|Sean McDonough added to Monday Night Football, Randy Moss joining ESPN amid changes to football coverage||05.09.16 at 3:03 pm ET|
Significant changes are coming to ESPN’s football coverage.
Mike Tirico, who has voiced Monday Night Football since 2006, is leaving ESPN for NBC. He is being replaced by former Red Sox play-by-play man Sean McDonough, who will work alongside incumbent Jon Gruden.
That’s not the extent of the changes, however. According to The Big Lead, Mike Ditka will no longer be on ESPN’s Sunday Countdown program, though he will remain with the network. Cris Carter and Ray Lewis are reportedly done at ESPN, with The Big Lead reporting that Randy Moss will join ESPN after working for Fox Sports last season. Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson are being added to ESPN’s Sunday coverage.
|Randy Moss still raves about Patriots, calls them his ‘No. 1 team’||12.18.15 at 9:58 am ET|
Wide receiver Randy Moss hasn’t played for the Patriots since 2010, but the star wide out still raves about the organization any chance he gets.
On Thursday, Moss went on “The Garbage Time” podcast with host and Massachusetts native Katie Nolan. Moss touched on a number of subjects, mostly touching on his time in New England.
“I’m very glad to be able to be a part of that organization because when I first got there, I thought I knew football, there was all these numbers that I put up, I’d been in the end zone multiple times, but when I got there, I got humbled very quickly to understand that, man, I don’t know football,” Moss said.
“So I think that’s why I think I hold the Patriots up on my list as the No. 1 team, I mean I was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, I still have love for Minnesota, but the success that I was able to have in New England, you know, coming out of Oakland, a lot of people were trash talking, bad mouthing me, talking about how my skills were diminishing, and things like that, so I just really put in a conscious effort in to really go out there and just prove people wrong and I just had fun doing it, gained some friends a long the way, I was definitely blessed to be a part of that organization.”
Deflategate was also brought up, as Moss saw some connection between that and Spygate from the 2007 season. He noted the family-like bond shared by the team and coaches.
“Yeah, the Deflategate nonsense,” Moss said. “I think that we come together as a family to understand that one of our ‘brothers’ slash dad has been attacked and coach just tried to humble us and have us really focus and pay attention to the task at hand and that’s going after each and every day at practice to make yourself better, individually and collectively, and then once the game time comes, one of the things that I did learn in New England is that if you … do the things asked of you, Sunday is just easy.
|Rodney Harrison on OM&F: Tom Brady ‘out for vengeance’ against NFL||09.22.15 at 12:01 pm ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to discuss Tom Brady‘s start to the season and how this year’s team compares to 2007. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Brady is off to a tremendous start to the season, as through the first two games he has gone 63-for-91 passing (69 percent) for 754 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He hasn’t let his age affect his play and has used the Deflategate saga as motivation.
“I’ve always said, when you obtain the level of success Tom Brady has obtained, you need something to push you, and I think this was a mistake by the entire league. I think he’s out for vengeance,” Harrison said. “He’s not going to ever come out and say anything, but it’s a focus that even when I was on the field opening night, I saw it in his eyes. I saw that special look. I saw that same look I saw in ’03 and ’04 in the Super Bowl, and it’s scary when Tom Brady gets like that.
“When you get older people start to say you lose it, but I think you become a lot more focused on taking care of your body, not partying, not drinking, not hanging out. You’re more structured. You have family life and things are kind of slowing down for you. Tom Brady, I mean, the work he and Alex [Guerrero] have been doing is absolutely fantastic. He looks tremendous and I am so happy and so proud of him.”
Brady torched the Bills defense for 466 yards passing in Sunday’s win. Harrison was surprised at how successful Brady and the Patriots were.
“I was surprised. I thought on the defensive side of the ball they would be a lot more prepared,” he said. “I was really surprised because all summer we heard about Miami and Buffalo being the two teams to challenge the Patriots. It was a flat out embarrassment and shows you can talk all you want during the week, but in order to beat the Patriots you have to execute on Sunday.”
“The one thing that I kind of noticed with the Buffalo Bills — you get into a situation where you’re up 37-13 or whatever it was, I was a little surprised that he kept passing the ball because that is an opportunity to run the ball, milk the clock, maybe run some play action and lessen the chances of someone getting hurt,” he added. “When you’re playing against hot heads like the Buffalo Bills and those young guys in the secondary, I was just so afraid someone was going to try and take a cheap shot on Rob Gronkowski, go at his knee and try and take him out for the season. I looked at the Patriots and I felt like they should have ran the ball more and really worked on milking the clock.”
|Evan Mathis, Wes Welker top list of veteran NFL free agents still in search of work||08.24.15 at 12:34 pm ET|
With summer winding down and the regular season fast approaching, there still are some veteran free agents on the market who have expressed an interest in playing in 2015. Here are eight intriguing veteran possibilities who could find themselves in uniform again between now and Labor Day.
