Found March 13, 2012 on The Sport Mentalist:
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The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a one-year deal withwide receiver Randy Moss after his impressive workout on Monday. Moss caughtballs from Coach Jim Harbaugh during his workout on Monday but maybe he shouldhave been catching passes from Alex Smith.
Why? Because Smith is the one who will be responsible forgetting Moss the ball in actual game situations and he better be able to getMoss the ball deep because Moss won’t run many routes over the middle.
Smith’s arm strength has come into question over the yearsso that could become an issue at some point. The 49ers are also more of arun-oriented team compared to the teams Moss has played on in his career. Mosswill essentially be a decoy which won’t go over well with him.
Moss’s attitude may also clash with some of the explosivepersonalities on the team. Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis aren’t divas byany account but they are guys who want the ball as much as Moss will and arenot afraid to speak their minds. The 49ers will have some locker-room issueswith all three of these guys together.
Harbaugh should understand how much of a malcontent and acancer Moss can be by the way he handled the criticism from his ex-teammateCris Carter just last month. Moss didn’t cause much of an uproar most of histime in New England because he had a strong quarterback and head coach there thathe respected.
Harbaugh does have a reputation as both a players’ coach anda disciplinarian but even Bill Belichick came to a point where he could nolonger stomach Moss and Moss actually wanted to play there.
What’s worse is that Moss comes to the 49ers and is the mostaccomplished wide receiver there. Moss is a guy many in the locker room willlook at in terms of how to approach practice and other facets of the game whichis something the 49ers may not want.
But at this point it is kind of hard to second guess CoachHarbaugh. He took a quarterback who most had considered to be a bust and saidhe could win with him and guess what? They were only a few plays shy of theSuper Bowl last season.
Harbaugh took a team that analysts felt would be .500 orworse and led them to a three-way tie with the New Orleans Saints and NewEngland Patriots for the second best record in the league.
So it’s hard to say that Harbaugh is making an errorbringing in Randy Moss to play on his team. I will say this: it’s a good thingthey only signed Moss to a one-year contract. Let’s see how much of it he willbe there to collect.
Do you think signing Moss was a good move by the 49ers? Give us your arguments as to why or why not this was a good move?
Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and is also an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He can be contacted at RHall_TPFB@Yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist<span style="font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;"> and add him on Facebook Roosevelt Hall Thesportmentalist. Also check out these stories: Randy Moss hasn’t learned from T.O.’s dilemma Will teams copy the Patriots' two tight end set next year? Seahawks must focus offense around Marshawn Lynch    
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