Posted by Will Brinson
So, Randy Moss didn't do a whole lot of damage against the Patriots on Sunday -- one catch for eight yards against his old team in a 28-18 loss. As such, he probably didn't have much to talk about on the field. He had puh-lenty to say afterwards, though.
Moss showed up to the podium unexpectedly, while reporters waited for Brett Favre to speak and launched into a bizarre rant, starting with a discussion of the $25,000 he was fined for not speaking with Minnesota reporters. (Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 has the full transcript, and it's worth a read for sure.)
"Look, I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all, and me personally, I really don't care," Moss said. "But at the same time, I do ... answer questions throughout the week, and for the league to fine me $25,000 -- I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it. So, I'll answer my own questions, ask myself the questions and then give you all the answers. So, from here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for the rest of this season."
And then it got really crazy, with Moss essentially stating that the Vikings coaching staff didn't listen to him when he tried to prep them on what the Patriots would do with their gameplan.
"I tried to prepare," Moss said. "Tried to talk to the players and coaches about how this game was going to be played and a couple tendencies here, couple tendencies here. The bad part about it -- you have six days to prepare for a team, and on the seventh day, that Sunday, meaning today, I guess they come over to me and say, 'Dag, Moss, you was right about a couple plays and a couple schemes they were going to run.' It hurts as a player that you put a lot of hard work in all week, and toward the end of the week, Sunday, when you get on the field, that's when they acknowledge about the hard work you put in throughout the week. That's actually a disappointment."
Moss didn't stop there either -- he also called out Brad Childress for electing to go for it on fourth down and goal before the end of the first half.
"Definitely down that we lost this game because I didn't expect us to lose this game knowing that we had a few things that we had to clean up," Moss said. "But like I said, they played a good game. I wish we could have had that three at the end of the half. Maybe it could have been different. Maybe not."
He also lavished a bunch of praise on his former Patriot teammates, even at one point calling Bill Belichick the "best coach in football history."
"I really haven't had a chance to really talk to the guys, so this was no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization," Moss said. "The captains -- [Vince] Wilfork, Tommy Boy [Brady], [Jerod] Mayo. Am I forgetting somebody? Kevin Faulk. Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play. Been an up-and-down rollercoaster emotionally all week. And then to be able to come in here and see those guys running plays that I know what they're doing, and the success they had on the field, the running game -- so, I kind of know what kind of feeling they have in their locker room, man, and I just want to be able to tell the guys that I miss the hell out of them. Every last helmet in that locker room, man."
In fact, it at least seemed that Moss wanted to be a Patriot again and that he regrets whatever happened to get him back to Minnesota (or, if you're optimistic about his attitude, that he really, really, REALLY appreciates everything that New England did to revive his career). But regardless, it was, by all accounts, an incredibly bizarre scene that can best be summed up with an old cliche involving greener colored grass.
And given Brett Favre's injury and the team's inability to win any games and willingness to call out the head coach, things could be only getting browner.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.