What does it say that Fisher does all the talking for Randy Moss?

Monday, November 8, 2010 at 5:28pm

Jeff Fisher had a lot to say on Randy Moss’ behalf Monday.

Five days after the Tennessee Titans claimed the mercurial wide receiver off waivers by the Tennessee Titans, that’s all anyone has heard.

Moss has had some inglorious moments in front of microphones and cameras throughout his 13-year NFL career, including ones this season, which helped speed his trade from New England and his recent release by Minnesota.

Even as he discussed Moss’ state of mind, Fisher could not – or would not – clarify whether the team had made any attempt to get him in front of the local media. He said only that Moss would be available Wednesday, following his first formal practice with his third different team of 2010 and more than a week after the acquisition.

For anyone – fans, players, coaches, etc. – wary of the potential pitfalls of adding Moss, the fact that either the player is unwilling to speak up or that franchise officials have been unwilling to expose him to local reporters is an early red flag.

“What’s important to me is to get him in the flow and let him meet his teammates and the staff and get started in the offense,” Fisher said. “I think he’ll have more to say, if that’s the case.”

Until then, if Fisher is to be believed, Moss is a 33-year-old who has been exhausted both emotionally and physically by his travels from the Patriots to the Vikings and now to the Titans. Not only that, but there are larger truths – as yet untold – behind his time with and departures from his two previous franchises.

Upon his arrival in Middle Tennessee, though, Moss has enjoyed an immediate sense of rejuvenation and has been filled with anticipation for the opportunity that awaits him.

“Regardless of the circumstances and what led to the trade and what led to the release – that’s an emotional time for any player in this league to go through what he’s gone through,” Fisher said. “To be able to, as he told me, ‘Land on my feet in the best place I possibly could be,’ he’s excited.

“We’re going to get him back physically. I think it takes a toll. …He’s got a bounce in his step and he’s looking forward to getting on the field and helping us win.”

Moss, again according to Fisher, arrived at the Titans’ facility early Monday morning, met with the head coach and some of the assistants, passed his physical exam and was shown to his locker, “all those things that you typically do.” He also got in a workout and ran outside briefly.

The discussions with coaches included possibilities for his role in Sunday’s game at Miami, which likely will be limited and then expanded through the coming weeks.

“The one thing he’s adamant about is that he doesn’t want to go out there unsure of what to do and where you put someone in a position where they might make a mistake or you get someone hurt,” Fisher said. “He doesn’t want to be breaking the huddle asking or being told what to do.”

Then again, Fisher also contended that: “He’s really a smart football player and he’s not going to have any difficulty whatsoever adjusting to our offense.”

The Titans were the only one of the NFL’s 32 teams to make a claim on Moss following an uninspired performance against New England, the postgame comments that followed as well a report on his childish and churlish behavior at a catered team meal.

“I don’t have all the information about what happened up there and it’s not important to me,” Fisher said. “I’m not concerned about that. What I’m concerned about is what we do as we move forward. … There’s things that take place and usually it’s a case where you really don’t have all the information – a lot of things go on. I think that was the case there.

“Again, I don’t think there’s a better opportunity for any player than to start off fresh. That’s what we’re doing. We’re starting off fresh. It’s a new start. When you an organization and a team and a staff that’s excited about a newcomer and you have the newcomer who’s excited about the organization, I think you have the opportunity to have success.”

For now, we’ll just have to take his word on Moss’ excitement level because so far Moss has yet to utter a word.

23 Comments on this post:

By: Titan9282 on 11/8/10 at 4:42

Ok, Boclair, are you mad that the media did not get to talk to Moss. today? The man just got into town for goodness sake's. Let him rest already. Geez, let the man be for a couple of day before trying to mob him. Are you that bored around the office? Get a hobby. Moss has not even done anything, but yet there is a red flag in place. Please, give me a break. Write a story worth reading!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: Just Sayin on 11/8/10 at 6:09

Just Sayin, the man has been a bad apple every where he's been, why does anyone think it wikk be any different here. Yeah he can catch passes, did that for other teams, why do you think they let him go. Maybe you need a big screen T.V. to be able to see the big picture!!!!!

By: TITAN1 on 11/8/10 at 7:17

I agree with Titan9282. Boclair sounds like he is upset. He has to create a story. Coach Fisher did the right thing by not throwing Randy to the wolves. I wish Terry McCormick was still here. "Just saying". Is anyone else getting sick of that phrase? Now someone just magically appears out of nowhere and uses it as his screen name.

By: MisterWhite on 11/9/10 at 7:04

Way to be, Boclair...

You are already trying to mess stuff up for Randy Moss here in Nashville. No wonder the guy has such an aversion to media types. Reporters used to report facts, not make up news. Reporters used to investigate and they did not try to instigate.

What exactly were you trying to say when you wrote "if Fisher is to be believed"? Are you trying to say that Jeff Fisher is a liar, and when he says something we should question his honesty and intent? Are you even a Titans fan? Now that you have had your pity party for not getting immediate access to Randy Moss, perhaps you could rethink writing such garbage about him, Jeff Fisher, and the Tennessee Titans...

