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Belichick: I've never had an incident with Randy Moss

Patriots coach Bill Belichick called an unscheduled press conference on Thursday to talk about the Randy Moss trade.  That’s right, Belichick voluntarily met with the media.

We figured, then, he had something definitive to say.  And Belichick didn’t disappoint, with one of the stranger press conferences we’ve ever seen.

Belichick spent the six minute session defending Moss and strongly dismissing reports about a problem with Moss on the plane home from Miami. (He didn’t directly address Moss’ reported halftime outburst.)

“Absolutely not true, a total fabrication,” Belichick said.  “I didn’t talk to Randy on the plane.  There’s no incident.  I’ve never had one with Randy.  Not in four years.” (Note: It’s worth mentioning the report was that Belichick and Moss didn’t speak.)

Belichick almost seemed emotional when talking about Moss’ departure.  He couldn’t have backed up Moss any more strongly.  Belichick said the move was done “in the best interests of the team” and a variety of factors like the direction of the offense came into play.

“Part of it was our personal relationship,” Belichick tellingly said when asked. 

The Patriots coach insisted he’s always had a forthright, respectful relationship with Moss and that continued until the day Moss was traded.  Perhaps Moss was open in his desire to leave and Belichick didn’t want to battle him on it.  Things only figured to devolve.

Belichick also said that Tom Brady had no input throughout the decision-making process.

“Tom doesn’t make personnel decisions.  Tom’s a player,” Belichick said.

But Lawrence Taylor’s ex-coach knows better than anyone that not all players are created or treated equally.  Thursday’s bizarre press conference was proof.  

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36 Responses to “Belichick: I've never had an incident with Randy Moss”
  1. andyprough says: Oct 7, 2010 12:29 PM

    As I said in the previous post, this front office behavior seems a bit chaotic. No way you let the league leader in TD’s for the past 3 seasons go for a 3rd rounder when you are in a dogfight with the Jets. The Patriots seem to miss Scott Pioli’s leadership – and you can see he is starting to do really good work in Kansas City.

  2. havsolo says: Oct 7, 2010 12:42 PM

    If I remember correctly, the report did NOT say “that Belichick and Moss didn’t speak.” It said that Belichick spoke and that Moss didn’t reply. So, Belichick is directly disputing the report when he says “I didn’t talk to Randy on the plane.”

  3. Nacho says: Oct 7, 2010 12:42 PM

    And he also didn’t understand the rules of videotaping opponents
    Belicheat is credible.

  4. Northstar says: Oct 7, 2010 12:43 PM

    Bill and Moss have always had a solid relationshiop. I’m guessing Moss wanted to play with Favre since this is his last chance to as Favre will retire soon (again). Both players have openly expressed their desire to play with one another in past years. This trade for a 3rd rounder is probably in part to Bill’s respect for Moss and knowing they weren’t going to resign him in NE. No way they wouldn’t have shopped him for a higher draft pick to other teams, but Moss only wanted to be a play with Favre and would probably have refused to play for any other team. With the trade deadline appoaching, it does make a little sense.

  5. XBOD says: Oct 7, 2010 12:43 PM

    They are done or on the down side of success

  6. Citizen Strange says: Oct 7, 2010 12:48 PM

    That slamming noise you heard was the window shutting on Brady’s chance at a fourth Super Bowl ring.

  7. JakeDSnake says: Oct 7, 2010 12:52 PM

    Rex Ryan was off by a couple of month – Patriots know they have a training year for their young defense, so they ship Moss to the Vikes for a Third and resign him in the off-season: Moss gets to return to Minny for their last year before rebuilding themselves, and then he returns to N.E. with a defense that has a little more seasoning, and the Pats get a third rounder for a loaner.
    That’s why Belichick defends him aggressively – he’s coming back.

  8. holycow says: Oct 7, 2010 1:00 PM

    “(Note: It’s worth mentioning the report was that Belichick and Moss didn’t speak.)”
    Why is that worth mentioning?
    is “Absolutely not true, a total fabrication,”
    not equivocal enough for you Gregg?

