|10.08.10 at 5:40 pm ET|
Following are some highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, visit The Big Show audio on demand page and click here.
What was your reaction to the trade? Shocked?
Not really. Obviously there has been a situation with Randy wanting a long term deal and letting it be known. You never know how those things are going to shake down. ‘¦ It was a business decision and it is what it is.
On Moss’ Week 1 tirade:
Well I think that was the biggest thing of all in my mind. Him speaking his piece and saying what he needed to say. I don’t really get involved in all that stuff. I don’t really care, to be quite honest with you. Just as long as everybody is pulling in the same direction, I’m good with however it works out.
Does this make it more difficult four weeks into the season?
You know what? I don’t think so. I think it’s like anything else. Not to dismiss what he’s done or what he could’ve done this year. To be honest with you, injuries happen; guys miss time for different things. He has to be able to just go out there and do what you do. We’ve got great leaders at that position, guys that really understand our system, guys that are young that are getting it in watching a lot of film working with Tommy [Brady] and the rest of the guys. I don’t see this being anything that is going to create issues for those guys knowing what they’re capable of.
Was Moss still the same vocal guy this year?
Oh yeah. Randy always had a lot to say before the games. ‘¦ He always had something to say in that locker room. I think Randy has been pretty consistent the time that he’s been there and who he was and what he did.
On the business side of football:
We could probably talk about this one all day. I think it worked out in the best interests of both parties to be quite honest with you. I don’t see any bad blood between Bill [Belichick] and Randy. I think ultimately he got what he wanted and he’s comfortable in Minnesota. They’ve obviously got a lot of talented guys in that team. He’ll probably fit in well and play in their system.
On the Halloween game facing the Vikings and Moss:
Well, it’s going to be fun. I think we’ll see a few of those masks in that stadium. I can’t wait.
On the win in Miami:
It’s very difficult to judge things when you’re in the moment and you’re doing it. We have guys that have really worked hard. We’ve said this all year, but we’ve got a lot of guys that are doing everything they can not just on the field but in the film room. When you see that happen, you kind of get this trend going where everybody is trying to improve each day. And then it didn’t pan out sometimes and then you kind of scratch your head and you know you got things you’ve got to work on and improve on. ‘¦
We felt really good going into this Miami game again. And we had a good week of preparation. I think what [quarterbacks coach Bill] O’Brien has done where the different personnel changes and people that he has had in there and what those special teams units have really built and going all the way back to minicamps, it’s really special. And those guys work as hard as anyone on the field. I can’t really tell you that I knew how that game was going to go or that it was going to end up the way it was, especially at halftime.
When it’s all said and done, we went into the bye week feeling as though everyone contributed, everybody worked hard and it finally showed out there. We finally put it on the field on the road, got a win. It was great for us as a team.
On emphasizing the running game:
I think that’s what your running game does when it’s effective regardless of who it is. We’re difficult to match up with personnel wise. I think there are some unique matchups and things that we do with the talents that we have on the offensive side of the ball. A lot of that has to do with the tight ends and the guys we have coming out of the back of the field. ‘¦ They weren’t the only ones huffing and puffing. I probably needed some medical attention at one point. When you go on those long drives it does do a lot to help you out in all facets of the game. Being able to run that ball effectively is huge.
Does it play a role in what we do in winning? No. You kind of scratch your head and you wonder how certain things get predicted and why people talk about that sort of stuff. We need to go out there and prove that for ourselves more than we need to do it for anyone else. There are guys in our locker room that are young guys and they don’t know what it’s like to go through a long season and battle things, and the media is part of that. You want to go out and get it done right and feed off it so it was a big win for us.
How big was that win going forward?
It was huge. You talk about a division game. It’s Miami, it’s in Miami. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. We needed to keep pace with the jets and obviously this is going to be a race that will go all the way to Week 17 I’m sure.
|10.08.10 at 2:19 pm ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday afternoon, and the topic of focus wasn’t too surprising: Randy Moss. King believes there are some hidden details lurking behind the scenes.
“When you think about it, what basically has happened here is that we have seen the Patriots made a move that is not in the best interest of the team right now, in other words to win this week,” he said. “So, something happened. Some event or events have happened to sour the Patriots on Randy Moss.
“Even though their statements of the last few days would have led you to believe that they were talking about John F. Kennedy rather than Randy Moss, and what a wonderful human being he is, and how the next thing he’s going to do in life is discover a cure for cancer ‘ I mean, enough already, enough with telling us what we don’t believe, which is that Randy Moss is the best guy on the planet.”
Following is a transcript of the interview, including King’s thoughts on who will replace Moss, the latest Brett Favre scandal, and whether the Chiefs can remain unbeaten against the Colts. To listen, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
You know what it reminds me of really? It reminds me of the way Lawrence Taylor was treated by the Giants when I covered them in the mid-’80s. Even though Taylor was falling asleep on the Garden State Parkway under the influence of something. Even though he was suspended for drug use for four games at the start of the ’87 season.
All these things happened, but regardless of all of these things, any time you ever hear Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, any of the coaches on their team talk about him it’s what a great competitor he is, a great teammate, don’t have anything bad to say about him, it just would drive us crazy covering the team. What are you talking about nothing bad to say about him, he got suspended for four weeks. He left you guys in a lurch. You know, he’s late all the time, he’s this, to me, that’s what this is like.
