|10.07.10 at 3:23 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said Thursday it was “a little disappointing” to know that Randy Moss had requested a trade early in the season, especially in the wake of how he interacted with the team throughout the early stages of the 2010 season.
“I think that was kind of a difficult thing,” Welker said. “Just because he was the guy always giving pep talks before the game, halftime, after the game. Not knowing that he was wanting to get traded the whole time was a little bit disappointing. But at the same time, he’s doing what’s best for him. It’s a business. You just have to kind of roll with it.”
Welker anticipates some aspects of the New England passing game changing.
“You know, I think Randy obviously brought a deep presence to him,” Welker said. “Things may change a little bit, but we have some fast guys that can definitely go deep and stretch the field and do some things. Obviously, Randy is one of the best in the game to do it. But we just have to collectively go out there and work hard and play hard and do everything we need to do to try and make up for him.”
|10.07.10 at 3:15 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ Just got out of the Patriots locker room, and here’s some quick reaction from a handful of players on the Randy Moss trade:
Tight end Alge Crumpler on reacting to the trade:
“I just reacted. I’ve been a part of a lot of different moves throughout the course of my career. You just have to show up to work and come in and be a professional and make sure guys like myself keeps the guys in the locker room together so we go out there and continue to play. That’s all we can do. We still have 12 games to play, and it’s important for us to go out there as a team and try and make things happen. Look ‘ we all in this locker room love Randy. He’s a Hall of Fame player. I’ve probably only played with more than two or three Hall of Fame players in my career. I studied him. I watched him. I learned a lot from him. And like coach said, I wish him well. We all wish him well. Except for when they come in here.”
Wes Welker on how the New England passing game might change:
“You know, I think Randy obviously brought a deep presence to him and going deep and everything like that. Things may change a little bit, but we have some fast guys that can definitely go deep and stretch the field and do some things. Obviously, Randy is one of the best in the game to do it. But we just have to collectively go out there and work hard and play hard and do everything we need to do to try and make up for him.”
How tough is that to know now that he wanted out?
“I think that was kind of a difficult thing. Just because he was the guy always giving pep talks before the game, halftime, after the game. Not knowing that he was wanting to get traded the whole time was a little bit disappointing. But at the same time, he’s doing what’s best for him. It’s a business. You just have to kind of roll with it.”
Vince Wilfork on his reaction:
“It’s a business. That’s how you have to look at it. I was very fortunate to play with a guy like Randy, and had a chance to know him as a person and an athlete. Great person, great athlete. Probably one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet. The game, his personality, how he approaches the game. It’s business. … It happens all the time. But we are going to keep rolling. I’m pretty sure Randy’s going to keep doing what he has to do in Minnesota. One thing for sure is that we’re friends forever. I’ll talk to him. He’ll talk to me. Just because we’re on the other side doesn’t mean anything. I do want to beat him, but from a personal standpoint right now, good guy. Good guy. [But] that’s business.”
|10.07.10 at 1:40 pm ET|
BB: I just thought I would try to shed a little light on the trade with Randy [Moss]. I’m sure I’m not going to be able to answer all the questions that you have, but I’ll just say that Randy was really a pleasure to coach. I enjoyed having him on our team. He made a lot of contributions to this football team. When I spoke with Randy yesterday morning, our conversations were consistent with what they’ve been over the last four years: honest, open, very forthright. We talked about a lot of things, which I will keep between Randy and myself. In the end, it was a difficult decision, but one that I feel is in the best interest of the football team. Organizationally, we’ve had conversations and obviously are comfortable with the trade. I wish Randy the absolute best. He’s been a guy ‘ a player ‘ that I have always had a good relationship with. He’s been very honest and when I’ve asked him questions about football, personnel, things like that, he’s been very helpful to me, personally, and [he's] been very professional and, I think, a good teammate and a good contributing member of this team. But in the end, that was the decision. And I have confidence in our players. I think if they continue to work hard and improve, then we’ll be competitive [and] we’ll be able to win games. And that’s what we’re here to do: win games. We’ve won more games than any other team in the last decade. I hope we can continue to win them going forward. That’s what we’re here for. That’s really about the long and short of it.
Q: We’ve heard you say over the years that your bottom line philosophy is that the decisions you make are what’s the best for the team. Can you explain why this decision’
BB: Well, it’s a combination of things. That would be a much longer discussion than we’re going to have. It’s a combination of factors. But I would say this: there was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy. There never has been one with me in four years. And it certainly wasn’t about contract and money. I think Randy showed and proved the first year he was here what that was all about. What he did with his contract made the whole deal work. I think you can eliminate those two things.
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|10.07.10 at 12:48 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ According to multiple reports, the following players were not at the start of practice this afternoon for the Patriots: cornerback Terrence Wheatley, offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, running back Fred Taylor and defensive lineman Mike Wright.
|10.07.10 at 12:22 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ Talking about the trade of Randy Moss Thursday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick denied that there was a single incident that led to the decision to trade Moss. He also called the report that there was an incident on the plane coming back from Miami a ‘total fabrication,’ and added, ‘There was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy. There never has been one with me in four years.’
