Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
 
Tag:Randy Moss Press Conference
Posted on: October 31, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:39 am
 

Randy Moss launches into post game tirade

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.
Posted on: October 7, 2010 5:28 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Report: Vikes restructure Moss' contract language

Posted by Will Brinson

Randy Moss didn't address his contract situation (this is the last year of his deal) during his first press conference as a Viking on Thursday, but he and the Vikings have reportedly restructured his contract in order to guarantee that the team won't put the franchise tag on him after 2010.

"I think everything will work itself out," Moss said during the presser. "If I'm going to be here next year as a Viking, then that's what it's going to be -- if I'm not, then I'm not."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that there is "no new money" for Moss under the restructured deal, but Minnesota has included language that will keep the team from franchising Moss, thereby making him an unrestricted free agent following the season.

An additional report from Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune indicates that there are "no indications" that the Vikings and Moss are working on an extension.

Two things stand out on this -- first, that if there is hope for an extension with Moss, the Vikings are doing what legal folk would call  "negotiating in good faith," which means exactly what you think it would.

Secondly, there's no guarantee that Brett Favre is going to be a Viking in 2011 (obviously, but, hey, there's definitely a chance) and there's no reason to think that anyone involved would want to deal with Moss were he in a situation where he was suddenly on the receiving end of Tavaris Jackson passes ... unless Moss had a longer deal already secured.

Additionally, getting the franchise tag possibility out of the way lets Moss and the rest of the team "go out and play football" or whatever typical NFL cliche you prefer.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: September 13, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Moss, Belichick had sit-down to discuss comments

Posted by Will Brinson

Randy Moss got a little riled up in front of the entire postgame press corps on Sunday, and his comments made many wonder what the hell he was thinking. One of those, obviously, was Bill Belichick.

Who, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald , had a little sit-down meeting with the not-so-gruntled wide receiver.

Rapoport reports that Moss told him the discussion between he and Belichick occurred (in fact, it was something he referenced during his tirade) and that Moss simply felt he needed to get his feelings "off his chest" now, rather than later.

Moss also apparently stated that Belichick made the coach's expectations for going forward clear -- while he didn't expound on what Belichick expected, it's pretty reasonable to assume that it involves "trying," "playing hard" and "not pouting because you aren't paid yet."

Apparently, the two are all good now, although Belichick wouldn't acknowledge the meeting.

"I keep the conversations that I have between the players and myself private," Belichick said. "And that’s the way it should stay."

So it would at least seem like there won't be a bigger issue made out of Moss' contract situation for the remainder of the regular season. Although given his apparently non-existent understanding of timing and nuance, that's no guarantee.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: September 12, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Moss: No new contract is a 'slap in the face'

Posted by Will Brinson

Randy Moss recently made some preseason noise when he told CBSSports.com that he wanted a new deal and felt "not wanted" by the Patriots as a result of their not giving him more money.

Following the Patriots romp over the Bengals on Sunday (the score was closer than the game), Moss again emphasized his desire for a new deal, only this time during the postgame press conference.

He stated that if New England didn't offer him a new deal, it would be a slap "in the face" -- the word "smack" has also been thrown out on Twitter, so the exact verbiage isn't precise, but Moss' intention is.

However, despite his uncorked nature during the team's press conference, Moss said he "didn't want to leave" New England and was fully prepared to play the entire season out on his current contract.

"If I'm wanted here, I want to be here," Moss said. "If I'm not, I'm not. It's a job."

Moss was also asked about the upcoming matchup with the Jets, and responded by saying that he "prided my offseason on staying off Revis Island."

That's all good and well, but you would have to imagine that he should be more worried about staying out of Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft's doghouse -- public comments like these don't often sit well with those two, especially with the Patriots coming off of a feel-good, dominating performance against the Bengals.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com