Evan Mathis — The 33-year-old guard, who was released by the Eagles earlier this offseason, probably is best offensive lineman currently available. While there are questions about how much he’d command, he’s had no shortage of suitors to this point. Reports have linked him to the Seahawks, Dolphins, Titans and Chiefs. The 6-foot-5, 301-pounder is a two-time Pro Bowler who has played for the Eagles, Bengals, Dolphins and Panthers.
Wes Welker — When he blew through town last spring on a promotional tour, Welker said that he’d gladly re-sign with the Patriots if given the chance. A reunion with Tom Brady would be fun to write about, but at the same time, the 34-year-old Welker has had concussion and other injury issues the last season-plus with the Broncos, which might take him out of the picture, at least as it relates to New England. However, like Wayne and some other veteran receivers still on the market, he could get a phone call because of the recent injuries to the likes of Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin.
Randy Moss –– Why not? He teased everyone the last few days with the thought of him returning. It’s debatable how much he has left in the tank, but if we can seriously talk about the idea of Wayne coming back, why not Moss? The 38-year-old played 14 seasons in the NFL, including three-plus years with the Patriots from 2007 through the early stages of the 2010 season. With New England he caught 259 passes for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns. If he can still play, he would likely have a short list of contenders, and you figure given his past history with the Patriots, New England would be on that list.
|Ex-Pats WR Randy Moss leaves door open when asked about possible comeback||08.23.15 at 8:35 pm ET|
Randy Moss left open the possibility of a comeback when he met with reporters last week in West Virginia. On Sunday night, he fueled more speculation about an attempted return to the NFL.
Speaking on the FOX pregame show, he told host Curt Menafee he has “not lost the itch” to play, and that he’d been working out over the offseason.
“I have been retired for the last two years, but you never know, Curt,” he said. “It’s the love of the game that I still have inside of me.
“The sky’s the limit for me, Curt. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The comments come at an interesting time for wide receivers across the league: Green Bay lost Jordy Nelson for the season in Sunday’s preseason action to a knee injury. In addition, Kelvin Benjamin, considered to be Carolina’s top pass-catcher, also went down for the year with a knee issue. And the Patriots have reportedly decided to kick the tires on Reggie Wayne in an attempt to add some veteran depth at the position.
Moss, 38, played 14 seasons in the NFL, including three-plus years with the Patriots from 2007 through the early stages of the 2010 season. With New England, he caught 259 passes for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns. He said last week he remains close with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
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|Randy Moss shows love for Tom Brady: ‘I’m going to stand by him, regardless of what happens’||08.20.15 at 2:17 pm ET|
Randy Moss did a lot more than just show up at Patriots joint practice with the Saints Thursday. He offered unconditional support for one of his best friends.
Moss said Thursday that no matter what happens with Tom Brady in the Deflategate saga, he will stand by the quarterback with whom he made NFL history in 2007. That was the season that Moss caught 23 touchdown catches and Brady threw 50 touchdown passes, both NFL records at the time.
Moss knows Brady as well as anyone in football and says that he stays in close touch with him to this day.
“One thing that you all have to realize is that Tom is human,” Moss told reporters Thursday after practice in West Virginia. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it doesn’t affect him, I think not only does it affect him, it affects everybody in his circle. It’s just something as a professional you just have to just live with it and move on from it. We talk every month but that something we don’t talk about. I told Tom, first and foremost, that I’m going to stand by him, regardless of what happens.
“I don’t call him to talk about anything negative. Friends are supposed to stay positive and move you in the right direction and that’s what I’m there for.”
This isn’t the first time Moss has defended Brady in Deflategate, showing his support in July. The only difference Thursday is that he had the chance to do so in person.
Moss said Brady, only six months younger than the 38-year-old Moss, even suggested Moss get in formation and run some routes.
“He wanted me to. He threw me the ball a couple of times,” Moss said. “It was great being around the guys. I think I reached out to Coach a couple of months back and just told him I was in the area and being nice. I wanted to bring a few kids up here. It was a short-notice thing. Just by seeing the love and just hearing the fans, [for] the state of West Virginia, I think this is a good thing that The Greenbrier is putting on.”
What was even more interesting from Moss Thursday is that he feels Brady could be in line for his best season ever.
|Randy Moss: ‘I’ve always stood in Tom [Brady’s] corner’||07.14.15 at 7:00 am ET|
Another former teammate is backing quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. This time it is former wide receiver Randy Moss.
“I’ve always stood in Tom’s corner,” Moss said to the Fay Observer. “I called myself a professional but that man was definitely a letter grade above me.”
Brady was suspended four-games for his role in Deflategate, something Moss seems to disagree with.
“Over some air?” Moss said. “If he did it, so what? He hasn’t shown me anything but how he carries himself as a professional man, husband, father and athlete.
“Tom Brady is a pro’s pro. I love the man and everything he’s accomplished.”
Moss finished his four-year career with the Patriots totaling 259 catches for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns, including 23 in the historic 2007 season.
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