|Randy Moss: ‘There is a special place in my heart for the New England Patriots’||11.20.14 at 8:46 pm ET|
The former Patriots wide receiver is in town to do some TV work for Fox in advance of Sunday’s Patriots-Lions game. Between his work, Moss sat down with Patriots.com reporter Jackie Brittain for an interview for Patriots.com.
Moss talked about a variety of topics, including how he became a member of the Patriots. Moss was traded to the Patriots from the Raiders before Day 2 of the 2007 NFL draft for a fourth-round pick in that draft.
“I’ve said this story time and time again, but I just want people to understand that I am very grateful,” Moss told Brittain. “When I came from Oakland, I was in a dark place. I was in a dark place because I was there for two years, I got traded from the Vikings and things weren’t going well in California. I was away from home, my career wasn’t going the way I wanted it to go.
“I remember I was in Houston, Texas, doing the draft and I got a call from Bill Belichick and I thought it was one of my friends playing. I was like, ‘Who is this?’ and he was like, ‘This is Bill Belichick.’ I was like, ‘Man, get real, who is this?’ Coach told me that if I am up here by 10 o’clock next morning, blah, blah, blah, then the trade would go through. Man, I started scrambling.
“When I came up here and became a Patriot I was very thankful, I was very grateful. Mrs. Myra Kraft played a role in it. When she passed away I had to pay my respects to the home, to the family, and when I go see Mr. Kraft he doesn’t call me Randy Moss, he calls me Randy Moss Kraft. They welcomed me into the family and like I said, still to this day it’s just love and anytime you come here you feel the love from the Kraft family.”
|Bill Parcells on D&H: ‘I wasn’t quite open-minded enough’ during time with Patriots||11.19.14 at 10:56 am ET|
Former Patriots coach Bill Parcells joined Dale & Holley on Tuesday afternoon to discuss his new book detailing his career in the league. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
In the book, “Parcells: A Football Life,” the former coach delves into experiences he had throughout his time in the NFL. The hosts asked Parcells if it was a difficult task to reveal so much information.
Said Parcells: “Quite frankly, when you decide that you’re going to do something of this nature, you have to be willing to, I think at least, understand that they’re going to be some things that are not very favorable that are going to be said. Quite frankly, there’s some things that I’ve done in my lifetime that I wish I had the opportunity to do over again. And there are some things I didn’t do that I wish I had the opportunity to do. But that’s the way life is.”
Parcells detailed his relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft. At the end of Parcells’ tenure in New England, there was strain between the two, but they’ve tried to patch things up.
“It’s very difficult, particularly I think the thing that precipitated some of the things, was the first year-and-a-half or so that I was there, there was a tremendous number of different agendas with the people that were in the organization. Nobody really was on the same page. We had a general manager at the time that wasn’t qualified to be one. He had no background in football. And it was a very difficult situation. And then of course when a new owner comes in, I didn’t really know what to expect and I was a bit jaded from first-year experience. I would say I had my guard up a little bit too much and I wasn’t quite open-minded enough. But since that time, Bob and I, we had a few differences, but it’s worked out — everything’s fine. The Patriots are in great hands, and they’ve done great, great things. That’s a place that I do feel some sentiment about because it was my first pro job as an assistant coach back in 1980. They gave me the opportunity. So I’ll always be grateful for that.”
|Robert Kraft told Jonas Gray he was ‘going to have a big game’||11.17.14 at 1:39 am ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Robert Kraft probably should think about playing the lottery this week.
According to running back Jonas Gray, the Patriots owner told him that he was going to have a big night against the Colts. Did he ever. Gray ran for four touchdowns and 199 yards on 38 carries to literally power the Patriots to a 42-20 win over the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. All of this from the back who was cut by the Patriots just after the last preseason game.
“I had an indication all week that I was going to be a part of the game plan,” Gray said. “We knew that getting back to the run game was going to be a big emphasis. It’s kind of funny because on Saturday I remember walking into the building, and Mr. Kraft pulled me aside and said, ‘You’re going to have a big game this week, so be ready.’ Just hearing that from the owner, hearing that from the head coach, hearing that from the leaders of the team definitely gives you a positive outlook. It definitely gives you the mindset to go out and do your best.”
Gray was added to the practice squad after no one claimed him. When Stevan Ridley went down with a torn ACL against the Bills on Oct. 12, he was activated and made his debut against the Jets on Oct. 16. He’s been gaining confidence ever since. But was four touchdowns and 199 yards part of the game plan Sunday?
“No, it wasn’t part of the game plan,” Gray said. “We had a good game plan going in. They hammered into us all week the keys to winning the game. One of them was getting the running game going. We were able to do that early and often, and the guys did a good job blocking up front.”
|Robert Kraft: Early season negative comments ‘really ticked’ off Tom Brady||11.14.14 at 6:00 am ET|
There is no question the Patriots’ season turned the week of the Cincinnati game in Week 5.
The Patriots were coming off of being embarrassed on Monday Night Football in Kansas City in Week 4 and the national media began to question quarterback Tom Brady. But, in typical Brady and Patriots fashion, the Patriots rolled to a 43-17 win over the Bengals and have now won five games straight to post a 7-2 record to lead the AFC.
