Coach Jeff Fisher said the Tennessee Titans simply could not pass up the opportunity to go after Randy Moss, and that by teaming up they hope to both win their first championship.
“Our thing right now is this is a good fit for us and for him. I don't have a ring. He doesn't have a ring. So we're gonna try and change that,” Fisher said in his Monday press conference on the decision to claim the star wide receiver off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings.
Moss, of course, is joining his third team this season. He was traded by the New England Patriots to the Vikings in October, but lasted just four games there before he was waived last Wednesday. Fisher said he sees no downside to Moss coming aboard in Tennessee.
“I see no risk whatsoever. He is really, really excited to be here. He has obviously talked to people and knows how we do things,” Fisher said. “He's excited about the team. He's excited about helping us win ballgames. He's heard great things about the locker room, and I don't see any risk at all. He's a very good football player that became available to us. It's a new start. It's a new start for him, and it's a chance for us to get better offensively.”
Fisher indicated that Moss would be available to the media and that there would not be any special treatment of him.
"Randy is gonna play hard. He's gonna look around and watch everybody play and play hard," Fisher said. "There's not gonna be a double standard here for anybody. There never is. If players aren't playing hard, they're corrected – constructively corrected."
As for how much Moss will play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, some of it will depend on how much of the offense Moss can pick up through this week of practice.
“I would expect him to play this week. I don't know how much. We've discussed it,” Fisher said. “One thing he is adamant about is he doesn't want to go out there unsure of what to do, where you put someone in a position where they're going to make a mistake or might get hurt. He doesn't want to break the huddle having to be told what to do.”
Fisher said Moss, as a veteran, shouldn't need a lot of time to get up to speed to where he can be a full contributor. But even then, Fisher hinted that Moss wouldn't be overloaded.
“I know he certainly is willing put the time in. I would think it would be a short time – I don't want to put a number of weeks – before he is playing 100 percent of the plays,” Fisher said. “The other side of that is I don't see him playing 60 or 70 plays a game either. We're gonna keep guys fresh, and he's fine with however we decide to use him.”
One thing is certain: The arrival of Moss has created a buzz around the Titans franchise rarely seen since the Music City Miracle and the subsequent Super Bowl run in the 1999 season.
“He is going to be a Hall of Fame player, or is now. And any time you get a chance to get that type of player on your roster to help you win games, there should be some enthusiasm and excitement associated with that," Fisher said.