Patriots quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien calls the team’s offensive plays, and he had a dispute with Randy Moss during halftime of the team’s Monday night game against the Dolphins over Moss having only one pass thrown his way. But O’Brien says people who think that dispute is the reason Moss was traded are overreacting.
“I’ve been coaching for upwards of 20 years, and that’s what we do,” O’Brien said, per the Boston Herald. “We coach and the players have input in what we’re coaching. Things like that are going to happen.”
Although Patriots coach Bill Belichick has previously denied having his own run-in with Moss on the plane home from that game, O’Brien seems to be confirming that the report of the locker-room blow-up was true. O’Brien just says it’s not a big deal.
“Randy and I had a great relationship, I really enjoyed coaching him,” O’Brien said. “He’s moved on to Minnesota and I’ve moved on to [New England’s next game at] San Diego. In coaching sometimes, things like that happen. That’s coaching. Football’s a tough sport, and that’s the way it is.”