|Fred Taylor doesn’t think the Patriots will be distracted. (Robert E. Klein/For The Globe)|
Belichick is supportive of Moss again
FOXBOROUGH — Randy Moss said anger didn’t drive his 14-plus minute news conference Sunday. He just wanted to get a few things off his chest. And just like last week, the Patriots don’t seem too concerned with the wide receiver’s comments.
Last week Moss said he felt “not wanted’’ by the Patriots in the final year of his contract and on Sunday he addressed the issue again while discussing a number of other topics. Last week the Patriots supported Moss, and they did so again yesterday.
“I feel the same way as I have felt about Randy for the last three years,’’ coach Bill Belichick said. “He’s a good football player. I’m glad he’s on our team. I think he adds a lot to our football team. He’s got good energy. Everybody likes him. He’s fun to have on the team and he’s a good player.’’
The Patriots beat the Bengals, 38-24, in the opener, but Moss stole the show with his postgame comments. He said the forum was appropriate because he didn’t want the issue to drag deep into the season. He said he would like to continue playing for the Patriots, but if that doesn’t happen he will take his talents elsewhere.
Moss reiterated that feeling “not wanted’’ was a good way to describe his emotions but he didn’t want the opinion to be viewed in a bad way.
“I don’t want anything negative to come out of this like it usually does,’’ Moss said. “You know what I’m talking about. I don’t really care about a lot of the extracurricular stuff that you write. I know me. I know what I’m here for. I’m definitely excited about this season. I don’t want people to take away from that. So that’s why I said I wanted to get it out Week 1 and not wait to Week 11, 12, or 13 down the road to get it out.’’
With all that Moss addressed, he said he expected he would be called into Belichick’s office yesterday. Apparently, that was the case.
Moss told the Boston Herald he did meet with Belichick, but the coach would not confirm it.
“I keep the conversations that I have between the players and myself private,’’ Belichick said. “I think that’s the way they should stay.’’
Whatever Moss is feeling about his contract doesn’t appear to have filtered into the locker room. Before the media session Sunday, Moss gathered the team for a quick rally after the victory. The video from Patriots Today was posted on Patriots.com last night and showed Moss standing in the middle of the huddle in the locker room leading the team in a postgame rallying cry.
Whether Moss’s comments will be an issue in the locker room remains to be seen.
Belichick said he did not hear about Moss’s comments until yesterday. When he was told about the circumstances he grinned and said, “You guys must have loved it.’’
Running back Fred Taylor doesn’t believe the Patriots will be thrown off track by distractions.
“I think with this group of guys and this team it has a lot of leaders, a lot veteran guys that have been around and they know how to put some stuff aside and do our job,’’ Taylor said. “I don’t worry about that here with this team.’’
Patriots owner Robert Kraft described his relationship with Moss yesterday. Moss called the relationship “fair’’ Sunday.
“Mr. Kraft is a busy man, and he’s not seen around here a lot during the week. But on the weekends, he’s here,’’ Moss said. “We have a relationship. Is it where I want it to be or where he wants it to be? I don’t know. I really don’t know how busy his schedule is, but as an owner, we have a fair relationship.’’
On WEEI yesterday, Kraft said, “I feel I have a good relationship with Randy. I think that’s basically what he said. I think we’re glad to have him part of this team. I consider him a very intelligent young man and I’m happy he’s with us.’’
Tom Brady continued to show his support for Moss. During his contractually obligated weekly appearance on WEEI, Brady said “every quarterback in the league would want him on their team.’’
And if Brady had his way, he would like to see Wes Welker and Moss back for another season.
“Believe me, there’s a lot of things that are out of my control, but I hope so,’’ Brady said. “I know what’s best for our offense and having those two guys together is of utmost importance and I think those guys know how important it is to have each other.’’