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Tennessee wouldn't have claimed Moss without Britt injury

Randy Moss was a Kenny Britt hamstring injury away from hitting free agency far earlier than he expected.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer confirmed that the Titans would not have claimed Moss if not for Britt’s injury, which is expected to keep the second year receiver out 6-8 weeks.

Going unclaimed wouldn’t have ended Moss’ chances to work this year, of course. Tennessee and other teams may have still been interested at a lower price. 

The Titans are hoping that Moss’ arrival can give Chris Johnson some relief.  One source told Breer that defenses are showing “An absolutely unreal commitment to containing [Johnson]” this year.

On most teams, quarterbacks set up a rushing attack.  In Tennessee, Chris Johnson may be the biggest reason why Vince Young leads the league in quarterback rating.

At this stage of his career, we’re not sure Moss is much of an upgrade from Britt.  But Moss’ presence should help the Titans’ vertical passing game stay effective.  When Britt gets healthy, the Titans will be difficult to defend.

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33 Responses to “Tennessee wouldn't have claimed Moss without Britt injury”
  1. shaggeez says: Nov 6, 2010 9:21 PM

    this team could be pretty deadly offensively once britt gets healthy. britt and moss lined up at wr and cj in the backfield. First time in a long long time I’ve been this optimistic about the titans receivers. good stuff

  2. Kisstherings says: Nov 6, 2010 9:23 PM

    As a Pats fan….I’ve been routing for Tennessee this year because I hate the Colts almost as much as I hate the Jets (almost).
    But now I’m thinking that the Titans might now be the scariest opponent if they happen to make the playoffs. Maybe I’ll route for the Colts against them afterall.

  3. Richm2257 says: Nov 6, 2010 9:29 PM

    Do we even know if Moss has actually shown up to the Titans? I haven’t read a word about that, anywhere. including their locals newspaper online.

  4. 8man says: Nov 6, 2010 9:31 PM

    But they did. And as mentioned, there would have been several other suitors at a lower price.
    I’m a Patriots fan and I NOW know there were some good reasons to trade him. But I don’t delude myself into believing it was because he couldn’t still make plays or stretch a defense.
    It’s a league where good guys with less talent can play longer and malcontents with great talent can languish. The players who are good guys and have real talent usually end up in the hall of fame.
    Moss still has some great moments left to give this game. Hopefully, they won’t come against New England. It’s just a shame that the TD he caught in the Super Bowl didn’t hold up because Richard Seymour ran his mouth and no one else on that defense could make a play.

  5. Florios'Lawyer says: Nov 6, 2010 9:53 PM

    Good.
    Give Moss something to piss and moan about…
    \LMAO

  6. employer says: Nov 6, 2010 10:00 PM

    Fisher won’t put up with Moss’ antics anymore than Belicheck or Childress. Fisher’s a solid NFL coach. He’s been around a few 24 hrs. and will quickly grow weary of Moss and his theatrics.
    The real shame in all of this is that Moss knows the game as well as anyone and better than most. He has an opportunity to really give back to the young talents on these teams that he’s getting dismissed from. The operative word being…dismissed. The cure is worse than the disease.
    Incidentally, Moss can credit Cris Carter for aquiring his bankroll of football acumen.
    What a waste.

  7. Someone says: Nov 6, 2010 10:10 PM

    Moss should be fine in Tennessee unless you have an active media circus that demands Moss’ attention…

  8. Vikingsfan7 says: Nov 6, 2010 10:20 PM

    all the Titans need is a slot WR and their offense would look DAMN good. Maybe if Childress is dumb enough to cut Harvin because of their argument, Titans could pick him up too.

  9. JimmySmith says: Nov 6, 2010 10:52 PM

    If Childress gets fired after the Vikings lose on Sunday, maybe the Titans can trade Moss back to the Vikings for a 2nd round pick this time.
    If the Vikings insist on giving away draft choices, the Titans will want in on that action.

  10. vikescry1 says: Nov 6, 2010 10:53 PM

    moss is garbage!!!! old and slow and gives up on plays to easy! oh moss please we love you! i think he was high when he gave up on the play in new england!

  11. MrHumble says: Nov 6, 2010 11:08 PM

    Moss’s reputation makes him dangerous for sure………..on the field and off the field….it will be interesting to see which “randy” the titans get. I do think if anyone other than bellichek can rein moss in, it would be jeff fischer but randy is such a “me” person, it isn’t gonna be easy.

  12. vikes_favre says: Nov 6, 2010 11:39 PM

    this team could be pretty deadly offensively once britt gets healthy. britt and moss lined up at wr and cj in the backfield. First time in a long long time I’ve been this optimistic about the titans receivers. good stuff
    ___________________________________
    Viking fans were saying the same thing, only replace Rice with Britt (coincidentaly, both wear #18).

  13. wd40 says: Nov 6, 2010 11:55 PM

    When they’re tired of his antics, just order from the same caterer the Vikings use, watch him flip out and then cut his ass.

  14. fatfatuma says: Nov 7, 2010 12:17 AM

    @kisstherings
    *rooting* *root* :/

  15. Laxer37 says: Nov 7, 2010 12:32 AM

    What about the early reports that as many as 25 teams would put in a claim for Moss?
    In the end, the Titans were the only team interested.

  16. mcannan4547 says: Nov 7, 2010 1:09 AM

    well duh. Since I have to live in jacksonville fl, as soon as the words Randy Moss came out of the Titans, Jacksonville should have jumped. But they didnt and now the sports talk i listen to at work isnt a interesting as it could be.

