So Charlie Casserly does his little song and dance on Randy "taking plays off" during the Jets game and again yesterday against the Fins. As a result, many Pats fans seem to be questioning Moss' leadership and commitment to the team based on this seeming "lack of effort" or "sulking" etc. By now we've all seen the prosecution's "smoking gun"; the play on Sunday where it looks like Randy doesn't even try to catch the ball. I've got to admit that, without the proper context, I can see where someone might conclude he is taking plays off. Fortunately Pats fans need not jump to such conclusions because, in fact, we've been given the context with which to weigh the evidence that, IMO, ultimately refutes this charge. Remember Pats fans, we've heard this song from the national mediots before right? Last year it was Ron Jaworski singing the same tune for BSPN. Tom Brady was quick to call BS on that one, coming to Randy's defense while providing some very interesting criteria for what constitutes being guilty of "taking plays off." Listen carefully to what Brady has to say in Moss' defense. "I have never, ever felt he has taken plays off. Are you kidding me?" "Randy is an extremely mentally tough person and people have criticized him since the day he got here. People have pre-judged him and stereotyped him. He's been nothing but a positive influence on this team, on this locker room, and his performance speaks for itself." "We had 54 pass attempts in a game, and you go out and tell a world-class sprinter to run 50, 50-yard dashes, the idea is 'you better have it when you need it.' And Randy is a smart player and he knows when he needs it," "I have so much trust in him. He's been everything that we hoped for, a great leader." "...So what somebody says outside of this locker room means nothing." On Monday, another credible witness came forward to provide not only the same glowing character reference Brady does, but also an eyewitness account of the play in question. It is none other than BB himself. Here's what BB had to say on live radio about the charge that Randy Moss is taking plays off. These comments were made after he had viewed the game film. "That was one of the plays where Miami blitzed. We had a route adjustment on and I'm not sure if Randy really saw the ball. The whole play just didn't come off the way it should have, the timing and the route and everything. And so I think that we just didn't have it timed out the way we wanted to or the way it should have been. I think the ball kind of got on him before he really saw what was happening." "Randy's been one of our most consistent players since the day he got here last year. At practice, games, long routes, short routes, running game, you name it. He's been very consistent for us. As far as his play, I think that he's played at a good consistent level." "Are there plays everybody would like to do a little bit better? Of course. We all have those though. I'm not saying anybody's perfect or you can't find a play where a player didn't make a mistake or could have played it better but he's been a very consistent player for us." During the offseason the Pats players voted Randy Moss a team captain. My question is, would YOU cast your vote for team captain for a guy you knew quit on routes, gave up on plays, and didn't demonstrate leadership and commitment to the team? So which is it? Is Randy Moss a disinterested, lazy, selfish, prima donna who quits on his fans and teammates as Messrs Casserly, Jaworski, and all of the haters in the national media would have us believe? Or, is he the hard working, smart, consistent, leader and captain of this football team as evidenced by TB, BB, and the entire cast of Patriots in 2008? The defense rests its case. You decide.