Jeff Fisher had a lot to say on Randy Moss’ behalf Monday.
Five days after the Tennessee Titans claimed the mercurial wide receiver off waivers by the Tennessee Titans, that’s all anyone has heard.
Moss has had some inglorious moments in front of microphones and cameras throughout his 13-year NFL career, including ones this season, which helped speed his trade from New England and his recent release by Minnesota.
Even as he discussed Moss’ state of mind, Fisher could not – or would not – clarify whether the team had made any attempt to get him in front of the local media. He said only that Moss would be available Wednesday, following his first formal practice with his third different team of 2010 and more than a week after the acquisition.
For anyone – fans, players, coaches, etc. – wary of the potential pitfalls of adding Moss, the fact that either the player is unwilling to speak up or that franchise officials have been unwilling to expose him to local reporters is an early red flag.
“What’s important to me is to get him in the flow and let him meet his teammates and the staff and get started in the offense,” Fisher said. “I think he’ll have more to say, if that’s the case.”
Until then, if Fisher is to be believed, Moss is a 33-year-old who has been exhausted both emotionally and physically by his travels from the Patriots to the Vikings and now to the Titans. Not only that, but there are larger truths – as yet untold – behind his time with and departures from his two previous franchises.
Upon his arrival in Middle Tennessee, though, Moss has enjoyed an immediate sense of rejuvenation and has been filled with anticipation for the opportunity that awaits him.
“Regardless of the circumstances and what led to the trade and what led to the release – that’s an emotional time for any player in this league to go through what he’s gone through,” Fisher said. “To be able to, as he told me, ‘Land on my feet in the best place I possibly could be,’ he’s excited.
“We’re going to get him back physically. I think it takes a toll. …He’s got a bounce in his step and he’s looking forward to getting on the field and helping us win.”
Moss, again according to Fisher, arrived at the Titans’ facility early Monday morning, met with the head coach and some of the assistants, passed his physical exam and was shown to his locker, “all those things that you typically do.” He also got in a workout and ran outside briefly.
The discussions with coaches included possibilities for his role in Sunday’s game at Miami, which likely will be limited and then expanded through the coming weeks.
“The one thing he’s adamant about is that he doesn’t want to go out there unsure of what to do and where you put someone in a position where they might make a mistake or you get someone hurt,” Fisher said. “He doesn’t want to be breaking the huddle asking or being told what to do.”
Then again, Fisher also contended that: “He’s really a smart football player and he’s not going to have any difficulty whatsoever adjusting to our offense.”
The Titans were the only one of the NFL’s 32 teams to make a claim on Moss following an uninspired performance against New England, the postgame comments that followed as well a report on his childish and churlish behavior at a catered team meal.
“I don’t have all the information about what happened up there and it’s not important to me,” Fisher said. “I’m not concerned about that. What I’m concerned about is what we do as we move forward. … There’s things that take place and usually it’s a case where you really don’t have all the information – a lot of things go on. I think that was the case there.
“Again, I don’t think there’s a better opportunity for any player than to start off fresh. That’s what we’re doing. We’re starting off fresh. It’s a new start. When you an organization and a team and a staff that’s excited about a newcomer and you have the newcomer who’s excited about the organization, I think you have the opportunity to have success.”
For now, we’ll just have to take his word on Moss’ excitement level because so far Moss has yet to utter a word.