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T.O. takes up for Randy Moss

The two receivers have been rivals on the field, with Terrell Owens once referring to himself as the “original 81″ and Randy Moss as the “other 81.”  In the history books, one of them likely will finish second to Jerry Rice in all career receiving categories, and the other likely will finish third.  (Actually, Moss has a legitimate chance to overcome Rice’s all-time touchdown record; as of right now, Moss has 151 and Rice has 197.)

But when it comes to the trade that sent Moss back to Minnesota, count T.O. among the many who wonder what in the hell the Patriots were thinking.

“Trust me, I know [Tom] Brady is a great quarterback, but if you look at
the numbers he’s put up with Randy, they’re very, very impressive,”
Owens said, per the Associated Press.  “And I think a lot of guys should look at this from a
standpoint of it is a business.  So you have to go out there and do
whatever you can for your family and for yourself because when it comes
to management and owners, they don’t care about you.  That right there
showed that they feel you’re expendable.”

Owens has a point, but he’s also missing the real point.  Moss was traded not because the Patriots wanted to dump a great player but because the player made it clear that, if the Patriots weren’t going to pay him in 2011, he wanted out now.  If anything, T.O. should be wondering why the Patriots let Moss talk his way out of town when, five years ago, the Eagles forced Owens, who wanted a new deal or a new team, to ramp up his misbehavior and disrespect until the franchise saw fit to suspend him without pay for four games and then pay him not to play for the rest of the year.

Moss isn’t the victim here.  He got what he wanted.  The Pats weren’t willing to make a commitment to him beyond 2010, so they shipped him out.

UPDATE:  As a reader points out, Owens is arguing that players should grab as much money as possible even though he said in the offseason that he’d take less money to play for the very team he’s now criticizing.  Then again, no one ever has accused T.O. of being consistent.  Or logical.  (And, of course, pointing out that reality probably makes me a “hater”.) 

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35 Responses to “T.O. takes up for Randy Moss”
  1. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Oct 9, 2010 6:06 PM

    Good…one loser who’ll never win a Super Bowl taking up for another. That’s cute.

  2. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Oct 9, 2010 6:08 PM

    I’ll be expendable to any business for $9 mil a year. Heck I’ll even take TO’s pay and not whine about the pay cut.

  3. iampats says: Oct 9, 2010 6:10 PM

    TO once again shows he does not know what he is talking about.
    1 good game in two years and his lips are flapping.

  4. habibfromnewdehli says: Oct 9, 2010 6:21 PM

    @PurplePeopleBeaters
    Sounds like you’re just a jealous and scared Packers fan who wants so much to believe the Packers will win a Super Bowl before Brett Favre does… but deep down, knows that it won’t happen.
    Favre might not ever win another Super Bowl, but he’s been closer than the Pack the last 3 years. His team has been better the last 3 years. And if he come back next year, his team will still be better.

  5. TBTrojan says: Oct 9, 2010 6:22 PM

    “but if you look at the numbers he’s put up with Randy, they’re very, very impressive”
    Problem is the one stat that really matters shows that Moss or the calibre of wideout really isn’t all that important.
    Brady with Brown, Givens, etc (#2 types) = 3 super Bowls and a fairly balanced offence
    Brady with Moss, Welker and the rest = a pass happy offence and no rings to show for it.
    I wonder which stat Brady, the Pats and their fans like more.
    Come to think of it how many Super Bowl rings do Moss and TO share?
    Anyone care to answer how many of the past decades Super Bowl winners had a single wideout go over 1100 yards? Just the one, that can’t be, I thought wideouts and the passing game were what won you championships.

  6. Boston Patriot says: Oct 9, 2010 6:25 PM

    T.O. doesn’t understand? How is that news? That’s just the same old T.O.

  7. afiresnake says: Oct 9, 2010 6:28 PM

    Moss wasn’t unhappy about the money or about a new contract. He was unhappy about the style of offense the Patriots have been playing the past two years. I guess that is where Belichick and Moss agreed: Moss wants to play for Belichick, but not in the offensive scheme. Belichick wants to have Moss on the team, but not change the offense or expose his coaching staff.
    Mutual respect, but still no way for Belichick to fulfill Moss’ desire. Moss wants to have fun. His desire is for the game. He wants to light it up. I don’t even think stats is what motivates him. Stats are for losers. Making that catch is for winners.

