Randy Moss Q&A, 9/7

Posted on September 7, 2008 
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Here’s the transcript from Randy Moss’ postgame Q&A with the media after today’s game: (On his 51-yard reception on the last play of the first quarter)

“Well, it was actually a play designed to try to get deep into Kansas City’s territory. When I came off the ball I saw the corner and the safety squat, meaning they had their feet flat-footed. I just thought I would try and make a play. I cut my route off and just went deep. The offense just executed. I think in this game when you have 11 guys on the same page good things happen. When you have one of those 11 not on the same page as everyone else then bad things happen. We did some good things out there but on that particular play everybody was on the same page.”

(On why he cut his route off on his 51-yard reception)

“Well I cut my route off because they were in the vicinity where I was suppose to break to catch the ball. It was just an adjustment that I made and hopefully the quarterback [Matt Cassel] saw the adjustment. Like I said, we were all on the same page and we got out of there.”

(On how bad it was to see QB Tom Brady get injured and on QB Matt Cassel’s play)

“Anytime you have a starter go down, no matter if it is your quarterback or anybody [else], I think it hurts. By him [Tom Brady] being the face of the New England Patriots and Tom being who he is and the competitor that he is, it actually…it kind of hurts to be honest with you. I know the show must go on and hopefully Matt Cassel is ready to step in. From a team standpoint we are ready to embrace him and let him lead us. I don’t know what Tom’s situation is; I don’t know how serious it is. Knowing that he didn’t come back to the game…I was talking to Jabar Gaffney towards the end of the game after he [Tom Brady] went in the locker room, every time the fans cheered I looked over at the door [of the locker room tunnel]. I was like a little kid at the candy store just hoping you would see that No. 12 come out those doors and up the steps. Like I said, every time the fans cheered I looked at that door so basically I was just snapping my neck around every time. Late in the fourth quarter and after halftime, when I knew he wasn’t coming back, I don’t know his injury or what happened but all I know is he didn’t come back. Matt Cassel had a hell of a game and hopefully next week (at the New York Jets) he can pick up where he left off.”

(On if it was tough for the team to come back after QB Tom Brady was injured)

“I really don’t know how everybody was feeling. I am talking from my perspective and how I was feeling. I don’t know how the team was feeling. Anytime you lose a key guy, like a quarterback, it hurts. Everybody holds their breath. I just saw the play actually after the game was over on the replay. It kind of looked bad. I don’t know his injury, what happened, how long the injury may affect him or what it may be. He wasn’t out there for the rest of the game and anytime something like that happens there is a concern. Hopefully Tommy boy will bounce back. The show must go on so we look forward to next week.”

(On how effective the offense was today)

“Well of course there were some bumps in the road. I think our running game stepped up big today. Laurence [Maroney], Sammy [Morris], Heath Evans, LaMont Jordan and the offensive line did a hell of a job opening up holes and letting the backs find a way to go. It was a good game even though there were bumps in the road but every team has that. I think that a lot of people are really spoiled from last year by just being able to see our offense move up and down the field. It is not going to be like that every week. Some weeks you are going to move the ball and some weeks you are going to struggle. Today was just a heads-up victory from all sides – special teams, defense and offense – we pulled together.”

(On what he thought of the hit that injured QB Tom Brady)

“I don’t really want to get into it. For me personally, I think it was dirty. I didn’t really see anything because I was running down the field. It looked dirty to me. I have never been a dirty player. I honestly don’t know how to play dirty. I just play the game. Anytime you see something like that that looks foul and looks dirty it opens your eyes. To me personally, it looked dirty.”

(On if he thinks the NFL should look into the hit that injured QB Tom Brady)

“I don’t really know. It is not my job and not my decision to make. I have never been into dirty play. When stuff like that happens, of course it opens eyes. That particular situation opened my eyes just seeing what happened. It is not my decision. Hopefully the league will look into it. If it’s good it’s good. If its’ bad it’s bad. They (NFL) will handle it.”

(On if QB Tom Brady’s injury makes him feel like he should show more leadership)

“No, I have been doing the same thing I have been doing for 11 years. I don’t plan to change. I think that everybody knows that with the loss of Tom [Brady] today for this game, we knew we lost a leader for three quarters. I think it isn’t just my job to step up to lead but also the other captains and leaders of the team to step up and lead. I don’t really consider myself someone that leads by my mouth. I think I try and lead out there by example; by going out there and playing. We are a team here so whatever the team needs I am willing to do.”

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