  9. Patsfan87 says: Oct 7, 2010 1:03 PM

    Belichick was quoted saying that we have WON the most games over the last 10 years. This was in defense of trading MOSS to Minnesota.
    In other words we have NO IDEA what we are talking about when we question the trade. That the system he created is a winning one. IT IS WHAT IT IS and you NEED TO TRUST US.
    I trust Belichick as a season ticket holder. We will be ok in the long term.

  10. lineblacker says: Oct 7, 2010 1:05 PM

    Once again, the media has been all wrong about this. Much respect for BB for clearing the air. Moss wanted a big contract, the Pats did not want to give him one. Understood.

  11. Brazy says: Oct 7, 2010 1:06 PM

    Did he break out an overhead projector?

  12. CliveRush says: Oct 7, 2010 1:10 PM

    In football,every year teams lose their best players through injury. They play on and often make it to the big game. Tom Brady is the Patriots best player. Randy is a great player but not the key to this team winning. No wide receiver should hold that important a role. They are not involved enough in an offense to perform that role to begin with. The team will miss him for his skills but not implode as many have stated. The Patriots operate in a different manner than most of the NFL. Their success in making the playoffs and their decade long reign over their division should be evidence to critics that perhaps they know what they are doing.

  13. pork star says: Oct 7, 2010 1:26 PM

    Reading comprehension, holycow. Try it sometime. See:
    First: “I didn’t talk to Randy on the plane.”
    Followed by: “(Note: It’s worth mentioning the report was that Belichick and Moss didn’t speak.)
    Seemed pretty self-explanatory to me.
    You might look up equivocal in your dictionary, as well. Whether he was speaking the truth or not, I don’t know, but his quotes don’t sound at all ambiguous, and would in fact be the exact opposite of equivocating.

  14. Brohamma says: Oct 7, 2010 1:29 PM

    Citizen Strange says:
    October 7, 2010 12:48 PM
    That slamming noise you heard was the window shutting on Brady’s chance at a fourth Super Bowl ring.
    ———————————————
    Hardly. Go ahead and tell me how many wide receivers New England had, that were “elite” during their Super Bowl runs?
    Let me guess, you are an AFC fan right? I’m thinking Dolts or Jets, but it could be Baltimore or Pittsburgh. Regardless, this move was a good one.
    New England wasn’t going to pay Moss the money he was looking for. I respect his career and how he’s really matured; those things are without question. In short, I think Randy is tired of running all those posts, goes, and outs knowing that he is 3rd on the checkdown. Time has caught up with him, and rightfully so. I’d be ticked off too if I had to keep taking the top off of a defense every play. You ever run 15yd sprints for an hour?
    The Patriots got more trade value out of him now than they would’ve at the end of a season full of press confrences AND they now have given Brandon Tate a chance to shine before the draft when they might take AJ Green, Floyd, or Julio Jones.
    2011 draft.. 2 first rounders, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds.

  15. GBfanForever says: Oct 7, 2010 1:31 PM

    Is there any person in pro football who’s word is less trustworthy than his? He is like Jon Luvitz’s old SNL character where he would just lie impulsively about everything

  16. Tombradysbaby says: Oct 7, 2010 1:32 PM

    That Pats were a better team before Moss, and will be once again now that he is gone.

  17. #1skinsfan says: Oct 7, 2010 1:34 PM

    If you were a HOF player and wern’t thrown to, wouldn’t you be pissed? That’s just not right, and I don’t get it. Somehow no one talks of that disrespect. To me, bottom line, they weren’t going to resign him so they helped create this to move him. Tate and Hernandez and have shown a lot and they figured getting a 3rd round pick was more than they could get 6 weeks from now. I think its typical cut throat Patriots form, not that there is anything wrong with that. I know its a business, but given his productin, I this Moss deserves better. Belichick must feel some guilt or he wouldn’t have gone out of his way to have a press conference.

