Roddy, Randy and Julio would be unstoppable


Randy Moss making a reception over Falcons CB Christopher Owens. Curtis Compton/

Randy Moss making a reception over Falcons CB Christopher Owens. Curtis Compton/

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/

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

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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February 15th, 2012
5:59 am

Moss wouldn’t be happy being the 3rd or 4th choice in the pecking order. That would result in a negative attitude and a less-than-100% effort on the field. I say “h-e-l-l no”!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 15th, 2012
7:03 am

Chucktown38 — Ice can chuck it 70 yards. I think had him down for a 67 yard throw in practice his rookie season. I stopped checking after that. He’s been coached to check it down and not take risks. That’s my theory, but I have to do more research before I write an article debunking this arm strength myth.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 15th, 2012
7:06 am

Joe Tess Fish House – You are probably correct!


February 15th, 2012
7:55 am

Dont need moss. All money needs to go to o and d line. I’ll take a couple of dbacks too, thanks

Dandy Don

February 15th, 2012
8:07 am

Don’t need him. Get your o-line set; get Harry Douglas and Quizz more effectively integrated into the offensive scheme (Quizz can catch the rock – remember his TD catch last season?) – and you got everything you need on offense…now about that defensive pass rush…


February 15th, 2012
8:36 am

you already got a QB in Matt Ryan who can’t get the ball to the ones he got now,so it don’t matter who u get.


February 15th, 2012
8:47 am

At the right price… why not? It would bring a fear component to the offense, and if Moss is going through another “I want to play hard” phase, then he’ll be valuable in whatever role he gets… and if he’s not happy to be 3rd on the depth chart at the position, then we cut him before camp breaks. Scoring points with the weapons Atlanta currently has shouldn’t be a problem either, though. The offensive line desperately needs an upgrade. We need one dominant interior lineman who can be relied upon in short yardage to get a push up front. I’m not sure that adding Moss will provide a bigger net impact than getting a guy like Carl Nicks or Ben Grubbs.


February 15th, 2012
9:59 am


February 15th, 2012
12:55 pm

To me that spells EPIC!! It would also open up more running lanes!!!


February 15th, 2012
3:06 pm

bad, bad, bad idea! Don’t do it…


February 15th, 2012
3:08 pm

Personally I had much rather see a Matt Willis(Denver), Eddie Royal (Denver), Jerome Simpson (Minn),
Pierre Garcon (Indy),Dwayne Bowe(KS), DeSean Jackson (Phil), Marques Colston (N.O.) or Reshaad Davis (Detriot) acquired before Randy Moss.

The offensive line could use a couple of good free-agents, possibly, Demetrius Bell(Buffalo), Max Starks (Pitt), Mark Tauscher (NY), Ben Grubbs (Balt) or Khaliff Barnes (Oakland).

As far as TE’s, Atlanta has a pretty good back-up and the only thing I would do is draft Orson Charles(Georgia).

As far as running backs, keep Jason Snelling and Michael Turner, but bring in Spencer Larson (Denver), Justin Forsett (Seattle) and Tashard Choice (Buffalo).

They must keep as many of their top tier free agents as possible but bring in a Robert Mathias(Indy), Carl Nicks(N0) and possibly bring Jarvis Moss (Oak) , Wallace Sidberry (KS) and Jeremy Minson (Jags)
on the defensive line . Bring in two Defensive Ends and let Biermann go.


February 15th, 2012
4:19 pm

I think Randy would be a great fit for the team, that being said it must be for 1 year, finacially vet min with incentives for obtainable goals. I understand people’s doubts about Randy but he usually doest show his A$$ until at least the second year.


February 15th, 2012
5:55 pm

It will never work.


February 15th, 2012
6:04 pm

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Greg M

February 15th, 2012
6:20 pm

I would like the move, but I would love TO better. He is stronger after the catch. I like Randy as well. Look, we play Giants, Saints and Cowboys next year. Go get Randy or TO, He’ll both if need be.


February 15th, 2012
7:32 pm

Please sign him.


February 15th, 2012
7:46 pm

No Moss; No Mas: No Moss; No Mas…No Moss…please!

12 men in the huddle

February 15th, 2012
10:25 pm

Well, if the Falcons added Moss to White and Jones, then we’d cinch the league lead in dropped passes! If you recall, Moss was dropping more balls toward the end of his career than ever before. I believe White and Jones are already 1 and 2 on that list!


February 15th, 2012
10:47 pm

OH MY GOD! What if we could pull off Manning Moss White Jones and Gonzales – No offense to Ryan but give him a year to learn behind Peyton.

We would be unstoppable!


February 15th, 2012
10:50 pm

Remember when another team took a chance on a dinged up and disrespected quarterback named Brees?


February 15th, 2012
11:01 pm

“Hopefully Ryan’s accuracy will improve under this tweaked offensive system” From page one..did ANYbody else read this nonsense..I couldnt stop if one has anything to do with the other


February 16th, 2012
12:32 am

I’m not high on Matty Ice being the quarterback to get us back into the superbowl. I’m also not crazy about the defensive coor. either. I’m glad that the off. coor left and went to be a head coach. I would like the Falcons to try and get Peyton Manning a good defense and off line then superbowl ring.

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February 20th, 2012
12:13 pm

please get moss

Da Analyst

February 20th, 2012
4:44 pm

Hines Ward or TO would be a better pick because they both play the slot position.