Wednesday Raiders wide out Randy Moss finally decided he had enough, and took some pretty solid verbal shots at his teammates and the organization that appears to be well on its way to being the worst in the NFL this season. Moss spoke to local reporters for the first time since the preseason, and told them exactly what was on his mind.
“I don’t really want to single players out,” Moss said. “I mean, I don’t really know what the feeling is. But I know the feeling is bad, so that’s saying no one cares about what’s going on around here. I don’t want to be the downfall, or the negative or the cancer of the team. That’s definitely not my goal to do. If they feel trading me and getting me out is the best thing to do, I’ve been traded once, two won’t hurt.”
While the comments were somewhat stinging, can you really blame Moss for finally speaking what probably most on the team have wanted to say for the past two weeks? The Raiders are the biggest joke in the league right now, like it or not, and if you don’t believe me, listen to the so-called experts in the national media who week after week say that there is a very real chance that the Raiders will not win a game this season.
I don’t think the team is bad enough to drop 16 straight, but they are bad enough to come out of the 2006 season with 2-3 wins and the #1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. It may be time for owner Al Davis to take a serious look at the way he conducts business, and to start thinking about shifting the decisions to someone else.
Since the Raiders SuperBowl appearance some three plus seasons ago, there has been nothing but pain and despair for the Raider Nation. First it was a down 4-12 season the following year that saw head coach Bill Callahan fired at the end of the year. Then it was Norv Turner’s turn to guide the silver and black to a 5-11 year in 2004 and 4-12 in 2005. Turner was out, then the most bizarre hire of all – former coach Art Shell.
The new leader of Raider Nation is not faring much better, with them currently at 0-3, blowing an 18-point lead at home to Cleveland, and this after getting shut out at home vs San Diego and blown out in Baltimore. Games vs the 49’ers, Texans and Cardinals may be the only shot this season for the Raiders to get victories, unless they get a miracle and can get things turned around in a hurry.
Moss’ comments were not that far off, but he had better take a look in the mirror before spouting off much more. Sunday after catching a TD pass to help build the 21-3 lead, Moss looked totally out of it, disinterested beyond belief as the offense went in the tank and eventually the defense folded enough to allow the Browns to rally and go ahead and get the win. Moss’ effort looked in question, but when its all said and done, can you blame him? After all, he is trying to catch passes from Andrew Walter.
While Art Shell played off the Moss comments, one thing he cannot play off is just how bad the situation truly is right now with this team. The biggest problem may be they have no real solutions for this year, and with Davis running the show and making decisions that should be left to others, the future may not be looking so bright either.