Roddy, Randy and Julio would be unstoppable

 

Randy Moss making a reception over Falcons CB Christopher Owens. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Randy Moss making a reception over Falcons CB Christopher Owens. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Randy Moss has been to Flowery Branch before. In August of 2010, Moss practiced at the Branch with the New England Patriots in a joint-practice.

Even though he was a jerk and didn’t want to speak to the media, we probably should not hold that against him. Not so sure about this given the Falcons penchant to steer clear of “challenged souls,” but it could’t hurt to do some due diligence.

I can’t get this three-wide lineup out of my head. Roddy White to the left, Julio Jones to the right and Moss slotted on either side or in motion from one side to the other.

Patriots QB Tom Brady chats with Falcons QB Matt Ryan before Tuesday's morning practice between the teams in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Patriots QB Tom Brady chats with Falcons QB Matt Ryan before Tuesday's morning practice between the teams in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Then you think about the four-receiver lineup with Roddy, Randy, Julio and Tony Gonzalez. Wow, who’s going to stop that?

Five wides – Roddy, Randy, Juilio, Tony G and Harry Douglas or Eric Weems (Both are prospective free agents.)

Wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie is a strong and forceful coach. He certainly could firmly manage Moss.

And heck, if Moss becomes a problem, send him to Harsfield-Jackson in the black mini-van with a one-way ticket back to West Virginia.

The Falcons have to at least give my man Joel Segal (Moss’ agent) a call.

Here’s the ESPN story on Moss saying he wants to return to the NFL.

He’s even been endorsed by New England quarterback Tom Brady! (I don’t know where Giselle Brady stands on this development. I have to think that she’s all for receivers who catch her husband’s passes.)

Moss abruptly retired on Aug. 1 with a one-sentence statement from his agent, Joel Segal. But the ink had scarcely dried on the stories listing his career accomplishments — 954 receptions for 14,858 yards and 153 touchdowns over 13 seasons — when reports began to surface that Moss would be willing to return if the right situation presented itself. Tom Brady, with whom he connected for a single-season record 23 touchdowns for the Patriots in 2007, even said he’d welcome Moss back to New England.

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–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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225 comments Add your comment

Tom G

February 14th, 2012
12:56 pm

Can we hire Tim Tebow as the strength coach and have him show Matt where the weight room is??

Shonuff

February 14th, 2012
12:56 pm

You people that think it would be great to have Randy Moss should retire your copy of Madden 07…it ain’t the same guy.

just sayin'

February 14th, 2012
12:57 pm

not a hater…if ‘melt’ is considered a ‘hate’ word, then i’ll just say the ‘current qb’ instead…anyway, the current qb has difficulty with his mobility when the pocket gets pressure..his accuracy, mobility, and arm strength were noted before he was drafted…in four years i’ve not seen much improvement…some would say because he threw for 4000 yds makes him elite…even sCam did that…so i’m not sure that big yardage makes him elite…

GTBob

February 14th, 2012
12:57 pm

Weren’t we supposed to be unstoppable when we got Julio this year? I don’t think more wide receivers is the answer. We have plenty of weapons already.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
12:58 pm

J.J.M. – I think they call it “risk averse” in business. If the WR is not clearly open, Ice has been coached not to take a chance and he ends up checking it down. Gotta let him wing it and live with some picks. Let Roddy, Julio and Randy win some battles for the ball. (You know like Eli did in the Super Bowl. The throw to Manningham into some tight coverage.)

Shonuff

February 14th, 2012
12:58 pm

Tom G,
You should be banned from this discussion for even mentioning Tim Tebow.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:00 pm

GTBob – The OL has to be priority No. 1. They have to be able to protect Ice on 5 and 7 step drops so that they receivers can get down the field and into those unstoppable routes.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:04 pm

D O Bedwetter — We are not on your level. Help us and explain the “mommy and daddy . . . ” rant.

