Shocked, astounded, awed, bowled over, numb, overwhelmed.
Pick your adjective.
Those are just some that come to mind when it was learned that the Tennessee Titans had claimed Randy Moss off the waiver wire on Wednesday.
This is the Titans we're talking about here. Those sorts of moves are reserved for the New England Patriots or the Dallas Cowboys, not the conservative-style Titans.
For an organization that has thumped its chest on signings such as Carl Pickens, David Givens and Yancey Thigpen over the years, you can see why this has the “meteorite falling out of the sky” feel to it.
Wide receiver Kenny Britt went down in the first quarter out in San Diego on Sunday with a hamstring injury to his right leg. When Jeff Fisher said he would be lost for a significant amount of time, but not the season, there is a lot of gray in that area. Does that mean two weeks or four weeks? Or are we talking more the six to eight weeks variety?
Chris Johnson has been very consistent this year talking about teams stacking the box to stop the running game. Britt was well on his way to alleviating that problem until the Chargers game.
Now, the Titans will bank that Moss will be the guy who does that, hopefully sans distractions and circus sideshow.
The team is 5-3 at the break after the loss in San Diego, and Jeff Fisher has a 9-6 record as a head coach following the bye week. Is this the jolt the Titans need to go down to Miami and beat the Dolphins in week 10? Is this the push this team needs with still five more games remaining on the schedule against division foes?
One thing is very clear to me, the Tennessee Titans are going for it, and what’s wrong with that for a change?
No matter what happens this season, whether it turns into a home run or a strikeout, I say “hats off” for telling the division, the league, the locker room, the media, and more importantly the fans that the Titans are serious about making noise this season. Forget 2011 and beyond, the time is now, and I think the fan base is going to appreciate that mentality.
How much has this move sent defensive coordinators scrambling all over the league? When Britt returns, Moss on one side, Britt on the other and Chris Johnson in the backfield has a pretty good ring to it.