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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D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
2:05 pm

C. Tampa Ironworse – Thanks for the tip. Good looking out!

Triple Lindy

February 14th, 2012
2:08 pm

I’d take Hines Ward if the Steelers end up letting him go. At least that old man can still throw a nasty block on a defensive back. Moss has no redeeming qualities left. An unhappy and frustrated Moss isn’t good for anyone. And what’s with this receiver talk? I’d rather beef up the defense, or O-line.

Hollywould

February 14th, 2012
2:09 pm

Another Peerless Price/ everybody wanted him/ how did that work out?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
2:12 pm

Georgia Sports Report – You could be correct on two fronts. 1. dumbest thing every typed (very possible). 2. Genius (absolutely correct on this one!) That’s called batting 1000!!! Congratulations!

Falco peregrino

February 14th, 2012
2:13 pm

This team needs to focus the free agent period on defense, not add a problem child to the equation. The Falcons like to run, and Moss will not block. With the salary cap as what it is, the Falcons don’t need a high paid third down receiver that you can only play in long yardage situations, or pass only situations. They also need to be able to block for Matt Ryan, and Moss won’t be able to help if Matt doesn’t have proper NFL protection.

Bobo is Not the Problem

February 14th, 2012
2:14 pm

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

Every team in the NFL, that’s who.

1. Roddy White is the king of dropped passes, among the league leaders in 2011.
2. Julio Jones shows up when he feels like it and drops his own share of passes.
3. Matt Ryan is not accurate enough to hit any of these guys in stride consistently.

Do you think adding Randy “Prima Donna” moss to an already-suspect receiving corps is going to make them unstoppable?

You have got to be kidding.

The crew we have is long on talent and short on heart, discipline, and focus.

Randy Moss would only exacerbate that.

On the other hand, he would fit right in.

david

February 14th, 2012
2:14 pm

Tommy Maddox

February 14th, 2012
2:18 pm

“Roddy, Randy and Julio would be unstoppable” until such time as the ball is centered to Matt Ryan. That is when the stopping will begin.

trailboss

February 14th, 2012
2:22 pm

If he want to play again then he will be a great to add to our receiver corp… just think about the DC trying to stop them, it has been said who are you going to double cover.I also they put some sweeps in their playbook for Rogers by time they do that he’ll be trade bait.Turner up the middle is not his game and we all knew this but it seems that the coach’s for some reason when fail the player’s by not letting them play i.e. pressure on both sides of the ball.

Canton Dawg

February 14th, 2012
2:22 pm

Who could stop that quartet of receivers?

Anyone with a pass rush. Duh.

Get a left tackle!

Bobby Hebert

February 14th, 2012
2:22 pm

Billy “white shoe’s” Johnson is a free agent too….while you are at it.

ATrueFalconsFan

February 14th, 2012
2:24 pm

We don’t want Randy Moss in Atlanta.

12 men in the huddle

February 14th, 2012
2:24 pm

We don’t need this puke on our team, period! Latest poll: If you had to choose between Randy Moss or Terrell Owens, who would you pick?

a) Moss

b) Owens

….overwhelming vote went to

c) “I’d rather kill myself!”

Gwinnett Fred

February 14th, 2012
2:28 pm

I’m in the ‘why not’ group.

Hey, fielding a team of good players with great chemistry hasn’t won a single playoff game.

I say roll the dice, especially with the talk of revamping the offense to a vertical passing game format!

Bobo is Not the Problem

February 14th, 2012
2:29 pm

“That’s called batting .1000!!!”

I think you meant 1.000.

.1000 is actually a terrible batting average, no matter how many zeros you put at the end.

Boone

February 14th, 2012
2:31 pm

Can he rush the passer??

GradyBABYinATL

February 14th, 2012
2:32 pm

Plz don’t… We need a Defense & a QB first

Tommy Maddox

February 14th, 2012
2:35 pm

I’m with Boone – and I bet the answer is “no”.

Pete E. Tong

February 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

Hines, yes. Moss, no. You’d be paying a veteran, in their case, for more than what they can do on the field, predominantly mentor. I’d rather Jones and White be mentored by Hines than Moss. Moss might offer more initial production from a receiver but long term? I’d take Hines any day; and pay a bit more in the process.

good old joe

February 14th, 2012
2:43 pm

NO NO NO PLEASE NO TO MOSS……………

Mediocrity continues...

February 14th, 2012
2:47 pm

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

Matt Ryan, that’s who… Weak arm will still check down to his RB 4 out of every 5 plays he sees pressure from the DL on the opposing side of the ball.

It’s a fact, sorry, the truth stings sometimes…

brew

February 14th, 2012
2:48 pm

If you bring in Moss or any other receiver you slow down the process of Douglas. HD will be a very good receiver in this league. He did very well when Julio was out. He now has that needed year under his belt after knee surgery. The only receiver the Falcons need is the eventual replacement for Tony G. For my 10 cents give me a new offensive brain that will get us in the right situations and pray that Matt learns to execute it. The elite QB’s know how to throw the ball even when a receiver is covered. He has the arm strength to throw the deep ball. Most of the time he overthrows it when a receiver has a step on the DB’s. We know Matt is not going anywhere and I would not want him to, but he has to get better.

cdog

February 14th, 2012
2:52 pm

bsolutely no. there’s other good young recievers out there. randy moss has had his days.if he was still good, he would have played this past season.

Rick James

February 14th, 2012
2:55 pm

I like the way you think D.Led but the Falcons want no part of players with an edge to them.If Moss is not an option my next choice would be Orsen Charles.But since the Falcons invested so much in Julio and having other needs I dont see that happening either..But I like the idea of either or both.

