Some things are just better left unsaid. What former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe said about former Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs may fall into that category.
On Thursday morning, the NFL on ESPN Twitter account tweeted out an image with a recent quote from Dobbs about being able to handle learning an NFL playbook.
When you are studying to become a rocket scientist, some things become less daunting. pic.twitter.com/uP6pqcTlWN
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 6, 2017
While the merits of that quote in a pre-NFL draft context make an interesting discussion in itself, we’ll leave that for another article. What we’re here to talk about is what happened after that tweet was sent out by the Worldwide Leader.
Moe, who went into a broadcasting career after a brief attempt at professional football cut short by injury, chimed in with a shot at the former Vols QB on Thursday.
WHOA! Shots fired from the former Tigers player who accumulated 2,101 yards receiving in a career that spanned 2009-12.
Of course, that was a long time ago, and Moe’s comments did not sit well with a Tennessee fan base that watched the Vols take care of Mizzou in each of the last two years of the Dobbs era. In fact, Dobbs accounted for five touchdowns (including three through the air) during a 63-37 win against Missouri in 2016.
Predictably, Moe received serious heat for his comments.
Moe didn’t take it all quietly. By Thursday afternoon, he was ready to defend himself from the personal attacks that resulted from his Dobbs critique.
Even if Moe is right about Dobbs’ ability to read a defense, he had to know that the way he went about his criticism would draw out one of the most vocal SEC fan bases on the internet.