Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team won’t alter its approach to game-planning because Randy Moss is no longer around.
In a Monday afternoon conference call with reporters, Belichick said that even though Moss has been traded to Minnesota, “I think we’ll still be using the same playbook.”
“We’ll go through the same process we go through every week, which is looking at the team we are playing and look at what our options are and try and come up with the best game plan that we can against them. I don’t think it’ll be any different,” Belichick said.
“I mean, we have guys that go in and out of the lineup from week to week based on injury or whatever the circumstances are. It’s not that unusual to game plan with a player one week and then without him next week and then with him the following week. I think we’ll still be using the same playbook....
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork checked in with the Dale & Holley show as he does every week as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Wilfork called Moss a "great teammate," adding: "[Everybody in] the locker room loved him. There aren't too many people that don't like him."
As for why Moss was traded, Wilfork said: "Classic case of business being business. Sometimes you forget about the business part of it. But that's all it was about."
Wilfork said he saw no signs that Moss let his disappointment with his contract situation affect his dealing with the team or play on the field. "It didn't seem that way to me," he said.
Despite the loss of Moss, Wilfork said he still has confidence in the Patriots. "I love our chances," he said. "I don't feel any different from minicamp to now."
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On a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Patriots coach Bill Belichick dismissed a report from CBS analyst Charley Casserly that said Tom Brady and Randy Moss were involved in an altercation in the days leading up to the trade of Moss to Minnesota.
“That’s news to me,” Belichick said of Casserly’s report, which said the two players had to be separated.
“The week before Moss was traded, Tom Brady and Randy Moss went toe-to-toe and had to be separated,” Casserly said on the CBS pregame show on Sunday. “One of Brady’s problems with Moss was his behavior as a Patriot. One of the things overheard was Brady telling Moss, ‘You’ve got to cut your beard.’ And Moss counters, ‘You’ve got to get your hair cut. You look like a girl.’”
There is some history between Casserly and Belichick. Casserly reported on Jan. 3, 2010, that...
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CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning. Esiason said he believes the accuracy of the report by fellow analyst Charley Casserly about a Tom Brady-Randy Moss locker room argument.
"[Casserly] has been accurate almost every single time," Esiason said. "I don't remember a time where he was inaccurate. … Charlie does not go in front of millions of people on Sunday and make a fool out of himself unless he has something on lockdown. I would stake my own reputation on it." (Click here to see what Casserly said.)
Esiason said he knew from his Patriots sources that "there was a short fuse when it came to Randy Moss." Combined with the financial ramification for this year and beyond, and Bill Belichick's aggressiveness in...
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