Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: October 7, 2010 10:40 am

Moss ignored Belichick on plane

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just because we can’t help ourselves, we’re bringing you the latest Randy Moss speculation (seriously, it’s like when you’re jonesing for some coffee, and your hands shake until you get the caffeine past your lips, that’s the effect these Moss stories are having on me).

According to csnne.com, which talked to former New England WR Troy Brown, Moss ignored Patriots coach Bill Belichick and refused to speak to him on the flight home from Miami on Sunday.

"Apparently, Belichick came to the back of the plane to speak with Randy and Randy just pretty much ignored him and didn't respond to anything he had to say," said Brown. "I guess there were a few other members of the team – some front-office people and maybe some players – that tried to talk to him, just talk to him in general, and he didn't respond to those guys, either.”

In the past two days, if you believe that he ignored Belichick a few hours after getting into a heated confrontation with QB coach Bill O’Brien, Moss’ immaturity has once again come to the forefront.

You have to wonder how Minnesota coach Brad Childress will handle what could be his team’s newest problem child. Especially when you think back to how Moss acted the first time he played for the Vikings (walking off the field before games were over, pretending to moon the Lambeau Field crowd). Mike Tice couldnt handle him. Childress now gets his chance.

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am

Hot Routes 10.07.10: Who's got a Moss hangover?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- We’re going to try to keep the Randy Moss chatter to a minimum (the chances of this happening? Um, 15-20 percent?), but first, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the trade for Moss had nothing to do with where Sidney Rice is in his rehab from hip surgery. The chances of people believing that statement. Um, 15-20 percent?

- Titans CB Cortland Finnegan shows some (false?) bravado by “inviting” Broncos QB Kyle Orton, who said after last week’s game that Tennessee was a dirty team, to Nashville to visit him.

- When Michael Vick returns to health, Eagles coach Andy Reid said he’ll be the starting quarterback once again. Funny, I seem to remember Reid saying something similar about Kevin Kolb after he suffered a concussion in Week 1. And how’d that work out for Kolb?

- Arizona needs to figure out its QB situation if they want to have a chance to keep Larry Fitzgerald for the long term.

- For some reason, new Panthers WR David Clowney felt the need to call out the Jets organization for its short-sightedness on him. “Maybe being here, I can actually get an opportunity to run different routes and get involved as a full, complete receiver,” he said.

- Free agent QB Chris Simms is due back in court today for a hearing on his charge of driving under the influence of marijuana. Simms had been with the Titans before the team released him last month.

- For those who care about what Patriots fans think about the Moss trade, here’s your chance to read about it. For those who don’t care, here’s your chance to ignore a fan story about Randy Moss. Choose wisely.

- Cardinals RB Beanie Wells and coach Ken Whisenhunt finally had a meeting about Wells’ playing time.

- Brett Favre might want to avoid checking out Deadspin.com tomorrow. It might not be very pretty. Here's the NY Daily News' take.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 7:18 pm

Revis rips Moss (again)

Posted by Andy Benoit
D. Revis (US Presswire)
Darrell Revis is back to ripping Randy Moss. After calling Moss a slouch during the offseason, Revis was critical on Wednesday of Moss’ Week 2 performance against the Jets. He told ESPNNewYork.com, "In the second half, you could tell he was putting his foot on the brakes. I mean, everybody knows that's Randy. Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn't."

What’s interesting is that Revis witnessed the second half of that game the same way you and I did: on television. He was in the locker room getting his hamstring worked on. You know, the hamstring he pulled when Moss hauled in that spectacular one-handed touchdown catch?

We won’t harp on Revis here, though (well, not any further than that last jab, anyway). What he’s saying is, all in all, correct. Moss’ effort has been up and down throughout his career. And in the second half of that Week 2 showdown, Revis’ teammate, Antonio Cromartie, had his way with the lanky wideout.

"You can tell, you can see the effort," Revis said. "Playing football, you can see the body language and effort of people. If a guy's going hard or a guy is hesitant ... that's the way football is, the truth comes out. You could see it in that game."

Revis’ frank assessment (and can you believe we’re getting a frank assessment from a member of the New York Jets?!) raises a great philosophical question: if a cornerback talks trash about an opponent’s brand new wide receiver, and in doing so refers to a game when said receiver was with a different team, does it constitute bulletin board material?

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:47 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 1:51 pm

Moss in a heated exchange Monday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After Randy Moss caught exactly zero passes last Monday– and was targeted just once by Patriots QB Tom Brady – he told the Boston Herald it was part of the game plan.

At the time, that statement didn’t make much sense. And maybe now we can understand that Moss was either a) being sarcastic or b) being diplomatic.

As ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss reports, Moss and Patriots QB coach Bill O’Brien, the team’s playcaller, had a heated confrontation at halftime of New England’s win against Miami on Monday. The outburst might have been one reason Moss was traded only two days later.

Maybe it was part of the game plan, after all. A game plan of which Moss strongly disagreed.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:46 pm

The other shoe drops

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just so you're aware, the Patriots did NOT trade Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third-round Draft pick in 2011.

