Three reasons to be happy about the arrival of Randy Moss
1. Moss gives the Titans a weapon they have never had before. There is no denying Randy Moss' skill set. He has the ability to dictate to defenses in a way no other Titan has done. Moss must be accounted for when he is on the field, leaving other players to benefit from the double-teams Moss is receiving. How big a weapon is he? He hasn't played a snap and already he's listed atop the depth chart at receiver.
2. The national spotlight is coming. For those Titans fans who have complained that their team never gets any publicity beyond Nashville, well, here it comes. Moss is not only a top-flight receiver, but also can be a one-man media circus at times. Right now, that's a reason to be happy. As the season unfolds, we'll see if it becomes a reason to be concerned.
3. This could beTennessee's ticket to the playoffs. If and when Moss gets completely up to speed in the offense, the Titans could become one of the most dangerous teams in the second half of the season. To find the last time the Titans' offense had the potential to be this formidable with Moss, CJ and Kenny Britt (once he's healthy), you'd probably have to go back to the run and shoot days in Houston.
Three reasons to be concerned about the arrival of Moss
1. Moss can be moody and unmotivated. There's a reason Moss is joining his third team this season and was dumped on the waiver wire by the Minnesota Vikings. Even with him joining the team, the offense still revolves around Chris Johnson and there is the potential for Moss to become unhappy when he is too much decoy and not enough target. What happens the first time he doesn't run out a route or one of Vince Young's passes short-hops him?
2. This is probably a short-term rent-a-player situation. That's not to say that Moss and the Titans can't strike a chord of harmony and reach a long-term deal after the season, but the midseason acquisition of Moss has all the feel of a baseball contender adding a pitcher for the stretch run. Think Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers.
3. If things don't work, the situation can quickly go south. We all remember how Pacman Jones' shenanigans ransacked the Titans locker room, and how the minute he was gone in 2007 via suspension, team chemistry and the win-loss record improved dramatically. The Titans are in a little different situation with Moss, in that they can always cut him if there are major issues. However, by then, the damage for the 2010 season might already be done.