Moss praises Pats, criticizes Vikings coaches

Vikings receiver Randy Moss gave a nearly five-minute statement praising the Patriots and apparently criticizing the Vikings after Sunday's loss.

Randy Moss had a strange post-game press conference to start the season with the New England Patriot, saying he thought it would be his last season there. He didn't even make it a month beyond that and he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

Now he says he misses the Patriots, calls Bill Belichick the best coach in the history of football and appears to criticize the Vikings for not taking a field goal at the end of the first half (they ran the ball without Moss on the field and were stuffed on fourth down), as well insinuating that the team didn't apply enough of his insights into the Patriots' tendencies during the week.

He also said he would not be taking any more questions from the media – he has repeatedly turned down requests from the Minnesota media during the team's media-access time and after the last two games. That lack of cooperation earned him a $25,000 fine for violating the league's policy and his player contract.

Here is Moss' rambling statement after Sunday's 28-18 loss to the New England Patriots:

"I think I said something a couple weeks ago. Look, I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all. Me personally, I really don't care, but at the same time I do answer questions throughout the week, and for the league to fine me $25,000, I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it. So I'll answer my own questions. Ask myself the questions and give you all the answers. From here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for the rest of this season and enough said of that. Now we get to the game.

"I'm trying … let me hold it down. Alright. I really haven't had a chance to really talk to the guys, so this is no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization. The captains, (Vince) Wilfork, Tommy Boy (Tom Brady), (Jerod) Mayo – am I forgetting somebody? – Kevin Faulk. I missed them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play. Been up and down roller-coaster emotionally all week. And then to be able to do come in here and see those guys running plays that I know what they're doing and the success they had on the field, the running game. So I kind of know what type of feeling they have in their locker room, man. I just want to be able to tell the guys that I miss the hell out of them, every last helmet in that locker room, man. I mean, Deion Branch came up to me after the game and I never really had a chance to meet Deion Branch, but it was definitely a pleasure to meet him.

"Coach Belichick, he gave me an opportunity to be a part of something special and that's something that I really take to heart. I actually salute Coach Belichick and his team for the success they've had before me, during me and after me. So I'm actually stuck for words just because the fact that, man, it's just a lot of memories here. To the New England Patriots fans, that ovation at the end of the game, that really felt heart-warming. I think I actually shed a tear for that. Like I said, man, it's been an emotional roller-coaster this whole week.

"I tried to prepare, tried to talk to the coaches and players about how this game was going to be played – a couple tendencies here, a couple tendencies there. The bad part about it, you have six days to prepare for a team, on the seventh day, that Sunday, meaning today, I guess they come over to me and say, dang, Moss, you was right about this, about a couple plays and a couple schemes that they were going to run. And it hurts as a player that you put a lot of hard work in all week and toward the end of the week, Sunday when you get on the field, that's when they acknowledge about the hard work you put in throughout the week. That's actually a disappointment.

"You know, I can't really say enough about this team and this organization. I met with Ms. Kraft before the game because I really didn't have a chance to talk to her before I left, and I just thanked Ms. Kraft for the opportunity to let me be a part of something special. The New England Patriots has always been a special organization and I've always watched from afar, and when I got drafted by Minnesota, and I think I said this a couple weeks ago, I felt obligated to try and bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota. And this season's still not over. Do I know what next season and the future's going to bring? No, I do not. But all I can say is, man, it's a lot of work that we leave on the field each day. It's a lot of film study that we leave in that room each day. I know how hard these guys work here in New England, and the only thing that I really tried to do is take what the best coach in football history has brought upon me, or the knowledge that he's given me about the game of football, and I tried to just sprinkle it off to the guys the best way I know how.

"So, I'm going to go ahead and end this interview. I have my family to see. Definitely down that we lost this game, because I didn't really expect for us to lose this game knowing that we had a few things that we had to clean up. But like I said, they played a good game. I wish we could have had that three at the end of the half. Maybe could have been different, maybe not. I don't know how many more times I'm going to be up here in New England, but I'm going to leave the New England Patriots, Coach Belichick, man, with a salute, man. I love you guys. I miss you. I'm out."

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