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Panthers claim Moss quit on Patriots

It wasn’t clear how the three veteran Patriots who were sent home Wednesday by coach Bill Belichick would respond to their tardiness-induced banishment. 

Linebacker Adalius Thomas was belligerent.  Linebacker Derrick Burgess has tucked his tail between his legs.  And though receiver Randy Moss kept quiet off the field, his actions on the field suggested that he has lost interest in his team’s fortunes.

Again.

Albert Breer of the Boston Globe reports that the Panthers believe Moss “shut it down” on Sunday after becoming frustrated early by a constant diet of  man coverage with safety help over the top.

“We knew he was going to shut it down,” cornerback Chris Gamble told Breer.  “That’s what we wanted to do to him.  That’s what we did.  He’d just give up a lot.  Slow down, he’s not going deep, not trying to run a route.  You can tell, his body language. . . .

“I know everyone who plays against him, they can sense that.  Once you get into him in the beginning of the game, he shuts it down a little bit.”

So there’s the blueprint for handling one of the best wideouts in the league.

“We know from watching film on Moss,” Gamble said, “once you get him out of the game early, he’s gonna shut it down.”

In the second half, Moss also heard something he previously hadn’t heard in Foxborough.

Boos.

Then again, maybe they were simply chanting, “Hey, I think there’s gonna be a blue mooooooon.”

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39 Responses to “Panthers claim Moss quit on Patriots”
  1. MNFANINAZ says: Dec 13, 2009 5:56 PM

    Leave Randy alone.

  2. jkorn1818 says: Dec 13, 2009 5:57 PM

    So there’s the blueprint for handling one of the best wideouts in the league.
    i know, the blueprint to stop him, its worked so well in over a decade of dominating. The league figured jerry rice out with the seahawks too.

  3. Francis Delauretis says: Dec 13, 2009 5:59 PM

    Boomer talked about him QUITTING on a route, that Darren Sharper INT.’d Brady on, during that Monday Night game against the Saints, this is a SUPRISE to who??? Hard to think of him as a great player, or a HOFamer when you have that rep.

  4. Francis Delauretis says: Dec 13, 2009 5:59 PM

    Boomer talked about him QUITTING on a route, that Darren Sharper INT.’d Brady on, during that Monday Night game against the Saints, this is a SUPRISE to who??? Hard to think of him as a great player, or a HOFamer when you have that rep.

  5. Rick says: Dec 13, 2009 6:04 PM

    Watching the game as a Patriots fan it was very hard to root for Randy Moss today. He was going half speed and short arming passes. He did block well on one screen play but other than that it looked like he wanted to be anyplace but on the field. Thank God Wes Welker was the complete opposite today. He led by example and played his heart out even when he took a thumping. Congrats to the defense for showing up also. Granted it wasn’t the Colts or Saints out there but they were playing high tempo and made some plays

  6. SteveC says: Dec 13, 2009 6:06 PM

    At the end of the day who won the game?

  7. pats suck, blow and cheat* says: Dec 13, 2009 6:11 PM

    Honesty, integrity and fair play quit on New England a long time ago.
    Welcome to the club Randy.

  8. The Real Shuxion says: Dec 13, 2009 6:11 PM

    I saw the game on Direct TV.
    I agree, he did.
    These are the post Parcells and Pre Belichick Patriots I am seeing here.

  9. Patsfan1776 says: Dec 13, 2009 6:15 PM

    Even though the Pats won, it really looks like they could use players in every position.
    Also, watching the games today does show one thing, the NFL refs SUCK! Gave a gift to the Pats with the inteference call and just lots of bad calls in all of the games so far. The NFL either has a referee issue or they are instructing the refs to orchastrate certain outcomes.

  10. clavette says: Dec 13, 2009 6:20 PM

    this isnt news, nothing new from moss

  11. Bird Man says: Dec 13, 2009 6:24 PM

    A very strained reference to a very old story…

  12. HarrisonHits says: Dec 13, 2009 6:24 PM

    The crowd in Foxboro today was disgraceful, probably the worst ever Pats crowd. Silent a large part of the game, maybe on a dozen or so plays they made some noise. Virtually no support for the team and absolutely disgusting. You see crowds of teams like the Browns and Detroit at least trying to make some noise instead of sitting like zombies.
    As to Moss, yeah the Panthers shut him down, how’d that work out for them with the final score ?