  17. nflhof says: Nov 7, 2010 1:24 AM

    PFT is going to ruin things foe Randy in Tenn. He will soon be complaining about the dry cleaning service at the Titans facility

  18. nflhof says: Nov 7, 2010 1:26 AM

    PFT is going to ruin things foe Randy in Tenn. He will soon be complaining about the dry cleaning service at the Titans facility

  19. Goodell Wears Pink Nuthuggers says: Nov 7, 2010 1:54 AM

    Goodell needs to fine the caterer at least 50 large for not serving any soul food..

  20. licavoli says: Nov 7, 2010 1:55 AM

    This guy is basing his opinion on what? There is no source for this being true.

  21. badabingtime says: Nov 7, 2010 2:35 AM

    “As a Pats fan….I’ve been routing for Tennessee . . . Maybe I’ll route for the Colts”
    Interesting, Pats fan. Were you taking the edge off with a router? Or planning their travel route? (I wonder if he meant rooting and root?)

  22. brett favres crocs says: Nov 7, 2010 5:46 AM

    Pretty much what I thought.

  23. Haywood_Jefferies says: Nov 7, 2010 6:32 AM

    # Richm2257 says: November 6, 2010 9:29 PM
    Do we even know if Moss has actually shown up to the Titans? I haven’t read a word about that, anywhere. including their locals newspaper online.
    —————
    @Richm2257
    The Titans are on their bye week. If Moss doesn’t show up to the Titans, I’m sure you’ll hear about it.

  24. contract says: Nov 7, 2010 6:44 AM

    If I’m a defensive coordinator, I’m far more worried about containing Chris Johnson than I am about Vince Young throwing to Randy Moss.
    Young dropping back to pass doesn’t scare anyone besides Jeff Fisher.

  25. WTE says: Nov 7, 2010 7:37 AM

    Richm2257,
    Titans are on a bye. Players don’t have to report back until Sunday. Moss will report then.

  26. NFLJunkie says: Nov 7, 2010 8:06 AM

    Do we even know if Moss has actually shown up to the Titans? I haven’t read a word about that, anywhere. including their locals newspaper online.

    The local news reported he was expected to arrive this weekend (Sunday). Given he was claimed on a Wednesday afternoon and the Titans were scattering for the bye week break after a Thursday morning practice, there wasn’t much sense in trying to rush him to town for one day.
    They wanted to give him a chance at a little time off during the bye, too.

  27. Blackbeard says: Nov 7, 2010 8:53 AM

    I think Tennessee is calling out the National Guard to help now that Randy Moss and Kenny Britt are in town. The Titans didn’t want Moss to show up before the citizens of Tennessee were protected…

  28. zoinks says: Nov 7, 2010 9:16 AM

    If I’m a defensive coordinator, I’m far more worried about containing Chris Johnson than I am about Vince Young throwing to Randy Moss.
    Young dropping back to pass doesn’t scare anyone besides Jeff Fisher.
    ————————————

    Apparently many NFL defensive coordinators agree with you, and have gone to great lengths to contain Chris Johnson.
    Of course, this one-dimensional defensive approach comes at a price. The Titans are averaging 28 points per game (#2 in the league), rank near the top of the league in both rushing and receiving TD’s, and Vince Young has the highest passer rating of any starting QB in the NFL.
    What’s more…..even with opposing defenses focusing their entire gameplans around containing him, Chris Johnson is still on track for 1400+ yards rushing and has a league-high 8 rushing TD’s.
    In otherwords…..sure, you could try that defensive approach. It just won’t work particularly well.

  29. ejtowne says: Nov 7, 2010 9:29 AM

    Moss may still be able to stretch the field, but the guy has nothing else but a big mouth. No moves, hardly cuts across the field, but boy can this guy talk. Waste of money if you ask me, might as well picked up the sprinter from Jamaica…. the only annoying thing he does is point to the sky.

  30. Richm2257 says: Nov 7, 2010 9:47 AM

    I realize that the Titans are on a bye week; wouldn’t it make sense to get him ASAP to get a jump on things?
    I still haven’t read a word where Moss has agreed to report, or said that he wouldn’t……..

  31. Tinbender says: Nov 7, 2010 9:50 AM

    Wasn’t Jeff Fisher the one who said a lot of teams would put in a claim for Moss? Turns out only one team was ran by sleazy enough douchebags to go after this worthless POS. The Titans made their deal with the devil, now he’s on the team. Can’t wait untill he starts running routes short, making an ass out of himself and the Titans, and all the other things that make him Randy. Good luck, losers.

  32. Tennessee_Tyrant says: Nov 7, 2010 10:16 AM

    WOW … I’m guessing everyone that is posting here is extremely pissed at their GM for ” renting ” out a player with such credentials as Moss … The funniest part is 85% of you who are bashing Moss was (not so secretly) praying your team picked him up , alas , it was not meant to be and he ended up a Titan . . . Go ahead and bitch and moan , say this was a horrible pickup for the Titans – just dont give out excuses as to why your team’s passing game blows …especially any excuses regarding your recievers …

  33. Amuzed2dth says: Nov 8, 2010 11:37 AM

    Brady…Farve….Young, in the same sentence.
    Vince said he is going into the “The Hall Of Fame”, guess this proves it.
    I guess Bud Adams was right after all.

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