Chris Mortensen on D&C: Randy Moss griping not ‘Patriot Way’
|10.06.10 at 8:37 am ET|
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the rumored Randy Moss trade to the Vikings. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Mortensen said his sources are telling him the deal will go through Wednesday, and the analyst tried to explain why the trade will be made.
“I think if you just look at the DNA of the Patriots, from the owner Bob Kraft to Bill Belichick, and Jonathan Kraft and what have you ‘ from Week 1 when Randy Moss decided to make a very clear statement that, ‘Yes, I want to be a Patriot but I want to be a contract but I want a new contract,’ that’s just not the Patriot Way, is it?”
Added Mortensen: “The contract thing probably was going to rear its ugly head more than one more time this year.”
Mortensen said there were signs on Monday night that Moss was being iced out of the offense, on a night when he had no catches and the Patriots posted a big victory over the Dolphins.
“Belichick was as happy as I’ve seen him,” Mortensen said. “Outside of the four AFC championship game and three Super Bowls, it’s about the happiest I’ve seen him look. And I think it was because, it was like, ‘All this work we’ve done, these young guys are starting to come around,’ combined with the fact that they had made a decision clearly a couple of weeks ago ‘ especially when Minnesota got involved and they could not acquire Vincent Jackson ‘ that Randy Moss was going to be out of town.”
Mortensen said he doesn’t believe the Patriots will in turn acquire Jackson, the suspended Chargers receiver, as some have speculated. He also said he didn’t consider the Patriots a Super Bowl-caliber team, but their performance on Monday bumped up their contending status.
“What I saw the other night, I said, ‘OK, you know what, of the top six teams or seven teams that I see as Super Bowl contenders, maybe I can still put the Patriots in that group at the bottom. And if you get young guys who get better, and Tom Brady is the best at what he does, and Belichick is the best at what he does. So, anything can happen.”