Why Moss Move No Surprise

We heard over the last day that the Dolphins were interested in Randy Moss, but that interest obviously wasn't strong enough for the team to put in a waiver claim on the mercurial wide receiver. Had it been, Moss would be a member of the Miami Dolphins right now. But, really, should anybody be surprised that the Dolphins decided against picking him up?

The first reaction is to suggest that the Dolphins' failure to put in a waiver claim had to do with Moss' attitude, which is inconsistent at best, intolerable at worst.

There's no question that Moss is the type of guy who can infest a locker room with negativity when things don't go to his liking.

There's also the issue of Moss playing when he wants to play. Shoot, the guy himself said as much when he was barely trying for the Oakland Raiders in his last games there.

We also saw evidence of that in his brief return to Minnesota when he failed to even try to catch a desperation fourth-down pass at Green Bay and then stopped running last Sunday at New England once a pass interference was called on the defender guarding him even though he probably could have caught the ball in the end zone had he kept going.

Clearly, this is not Tony Sparano's kind of player.

Now, here's the other issue. And perhaps the most important issue.

What signs have we seen over the last three years, since Sparano took over as head coach with Dan Henning as offensive coordinator, that the Dolphins really want to open things up on offense and start throwing the ball all over the place and down the field?

The answer is none.

To acquire Moss and adapt to his talents would go against everything Sparano and Henning believe in. They come from the Bill Parcells school. How did Bill Parcells win Super Bowls with the Giants? Strong defense, strong running game, physical team.

That's what they're trying to do in Miami. Yes, Brandon Marshall was acquired in the offseason and he's a guy who needs a lot of balls thrown his way, but what's the first thing you hear about Marshall? He's a physical receiver.

He fits the mold.

Look at the Dolphins' games this season, and the biggest complaint is they don't throw downfield. The exact reason isn't known, and it may be a combination of a conservative game plan, Chad Henne not wanting to take chances, or Henne being told by Henning and Sparano to go to the check-down every time unless somebody is wide open deep.

Marshall isn't a speedster, but he can get downfield for a bomb and he's good enough at outjumping defenders that the Dolphins could go to that play once or twice a game if they wanted to. They haven't wanted to, so why would they want a deep threat like Randy Moss, particularly when he brings a lot of baggage with him.

Sure, it would have been to match Marshall with Moss on the other side, but it just didn't fit the M.O. of this regime. So in the end, nobody, nobody, nobody should be surprised that the Dolphins passed on Moss.


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