  13. Bob Nelson says: Dec 13, 2009 6:30 PM

    One of the worst attitudes and worst sportsman in the history of football. It’s obvious why he has been dumped from his previous teams.

  14. SATAN says: Dec 13, 2009 6:30 PM

    What was the score? Oh yeah, 20-10 Patriots! Could that be becaused the Panthers doubled team Moss?
    What a bunch of morons

  15. 34_Fan_4_Life says: Dec 13, 2009 6:31 PM

    “” Then again, maybe they were simply chanting, “Hey, I think there’s gonna be a blue mooooooon.” “”
    You had to travel awful far to get to that one, didn’t you Florio ???

  16. ampats says: Dec 13, 2009 6:39 PM

    I do not like the way this team is playing.
    Brady is hurting and the lack of a true #3 WR is hurting us.
    The D held up but it is clear the confidence is shaken.

  17. INVAIDUH says: Dec 13, 2009 6:40 PM

    Moss…Quit? No way.

  18. patsfanlisa says: Dec 13, 2009 6:43 PM

    They shut him down so much that they left Welker open all day long to burn them. How’d that work out for you? LMAO

  19. PolegoJim says: Dec 13, 2009 6:43 PM

    Pats won, Moss will soon be history. Good rushing day and Pats still on top of the east.
    Excellent outcome for all.

  20. Cole Miner says: Dec 13, 2009 6:49 PM

    Can we now quit saying he is a top 5 WR in the league?

  21. SuzyKolberIsAwesome says: Dec 13, 2009 7:01 PM

    when players from other teams openly talk about moss “shutting it down”…..

  22. flowerpot1929 says: Dec 13, 2009 7:12 PM

    If a player or players are cancerous to a team’s success, can the coach bench or otherwise banish that player or players from the team?
    It has been reported that Moss has done this with his previous teams (Minnesota and Oakland) so it is no surprise; but it is surprising that he is the one doing the quitting all the time. Why can’t the team quit on him?

  23. Greg B. says: Dec 13, 2009 7:24 PM

    Moss, Maroney, and Thomas all need to depart. The Pats really miss the depth they used to have at receiver with guys like Gaffney, Caldwell and Stallworth.

  24. SpeakPhilly says: Dec 13, 2009 7:26 PM

    Moss is a lazy bum

  25. NFLMMAfan says: Dec 13, 2009 7:26 PM

    In his last year as a Raider he line up against the Ravens with hs arms crossed after he didn’t have a catch in the 1st quarter. Some plays he didn’t take more than a step when the ball was snapped. Sounds like he’s back to his old, “I don’t give a $hit about anyone but me attitude”. He’ll be a Redskin next year. Their a$$hole Owner will give him a mega-contract.

  26. AdrenalineJunkie says: Dec 13, 2009 7:34 PM

    How about posting both sides? Per the same article:
    Teammate Kevin Faulk came to Moss’ defense.
    “As long as the guys in this locker room know that he’s giving his all, and that football is the No. 1 thing in his life, I don’t think what other people think matters,” Faulk said. “He knows what he has to do as a football player, and he’s doing it. Nobody else is complaining. Nobody in this organization is complaining about what he’s doing.”
    Ever think he doesn’t play hard?
    “Never. One thing I would add: I think that what happened this week, as far as getting sent home — I think it pissed us of as players, too — how the media expressed how Randy Moss got sent home with three other players. That’s what really hurts him the most. Why not name the other three players? Why just his name? He was really hurt about the situation, about getting sent home. But at the same time, that’s what Bill’s wishes were. And that’s what he did.”
    Was it lingering at all?
    “I know it wasn’t. He loves football. This is what he loves to do. And nobody ever says that.”

  27. winvikes7 says: Dec 13, 2009 7:38 PM

    They won didnt they? If his coach wasn’t such an A hole he wouldnt of been doggin it. Also, why is everyone raggin on moss…hasnt anyone noticed how brutal Brady has been playing. Well, I gotta run..looks like its a blue moon out.

