Belichick on The Big Show: ‘Everybody loves [Moss]’
|09.13.10 at 6:01 pm ET|
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, during his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that while he did not see or hear Randy Moss‘ 16-minute interview following New England’s 38-24 victory on Sunday, he did not have any reaction to the wide receiver’s suggestion that he was not appreciated by the Patriots. Belichick insisted that Moss has not been a distraction during this time in New England, and that he remains a valued member of the team both on and off the field.
“I feel the same way about Randy as I have for the last three-plus years,” said Belichick. “Good guy to have on our team. Players, coaches, everybody loves him. He’s got a great personality. Very enthusiastic. And he’s a good football player. I’m glad he’s here. …
“He adds a lot to our football team in a lot of ways: on the field, off the field. I think guys look up to him and his energy and enthusiasm for the game carries over. It helps our football team.”
Belichick declined to shed any light on whether he had talked to Moss since yesterday.
“Any conversations I have with the players I think should be stay between myself and the players,” Belichick said.
Belichick also broke down his team’s victory over the Bengals, looked ahead to the Week 2 contest against the Jets and discussed his enjoyment of Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco.
“He’s a fun guy. He really is. He’s got a great personality,” said Belichick. “He loves football, and he loves to compete. We were out at the Pro Bowl after the ‘06 season. He would tell the corners what route he was going to run. ‘I’m going to run an in-cut, and you still can’t cover me.’
“He just likes to compete. He loves football. I respect that. I definitely respect that. I don’t think everyone has to have the same personality out there. I’m glad we all don’t. It makes it a lot more interesting. He loves football. I enjoyed the time out there with him at the Pro Bowl. I worked him out at USC the year he was coming out, spent some time with him there. Just on the field, he’s a fun-loving guy that his teammates like. He competes hard. I respect that.”
To listen to the complete interview, visit The Big Show Audio On-Demand page.