FOXBORO — Talking about the trade of Randy Moss Thursday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick denied that there was a single incident that led to the decision to trade Moss. He also called the report that there was an incident on the plane coming back from Miami a “total fabrication,” and added, “There was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy. There never has been one with me in four years.”
In a press conference that lasted just over six minutes, Belichick said Moss was “really a pleasure to coach,” and he “enjoyed having him on our team.” He also mentioned that the deal was not related to money.
“When I spoke with Randy yesterday morning, our conversations, consistent with what they’ve been over the last four years, were honest, open and very forthright,” Belichick said. “We talked about a lot of things which I will keep between Randy and myself. In the end, it was a difficult decision, but one I feel was in the best interest of the football team. Our team is, organizationally, we’ve had conversations and, obviously are comfortable with the trade. I wish Randy the absolute best. He’s been a guy that I’ve always had a good relationship with.
“He’s been a good teammate and a good contributing member of this team. In the end, that was the decision, and I have confidence in our players, that they continue to work hard and improve. We’ll be competitive, we’ll be able to win games, and that’s what we’re here to do is win games. We’ve won more games than any other team in the last decade. I hope we can continue to win them going forward. That’s what we’re here for. That’s really about the long and short of it.”
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