New England traded Moss to the Vikings for a third-round Draft pick in 2011 AND Minnesota will get New England's seventh-round pick in 2012, reports the Star Tribune's Judd Zulgad.

Feel free to continue on with your day.

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Tags: Randy Moss
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:10 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 12:17 pm

Belichick, Childress talk about Moss trade

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The trade is now officially official, as the Patriots and Vikings have acknowledged it and have sent out statements by New England coach Bill Belichick and Minnesota coach Brad Childress

Said Belichick: "Over the course of the past several months, I have spoken with Randy and his representative about Randy's place on our team and his future in football. Consistent with my dealings with Randy from the day we acquired him through our conversation this morning, it has been honest, thoughtful and with great mutual respect.

"While I will keep private the details of internal conversations with players and staff, suffice it to say that many things were taken into consideration before making the trade. In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions, but it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team, in both the short term and long term. I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.”

And now, here's Childress' statement:

"We feel very good about the opportunity to add a player of Randy Moss' caliber to this football team. He is a tremendous competitor and was an integral member of the Vikings organization from 1998-2004. Once again, ownership was completely supportive of our efforts to add a valuable football player to our team. I know the entire organization is thrilled to welcome him back to the Twin Cities and look forward to his contributions."

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:16 am

How Moss trade will affect New England

With R. Moss gone, look for B. Tate to get more attention from opponents (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some of you were introduced to Patriots WR Brandon Tate on Monday Night Football when he used his immense speed to burn the Dolphins special teams and return the second-half kickoff for a 103-yard TD. Well, if you liked what you saw, get ready. You’ll be seeing a lot more of Tate now that Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings.

You might not believe this, but with his nine catches, Moss ranked fourth on his team in receptions. As the season wore on, Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t target Moss quite as much and elected to throw the ball to Wes Welker, TE Aaron Hernandez and Tate.

On the surface, it seems like Welker will be the most affected by the Moss trade. In the same way Minnesota’s Percy Harvin will benefit in the slot when Moss – and the stretching-the-field ability he brings to each snap – is on the field, Welker loses perhaps the best deep threat in the game. The Patriots obviously hope Tate can grow into that role. This also might provide a good opportunity to see what third-round pick Taylor Price, who's been inactive for all four games this year, can do on the field.

You also have to wonder if Moss had become a distraction (no, not Randy Moss!). He bitched about his contract after the Patriots beat Atlanta in the season-opener, and according to a few reports, Moss was lazy in his blocking (what, Moss lazy in his blocking?!?) during the Miami game in which Brady targeted Moss just once.

Unless we’re talking about addition by subtraction, this move doesn’t do much to help the 2010 version of the Patriots. I’ve already mentioned how Minnesota feels the need to win the Super Bowl this year, and I imagine New England also wouldn’t mind hoisting the trophy at the end of the season. But does trading Moss away get the Patriots any closer to that goal?

I don’t think that it does.

The defense has been unimpressive – it ranks 28th in the NFL - and until the Patriots special teams began to dominate the Dolphins, New England struggled to score points on offense (I realize the Patriots, at this point, are the No. 1 NFL team in points scored, but they also rank 11th in total yards per game).

Plus, the wide receiving corps is simply not as good as it was yesterday.

But think about this. The Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Those years, the top WRs were players like Troy Brown, David Patten, Deion Branch, and David Givens. Solid guys, but nobody extra special. Nobody like Moss.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 1:37 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

Posted by Will Brinson

The knee-jerk reaction to the deal that sent Randy Moss from the Patriots to the Vikings is "TOM BRADY IS DONE!" (Well, from a fantasy football perspective anyway -- there's also the "The Patriots are giving up!" reaction as well.)

Both are silly, of course.

The deal just, hypothetically, means less deep balls in their offense -- but even that might not be correct with the lightning-fast Brandon Tate on the roster. And outside of that, they still have plenty of weapons in Wes Welker (he's good, duh), Julian Edelman (he's Wes Welker 2.0), Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.

More importantly though, they now have two draft picks in the each of the first FOUR rounds of the 2011 NFL draft.

Think for a moment about how silly that is -- assuming they don't package these picks for more selections (which is not a safe assumption), they'll be grabbing eight players before most people get four and some people get three.

They have the Oakland Raiders' first-rounder (which is looking like a lottery ticket at the moment), the Carolina Panthers second-rounder (appearing to be in the high end of that round as well), the Minnesota Vikings third-rounder, and the Denver Broncos' fourth-rounder (you may recall they sent Laurence Maroney's corpse for that).

So, yes, eight selections in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft, a freshly signed Tom Brady, a slew of weapons on the offensive end and a young, but talented defense that needs some time to gel.

Are they the Super Bowl favorites this year? Of course not. Did losing Randy Moss probably hurt their short-term chances? Yes.

Can they turn those picks into high quality contributors and/or more picks in the future? That's the most important question, but it's safe to say that, yeah, they probably can do that. And because of that, the 2010 Patriots, once considered a near-dead dynasty, are suddenly straight reloaded.
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