After the Patriots beat the Bengals by 14 in Week One, receiver Randy Moss served up an epic post-game press conference.
Today, a week after the Pats stumbled against the Jets and defeated a perennial AFC East doormat by only eight points, Moss sounded like a completely different guy.
“I think I said last week that I couldn’t wait for this week to get here because I knew what type of preparation we needed to have to be able to play a divisional game, but I also knew Coach Belichick was going to work us pretty hard this week,” Moss said in comments distributed by the team. “Really, the second half, really playing four quarters and coming in after making your halftime adjustments, is just will and determination and just going out there and wanting to do it. They called the plays and we have to go out there and execute it as players. I think in the past, we’ve stubbed our toe, but today was just good from all angles. We were able to put some points on the board in the second half, so hopefully we can build off that.”
Moss also talked about the fact that he wore at practice on Friday the jersey of running back Kevin Faulk, a versatile tailback who has been lost for the year with a knee injury.
“Kevin and I have followed each other since 1995 and I was asked a couple questions about his jersey, and I didn’t really want to go into that,” Moss said. “Me and Kevin have a long history, before I even became a Patriot. What he’s accomplished here as a Patriot speaks high, high volumes, but being able to lose him for the year is very disappointing. I don’t really have an answer or an explanation for wearing his jersey. That’s my boy and I just wanted to put his jersey on just to represent him. There wasn’t anything behind it, really. . . . Anytime you lose a player like Kevin Faulk, you have to go back to the drawing board. I’m not saying that because he’s a teammate of mine. Game recognizes game. I know he’s a hell of a ball player.”
But Moss also had some praise (although hardly unequivocal) for the guy who partially filled Faulk’s shoes — Jets castoff Danny Woodhead.
“I like Woody,” Moss said. “He’s a little stub guy, a little short [guy]. He runs hard and has some nice cuts. I’m not disrespecting him, and I know it’s hard to replace Kevin Faulk, but hopefully he can come in and be Woodhead and not try to be Kevin.”
In his debut for the Pats, Woodhead ran the ball three times for 42 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run that featured an ankle-breaking cut.
So while Woodhead may not be Faulk, Woodhead being Woodhead could be all the Pats need.