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.