The bottom line in this is, you can say whatever you want, the Patriots can issue all the releases they want about how they just traded a combination of Albert Schweitzer and Franklin Roosevelt. But the guy was a headache at times ‘ not all the time ‘ but was a headache to people who matter on this team and in this organization.
|10.08.10 at 12:56 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ It was a quiet day down in Foxboro on Friday, as the bye week schedule meant limited media availability. Safety Pat Chung and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain were made available to reporters ‘ here are a few highlights of their Q&A with reporters:
Banta-Cain on the Moss trade and his reaction:
‘Obviously, it was a surprise to most of us. But he moved on and we’ve got to move on. We understand the business. It’s a business. ‘¦We had to go our separate ways.’
Banta-Cain on Wes Welker‘s statement that he was ‘disappointed’ when he found out that Randy had asked for a trade:
‘I think [Randy] has his reasons. Everybody is entitled to their reasons. He did what he felt like he had to do. I’m just a player. I do my job. It says on the front of the door to come in here and do your job. That’s all I really can do. I can’t speak on anybody’s situation.’
Banta-Cain on whether he feels more pressure on the defense now with Moss gone:
‘We always feel pressure as a defense to go out there and stop teams from scoring points. Obviously, Randy was a huge weapon for us, so hopefully the guys feeling the pressure are the guys having to step up behind Randy and fill those shoes, so to speak. We’ve just got to go out and keep doing our job. We’re confident in the guys we have.’
Banta-Cain on the bye week and watching Randy Moss:
‘I’m just going to be chilling. California is too far, really, to get on a plane for six hours for two days off. To answer your question, it’s good that it did happen now as opposed to leading into the Baltimore game because it has already kind of caused somewhat of a distraction. But we’ll get to watch [Moss] play this Monday night against, I believe, the Jets. We’ll be rooting for him.’
Chung on the self-scouting that goes on during the bye week:
‘It does give us an extra week to get ready for them, but it also gives you an extra week to get your body right and work on your own techniques, just knowing what you did wrong, what you need to get better at, what things you did well that you could probably still get better at. It helps a lot having that extra week. You get to critique yourself and go from there.’
Chung on how the Pats will build off the Miami win:
‘The good is the good; [with] the bad, you can get better. It’s as simple as that. Just watch the bad plays and just get better on those so you can lessen those bad plays the next game. You’ve got execute, really. Do your job and just know you’re playing for the people next to you.’
|10.08.10 at 12:35 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ Running back Fred Taylor, cornerback Terrence Wheatley, offensive lineman Nick Kaczur and defensive lineman Mike Wright were all missing from the start of Patriots practice on Friday outside of Gillette Stadium.
|10.08.10 at 12:00 pm ET|
Which player would you prefer to see the Patriots use as a replacement for Randy Moss?
- Vincent Jackson (27%, 179 Votes)
- Brandon Tate (27%, 177 Votes)
- Deion Branch (25%, 163 Votes)
- Aaron Hernandez (9%, 56 Votes)
- Troy Brown (6%, 40 Votes)
- None of the above (6%, 39 Votes)
Total Voters: 654
|10.08.10 at 11:31 am ET|
When ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, the talk was predictably dominated by Randy Moss. But the chat began with a rumored replacement for the departed receiver, Vincent Jackson. Schefter didn’t view a move as realistic.
“Vincent Jackson is not heading [to the Patriots],” said Schefter. “You look at it and you say it makes sense. It’s just not going to happen. It’s just not going to happen. I know it continues to be thrown out there that it’s been looked into and all that. My final answer on this would be: I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Schefter said it’s a combination of Jackson’s contract demands, his two recent DUI charges, and the questionable role model he would serve to the Patriots’ young players that stand in the way of this deal. “I think it’s more all of the above,” said Schefter, before focusing more on the money issue. “Let’s be honest here, the Patriots have paid a lot of money to Tom Brady. They paid a lot of money to Vince Wilfork. Logan Mankins remains unsigned. They spent some money, and Vincent Jackson, you’re going to have to spend roughly $50 million, $9 [million], $10 million a year on a wide receiver that’s one strike away from a yearlong suspension.
“On top of that,” Schefter continued, “San Diego is adamant that it get back a second- and third-round pick, and New England has done a tremendous job stockpiling picks. I don’t think it’s in the business of looking to unload those picks for a premium-priced player when we may have all these picks in a draft that’s incredibly rich in talent and in which there may be a rookie cap and you get basically these guys under contract at a bargain rate.
When asked about the certainty factor Jackson provides, as compared to a rookie, Schefter added, “It’s a business, too. People sometimes forget it because it’s their football team and it’s their passion, it’s their love and it’s in their soul. And I get all that. But there’s also people that use this as a business. It’s not fantasy football. You just don’t just go trade for Vincent Jackson because you want him playing wide receiver and he’s a great player. It goes beyond that.”
Following is a full transcript of the interview, including discussion about the likelihood of a Deion Branch return, why Moss left, and the future of football next season. To listen, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
|10.08.10 at 10:49 am ET|
Asked if he understood why Randy Moss was traded to the Vikings, Neal said he had no insight. “Just going in different direction, I guess,” he said. “I don’t know why. But whatever Bill [Belichick] says, he’s got a reason. I trust him.”
Neal said he’s never attempted to go to the coaches or the front office to find out why certain decisions are made. Said Neal: “I’m kind of like a POW ‘ you don’t want to know too much information. That way, you’re not lying to people when they ask you. So, I don’t know, not that I even care to know. What the situation is, it’s none of my business. My business is to go out there and perform, and that’s what I intend to do.”
Neal said he never saw Moss as a disruptive influence. “I don’t believe so,” he said. “Every player has a different personality. I never had any problems with Randy. I really enjoyed his company.”
Added Neal: “He was great, man. I really look up to Randy. He’s a great guy, a leader on and off the field. I just really enjoy being around him. … He’s a good guy, a guy I have a lot of respect for.”
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