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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 “Football 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.

“The 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. “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.’“

However, both King and Harrison roundly dismissed the report,

“I have two very highly-placed sources in the Patriots organization tell me this afternoon that the story is not true,” King said. “In fact, one of them said to me, ‘Someone is lying to CBS.’”

“You 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. “I 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 “expendable.”

“Trust 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. “And 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.

“To 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. “Brady just had a payday and a lot of the numbers that he’s put up is because of Randy.”

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Matt Light on The Big Show: Randy Moss ‘got what he wanted’

10.08.10 at 5:40 pm ET
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Matt Light

Matt Light

Patriots tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show Friday afternoon to talk about the Randy Moss trade, special teams, and Monday night’s win over the Dolphins.

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.

On doubters:

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.

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Peter King on D&H: ‘Something happened’ with Randy Moss

10.08.10 at 2:19 pm ET
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Peter King

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.

This reminds me of the Red Sox with Grady Little when they had the press conference talking about how great of a guy he was. If that’s the case, why’d you let him go?

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 ParcellsBill 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.

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Tully Banta-Cain, Pat Chung meet media in Foxboro

10.08.10 at 12:56 pm ET
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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.”

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Fred Taylor, Mike Wright among missing at Pats practice

10.08.10 at 12:35 pm ET
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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.

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