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Brandon Meriweather on D&H: Randy Moss ‘a great teammate’

10.11.10 at 1:05 pm ET
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Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning to talk about the bye week and the team’s upcoming game against the Ravens. Meriweather said that it was business as usual with the Randy Moss trade and that he had not heard anything about an alleged altercation between Moss and Tom Brady.

“It was a team decision, and that was the decision they made,” Meriweather said of the trade. “I really didn’t have anything to think about. It is what it is.”

Below are some highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On last year’s loss to Baltimore:

I knew you were going to ask that. To be honest, I spent a lot of time thinking about it. To have your last game of the season and you get destroyed like that, it hurts. You spend a lot of time thinking about it, especially when I had to see a lot of those guys at the Pro Bowl.

Do you want to watch the game film from that game against Baltimore?

I think you should watch it. I think we have a little bit of history with this team. You know you go back and you look at some of the things that they did well.

On the challenges of matching up with Baltimore’s skill players:

Where do you want me to start? [Todd Heap is] one of the best tight ends in the league. He can block, he’€™s got great hands. He’€™s one of the tight ends that every team wants. That’s pretty much as much as you can say about him. I think everyone in the league would agree with that right now.

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Bill Belichick, Nick Caserio: Offense won’t change game-planning approach

10.11.10 at 12:53 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team won’€™t alter its approach to game-planning because Randy Moss is no longer around.

In a Monday afternoon conference call with reporters, Belichick said that even though Moss has been traded to Minnesota, ‘€œI think we’€™ll still be using the same playbook.’€

‘€œWe’€™ll go through the same process we go through every week, which is looking at the team we are playing and look at what our options are and try and come up with the best game plan that we can against them. I don’€™t think it’€™ll be any different,’€ Belichick said.

‘€œI mean, we have guys that go in and out of the lineup from week to week based on injury or whatever the circumstances are. It’€™s not that unusual to game plan with a player one week and then without him next week and then with him the following week. I think we’€™ll still be using the same playbook.’€

Nick Caserio, New England’€™s director of player personnel, echoed the point, saying that offensive system that was put in place in the spring and refined throughout OTA’€™s and training camps won’€™t be radically overhauled just because the Patriots traded away their top receiver.

‘€œOur approach offensively … we’€™re a game-plan team, so we put in a game plan week-to-week based on the opponent,’€ Caserio said. ‘€œAnd we’€™ll put the players in the position we feel is best and try to maximize what we do offensively relative to what the defense does. So we’€™ll go about this week like we normally do from an offense perspective and try and prepare ourselves for a good defense we’€™re going to face on Sunday.

‘€œThe offense isn’€™t going to change. What we put in in the spring, what we worked on in training camp, we’€™re not all of a sudden going to go back and make up new plays,’€ Caserio added. ‘€œWe have a foundation that’€™s in place. We’€™ve installed an offensive system. Like we do any week, week to week, we look at the team and we figure out, ‘€˜This play works relative to this coverage. This play works in this situation.’€™ So from our perspective, nothing’€™s going to change from a game-plan standpoint in terms of how we go about it.’€

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Belichick on Casserly report: ‘News to me’

10.11.10 at 12:19 pm ET
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On a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Patriots coach Bill Belichick dismissed a report from CBS analyst Charley Casserly that said Tom Brady and Randy Moss were involved in an altercation in the days leading up to the trade of Moss to Minnesota.

‘€œThat’€™s news to me,’€ Belichick said of Casserly’€™s report, which said the two players had to be separated.

‘€œThe week before Moss was traded, Tom Brady and Randy Moss went toe-to-toe and had to be separated,’€ Casserly said on the CBS pregame show on Sunday. ‘€œOne of Brady’€™s problems with Moss was his behavior as a Patriot. One of the things overheard was Brady telling Moss, ‘€˜You’€™ve got to cut your beard.’€™ And Moss counters, ‘€˜You’€™ve got to get your hair cut. You look like a girl.’€™’€

There is some history between Casserly and Belichick. Casserly reported on Jan. 3 that Brady was playing with three broken ribs. The Patriots head coach was asked about the accuracy of the report the following day on The Big Show.

‘€œWho’€™s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist,’€ Belichick said. ‘€He has no relationship to this team. I’€™d say less than zero. Based on what? He’€™s never at a practice, never at a game. ‘€¦ At least he put his name on it which is more than a lot of guys. But, like he usually is, he was 100 percent wrong.’€

Several people have weighed in on Casserly’s report, including Sports Illustrated writer Peter King and NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, both of who roundly dismissed the report,

‘€œI have two very highly-placed sources in the Patriots organization tell me this afternoon that the story is not true,’€ King said. ‘€œIn fact, one of them said to me, ‘€˜Someone is lying to CBS.’€™’€

‘€œYou think Tom Brady is going to get in anybody’€™s face? You’€™re talking about Tom Brady,’€ said Harrison, a former teammate of both Brady and Moss. ‘€œI don’€™t think it happened and if it happened, the information wouldn’€™t get outside that locker room.’€

However, fellow CBS analyst Boomer Esiason came to Casserly’s defense. Speaking with “Dennis & Callahan” on Monday morning, he sided with Casserly.

‘€œ[Casserly] has been accurate almost every single time,’€ Esiason said. ‘€œI don’€™t remember a time where he was inaccurate. ‘€¦ Charley does not go in front of millions of people on Sunday and make a fool out of himself unless he has something on lockdown. I would stake my own reputation on it.’€

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Boomer Esiason on D&C: Randy Moss trade makes sense

10.11.10 at 8:32 am ET
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CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Esiason said he believes the accuracy of the report by fellow analyst Charley Casserly about a Tom Brady-Randy Moss locker room argument.

