We can never know what players think, or what motivates them. All we know is how they produce. The actions of the MEDIA assures no other outcome. Players answering reporter questions do not reveal repressed truth's. The words players offer are an assembly of coached, defensive remarks that hopefully are not misused to their detriment. If a player speaks the truth, and that truth doesn't align with the reporter's perspective, or the reporter wants to show off his power, the player is placed in the spotlight and his work and words are "Questioned". A players: ability, commitment, and performance are parsed, evaluated, within the reporters perspective; and comments made. Taking down a famous person must motivate some reporters who work to find/create controversy. Sliming is the means. Truth is the victim.
Sliming a player serves what purpose? Is it pay back for not granting an interview? Does it aid the reporter - so one of "HIS" players makes the team? Or do these acts to Punish the Truth - provide the reporter a better employment opportunity? What kind of profession rewards the members who convolute words, twist circumstance, betray confidence, and manufacture intent to impugn and punish for controversy's sake?
Randy Moss is a player with his share of slime. His work ethic was challenged. His comments were used against him and framed with insinuation. It didn't matter Moss produced, set records, gave fans season after season of highlight reel production - and helped win games. Catching Moss (or another player) speaking controversial words remains the goal. What was the objective? Did Minnesota improve after Moss' departure? Was the reporter blamed for losing a productive WR? Nope.
The reporting on Moss' honestly admitting: "I take plays off." didn't include WHY? Or WHEN? Moss was singled out as a part-time player who didn't give his all. Is there a player in the NFL who doesn't take a play off? Every player takes a down off now and then. He must. No player is able to go full speed, full time. Moss is not the exception. Nor is he the rule. Were those words never reported would Minnesota's future improve? Moss' future? We will never know. All we know is Moss was accused of being a part-time player, who betrayed his teammates and fans. Moss alone was responsible for any failure, and the fallout. That attacks followed Moss after he left Minnesota. No matter what he did - Those Words - played over and over and over. They were used to intimate were it not for Moss - a team's success was enhanced. The Truth was punished again.
When Moss went to NE, Those Words preceded his arrival. Moss played so well his team nearly achieve a perfect season. That didn't matter. All that mattered was Moss was upset about the SB loss and his behaviors were... (insert worst possible connection and motivation). A similar reporting follows Coach Harbaugh - his actions are "secretive... indicate a lack of confidence... shows he is a micro-manager who wants to control the MEDIA". Coach - Ignore them and stop giving them words to use against you. Let them make it ALL up. That's what they do - if you won't give them what they want.
Now Moss is with the Niners and Those Words persist. Moss has been a great addition. He works hard, teaches, sets a good example, plays well - with passion; but "Those Words" keep getting printed along with any suspicion that might be drawn. Disgusting. Randy is older and wiser. He is playing because he wants a Super Bowl win. He is doing all he can to realize that goal for himself, his team, and the fans. I want him and the Niners to succeed. I want to see the phony, change of heart from reporters who watch and wait for evidence they can use to report Moss failed - again. Randy doesn't need my support or advice. He paid the price for Those Words - and more.
The Forty Niners are a very good team that benefits from Moss being a member. His presence makes them considerably better in a area needing improvement. Had Moss been on last year's edition, chances are exceedingly high the 49ers compete for another SB. If Moss needs to take a play off now and then - I don't care. I trust Randy knows when the time is right, and those times when 100% effort is required. I'll trust Randy Moss. Alex Smith is another player the MEDIA lay in wait to ambush. Once Alex Smith trusts Randy to make the catch or knock it down, this team will provide reporters even more substance for controversy - How could the MEDIA be so uninformed? Alex and Randy can help one another silence the noise... and controversy geeks. I hope they do.