ATL Fan

February 14th, 2012
2:56 pm

I think Moss would look great in a Patriots uniform.

Mediocrity continues...

February 14th, 2012
2:57 pm

Couldn’t agree with “Brew” any more. HD has got to get the ball thrown his way more.

Moss is a pipe dream for the quick fix enthusiast. This team needs D and some Oline help before anything else. That’s a FACT

nik

February 14th, 2012
2:59 pm

Matt Doesn’t need more receivers when he’s laying on his back…

Sid

February 14th, 2012
3:01 pm

Slow news day ay DLed……………?

Ken

February 14th, 2012
3:01 pm

No the Falcons don’t need Randy Moss who at anytime is likely to become a distraction. The Falcons would be better off getting Hines Ward who has local and state ties and he has always wanted to be a Falcon a character guy and a leader something that the team needs!! Get Hines Ward!! Word is the Steelers are going to let him walk this would be a great pick up especially if the Birds lose Harry Douglas.

david

February 14th, 2012
3:02 pm

YALL ALL HAVE LOST Y”ALLs MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jeremy morton

February 14th, 2012
3:11 pm

MATT RYAN CANT THROW THE BALL 45 YARDS!!! IT DOESNT MATTER WHOSE PLAYING WR.

abby normal

February 14th, 2012
3:12 pm

If Moss is serious about returning the NFL, the Falcons should at least bring him in and work him out. Check his attitude, see how much he really wants it. Then, if the price is right, sign him. Even at seventy five percent of his old self, he’s better than most. In my opinion, Moss, in his prime, was one of the two best (Rice) receivers of all time.

what,what,what??

February 14th, 2012
3:12 pm

d.led. all that scorn for suggestin’ randy moss as a “possible” addition ??!! damn ! you know how to smoke out the people who didn’t take their medication today !!! good job !!

hiramsaint

February 14th, 2012
3:17 pm

wouldn’t you need a qb to get the ball to them? oh how soon d led forgets

mikey V

February 14th, 2012
3:18 pm

D. led, do you actually think a deep ball wide receiver is the reason our offensive is hurting? Open your eyes man. Matt Ryan is terrible. He has no arm strength, can’t throw over the middle and relies on 7 yard out routes. Our offense is LOADED with pro bowlers already. Roddy, Tony, Julio (with any other qb he would be), Turner. And Matty “Ice” cant score a point in a playoff game. You think its mularky’s fault? U think mularky doesnt draw up deep options in his plays? of course not!! the king of check downs needs to get in the gym. learn how to throw a football. Randy Moss is useless on our team since he only runs out routes. One of many routes that Matty “ICE” cannot throw.

what,what,what??

February 14th, 2012
3:21 pm

well D”LED you really know how to smoke out the haters,are at least the ones who didn’t medicate today. just by suggesting Randy Moss as a hypothetical falcon !! you’re good.

what,what,what??

February 14th, 2012
3:24 pm

” or ” he tried to say

just sayin'

February 14th, 2012
3:27 pm

Just Sayin.....

February 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

A deep threat is worthless if you can’t throw deep………..

Just sayin…………

just sayin'

February 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

hijacked….

just sayin'

February 14th, 2012
3:41 pm

why is it that when you point out the seemingly obvious shortcomings of the ‘current qb’ you are deemed a hater?…just s u c k it up and realize the ‘face’ of the franchise will be here for a while longer even though he has less than ‘elite’ attributes….

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 14th, 2012
3:48 pm

We need a receiver with dread locs, to complete our receiving corps.

Just Sayin.....

February 14th, 2012
3:49 pm

How much more money does Art has to spend before Ryan shows some personal dedication and go to the weight room…………..

Just sayin…………

Dr.Dr Don

February 14th, 2012
3:50 pm

he can only run in slow motion now. Forget it!

I'm Gumby, Dammit!!

February 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

He doesn’t have that extra gear, anymore. No separation speed, therefore, no way.

Our talent at wide receiver is NOT the problem, fix the offensive line and we’ll be fine.

roddy the new TO

February 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

Yeah Roddy White.. the new TO??? please. Have you all heard his latest rant about Goodel? what the hell is wrong with him!!!???

Joshua Malavenda

February 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

D-led

I like that idea and keep harry douglass. I think its all about the coach because reguardless or not moss has matured or not Billy b and brady kept that boy in check but I am not sure smitty and ryan can keep him in check.
Here are the pros: he would add some needed depth to the wr core because they are pretty thin if you look past the starting 3 in atlanta.

It could turn atlanta into a similar situation that the giants have. You stop nicks you get cruz if you stop cruz you get manningham so It would turn our offense into offensive juggernut.

YOu stop roddy you get jj, you stop jj you get douglass and then if you stop douglass you get moss on top of the fact we have gonzo man oh man that would be hard to stop.

since the oline will be fixed next year we will run more 4 wr/ spread type sets and he would do a great job in that

He will be cheap because of his age

he could help mentor jj and the rest of the staff because I think he has grown up since his younger days

cons-
could have ayear like ochocinco did with pats and be non productive

could be have not matured and be a cancer in the locker room

in the long run at least bring him for some practices to see where he is at phyically and if shows that he has something still in the tank and the price is right well all means pick him up

doggoneit

February 14th, 2012
4:04 pm

Hinds Ward!!!! he is a free agent now!!!!!!

roddy the new TO

February 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

hines ward could teach roddy how to act like a professional

Joshua Malavenda

February 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

HInes ward would be the better bet tho out of the two because he agressive nonsense play would be great to help mentor the rest of the wr