So heres the question you, the 49er fan, have to ask yourself:
Is Jim Harbaugh powerless to resist the bad angel on Randy Moss shoulder?
I mean, you probably already decided Moss is powerless to resist the bad angel on his shoulder, even though a fellow can change when so forced. But for you to truly hate the signing of the 35-year-old wide receiver, you have to decide that Harbaugh is a sucker.
And that he forgot how to cut his losses the way he did with Braylon Edwards.
Theres your template. Edwards, coming back from an injury, frustrated by the 49ers offensive choices and unhappy with his location, got his papers before the regular season ended. No regrets, no breast-beating, no being mesmerized by the gifts the man could not produce. He was just football-style gone.
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And that is why the Moss signing should make you laugh if you must, but it should not make you shout.
Harbaugh is not yet Bill Belichick, the all-powerful no-nonsense prince of darkness who had and then un-had Moss in record time two years ago,. But he has enough power in the construction site known as 49er Intergalactic Headquarters to indulge his sterner side, as he did with Edwards.
And if he was prone to fall in love with Moss talents, at least the ones of four years ago, he hasnt shown such a proclivity in his brief time running an NFL team.
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And we get the sense, a strong one in fact, that Harbaugh likes the power that cutting Moss would prove, just as much as he liked the power that allowed him to get him signed.
A lot of owners would choke on such a deal, just because of Moss diva-tistic past. Jed York does not seem like a risk-taker in that way I mean, it wasnt like he defied public opinion to get Harbaugh (and even when he re-upped Mike Singletary, it was with the approval of the fan base, which had nothing to compare him to except Mike Nolan).
But York has gotten out of Harbaughs way on every other football decision, and believing the franchise has an out if this went bad, and believing that Harbaugh would exercise it in such an eventuality, made this a relatively easy call.
It also tells us that Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace seem out of their league monetarily, if not philosophically. Thus, Moss. A one-year deal, which is actually a week-to-week deal, to see if he has any petrol left.
It is Al Davis to the nines, only without the spendthrifty fall-in-love-with-the-talent-and-ignore-the-impetuosity part.
But it doesnt mean we wont be there to have a good howl if it does fail. Thats what fans live for another guys risk gone bad. When its your teams risk, you tend to be crankier, but be assured that the rest of the country is having a grand chortle at Harbaughs expense because they see the one thing.
The risk of team-destroying behavior that smart folks would bet Harbaugh would not permit. Hed rather Jed eat the money, and Jed is in no position to turn down the meal if it is served to him.
In other words, this has a chance to be genius, or it has a chance to be slapstick, but it does not have a chance to be a disaster unless Jim Harbaugh allows it to be. You want to bet he stops short of allowing it to be so?