  8. Leone510 says: Oct 9, 2010 6:29 PM

    What has this idiot ever won?

  9. Phokus says: Oct 9, 2010 6:41 PM

    “I’ll be expendable to any business for $9 mil a year. Heck I’ll even take TO’s pay and not whine about the pay cut.”
    Seriously, hey NFL teams sign me up for a 7 figure deal. I don’t mind if you cut me the next day.

  10. ClayMath52 says: Oct 9, 2010 6:43 PM

    “Hater” Don’t be so sensative Florio….

  11. if yer not first... says: Oct 9, 2010 6:53 PM

    legitimate chance to overcome Rice’s all-time touchdown record; as of right now, Moss has 151 and Rice has 197.)
    huh? Legitimate chance? outside chance is more like it – just how long to you expect him to play?

  12. Bwa Ha Ha says: Oct 9, 2010 6:57 PM

    Looks like T.O. is the new Tony Dungy of the diva crowd

  13. jrhsd says: Oct 9, 2010 7:00 PM

    what is all this talk about super bowls by packer fans?
    you don’t get to count when it was an 8 team league and beat muncie for a title.
    since the merger the packers couldn’t sniff a playoff win until they got favre, and they haven’t had one since he left. I think it might be JUUST A TAD PRESUMPTIOUS to act like the title runs through Green Bay.

  14. OverAchieva says: Oct 9, 2010 7:10 PM

    My picture of @MilesAustinIII showing @OGOchoCinco and @terrellowens the basics of receiving. twitpic.com/2w56bi

  15. dakotah says: Oct 9, 2010 7:15 PM

    Yes Florio, you’re a hater. But considering that its T.O. you’re hating, I have to agree. Maybe we should start a Facebook group?

  16. snnyjcbs says: Oct 9, 2010 7:41 PM

    They let him go for a 3rd round pick? That is one round more then they gave for him, I thought they stold him.
    I think the Pats know that they are a long way off from getting back to the top. With Brady not playing well for the past few years they knew Randy would be nothing but trouble.
    He was nothing but trouble no matter where he played as soon as the going got tough. As long as it is Roses he is fine, but when it is time for the Rubber to hit the Road he shows his real quality.
    He will do very little for the Vikings as Favre will not have the time to even find him.

  17. The Doctor says: Oct 9, 2010 7:46 PM

    Randy is in a class by himself. Not even the great Jerry Rice could do the things that Randy can do.

  18. BlackMagic says: Oct 9, 2010 8:14 PM

    Then again, no one ever has accused T.O. of being consistent. Or logical. (And, of course, pointing out that reality probably makes me a “hater”.) ————————————————-
    AMEN MIKE – anytime anyone disagrees with a TO or a Randy Moss or that understands what a person capable of spreading incurable VD & torturing & killing animals is really made of, they are labeled a “hater”.
    Ironic that the very people using that label are never “haters”, just providing a much needed public service pointing out injustice & prejudice.

  19. rbais2 says: Oct 9, 2010 9:14 PM

    Mike,
    your reader and your update is being inaccurate about Owens because Jason LaCanfora reported on the Stephen A. Smith Show that Drew Rosenhaus wanted at least $5 million/year and the contract length to be 1-2 years.
    $5 million is not marquee money.
    Rosenhaus, himself, told your buddy Joe Rose on a WQAM radio show that “we’re not going to break the bank” and “Terrell has made enough money for his career”.
    Plus, didn’t your website show the Jason Cole story that pointed out how the Bengals talked to Owens about how he’s lost a step?
    Your “reader” doesn’t read enough.