Big Dude

February 14th, 2012
1:08 pm

I believe if you take care of the OL & DL first, this would be a nice weapon to have. Would like to see a couple of fast RB’s that could get through the cracks in time or even have the speed to go outside before the defensive linebackers knew what hit them.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:08 pm

Thurgood Marshall – That’s Communications Law! I teach it. I passed Com Law (at Howard), Con Law I and II (at UCincy). You don’t have to pay, therefore it’s free speech. If I want to press the delete button, that’s a prior restraint. Read Near v. Minnesota! Let me handle the free speech today and you stay on top of the civil and voting rights violations. Deal? (Thanks for the third-rate comments. Just glad just didn’t say sixth, seventh or eighth!)

Jepri arias

February 14th, 2012
1:09 pm

I think our o-line to actually give time for Ryan to pass is more important, so if the LT position gets upgraded then why the hell not? Those three would be the best receiving corp in game. Randy wouldn’t even necessarily run slot you can put this three where ever on the field and they would all be equally effective.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:10 pm

Shonuff — Maybe after the year off, he’s been rejuvenated. (We’re fine with Tom G mentioning Tebow. Tebow clearly his celestial connections and we’re cool with that.)

Name changed to protect the hungry

February 14th, 2012
1:11 pm

Yeah, you are not on the same level. I have to wonder if you can tie your own shoes.

You crave the attention your mommy and daddy never gave you. Thus, this inane blog.

Maybe you are not getting the attention from home…..It is Valentines day…..Maybe the flowers for BJ exchange program is not part of your marital agreement.

Regardless, I hope we don’t have to explain everything to you. It’s rather embarrassing.

DawgDad

February 14th, 2012
1:11 pm

Randy Moss??? Where did THIS idea come from? ANY money they would spend on Moss would be better spent elsewhere, even in the break room Coke machine. Is he going to play special teams? No? Roster spots have value, and the Falcons have REAL football needs.

Willimus Prime

February 14th, 2012
1:13 pm

Is Randy Moss really a slot receiver? I am not sure I really see him catching balls across the middle. His speed is more of a plus on the outside (or at least it was earlier in his career)…I also worry about the whole locker room chemistry thing,

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:14 pm

Willimus Prime — You are correct. Not sending him across the middle. He’s just here to run 9s!!!! He can run 9s from the slot.

Willie Coyote

February 14th, 2012
1:15 pm

Just re-sign Harry Douglas and actually use him.

Free Speech?

February 14th, 2012
1:16 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Good one DOL…..Problem is, free speech, or first amendment rights protect our speech and communication from government intrusion/censorship. The moment you alter/delete or censor something here, it is no longer free. You are entitled,and encouraged to delete comments……Just don’t claim you allow free speech, then tell us you can also remove it.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:16 pm

DawgDad — They have like four Coke machines. One is filled with all kinds of Gatorade. They have a Ice Cream machine, too. They probably could use a popcorn machine, though.

Thurogood Marshall

February 14th, 2012
1:18 pm

I can’t anymore than haunt you from the afterlife. Thanks for the “third rate” remarks. Easy to pick on a dead guy huh?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:19 pm

Willie Coyote — I’m thinking someone is going to throw some major cash at HD (Jax, Cleveland).

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:21 pm

Free Speech? – Good point. I thought I could do that because Mr. Blank proclaimed that the Falcons believe in “Transparcency” and then wouldn’t announce the defensive and offensive coordinator candiates. Same concept.

ken herock

February 14th, 2012
1:23 pm

D-Led, this is stupid.

Tom G

February 14th, 2012
1:23 pm

Shonuff – I do not understand your comment, enlightened me sir? Is it you do not like Tim, or what he stands for? My personal favs are the Falcons first, then Tim’s Broncos(love the underdog) and what it stands for in the country. Tim has a new WR to throw to, I think his name is Jesus? PS – Randy Moss – hell no!!!

Free Speech?

February 14th, 2012
1:24 pm

Wait what?

What does the Falcons so called transparency have to do with free speech and the first amendment?

Really….Are you OK?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:26 pm

Free Speech — Just fine. Let’s munch on this:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Tom G

February 14th, 2012
1:29 pm

One last thing about Tim Tebow, I have never seen a team rally around a QB like the Broncos did last season with Tim. They were a last place team(talent-wise), who played out of their minds to reach the playoffs.I have been watching the game for over 50 yrs, yes I am an old-guy!

Free Speech?

February 14th, 2012
1:30 pm

Let’s much on this?

