Randy Moss Postgame Q&A, 12/16

Posted on December 16, 2007 
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Here’s the complete transcript of Randy Moss’s postgame Q&A with the media:

Q: How did the conditions affect the play on the field?
RM: The conditions were bad. Each week it’s something, but as you can see, they have problems, we have problems. [There were] a couple of mistakes in the kicking game on both sides. It’s really just getting a win. Luckily, we’re 14-0 and it’s something good to smile about.

Q: Did Bill Belichick show at all how much he wanted this victory?
RM: Coach Belichick emphasized all week being mentally and physically ready to go out there and play 60 minutes of football. I don’t know what personal vendetta he had against Coach Mangini, but he didn’t express it all week. Anything he had was definitely kept inside. As far as preparing his team to go out there and play 60 minutes with the weather conditions, that’s one thing that we’ve done this week, knowing what we had to do to get the win.

Q: Did the conditions call for your game plan to not stretch the field?
RM: If you know football. A lot of fans that watch don’t know the real football concept. If you really looked at the game today, there were certain times when we were trying to use the wind to our advantage for things like that, but it did play a big factor today because we had some plays in our offense that we couldn’t call because of that reason. We got the victory, both teams had to deal with it and we’re 14-0.

Q: Do you expect to play in another weather game like this again in January?
RM: There’s no telling. One thing throughout my career that I’ve always watched is the New England Patriots playing in the snow and bad weather, so when I came up here I just wanted to know which days and what time of the month that it was coming. Now it’s here, so there’s nothing we can do about it but just try to go out there and play and see what we can do.

Q: What did you think about the fans throwing snowballs onto the field?
RM: I though it was hilarious. Actually, I told Tommy [Brady] on the sidelines – I think it was the first touchdown, no, it was [Eugene] Wilson’s pick that he took to the house – they started throwing snowballs. I started looking and the whole stadium was throwing snowballs. Actually I looked up where my people sit, I didn’t think they were up there, but they were standing up jumping with them. It was funny. Like I said, they put a lot of fun into the game here, if it’s the Jumbotron, the guy on the microphone, or just the fans themselves. We have fun here. Not just myself and the players, but with the fans also.

Q: How satisfying is it to be just the second team in NFL history to start a season 14-0?
RM: Me, personally – I’m really speaking for myself – as long as that zero stays in that [loss] column, I’m cool with it. But, this being the second team to do this, do that, I think we have a goal set out, because now it’s playoff time. It’s getting close to the end of the regular season, [our goal is] to go on and play for the trophy. I don’t really care what’s going on during the regular season, as long as we have a chance to play for that trophy. I think a lot of guys feel that way. In the locker room – 14-0, second team to do it – guys mention it, but what are you going to do?

Q: How important is it for you guys to get that number-one seed?
RM: I guess it’s just something they do around here. I guess it’s expected. One thing about this organization, we never look into the future or where we’re going. We have seven, six days to prepare for a team and that’s what Coach Belichick keeps us grounded in and humble, that we cannot look past a team that we’re about to play. Anything down the road, individually we think about what we’re doing and what we can possibly do, but as a whole unit, we don’t talk about it, we don’t celebrate it. Basically, we’re going on to Miami and seeing if we can get the win.

Q: Is that culture a good thing for you as a player? The fact that “looking ahead” is off your shoulders?
RM: Not just for this organization, but for sports period. I think in sports today, if you get too ahead of yourself, things happen. That’s one thing Coach Belichick is not letting us do, getting ahead of ourselves. There are times out there when you might see us afterward having fun or jumping around, but that’s just between the white lines. Then once we come in here, get in the classroom, work, and go out to practice, it’s back to normal. So we don’t look past the team that we’re playing that week.

Q: Can you talk about your catch when there was pass interference called?
RM: It was a play designed to go deep. Actually I was going out to the right, to the deep corner. I saw the ball thrown and had to go get it and he bumped me and stopped my progression. They have to throw the flag. Their bench was saying it was on me. I’ve been getting calls my way and some I haven’t. Luckily we got the pass interference and I completed the catch and we went down there and scored some points.

Q: Was your old college quarterback [Chad Pennington] the last guy you wanted to see out on the other side of the field?
RM: I’ve always been a big fan of Chad’s. The things we did in college is something we still cherish to this day. That’s the thing about college football. That’s when you go from being a young man to a grown man and you have a lot of good things happen in your life, not just in football, but the college experience. Just seeing Chad and him getting back in there – I wasn’t really paying attention to their quarterback controversy or whatever it may be. But I’ve always been a big fan of Chad’s and hopefully he does well.

Q: Is there a chance the team might take it easy and rest some players in the next couple of weeks?
RM: We haven’t talked about it. Just by your questions that you all are asking, Coach Belichick is not letting up. If you all think there’s any chance he is going to let up and give us a break, he’s not. From Week One, all the way to training camp, you heard about the “humble pie.” There’s no telling how much we’re going to eat this week, but Coach Belichick would never let a team like this [take it easy].

Q: Did you think you were going to catch a touchdown on that pass broken up by Hank Poteat?
RM: That was just a good play. With the conditions we played in, the last couple weeks we’ve emphasized securing the catch. Don’t try to do anything with the ball, just secure the catch. It was just a good play by him, getting his hand in there. We tried to stick it in there, but like I said, he made a good play.

Q: How did you like playing fullback?
RM: Well, you saw I motioned out to my wide receiver spot. That’s really not me. My body is not made for that. But if it’s third-and-one and they need me to block for [Laurence] Maroney, all I could do is get in somebody’s way.


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