“[Casserly] has been accurate almost every single time,” Esiason said. “I don’t remember a time where he was inaccurate. ‘€¦ Charlie does not go in front of millions of people on Sunday and make a fool out of himself unless he has something on lockdown. I would stake my own reputation on it.”

Esiason said he knew from his Patriots sources that “there was a short fuse when it came to Randy Moss.” Combined with the financial ramification for this year and beyond, and Bill Belichick‘s aggressiveness in dealing with such situations, the Moss trade “makes complete, 100 percent sense to me,” the former NFL quarterback said.

As for what he expects from Moss in the Monday night game vs. the Jets, Esiason said: “Five or six go patterns down the field. ‘€¦ I expect him to be motivated. He’s looking for a new contract.”

Esiason said he can’t understand why Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and others made public comments critical of Moss after the trade: “Why in the hell do you want to incentivize Randy Moss in any way, shape or form?”

Looking at the Brett Favre sexual harassment situation, Esiason said: “I guess the word is disgusted, and can’t believe Brett Favre would put himself in a situation like this.”

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Harrison, King refute report of fight between Brady and Moss

10.10.10 at 11:10 pm ET
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On Sunday’€™s ‘€œFootball Night in America,’€ Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC analyst Rodney Harrison both directly refuted the report that there was an altercation between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss.

The report in question, delivered by former NFL GM and current CBS analyst Charley Casserly, detailed an incident between the two in the days before Moss was traded to the Vikings.

‘€œThe week before Moss was traded, Tom Brady and Randy Moss went toe-to-toe and had to be separated,’€ Casserly said on the CBS pregame show. ‘€œOne of Brady’€™s problems with Moss was his behavior as a Patriot. One of the things overheard was Brady telling Moss, ‘€˜You’€™ve got to cut your beard.’€™ And Moss counters, ‘€˜You’€™ve got to get your hair cut. You look like a girl.’€™’€œ

However, both King and Harrison roundly dismissed the report,

‘€œI have two very highly-placed sources in the Patriots organization tell me this afternoon that the story is not true,’€ King said. ‘€œIn fact, one of them said to me, ‘€˜Someone is lying to CBS.’€™’€

‘€œYou think Tom Brady is going to get in anybody’€™s face? You’€™re talking about Tom Brady,’€ said Harrison, a former teammate of both Brady and Moss. ‘€œI don’€™t think it happened and if it happened, the information wouldn’€™t get outside that locker room.’€

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Report: Tom Brady, Randy Moss were in altercation

10.10.10 at 1:00 pm ET
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Former NFL GM and current CBS pregame analyst Charley Casserly reported Sunday that Tom Brady and Randy Moss “had to be separated” in the locker room following an altercation a week before the wideout was dealt to the Minnesota Vikings.

“The week before Moss was traded, Tom Brady and Randy Moss went toe-to-toe and had to be separated,” Casserly told Greg Gumbel. “One of Brady’s problems with Moss was his behavior as a Patriot. One of the things overheard was Brady telling Moss, ‘You’ve got to cut your beard.’ And Moss counters, ‘You’ve got to get your hair cut. You look like a girl.”

Brady commented on Moss and the trade in an interview on “Patriots All Access” last week.

“Randy really knows how I feel about him,’€ Brady said. “I love him as a guy, as a person, as a player. He did a lot of great things for this team. At the same time, I think coach (Bill) Belichick feels that’€™s what he thinks he needs to do for the team. So we as players, we deal with it and we move on. I think I’€™ve been around long enough to realize that nothing really surprises me. The best thing for me to do is to be the best quarterback that I can be for the team.”

There is some history between Casserly and Belichick. Casserly reported on January 3, 2010 that Brady was playing with three broken ribs. The Patriots head coach was asked about the accuracy of the report the following day on The Big Show.

“Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist,” Belichick said. “He has no relationship to this team. I’d say less than zero. Based on what? He’s never at a practice, never at a game’€¦ At least he put his name on it which is more than a lot of guys. But, like he usually is, he was 100 percent wrong.”

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TO: ‘Disappointing’ that Pats dealt Moss

10.09.10 at 6:31 pm ET
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Terrell Owens thinks the Patriots did Randy Moss wrong.

The Cincinnati wide receiver told the Associated Press that New England’€™s decision to trade Moss to Minnesota should be a signal to every other player around the league that they are ‘€œexpendable.’€

‘€œTrust me, I know [Tom] Brady is a great quarterback, but if you look at the numbers he’€™s put up with Randy, they’€™re very, very impressive,’€ Owens said. ‘€œAnd I think a lot of guys should look at this from a standpoint of it is a business. So you have to go out there and do whatever you can for your family and for yourself because when it comes to management and owners, they don’€™t care about you. That right there showed that they feel you’€™re expendable.’€

Owens said that much of Brady’€™s success can be attributed to having Moss as one of his receivers. Brady agreed to a four-year extension at the start of the season that guarantees him $48.5 million.

‘€œTo me, it’€™s mind-boggling and it’€™s disappointing for Randy to be traded at this point, where he is in the season and his career, and not be able to have a big payday ‘€” because look at Brady,’€ Owens said. ‘€œBrady just had a payday and a lot of the numbers that he’€™s put up is because of Randy.’€

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