I’ve heard all of the reasons why the Kansas City Chiefs shouldn’t take a chance on the recently released Randy Moss.
He’s not a game changer anymore. He’s difficult. He’s a cancer.
In short, he’s Randy Moss.
Then there are, of course, those that don’t want to mess with what the Chiefs have going on right now. The chemistry seems to be great both in the locker room and on the field, so why mess it up? And after all, this isn’t the year, so take a pass and keep building.
Let me be the one to ask the question: Why can’t this be the year?
The Chiefs are one of the biggest surprises in the NFL and still have a long way to go before they can worry about making the playoffs let alone advancing. But this team has one of the best rushing attacks the league has seen in years with an improving defense and a weak schedule. The road to the playoffs is waiting in front of the Kansas City Chiefs. Once you get to the postseason anything can happen.
The only thing holding the Chiefs back right now is some threat of a passing game, something that Moss brings with him as soon as he steps on the field. No one knows just how much effort he will bring but even when he is going half speed he opens up the field for everyone else. Just ask Percy Harvin who excelled playing in the slot against single coverage whenever Moss was on the field.
Or ask Matt Cassel. After all, the Chiefs QB has been unable to get the ball downfield, yet he hit Moss for 11 touchdowns and 5 plays of at least 30 yards in 2008.
Can you imagine Charlie Weis and Todd Haley sitting down and putting together plays that include Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster, Dwayne Bowe, Tony Moeaki and Moss all on the field at the same time?
If you’re still not convinced because of what Moss will do to the locker room then you aren’t giving Haley and his coaching staff much credit. If they can’t reel in one player — even one as difficult as Moss — then this regime isn’t nearly as good as we think they are. That line of thinking would also be an indictment of the veteran leadership the team already has like Brian Waters, Thomas Jones and Mike Vrabel.
Haley has shown time and again that he loves playing the part of gambling man and I can’t think of a bigger roll of the dice than Randy Moss.