In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today’s Jim Corbett, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said how fortunate the team is to have Brady as its quarterback, and the negative comments in the media may have actually helped Brady and the Patriots.
“Tommy? Absolutely. We’re so fortunate to have him as the face of our franchise in many ways as a quarterback,” Kraft told Corbett. “He’s just such a wonderful, genuine person. He works so hard. Whoever was putting those [negative] comments out there, helped us. I think it really ticked him off. You see how he trains, how he takes care of himself. He has his own personal trainer and dedicates his life to conditioning. He’s like a guy who is 10 years younger. What he puts in his body, how he works out, everything he does is done off the charts in a special way. And we’re so lucky to have him. That Kansas City game in a way was maybe a watershed moment for us. I think the whole team came together after that.”
Another star player this season has been cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis was signed this past offseason, and according to Kraft has made “a big difference.” He also compared him to a former Patriot and new member of the Patriots Hall of Fame — Ty Law.
|Robert Kraft admits he was ‘definitely worried’ after loss in Kansas City||11.06.14 at 6:47 pm ET|
The Patriots have come a long way since Sept. 29 in Kansas City. And no one knows this more than owner Robert Kraft.
In an interview with Sirius XM Thursday, Kraft told host Stephen A. Smith that he had serious doubts about the potential of his team to turn things around, let alone reach the playoffs. There was good reason for Kraft’s concern, of course. Kraft was there in person when his team had its doors blown off, 41-14, by Alex Smith and the Chiefs.
People were openly questioning the immediate future of Tom Brady as quarterback, wondering if it might be time to consider Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. The team was 2-2 but it felt like 0-4 to many in New England.
“I know all the sages in the media were calling for us to trade [Brady], or sit him, and Belichick had lost it,” Kraft told Smith. “But maybe in a way it was a good thing because it just shook us up. In moments of crisis you either rise to great things or your crumble. And our guys came together. We have a great group of guys in the locker room. They really rallied.”
And Brady was reportedly wondering privately what the priorities of the ownership were and why he didn’t have enough weapons. There was a lot of fallout from the loss, most of it negative at the time.
“It might be the worst beating that I’ve had as an owner, and definitely in the Belichick era it was the worst in 15 years,” Kraft said.
But the Patriots have responded with a five-game winning streak that has made Kraft feel proud. His quarterback has risen from the ashes of that beating to put himself directly in the MVP conversation, with 18 touchdown passes and just one interception. With Brady leading the way, the Patriots have the best record in the AFC and are heading into the bye after devastating Peyton Manning yet again in a 43-21 destruction of the Broncos.
“I was definitely worried, because you don’t know. And remember, this isn’t a game of robots,” Kraft said. “First of all, you have the physical well-being of your players. Sometimes it’s a physical game, and sometimes guys are hurting. The great thing about the sport of football is it truly is a team game. You could be the greatest quarterback in the world, and if you don’t have a good offensive line, or receivers, or don’t have a defense that can get you the ball back. It’s a total team effort.
“When you have probably a third to 40-percent of your roster as turnover, you don’t know if the mental toughness is there. I’m just happy it came back. The last five games have been outstanding.”
Next up, Andrew Luck and the Colts in Indianapolis on Nov. 16 at Lucas Oil Field.
|Patriots owner Robert Kraft: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with Menino family’||10.30.14 at 1:54 pm ET|
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has issued a statement on the passing of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
“Today is a sad day for so many in Boston who are mourning the loss of Mayor Menino. Personally, my three favorite memories were the phone calls that I received from the Mayor after each of our Super Bowl victories inviting the Patriots to celebrate with our fans in downtown Boston. I was so happy to accept his invitations. My thoughts and prayers are with Angela and the entire Menino family today.”
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|Patriots to honor 3-time Super Bowl champions during Sunday’s game||10.28.14 at 2:09 pm ET|
During the Patriots’ three Super Bowl titles in four years during the mid-2000’s, 22 players were on the team for all three. 18 of those 22 players will be honored Sunday during halftime of the Patriots’ matchup with the Broncos, as it is the 10th anniversary season of the accomplishment.
“Collectively, these 22 players will always share a special bond,” said Robert Kraft in a press release. “While individual Super Bowl teams will certainly be celebrated in the future, these 22 players represent the greatest era in franchise history and one of the greatest accomplishments in NFL history. It is always fun to participate in reunions with former players. The stories they share from their playing days are always entertaining and it is always fun to see the ovations the players get from our fans. I look forward to seeing them and sharing those experiences with them.”
The 18 players who will be honored at halftime are: Joe Andruzzi, Tom Ashworth, Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Matt Chatham, Je’Rod Cherry, Kevin Faulk, Ted Johnson, Ty Law, Matt Light, Willie McGinest, Stephen Neal, Patrick Pass, David Patten, Lonie Paxton, Roman Phifer and Richard Seymour.
Tom Brady and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri are still playing, while Larry Izzo (New York Giants), Mike Vrabel (Houston Texans) and Adrian Klemm (UCLA) are currently on active coaching staffs and will not be able to attend.