  20. rbais2 says: Oct 9, 2010 9:22 PM

    Mike,
    your reader and your update is being inaccurate about Owens because Jason LaCanfora reported on the Stephen A. Smith Show that Drew Rosenhaus wanted at least $5 million/year and the contract length to be 1-2 years.
    $5 million is not marquee money.
    Rosenhaus, himself, told your buddy Joe Rose on a WQAM radio show that “we’re not going to break the bank” and “Terrell has made enough money for his career”.
    Plus, didn’t your website show the Jason Cole story that pointed out how the Bengals talked to Owens about how he’s lost a step?
    Your “reader” doesn’t read enough.

  21. Pastabelly says: Oct 9, 2010 9:41 PM

    TO is the “other receiver” on his own team. As for Tom Brady, among Welker, Hernandez, Tate, Gronkowski, and Edelman, he’ll have plenty of receivers to throw to.

  22. shawnc16 says: Oct 9, 2010 10:03 PM

    The Doctor says:
    October 9, 2010 7:46 PM
    Randy is in a class by himself. Not even the great Jerry Rice could do the things that Randy can do.
    ————————————-
    Yeah and theres a whole lot that Jerry could do that Randy can’t such as
    1 Block,
    2 Play all the time instead of when he wants,
    3 Go over the middle
    and the most important thing Jerry can do that Randy can’t is
    4 put on his three superbowl rings.

  23. TheRavensNest says: Oct 9, 2010 10:11 PM

    T.O. is a douche. he never really says anything worth holding any credence to. he still doesn’t get that the NFL is a business and its not common for a WR to get traded. Randy blatantly expressed his uneasy feeling about being in New England after the 1st game. to say that the management doesn’t care about the players is such a cop-out to make them a scapegoat. being traded after 4 years on the same team is a lot different than being traded every year from different teams..T.O should know that

  24. REDSKINWARRIOR1112 says: Oct 9, 2010 10:16 PM

    randy moss will be a redskin in 2011 book it

  25. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Oct 9, 2010 10:48 PM

    # habibfromnewdehli says: October 9, 2010 6:21 PM
    @PurplePeopleBeat ers
    Sounds like you’re just a jealous and scared Packers fan who wants so much to believe the Packers will win a Super Bowl before Brett Favre does… but deep down, knows that it won’t happen.
    Favre might not ever win another Super Bowl, but he’s been closer than the Pack the last 3 years. His team has been better the last 3 years. And if he come back next year, his team will still be better.
    —————————————————
    And you sound like a moron. I’m not a Packers fan, I’m a fan of a team who has won a Super Bowl recently. Can the Vikings say the same?

  26. Philly99 says: Oct 9, 2010 10:55 PM

    I think the players believe they are owned something from the owners. The players make a ton of money while playing plus they got a free education. If they didn’t graduate they are at least invested into a diploma two years at a minimum.
    Playing in the NFL is not a right. The owners
    SHOULD be able to dump you whenever they want. The players act like they aren’t able to do something without football and I’m sure a whole bunch couldn’t but still.
    Stop the pity party. Owens should be the last person to talk about committment. It was Owens that tried to sabotage the Eagles season when the owners wouldn’t give him more money. He couldn’t even fulfill his committment to the contract he signed himself.

  27. jetermkt55 says: Oct 9, 2010 11:07 PM

    As a Jets fan, I think this trade may make perfect sense for the Patriots.
    After beating the Dolphins, without really needing Moss, the Jets are the Patriots main competition for the AFC east title.
    Trading Moss to the Vikings, before the Jets face them, enhances the Vikings chances of beating the Jets before the Jets enter their bye week.
    Not only would a Vikings win greatly help the Patriots, but the team may be more equipped to beat the Jets without Moss.
    The Jet’s harbor one, if not two, corners who can at the least limit Moss, and with the Jets tendency to blitz, the Patriots may be better served to then solely rely upon a short passing attack predicated on allowing Brady to focus on mismatches. Without Moss complaining, Brady can now spread the ball around to two talented, rookie, TEs, Welker, Tate, and Woodhead. With the possibility of the law firm adding a legitimate rushing threat, the Patriots may be able to sustain long drives, and this may be the way to go against a team that could have found an offense, especially with the Patriots still finding their way on defense.
    Then there is that pick that further sets the Patriots up for future years.
    This could actually set the Patriots up well for this year and the years to come.