In a press conference that lasted just over six minutes, Belichick said Moss was ‘really a pleasure to coach,’ and he ‘enjoyed having him on our team.’ He also mentioned that the deal was not related to money.
‘When I spoke with Randy yesterday morning, our conversations, consistent with what they’ve been over the last four years, were honest, open and very forthright,’ Belichick said. ‘We talked about a lot of things which I will keep between Randy and myself. In the end, it was a difficult decision, but one I feel was in the best interest of the football team. Our team is, organizationally, we’ve had conversations and, obviously are comfortable with the trade. I wish Randy the absolute best. He’s been a guy that I’ve always had a good relationship with.
‘He’s been a good teammate and a good contributing member of this team. In the end, that was the decision, and I have confidence in our players, that they continue to work hard and improve. We’ll be competitive, we’ll be able to win games, and that’s what we’re here to do is win games. We’ve won more games than any other team in the last decade. I hope we can continue to win them going forward. That’s what we’re here for. That’s really about the long and short of it.’
Belichick indicated the deal had nothing to do with Moss’s contract situation. The receiver, who was in the final year of a three-year contract he signed following the 2007 season, had expressed discontent about the fact he had not received a new, long-term deal from the Patriots earlier in the season.
But Belichick referenced Moss’s decision to have his contract altered when he joined the Patriots in 2007 as evidence that it was not all about money with the receiver.
‘It certainly wasn’t about contract and money. I think Randy showed and proved his first year he was here what that was all about. What he did with his contract made the whole deal work. I think you can eliminate those two things,’ Belichick said. ‘It was done in the best interest of the football team. It was a combination of things. That’s what we feel like was best.’
As for the reports that Moss and Belichick were involved in an incident on the plane on the way back from Monday night’s game in Miami, Belichick responded strongly.
‘Absolutely not true. A total fabrication,’ Belichick said. ‘I didn’t even talk to Randy on the plane.’
‘There’s no incident. I never had one with Randy. Never. Not in four years.’
Belichick said that going forward, the Patriots will continue to operate the same way they have in the past.
‘I have a lot of confidence in our total team. All of our players, our offensive players,’ Belichick said. ‘And we’ll continue to try and do the best we can as a coaching staff and players, individually and executing their jobs and their assignments to be a productive team that wins games. That’s what we’ll do. Each week is different. Every game plan is different. What we do this week is what we feel is best for the Ravens, just like we did last week what we thought was best for Miami. That’s the way it’ll be every week.
As for replacing Randy Moss?
‘Randy is a unique player, so I don’t know you replace a player like Randy or Kevin Faulk or guys like that. They are special players. They have a unique set of skills,’ Belichick said. ‘Other players do different things. They bring different things to the table. As a team, it’s collectively about what do as a total football team. That’s what it’s always been. That’s what it will be.
‘Right now, I think our big thing is to go out on the field like we do every day and try and improve and get better as a football team. That’s what we’re going to do today and tomorrow and next week getting ready for the Ravens,’ Belichick added. ‘I think we’re going to work hard to be as good as we can be.’
|10.07.10 at 9:18 am ET|
Many reports stemming from news outlets all over the nation cite the main reason for Randy Moss‘ departure from the Patriots was due to strained relationships with the players and coaches. But now, according to the Boston Herald, the problems may have run much deeper than originally thought, citing a rift between the organization’s ownership and Moss as a main factor in the trade.
Ultimately, there was a large falling out between the wideout and the team, and it was a “mutual parting,” the Herald stated.
However, WEEI’s John Dennis of the Dennis & Callahan show said Thursday morning that he spoke with members within the organization, as well as with people who knew people in the organization, and said that he was told Moss was traded “not because of anything he had done internally, … but remarkably in anticipation of what the organization believed he was about to do.”
ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi said that the Moss trade was not something the team was looking to do originally, and was not a want of the players, but was something that “needed to happen.”
|10.06.10 at 5:44 pm ET|
In a decision that comes at least as a mild surprise, Patrick Chung — who blocked a punt and field goal in the second half of Monday night’s win over the Dolphins — failed to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors Wednesday.
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee instead claimed the award. Scobee kicked a 59-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give Jacksonville a 31-28 victory over the Colts. A terrific kick, sure, but it was worth three points (and it was the only FG of the game for Scobee). Chung’s blocked punt gave the Patriots the ball at the Dolphins 15-yard line, which led to a BenJarvus Green-Ellis TD rush. And his blocked field goal was picked up by Kyle Arrington and returned 35 yards for another TD. Hard to figure how 14 points (plus Chung was on the field for Brandon Tate‘s kickoff return TD) doesn’t trump a field goal.
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