Dolphins Should Stay Away From The Moss Effect

The Dolphins should do like Brett Favre and Tom Brady: do not look Randy Moss' way

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    FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 8: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots gains yards against the defense of Vontae Davis of the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on November 8, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 27-17. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Randy Moss;Vontae Davis

    As soon as news hit that the Minnesota Vikings cut wide receiver Randy Moss, we are sure nearly every Miami Dolphins fan immediately stopped kicking those paper footballs through finger uprights.

    And then came the forbidden thought: Miami should go get Moss. Reports have surfaced that the Dolphins were one of the first teams to contact Moss' agent.  

    No. More emphatically, hell no!

    We know touchdowns are as hard to come by for the Dolphins as a $10 ticket to a Miami Heat game, but sacrificing your soul and your team for six points in one amazing catch isn't worth it.

    Sure Moss looks great in a line up that also features a good running game and Brandon Marshall, but as a raven-riding Ray Lewis once said, this isn't fantasy football and chemistry matters.

    Moss has already been a distraction for two teams this season and was jettisoned despite his skills, which by the way, appear to be eroding at an alarming rate. On the season, Moss has 22 catches for 313 yards and 5 touchdowns.

    That would put him fourth on the team in catches - behind even Brian Hartline - and third in yards on the Dolphins.

    On Sunday, Moss caught one pass against the team that he should have had a huge grudge against, the New England Patriots.

    But greed, not grudge seems to be Moss' motivating factor these days. He wants one final big-money contract before he loafs off into retirement. The Dolphins should not be so quick to open the check book.

    As matter of fact, we suggest locking it away or hiding it in the area of Dan Henning's playbook called "Red Zone Touchdown Plays," which never seems to get looked at.

    Miami would seem like a cheap fit for Moss. He has a house in South Florida and his college quarterback is Chad Pennington so he would feel comfortable in the locker room and the Dolphins have a built in baby/ego sitter.

    But there's this kid named Chad Henne who needs to develop and that's not happening with Moss on the roster. The bottom line, Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Brett Favre couldn't control or keep Moss happy.

    So how is a second-year starter going to cope with dealing with "Give Me the Damn Ball" Marshall and "Give Me a Damn Contract" Moss?

    The Dolphins should do like Favre and Brady and not look Moss' way.

    So again, if the choice is claiming a fading Hall of Fame receiver off waivers to score a few more touchdowns or riding Dan Carpenter's trusty leg, we say bring on the field goal unit.