What does that mean?…..Mr Lawyer

Ray Lewis

February 14th, 2012
1:36 pm

Man, I am glad I didn’t have this cat for my lawyer. I’d still be in jail.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:44 pm

Free Speech? — *munch. BTW, I prefer Mr. Esquire!

C. Tampa Ironworse

February 14th, 2012
1:45 pm

I think we really need a possession guy. Moss is getting a bit older for a WR, but a guy that run great routes and knows how to get a first down…maybe not so crazy.

B'Red

February 14th, 2012
1:45 pm

Dled, whose gonna throw the ball down field to them?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:47 pm

Ray Lewis – You would be under the jail. No doubt about that. Unless would could have come up with an illegal search and seizure issue or something like that.

Fan that wants to win

February 14th, 2012
1:47 pm

Adding moss would be a mistake in my opinion… I dont think we need another offensive threat as much as we need some defensive playmakers. Our defense improved some last season but i still think were missing that playmaker on defense that other teams have to gameplan around and are terrified of… We have given Ryan weapons on offense, its only a matter of time until the offense clicks and returns to the powerhouse clock managing offense we had. But for now, we need to use this free agency to add that defensive playmaker, such as mathis… and i wouldnt disagree with drafting an offensive threat like orson charles or lamichael james.

diving duck

February 14th, 2012
1:47 pm

Harry Douglas is better than Randy Moss.

Shady

February 14th, 2012
1:49 pm

I admit DOL; it does sound intriguing, but like most are saying, fix the OL. You could put Jerry Rice in his prime with #84 and #11 and you would have the same result as a 35 year old who takes plays off.

confusafalcon

February 14th, 2012
1:49 pm

DOL, you got any relatives named Obama? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard since Osama said we should send a billion to Egypt for military spending. How many DN’s does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Gimmee a break

February 14th, 2012
1:50 pm

While ur at it, I’ll take a case of the clap and some hemorroids to go with that t*u*r*d of a human being. NFW he plays for the Falcons!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:51 pm

Thurgood Marshall – Maybe you can get Clarence T. to stand in for you. Do you get to talk to him at all? Does he takeyour calls from the after life? Does he take Charles Houston’s calls? I’ve never tried to call him, but he’s from Georgia. Wonder if he’s a Falcons fan.

Geemack

February 14th, 2012
1:51 pm

The Falcons don’t need Moss. They need to throw the ball more and quit thinking about offensive balance.

A better defense would be more welcomed than an over the hill wide receiver.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
1:53 pm

Ken Herock — I think I concur with you. How did you celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brett Favre trade the other day?

Ray Lewis

February 14th, 2012
1:57 pm

Are you threatening me?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
2:00 pm

confusafalcon — None named Obama. My Uncle’s daughter is named Michelle. I’m guessing that DN’s means DumbNobodies and that it would take 26.3 of them to screw in a light bulb.

Georgia Sports Report

February 14th, 2012
2:01 pm

This is the dumbest thing you’ve ever typed. “He should be mature by now”. Pretty sure Falcons have about 8 more pressing needs than an aging WR who according to good friend Cris Carter says “quits too much”. You’re a genius.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
2:01 pm

Ray Lewis – I just like youre pre-game dance.

The rut

February 14th, 2012
2:01 pm

Okay , two things. How can all these bloggers know what the Falcons need- Improvement on the O-Line & D-Line and the powers at be don’t see that? Do something!-sign somebody, and secondly I don’t want to see Harry Douglas’s role diminished anymore than it already is. He will be great given the chance.

C. Tampa Ironworse

February 14th, 2012
2:01 pm

When you go against Rev. Ray…you get stabbed. Watch it DOL!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
2:03 pm

Gimmee a break — So is that a yes or a no? Just want to be clear.

The rut

February 14th, 2012
2:03 pm

One other thing. If you bring Moss in (which he won”t come) trade M. Turner for an D-lineman and just forget about trying to run the ball. We can’t anyway.

Whopper Dawg

February 14th, 2012
2:03 pm

Randy Moss should have matured by now. Well, yeah, but he hasn’t.

Cris Carter, who knows him better than most, said he thinks he can still play, but he has a huge quit mechanism in him.

The warning lights are going off.