  18. #1skinsfan says: Oct 7, 2010 1:37 PM

    I hear you Cliverush, but given the fact that they have no running game and ayoung defense, Moss was pretty damn important.

  19. bonzo1212 says: Oct 7, 2010 1:38 PM

    Hey Nacho you should really go read the rule so you have an understanding of it before you keep throwing out that same old tired line.. its stupid, its done and its over with. your little rhymes show how little you know

  20. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Oct 7, 2010 1:39 PM

    I don’t get it. What the hell is going on there? I like the high picks and youth, but at some point they need to turn those picks into playmakers. Brady’s not getting younger.

  21. ejtowne says: Oct 7, 2010 1:42 PM

    Does anybody actually believe a word this consistant liar says? He is just trying to cover his rear after making such a stupidly bold move by trading Moss for a lousy third round pick.

  22. TomBrady'sHairStylist says: Oct 7, 2010 1:53 PM

    as one of the Patriots biggest fans I hate to admit it but I think Bill had to acknowledge that the Jets are the better team this year. So I understand that the move was probably better for the team, but im just going to miss watching so Patriot football:(

  23. billsgiantsfan says: Oct 7, 2010 1:59 PM

    Maybe, just MAYBE there is no conspiracy here and this site should stop being part of “sensationalist media”. Moss I’m sure is no angel, but the media has torn him to shreds the last few days. What has he ACTUALLY done wrong to deserve it? How does the media (this site included) justify that? His immature behavior in Minnesota were those of a young player. Is the media (this site included) going to crucify him at every opportunity? even 6 years later? That’s nonsense!

  24. redskins_no_snyder says: Oct 7, 2010 1:59 PM

    The Pats see that Moss is beginning to lose a step. Now begins the “Brandon Tate Era”!! Buckle up!

  25. lurch's nyquil says: Oct 7, 2010 2:04 PM

    Question… For the last couple years the patsies have been stockpiling draft picks. As many draft pick as they have had the past several years should’nt they be running over the rest of the league? I am so tired of hearing what a great idea it is to dump Moss, Seymor for draft picks and yet I see holes all over this team. I understand trying to build for the future but what will NE do if Tom Beiber goes down? BB is not a great coach, he has a great qb and that is why they have success. BB thinks he is so smart. This can not sit right with the other players on that team. This will somehow come back and bite him right in the arse.

  26. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Oct 7, 2010 2:13 PM

    Yes. The guy who is less believable than Bellicheat is Josh McDaniels.

  27. Rick says: Oct 7, 2010 2:14 PM

    Jerod Mayo for the 49ers pick
    Chung Brace Edelman Tate Vollmer McCourty Spikes Cunningham Gronkowski Hernandez
    I say Bill has some building blocks there and if moving a disgruntled veteran who has a history of misbehaving when he is unhappy is neccessary to get the young guys to buy in to the Patriot Way then it was a great trade. I will miss Randy. He was like Manny Ramirez. Hopefully they resign Mankins or trade him for another high pick.
    In Bill We Trust

  28. sand0 says: Oct 7, 2010 2:15 PM

    The guy wanted out, they let him go. Pats sent him to a decent team so Moss should be happy. Belichec probably would have rather things went different but kudos to him for not being a hard ass about it.
    We like our Randy in purple.

  29. BP says: Oct 7, 2010 2:20 PM

    Last year Brady had two targets, Moss and Welker. This year he has four; even after Moss’ departure. Moss has lost a step, started publicly bitching, so was expendable. They expended of him. He can still play, but is not the super freak that stretches defenses he once was. The last of that was 2007. The demise of Moss in NE was due to finding 3 rookies that can get open and catch the ball.

  30. ClownBurger says: Oct 7, 2010 3:11 PM

    So the coach says there’s no truth to the rumors and Florio doesn’t believe him.
    Hmmmm, who should I believe?
    You’re an ignoramus Florio.
    Sorry to have to break it to you but THERE IS NO STORY HERE!!!!!

