Randy Moss and Patriots reached 'point of no return' Monday night
Updated at 12:45 p.m.
The Randy Moss-New England Patriots divorce started in Week 1 of the season and proceeded amicably, as they say, from there.
A simple business decision became complicated by diminishing numbers and Coach Bill Belichick's evolving gameplan that did not involve the wide receiver. From Karen Guregian's note in the Boston Herald:
After his no-catch game in Miami on Monday night, it became evident that continued coexistence between Moss and the Pats would be more difficult. There was a halftime confrontation between Moss and [quarterbacks coach Bill] O'Brien, the source said, as Moss implored O'Brien to make some adjustments. The session got heated because O'Brien, in turn, spouted off at Moss. Belichick later approached the wideout on the flight home and when Moss refused to chat, the coach likely knew the situation had reached a point of no return.
With his trade to the Vikings, Moss will be the second player to play in consecutive "Monday Night Football" games. (Assuming you consider his no-catch performance last week against Miami equates to "play.") The fine folks at Elias Sports Bureau came up with the name of the other player. You'll get no spoiler from me. Click here.
Ah, the prom
It's tough for Tiki
It isn't easy being a reporter, as Tiki Barber is finding out. New York Giants fans booed him when he was inducted into the team's ring of honor Sunday night in part because he's perceived to have made critical comments about the team. And former teammate Antonio Pierce has said he doesn't care for Barber.
"It's fine because I didn't like him either," Barber said on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" via Pro Football Talk. "Antonio doesn't like me because I criticized him for blowing an air horn when he got asked questions about how poorly the Giants' defense was playing. That's just unprofessional, and I tell it like it is, and I think that's one of the issues with Giants fans: I don't sugarcoat anything."
Fake Jon Gruden on Vikings-Jets
It's for funs when Fake Jon Gruden goes to his fake studio and analyzes a real game.
On Brett Favre -- "What can I say about Brett Lorenzo Favre? Plenty. That guy is a winner. When we used to gameplan for Brett Favre when I was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we used to just throw our hands up and surrender. The guy is a legend. His passion for the game may be the greatest we've ever seen. Unbridled joy. Pure enthusiasm. He just loves football! When we talked to him this weekend, he was as excited as a little kid, which reminds me that I need to make a hair cut appointment."
Cause and effect?
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is back at practice and perhaps he should consider adding a little pink to his wardrobe. Cutler was devoid of the color, which NFL teams are wearing to raise Breast Cancer awareness, when he was sacked nine times and suffered a concussion Sunday night against the Giants. Doug Farrar and Warren Sapp see a connection. The Bears have announced that Todd Collins will be their starter on Sunday, further extending Cutler's pink jinx.
The best thing you'll read today
You'll remember Matt Bowen from his playing days, especially in the Burgundy and Gold. (If you're Steve Spurrier, he'll always be No. 41 to you.) It seems that he took notes from team meetings as a player and kept 'em. Today, he shares what it's like to game plan with Mike Martz.
Worst contest ever?
Really, Bridgestone? "Register for a chance to win an opportunity to purchase two tickets* to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (R)
*Opportunity to purchase tickets based on seats available at time of transaction."
Your name is on the Jan. 1 game between the Capitals and Penguins and this is the best you can do? Sell more tires or something.
(Thanks to Reader David.)
| October 7, 2010; 10:39 AM ET
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