Count me on the side that is disappointed that we did put a claim in for Moss !! Was there a risk associated with the move.. yes... but him and marshall on the same team... would have been sick!!!!..Oh well it's over and done.... but I think we blew this one..
No way is Sparano going to tell his receiver corps, two of which are paid (Marshall and Bess) and producing everything that is being asked of them (with the occasional drop) that they are somehow deficient and need help from a guy like Moss. I'm not sure that Moss is an added benefit at this point. At the very least he messes up the very good chmistry our WR corps is doing right now. They all have a clearly defined role, and are pulling their end of the bargain on Sundays. Moss throws that dynamic out the window.
I don't believe that we lack the talent to go deep. I bet Sparano doesn't either. I'd bet that most people on this board who say we somehow needed Moss don't believe it, either. We have the personnel.
The league is terrified of Marshall and defenses are saturating his area of the field which don't leave him many safe
opportunities. On nearly every play he is double covered. On underneath routes, he is oftentimes triple covered with a LB cheating his way to cover slants. I can't remember any time in the last 3-4 games where he had the opportunity to go deep and not be blanketed in coverage. They do that because he is amazing. He changed the way the Jets played defense because he dominated them. He has the capability to dominate any defense (I think he dominates this week against Baltimore), so they game plan for him and decide that we will have to beat them with Davone Bess and a running game that is sputtering.
Our problem with the lack of deep ball explosion right now is not a WR problem or a play calling problem or a talent problem, but because we can't run the ball with any consistency. Our running game is not feared like it was in the recent past, and teams no longer play us 8 in the box. They play to always make sure that Marshall is double covered.
It is on the onus of Dan Henning to make the proper adjustments so that Marshall can have better matchups on passing downs, but oftentimes what we can do is dictated by the defense. We also need to do a better job with teaching Henne that it is sometimes okay to take calculated
risks based on the circumstances and that are properly measured through practice and repetition. And of course it will take some time for Henne to develop into a guy that can better judge the circumstances and make the appropriate play.
We are teaching Henne first and foremost that his number one job is to protect the football. Turnovers are BAD. He should not commit them under any foreseeable circumstance. Great plays on defense will always be made, but most QB turnovers are through their own error (as opposed to evil genius Ed Reed type of stuff), and he needs to have a firm understanding that throwing the ball away to the other team is not acceptable. Any play is better. It is detrimental to the team on both offense and defense and places them in a hole. It just seems that he hasn't yet learned to balance the risk v reward and just chuck it to Marshall so he can make a play. He needs more experience both as a starter and experience with Marshall to really form that trust between QB and WR that really makes for some great plays.