  31. dubois37 says: Oct 7, 2010 3:30 PM

    Revis was right. Moss is a slouch (and a lousy teammate). Lots of talent, but slacks off when he feels like it, rather than trying hard the whole game.

  32. solomongrundy says: Oct 7, 2010 3:34 PM

    And he also didn’t understand the rules of videotaping opponents
    Belicheat is credible.
    —————————————————–
    Do you?
    The Infamous memo misquotes the rules “Videotaping of any type, including but not limited to taping of an opponent’s offensive or defensive signals, is prohibited on the sidelines, in the coaches’ booth, in the locker room, or at any other locations accessible to club staff members during the game.”
    There is actually nothing in the rule book against stealing signals. Why? Because every staff has done it since the dawn of time. It is part of the game. Halas was known for subterfuge that bordered on criminal–or so the stories go.
    The rule states this:”No video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches’ booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game.”

  33. Wrap2tyt says: Oct 7, 2010 3:44 PM

    Belichick: I’ve never had an incident with Randy Moss… but he was becoming a “distraction”… so damn typical of this team when they don’t want to pay someone.

  34. TrueFan says: Oct 7, 2010 4:00 PM

    You folks saying “Moss has lost a step” are delusional. Where in the heck does THAT come from? Nobody who is a professional (coaches, GMs, analysts) has suggested that. And his production (when thrown to) has been there this season.
    I recall that this is ALSO what everyone was saying when he left the RAIDERS. Almost everyone was saying it. “He’s slowed down, lost a step.. not the same player..” etc.
    Now, I know it’s easy for you to forget… but remember what happened just two years later?
    Record number of TDs’s in a season, and as sensational a year as any WR has ever had. In League history. Period. And that (BTW) was just two years ago.
    Go ahead.. keep saying he’s “lost a step”. You’ll EVENTUALLY be right.. when he’s about 40 or so.

  35. GDBroker says: Oct 7, 2010 4:00 PM

    It’s funny how many people are so sure the Pats are on the way out. Do they realize the Pats have 8 picks in the first four rounds next year? That they’ve had two successful drafts the past 2 years with young playmakers going through their growing pains on a team that should still win 10 games give or take. For the majority of the league that would be a hands down successful season. For the Pats its a rebuilding year and their team will be restocked and ready to roll for the next decade.
    Think of it, the hardest positions to learn in the NFL (WR, LB, CB, S) are the areas the Pats addressed in the past few drafts. Next year they need help at RB, OG and DL, three positions where a high level talented rookie can step right in an make an impact. Will they win the SB this year? I’m guessing not, but they will get 10 or so wins and be restocked and a powerhouse for the foreseeable future.

  36. howitzer819 says: Oct 7, 2010 4:02 PM

    Northstar says:
    October 7, 2010 12:43 PM
    Bill and Moss have always had a solid relationshiop. I’m guessing Moss wanted to play with Favre since this is his last chance to as Favre will retire soon (again). Both players have openly expressed their desire to play with one another in past years. This trade for a 3rd rounder is probably in part to Bill’s respect for Moss and knowing they weren’t going to resign him in NE. No way they wouldn’t have shopped him for a higher draft pick to other teams, but Moss only wanted to be a play with Favre and would probably have refused to play for any other team. With the trade deadline appoaching, it does make a little sense.
    ———————————————————
    Yeah Moss wanted to play with Favre so desperately, considering he had sucha hack throwing him footballs in New England. And if Moss and “Bill” had such a great working relationship, then why trade him for 30 cents on the dollar?
    I do, however, think the Pats have plans with the stockpiling of draft picks. You have to imagine they’ll use their two first rounders to address the defensive line and the ground game (although “Bill” has proven you can throw anyone in any position on the Patriots and it’ll work out pretty well). Hate the Pats, Hate Moss, Hate the Packers, but I think in the long haul, maybe the Patriots are who we thought they were: smart.

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