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10/07/2010 - 12:19pm
Belichick explains Moss trade

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...

10/07/2010 - 11:52am
Carter: 'Randy makes everyone better'

Cris Carter, who played with Randy Moss in Minnesota, joined Dale & Holley to talk about Moss and the trade that sent the receiver back to the Vikings. Carter said he wasn't surprised by the move. "I thought it would be Randy's last year [with New England], so the alternative is to trade him," he said. "I think it's a better deal for New England to trade him then to let him walk and not get anything for him."

 

Carter called Moss the best deep threat in the history of football. "That one thing that he does, he's done it better than anyone who's played football," Carter said. "There's no other deep threat like Randy Moss in the history of football. Randy Moss is the best deep threat that football has ever seen. I don't care if you like him. I don't care if you think he plays 80 percent of the time. I don't care if you don't like what he wears, how he wears his hair, that's a fact. The rest of the stuff is...

10/07/2010 - 10:40am
Pats re-sign Ojinnaka, add QB to prac. squad

The Patriots announced that they have re-signed offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka and also signed quarterback Brett Ratliff to the practice squad. Ojinnaka was acquired from the Falcons in August and then waived Sept. 30. He has played in 39 games and started 12 in his four-year career.

 

Ratliff has spent time with the Jets, Brown and Jaguars. The Jags released Ratliff last week.

 

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots


10/07/2010 - 10:22am
Ricciardi: 'Surprised' clubs backed off on Doc

Talking after the Philies' 4-0 win over the Reds, in which Roy Halladay notched the second no-hitter in postseason history, former Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi said he was "surprised" that more teams didn't meet the Blue Jays' asking price when Halladay was first put on the market midway through the 2009 season.

 

"To be honest, I really was surprised," Ricciardi told WEEI.com Wednesday night. "I think a lot of it was that maybe we appreciated him a lot more because we saw him do this. Maybe pitching in Canada, he didn't get as much attention. I'm really happy that people across the country are getting a chance to see what he's all about. We kept sitting there saying, 'This is Roy Freaking Halladay! Do people know?' Not only will you have him for this year, but you'll have him for next year. And whomever trades for him, he's probably going to go to a place he's going to want to stay. There's no way we're...

10/07/2010 - 9:45am
Dennis: Moss' future concerned Pats most
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WEEI's John Dennis of the Dennis & Callahan show said on Thursday morning that he spoke with several members of the Patriots organization, and that the Randy Moss trade was not a result of what Moss had previously done to strain relationships with the team and organization, but instead a result of what ownership and the coaches and players anticipated he might do in the future.

 

Dennis said that the organization looked at instances this year that previewed a downward turn for the wide receiver, such as the press conference after the Bengals game and the charity softball game in Florida. He said they viewed it as "Randy being Randy," sort of the way the Red Sox looked at Manny being Manny.

 

"Randy is gone, not because of anything he had done internally - in the locker, yelling, screaming, O'Brien, any of that - or on the practice field. But remarkably, in anticipation of what the organization believed he...

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