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“My job is to be the best leader for this team that I can be, and really to get ready to play the Bengals, and play really well. Because of that, I think it's pretty selfish if I sit here and that's all I'm worried about -- myself.”
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I'm really not sure what more the team can do in order to make Moss feel "wanted". They rewarded him after 2007 with a fat contract that he is still playing under. When he came under attack for mailing it in this past season, this same team rallied around him in the locker room. His head coach defended him, quite viciously, against his attackers as did his quarterback. He's arguably the focal point of one of the more potent offensive attacks with a GOAT candidate at QB throwing to him. On top of that, he's enjoyed more success here than he has throughout his entire career playing in front of a region that loves him. How he doesn't feel wanted is beyond me. Why he would take that gripe to the media is also beyond me. Looks like Brady agrees...
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Even Borges who tabbed him the dink and dunk system puppet on and off the field finally gets it. Brady isn't naive, he's special (unfortunately a rarity in sports) on every level. I'm sure on some level Ron still resents the fact that Belichick and Kraft somehow landed such an across the board phenom, and swears if not the whole thing would have collapsed in a heap of discontent long ago as he always predicted it inevitably would...and he will probably write on that subject shortly as well...and he will probably make some unfortunately equally valid points.
But for today it's all bouquets (save the requisite smarmy organizational dig, this time at Jonathan) for the QB. There is a reason some of us never sweat Brady. It's because we get that he gets it and we don't require rose colored glasses to come to that conclusion. It's pretty much the same deal when we assess Belichick...and it would be thus for Ron if he hadn't let a pretty childish and frankly unmanly personal agenda twist his professional perspective. We also get who doesn't get it and why, here and elsewhere, and that doesn't take special glasses, either. Why others are who they are is the result of being self absorbed and emotionally childish and therefore incapable of compartmentalization... not to mention so often ultimately self destructive.
Truth be told, the imminent resolution of Tom Brady contract issue is the least of the Patriots worries this week. Fortunately, no one knows that better than Brady, who is the rare exception among professional athletes - a guy who can compartmentalize his life.
That does not mean, as some have implied, that Brady is sitting back childlike, blindly tossing footballs around while the adults decide his financial and football future. What it does mean is he is someone uniquely capable of concentrating on the moment, which is to say the Bengals, while keeping tabs on his business interests.
In other words, he’s an adult, too, which is not the case with many professional athletes in such a circumstance. If there was a bit more of that going around inside the Patriots’ organization these days things might be going a bit smoother, but all athletes are not Tom Brady, just as few quarterbacks are.
In the end Brady will be paid a lot of money but probably not what he’s worth because at this stage of his career he remains the most valuable asset in the Kraft family’s football factory. He will be paid enough, however, to satisfy himself, his family and a players’ union that is surely closely watching how this goes down.
In Indianapolis, Peyton Manning is surely waiting to see Brady’s numbers and in New Orleans Drew Brees is doing the same because what they will ultimately be paid by their owners will be impacted by what Brady settles for. He is aware of this but will not let it dictate what he feels is fair and equitable.
Brady will be ready for both [contract and season] when their time comes for the most obvious of reasons, because he’s a man, as well as The Man.
Both Brady and Moss have been pretty consistent with their contract statements. They are stuck in a no-win situation:
- If they don't say anything, the media portrays that they must be disgruntled.
- If they don't tell the truth ("I don't have a contract but I'm perfectly content with my situation"), the media calls out the lie and spins that they must be disgruntled.
- If they come out and tell the truth (as they have done), the media uses it to reinforce the narrative they are pushing. In Brady's case, with an extension all but done, the only message they can peddle is that Brady really wants the extension done by Sunday because he was injured last time on the 1st drive of the 1st game. If it isn't done by Sunday, watch the tone go south really quick.
- In Moss' case, the media desperately wants to put together the equation:
No contract + Moss = Unhappy Moss + Raiders = End of Patriots Success
Notice all the media stories are intended to get to the "End of Patriots Success" endgame. The only question is when and what will sink them...and every mediot wants to be the one to have their name attached to that story...aka the Mike Fish syndrome.
- So Moss' statement, similar to comments earlier in the offseason, tells us:
a) He believes he has busted his tail in NE (most would agree)
b) He believes he has been very productive in NE (hard to disagree)
c) He feels unwanted due to the lack of a contract (understandable)
d) Feeling unwanted is a bad feeling (duh)
e) He is older and understands the business (hardly disgruntled or immature)
f) The situation has left him frustrated
The last part is key. Frustrated. Not angry. Not unhappy. In fact, look at the statement in its entirety..."That's the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted." That is a statement of unrequited love, not *****ing about money or respect. By all accounts he is happy and has had a tremendous camp. I am looking forward to a huge year from Moss despite constant headlines telling us that his attitude will be the straw that breaks the Patriots' back.