David Patten at wide receiver. (Of course the Patriots had a great defense then too.)
Belichick is also betting heavily on Brandon Tate.
To this point, Tate has been an explosive kick return man in his first healthy season. The second-year pro has 11 career receptions. Now Tate is going to be a big part of what has been a very effective offense this season.
New England needs a deep threat to go with Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, and Julian Edelman. Tate is the guy who faces the most pressure the wake of the Randy Moss’ departure.
Having a quarterback like Tom Brady makes considering this deal even possible. But it’s not in Belichick’s M.O. to “give up” on a season. The Patriots only make this move if they think they can win with Brandon Tate.