Friday, July 15, 2011

Randy Moss or Plaxico Burress - who will have the bigger impact in 2011?

Both will be 34 this season. Each has benefited greatly throughout their NFL careers because of superior size and speed. Both have forever been considered temperamental at best, and complete and total jackasses at worst.
But whether you love them or hate them, it's difficult to dispute their impact.
Randy Moss is one of the greatest receivers of all time. Only Jerry Rice has caught more touchdown passes. If he is reasonably productive for two more seasons, he will be the second all-time leading receiver in regard to yards. He is currently eighth in receptions.
Plaxico Burress was the best player on the Giants in 2007 when they won the Super Bowl. When he has applied himself, he has been brilliant.
Moss had an awful year in 2010 from a perception standpoint. He wore out his welcome with three different teams. The Patriots just rolled on without him.
Burress had a far more difficult year, though. He was in prison.
Moss has talked about having a chip on his shoulder and proving his detractors wrong this season. First he has to find a team in order to that. Would it be worth it?
In his defense, while Moss caught only 28 passes last season, five went for touchdowns. He did average 14 yards per reception, which was more than the likes of Roddy White, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Marshall.
Burress was interviewed on NFL Network and looked in great shape. I've seen his act since he was at Michigan State. It was tiresome even then, but he seemed poised and determined and in great shape. Michael Vick's name kept coming up. Maybe Burress has learned something.
I don't think it would be wise for teams to get into a bidding war for either Moss or Burress. I don't think a lesser team would be served well by either player.
But a contending team, with strong leadership in the lockerroom, seeking one last element to put them over the top - these guys fit. From the Lions' point of view, would you want to see either Moss or Burress on the Bears this season?
As for which one will be better - I'd say Moss. He did play last year, and he has always been the better player of the two.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gives a rat's behind with these misfits.

Pat, you're going deep into the folder on this one.

6:49 PM 

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