  28. Ron says: Oct 9, 2010 11:37 PM

    I think it’s great to see Owens defend Randy Moss. We know their history, but now they are friends and no one knows what Randy is going through as well as Owens because he went thought the exact thing in Philly and in Dallas. Both Moss and Owens understand that this is a business and that they both need to do what’s best for them and their future.
    Now as for Owens comments about Tom Brady, look Brady does a weekly radio show and every time Randy’s name ever came up, Brady would always defend Randy, saying that they have a great relationship and that he wants Randy in New England. Not it’s true that Randy helped Brady tremendously, but let’s not forget, Tom Brady is one of the best QB’s who has ever lived and he won 3 Superbowls without a great receiver. What’s going to hurt the Pats now is that they don’t have that great defense that could help when the offense wasn’t clicking.
    And let’s not blame Bill Belichick here either. He didn’t want to re-sign Randy, and he wouldn’t have got anything for him at the end of the year, and he knew that Moss wanted out, so he traded him. Bill could have sent Randy to a lousy team like Buffalo, or somewhere like that, but he choose to send Moss somewhere where Randy clearly wanted to go. I applaud Bill for doing the right thing for a change.

  29. Brazy says: Oct 9, 2010 11:52 PM

    Don’t be a hater. florio.

  30. PadreWu says: Oct 10, 2010 12:27 AM

    TO has made plenty of money. “Taking less” when you’ve banked that much is a liquid proposition.

  31. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 10, 2010 12:43 AM

    Owens has a point, but he’s also missing the real point. Moss was traded not because the Patriots wanted to dump a great player but because the player made it clear that, if the Patriots weren’t going to pay him in 2011, he wanted out now.
    This is an incorrect statement. Moss wanted to stay in New England. Perhaps, Moss was disappointed that New England signed Brady to a big contract and not him? With the Moss trade, the Patriots have lost their deep threat which is going to make life much more difficult for Tom Brady. Perhaps, the Patriots are stock piling draft picks to make a deal for someone like Vincent Jackson? Or maybe, the Patriots are playing for the future when ever that future arrives. 2011? 2012? 2013?
    GO STEELERS!

  32. C-Student says: Oct 10, 2010 1:42 AM

    florio, we knew you to be a hater long before this.

  33. fiveiron says: Oct 10, 2010 3:14 AM

    The Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since they obtained Moss. Minnesota never won a Super Bowl with Moss. Oakland never won a Super Bowl with Moss. He is tied with Owens and Chad Joke-o-Stinko in that statistic.

  34. GRpatriot says: Oct 10, 2010 8:17 AM

    One handed cayches are fun to watch! Using that one hand to hold up the Lombardy trophy, well that’s another story!
    TO and Moss have a few things in common! Endless self promotion and throw me the damn ball mentality that never leads to hardware or rings!
    Teams win games! The Moss experiment started getting old in 2009. Taking plays off! Play when I wal to play!
    The Patriots, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick get some credit for keeping Moss interested this long! How can you not be happy with 9 mil. a year? It’s like dealing with a 3 yr. old!

  35. Ytsejamer1 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:22 AM

    I think the move is going to hurt New England in the short term for sure and quite possibly, in the long term based on how BB uses draft picks for trading and/or drafting players. If Moss wanted out, I commend BB and mgmt for making him happy and at least getting something for it.
    Getting rid of Moss doesn’t mean the Pats can go back to a game plan that won them championships. They had a legit and even top-notch defense. The defenses in 2003 and 2004 were probably #1…if not, then #2 with Pittsburgh. I know 03 had the #1, and 04 belonged to Pittsburgh if memory serves correct. We don’t have anything like that anymore and we’re not going to win games against good teams. That falls on BB and is sad actually considering he’s the DC and HC AND GM…
    I wish Moss the best and enjoyed watching him. If it weren’t for our crap defense and some magical plays, he would have caught the game winning TD in 2007 SB. It’s amazing how the perception changes if only for a single play.

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