If Bill Belichick ever wanted to wear the underdog label in the post-season, he certainly has scooped it up this year just in time for the playoffs. While everyone writes the Patriots off before the playoffs begin, I look at the playoff teams in the AFC, and see opportunity. The Jets are one-dimensional and Cincinnati is trending downward. Baltimore has lost so much on defense that they will be hard-pressed to win one game. Indianapolis won too many games they should have lost and San Diego is San Diego. There is no one that has been dominant all season long. This is the type of year where any of the playoff teams could end up in the Super Bowl.
If Randy Moss were ever going to make the legacy, the Super Bowl signature, to answer the call from destiny and silence the critics, the time is now. To step-up big, to be the offensive nexus, and to be the star who carries the team to an improbable Super Bowl win. That is what is on the line for Randy Moss.
The Welker routes can be run by "King Julian" Edelman, but Edelman does not have that Troy Brown/Wes Welker chemistry with Tom Brady. Edelman is better than nothing, but moving to the slot further weakens an already thin secondary. Is there a warm body to fill the number three receiver role, let alone the number four? Can the Patriots afford to continue to wait for Ben Watson to show-up in the passing game?
No doubt about it, it is time for Randy Moss to ditch the decoy role and show how he can be a complete receiver and run every route and catch everything thrown his way. Moss has got to be the chain-mover over the middle; the deep threat; the intermediate route runner converting the third-and-nine; and being the big target in the red zone.
To be or not be, Randy, that is the question!
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