By: jefathor on 11/9/10 at 8:13

You know why Randy Moss not talking to reporters is already "an early red flag"? Because you just said it was. There's no news to report so you have to make it up. Man, where has simple news reporting gone? No wonder everyone hates the media...

By: slim53 on 11/9/10 at 9:21

Lawyers & Media are both scurrilous! Their whole reason for existing is to tear something apart. They are more worried about their own agendas and careers than the truth.

By: oldhickorytony on 11/9/10 at 9:37

Local media in print and on the radio stirring up controversy and issues where there is none. There is no downside... regardless of how much production Moss has the rest of this season (and I believe it will be substantial because it is in his best interest), having Moss here to mentor Britt is priceless.

By: gohomenow on 11/9/10 at 9:56

His job isn't to talk to the media, his job is to catch passes.
Get out of the way and let him do his job !

By: junglejim on 11/9/10 at 9:57

Bud Adams and Jeff Fisher have got to be the two most stupidest people I've ever saw. Why would they bring a trouble maker like Moss to a team that is just getting it together as a strong team. Moss is a little spoiled brat and he'll make Nashville wish they never heard of him. I'm thinking about becoming a jets fan...lol

By: Stewy Griffin on 11/9/10 at 11:04

I don't care if he never says a word to the media; like most fans, I just want him to catch the ball and score.

By: jefathor on 11/9/10 at 11:12

There's nothing stupid about snagging a Hall of Fame receiver who has the ability to make huge plays and help seriously upgrade your offense. Wait for the controversy to begin before you complain about it. Moss's problems have largely been about a revolving door of coaches who couldn't handle him. Green, Tice and Childress in Minnesota, Turner in Oakland. And he did fine under Belichick in New England until he foolishly started talking about next year's contract too early. Belichick responded aptly. Fisher is equally no-nonsense and I believe will get the best out of Moss. If not, there's always a nice spot on the bench for him.

By: GUARDIAN on 11/9/10 at 11:14

GUARDIAN-David Boclair shame on you. Who in his right mind would trust the media. Way to go Jeff.

By: Activate on 11/9/10 at 11:36

Boclair - Fisher normally doesn't make players available to the media until the Wednesday after the bye. Moss arrived Sunday afternoon and then spent all day yesterday (which the rest of the team had off) trying to get up to speed with the Titans' playbook. Yet, here you are, on Tuesday morning, upset that you haven't had a chance to interview him? (You do know he was hired to play football, right?)
Give the guy a break! He's been in town less than 48-hours and hasn't even had a chance to practice with his new teammates. Besides, when Moss does start making news, you know its going to be a lot more interesting than this...

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 11/9/10 at 12:37

All in favor of junglejim becoming a Jets fan raise your hand!

By: TITAN1 on 11/9/10 at 1:04

judy, I have both hands raised! I'll get the u-haul truck!

By: junglejim on 11/9/10 at 1:10

ok....thanks judy

By: richgoose on 11/9/10 at 2:28

JungleJim......If I were going to "slur" Bud Adams and Jeff Fisher,the last thing I would think about using was the term "dumb". You don't get to where these men are in life by being dumb.

I know that your teachers and parents used that word around you many times. I am sure that is the reason that it so quickly popped into your mind when you thought of dis-satisfaction,

By: not_guilty on 11/9/10 at 4:03

Unless Randy Moss talking (or not talking) with the media would help the Titans put points on the board or help keep opponents from putting points on the board, who gives a rat's ass?

The media need to get over themselves.

By: cookeville on 11/9/10 at 4:34

Probably says that he doesn't want his new player subjected to questions designed to bring out the worst in a person. For example,

"What did you say to the Pat's coach that got you traded?"
"What did you say to Minnesota's coach that got you waived?"
"Are you going to do the same thing here in Nashville that you reportedly have done in those other places?"
"Are you going to try and tell Coach Fisher how to coach?"
"Are you going to take plays off?"
and on and on and on

I wouldn't let him talk to any media either.

By: junglejim on 11/9/10 at 7:50

richgoose.....nowhere in my post did I use the word "dumb".....I said stupid you dumb$ss..........lol

By: richgoose on 11/9/10 at 9:59

Jungle Jim.......Thank you for clarifying the difference between dumb and stupid. You did it so well I would guess that when you were in junior high you must have turned in a term paper on the subjects.

By: shoreg on 11/9/10 at 11:30

I hope we soon see a new Randy Moss, content, and supported by his teammates, and playing well for OUR team! The Titans organization is one where a person can thrive...we have seen it in many others...so lets try to give the guy a chance to thrive and benefit our organization and community as we know he can. He is a tremendous talent, and personally, I am excited to see him in a Titans jersey, especially if he is feeling good about being here and he's playing well. Let's not beat the man down before he even gets started...its not the Titans way - or the Nashville way, for that matter!

By: rembrandt2nd on 11/10/10 at 12:51

New to the job of following the Tennessee Titans, are ya? Media day is Wednesday, period. No specialty given for new players, no matter who they are!