  28. ROBYN ELY says: Dec 13, 2009 7:53 PM

    OH PLEASE, JUST ABOUT MOST OF YOU….THE GAME FROM WAY BACK HAS BEEN KNOWN AS “BRADY & MOSS” GAME NOT “THE PATRIOTS”, AS ALL KNOW. SO WHAT IF HE HAD A BAD DAY, PERHAPS BRADY AND MOSS ARE TIRED PLAYING MOST OF THE GAMES ALONE, AS THOUGH THE NEWER PLAYERS DONT EXIST. GIVE RANDY A BREAK AND LEAVE HIM ALONE.

  29. Bubba Maximus says: Dec 13, 2009 7:59 PM

    Moss is a loser. That’s why a player of his ability is on his third team. More than likely, he’ll play for a couple of more teams before his career is over.

  30. st.michael says: Dec 13, 2009 8:10 PM

    robyn ely, please come back when you pass your 4th grade grammar class.

  31. Patsfan1776 says: Dec 13, 2009 8:12 PM

    HarrisonHits,
    The stadium looked empty to me. Krafty priced out the average guy who was a real fan and replaced them with bandwagon, yuppies. The weather was rainy and cool and the team is in complete disarray. There is no way those “fans” are going to the game.

  32. phillyjoe says: Dec 13, 2009 8:32 PM

    BobNelson you prove to be a bigger idiot with every post!
    Moss was “dumped” by Red McCombs ‘cuz hes a cheapa$$ used car dealer.
    He was “dumped” by Al Davis ‘cuz Al is an even bigger idiot than YOU!!
    Moss is one of the most dynamic WRs in the history of the league, PERIOD. That is undeniable. Does he give less that 100% some plays? Yes, just like a lot of other players. I’d take him over Ochostinko or T.O. every day of the week!!

  33. falcon70 says: Dec 13, 2009 8:49 PM

    “The crowd in Foxboro today was disgraceful, probably the worst ever Pats crowd. Silent a large part of the game, maybe on a dozen or so plays they made some noise. Virtually no support for the team and absolutely disgusting. You see crowds of teams like the Browns and Detroit at least trying to make some noise instead of sitting like zombies”.
    You hit it right on the head HarrisonHits. That crowd is spoiled…too many non football fans that sit between the 35′s and spend an extended halftime at their private bar’s especially during bad weather.

  34. Area 51 says: Dec 13, 2009 11:13 PM

    IF I CAN SEE MOSS ISN’T TRYING LIKE HE SHOULD, ALL YOU GUYS CAN TOO. I DON’T EXPECT 110 % ALL THE TIME, BUT I DO EXPECT 90% ALL THE TIME.

  35. Stinemonster says: Dec 13, 2009 11:50 PM

    Not a Patriots fan but Moss is still one of the best receivers in the league. That is the only reason why he was double teamed and Welker was able to get 105 yards. I haven’t heard anything out of Moss since he’s been with the Pats either. He may have been trouble on previous teams but he’s not acting like TO did on every team.
    Since New England thinks Moss is so bad they need to trade us Moss for Roy Williams. We’ll take your bad receiver and give you our overpriced one who can’t make big plays.
    New England’s problems can’t be blamed on Moss. They are having a meltdown all over. Too bad I didn’t get to see Belichick lose.

  36. Terry says: Dec 14, 2009 6:26 AM

    Go ahead and run him out of town; Baltimore would welcome him with open arms!

  37. toober89 says: Dec 14, 2009 9:25 AM

    “New England’s problems can’t be blamed on Moss. They are having a meltdown all over. Too bad I didn’t get to see Belichick lose.”
    Stinemonster the patriots won….

  38. AbeFreshly says: Dec 14, 2009 11:14 AM

    “I know everyone who plays against him, they can sense that. Once you get into him in the beginning of the game, he shuts it down a little bit.”
    Gamble must be talking to “everyone” at the ProBowl every year about Moss.
    Oh, wait…

  39. Stinemonster says: Dec 14, 2009 9:52 PM

    @ toober89
    I know they won. I would have liked to see them lose.

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